Mystery in Our Lady's eyes
According to many scientists who have
inspected the image we can see reflected in her eyes, in both of them and
in the precise location as reflected by a live human eye, many figures
that have been extensively analyzed and seem to correspond to the shape and size
of human figures located in front of the image.
"Bearded man" image in the right eye.
1929, Alfonso Marcue, who was the official photographer of the old Basilica of
Guadalupe in Mexico City, found what seemed to be a clear image of a bearded man
reflected in the right eye of the Virgin. Initially he did not believe what was
before his eyes. How could it be? A bearded man inside of the eyes of the
Virgin?. After many inspections of many of his black and white photographs he
had no doubts and decided to inform the authorities of the Basilica. He was told
that time to keep complete silence about the discovery, which he did.
More than 20 years later, on May 29,
1951, Jose Carlos Salinas Chavez, examining a good photograph of the face, rediscovers
the image of what clearly appears to be a bearded man reflected in the right eye
of the Virgin, and locates it on the left eye too.
many people had the opportunity to inspect closely the eyes of the Virgin on the
tilma, including more than 20 physicians, ophthalmologists.
The first one, on March 27, 1956, was Dr.
Javier Torroella Bueno, MDS, a prestigious ophthalmologist. In what is the first
report on the eyes of the image issued by a physician, he certifies the presence
of the triple reflection (Samson-Purkinje effect) characteristic of all live
human eyes and states that the resulting images are located exactly where they
are supossed to be according to such effect, and also that the distortion of the
images agree with the curvature of the cornea.
The same year another ophthalmologist,
Dr. Rafael Torrija Lavoignet, examined the eyes of the image with an
ophthalmoscope in great detail. He observed the apparent human figure in the
corneas of both eyes, with the location and distortion of a normal human eye and
specially noted a unique appearance of the eyes: they look strangely
"alive" when examined.
Many other examinations by
ophthalmologists have been done of the eyes of the image on the tilma after
these first ones. With more or less details all agree with the conclusions of
the ones mentioned above.
new and fascinating kind of analysis of the eyes started in 1979, when Dr. Jose
Aste Tonsmann, Ph D, graduated from Cornell University, while working in IBM
scanned at very high resolutions a very good photograph, taken from the
original, of the face on the tilma. After filtering and processing the digitized
images of the eyes to eliminate "noise" and enhance them, he made some
astonishing discoveries: not only the "human bust" was clearly present
in both eyes, but another human figures were seen as reflected in the eyes too!
According to Dr. Tonsmann, from left to right we
can see "the Indian", "bishop Zumarraga", the
"translator", "Juan Diego showing the tilma" and
below "the family".
Dr. Aste Tonsmann published his last
studies on the eyes on the tilma in the book "El Secreto de sus Ojos",
with complete details and photographs of his work . Perhaps one of the most
fascinating aspects of the studies is his conclusion that Our Lady of Guadalupe
not only left us her miraculous image as proof of her apparition but some
important messages too. These messages were hidden in the eyes on the
image until our times, when new technologies would allow them to be discovered,
when they are most necessary.
would be the case with the image of a family in the center of the Virgin's eye,
in times when families are under serious attack in our modern world. The image
of various human figures that seem to constitute a family, including various
children and a baby carried in the woman's back as used in the 16th century,
appears in the center of the pupil, as shown in this great image of the right
eye highlighting the family, generously provided by Dr. Tonsmann.
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