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The Mystery of The Shroud of Turin

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Christian calendars refer to this day preceding Easter as Holy Saturday, when the Virgin Mary is assigned the title of Our Lady of Solitude, referring to her grievance and mourning following the crucifixion of her son Jesus Christ on Good Friday. Today we revisit the story of the famous  Shroud of Turin, the alleged cloth which enveloped the body of Christ after his death. The Shroud of Turin: An Imprint of the Soul, Apparition or Quantum Bio-Hologram (2010) by Chidambaram Ramesh, is a fascinating book, based on scientific research which attempts to answer various religious quandaries. The first book on the Shroud of Turin by an Indian author, it is unprecedented in proposing quantum bio-holographics as an explanation for the image reflected in the Shroud. In an attempt to further elucidate its provenance, the book touches on interesting issues such as the forgotten science of palingenesis, photographic negativity, spatial encryption of 3D data and non-directionality:

71iTG7m4r5L._SL1360_“As Einstein rightly said ‘the most beautiful and the most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical’. Natural magic is nothing other than unexplained phenomena of science. This, superficially viewed, may appear to be impossible and hallucinatory, but should be considered in a scientific perspective. The phenomenon of natural magic is a manifestation of science. In the words of Francis Bacon, ‘natural magic is the science which applies the knowledge of hidden forms to the production of wonderful operations; and by uniting activities with passives, displays wonderful works of nature.’

As regards the mysterious image of the Shroud, it is a common proposition that no ancient artistic technique could have been able to imprint the 3-dimensionally encoded human figure on the Turin Shroud with anatomical and circumstantial exactitude. Recent discoveries in quantum science come in as a potent aid in elucidating remarkable facts on the subject…

In 1969, Cardinal Pellegrino, retired Archbishop of Turin and custodian of the Shroud at the time, permitted a committee of eleven persons to examine the Shroud and make recommendations for further study and preservation. They reported that the Shroud was in an excellent state of preservation and further suggested it should be kept between two panes of glass for better protection.

A more comprehensive examination of the Shroud was made in 1973 by a team of scientists… One of the remarkable findings of the committee was that the image did not penetrate the cloth, but was confined to the topmost layers of the cloth. (Ruffin, 1999).

Professor Gilbert Raes was permitted to cut small samples of thread from a corner of the Shroud (now referred to as ‘Raes’ corner’). He found the Shroud to be basically linen (flax fibers) with traces of cotton (Gossypium herbaceum variety). He assumed that the cotton traces might be leftovers from a loom or even from the gloves used by the researchers.

Dr. Max Frei, a Swiss Criminologist and botanist by training, took twelve samples of surface dust from the Shroud on sticky tape and by applying the ‘pollen analysis’, he was able to identify the pollen of 48 plants. Sixteen of them grow in France and Italy and another 21 are endemic to desert areas, including some which grow only in the saline areas as those near the Dead Sea. Frei estimated that 95 per cent of pollen comes from a peripheral area of few kilometres and he was able to prove that the Shroud cloth was undoubtedly exposed to air near Jerusalem and might have been displayed in Edessa and Constantinople. These studies have recently been confirmed by Avinoam Denim, the Director of the Botanical Institute in the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. (Denim)

In the year 1976, Air Force scientists John Jackson and Eric Jumper, using a sophisticated image enhancement analyzer (VP-8) designed for the space program, discovered that the Shroud image contained encoded 3D data not found in ordinary reflected light photographs. This discovery indicated that the cloth must have wrapped a real human figure at the time the image was formed…”

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