The Ark

The Ark of the Covenant whatever it may or may not have been has exercised fascination for thousands of years. I remember finding a postcard picture of it in a metal box my grandfather left, some sixty years after he died. It must have meant something to him. My father always had an ornament on the mantelpiece based upon it. Books have been written about it and finding it and films based upon it – Raiders of the Lost Ark for example.

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My father’s ark!

The only record of it is in the bible and was written hundreds, almost a thousand, years after the Exodus it narrates. But from that detailed description we know what it looked like, its size and that it was made after the Israelites had left Egypt to contain the Ten Commandments. The Egyptian link is particularly relevant. This week it is revealed that the search for it will take off again:

“Hunt for REAL 10 Commandments: Archaeologists in groundbreaking search for Bible chest

A TEAM of archaeologists are preparing for an Indiana Jones-like expedition as they go in search of a box mentioned in the Bible but yet to be found.

By Sean Martin

PUBLISHED: 13:27, Mon, Feb 13, 2017

Archaeologists are searching one of the tallest hills in Jerusalem in the hope of finding the Ark of the Covenant, a gold-covered wooden chest which is said to contain the two stone tablets which have the Ten Commandments inscribed on them, as mentioned in the Book of Exodus.

The Bible touts the Kiriath-Jearim in western Jerusalem as a possible place for the Ark, as well as a temple to a Hebrew God known as Baal.

The researchers are hopeful they will find what they are looking for as in 1905, a local farmer stumbled upon a Byzantine place of worship on the hill, leading the archaeologists to believe that their search will yield results.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/766700/REAL-10-Commandments-Archaeologists-Bible-chest

So I thought I would publish here my research into this and hope not to cause offence to anyone by doing so.

The bible says that the ark was a wooden box made from acacia with rings affixed to its sides through which poles could be passed enabling it to be carried. Its lid was gold plated, or possibly solid gold and above it were the representations of two angels whose wings covered it. A tent, called a tabernacle, was also carefully made to house the structure.

Exodus 25:10-22New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Ark of the Covenant

10 “They shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high. 11 You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and you shall make a gold molding around it. 12 You shall cast four gold rings for it and fasten them on its four feet, and two rings shall be on one side of it and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark with them. 15 The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it. 16 You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.

17 “You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold, two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide. 18 You shall make two cherubim of gold, make them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends. 20 The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat. 21 You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you. 22 There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.”

It had a curious history and was stolen by another tribe at one point. Eventually it disappeared. The Exodus is dated at various times by different people but

Attempts to date the Exodus to a specific century have been inconclusive. 1 Kings 6:1 places the event 480 years before the construction of Solomon’s Temple, implying an Exodus at c.1446 BCE, but it is widely recognised that the number in 1 Kings merely represents twelve generations of forty years each.” Wikipedia

The 18th Dynasty in Egypt spanned the period 1500BC to 1300BC and so it would be placed during this dynasty. I have written before about the fact that the Pharaohs Tuthmosis 1,2 & 3 and the powerful female pharaoh Hatshepsut, who was the daughter of T1, married to T2 and regent for T3, seem the likely candidates for the Pharaoh of the Exodus although there is no mention of such a thing in the Egyptian records of that time. However it is true that these pharaohs employed bowmen mercenaries they described as ‘Asiatics’, possibly from Iraq like Abraham, and called the Habiru to garrison and guard the territories they had conquered from Syria in the north to Iraq in the south and which included the entire land of Israel as we know it.

The only complete tomb we have of this time is in the Valley of the Kings and is that of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. It is likely that it followed a pattern set by the early pharaohs whose tombs were robbed. I am showing here some photographs taken from the catalogue for the Tutankhamun Exhibition created by the keeper of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum. You will not how similar these are to the ark described above:

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Details of the Egyptian tabernacle that once housed the famous gold sarcophagi

Certainly it seems likely that there is a connection and although millions if nota billion or two regard the Bible as a document written by God himself I again point out that the scribes who transcribed what we have now were describing something from long before their lifetimes. The craftsmen who made the treasures of Tutankhamen would almost certainly have passed down the details but is it possible that the ark described was in fact taken from one of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings? What do you think?

One other possibly significant matter concerns the Ten Commandments themselves. The Bible tells how Moses went up into a mountain in Sinai to collect the two stone tablets upon which the commandments were written. When he came down again he found that the Hebrews had made a golden calf by melting down their jewellery. He was furious and broke the tablets but relented and went back up for more.

In Sinai is a mountain called Serabit el-Khadim and here are the turquoise mines dedicated to the goddess Hathor often depicted as a cow or indeed golden cow. These mines were run by the Egyptians but employed a large number of Canaanites and here were found by Flinders Petrie and his wife a stone carved script that is called Proto-Sinaitic and is the link between Egyptian hieroglyphs and Paleo-Hebrew, Aramaic and Phoenician also Greek and Italian. In essence here was the first ever ‘Hebrew’ or Habiru  writing which is dated at the latest to 1550BC.

You can see them here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto-Sinaitic_script

Is this where these tablets were written? Such thinking is not popular to put it mildly.

 

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The Gordian Knot, our real problem

One of the things you learn in a kitchen is to keep over ripe bananas away from the others. The over ripe banana emits a gaseous hormone called ethylene and this acts on the other bananas which will soon turn to mush too. It is a similar process to what we do in the garden to make compost from rotting vegetation and is in fact a vital process. In the human body we have another process called cancer. This spreads and incites other cells to kill themselves not that they know that. They think they are growing but the growth is uncontrollable, destroys organs, blood vessels and kills. The ageing process that kills us is linked to this as well and in terms of population control may also be important. Many of the problems health services around the world are having now are due to the increased longevity we enjoy, or endure. In the UK we live 13 years longer than we did at the beginning of my life.

So this natural process is both a life saver in a broad sense and an individual killer. I do not think it too political to point out that in cancer the body’s resources are diverted disproportionately to tumour growth and other vital functions get starved. People lose weight and this is often the first sign. In the world we have vast sums of money accumulating in certain places and growing poverty. It is a symptom of the body dying. Too many species are facing extinction, too many forests being cleared, the oceans and skies are becoming more and more polluted – these are all symptoms of this. The end result is of course that we all die, the body dies but the tumours never know that until it is too late. We hear of miracle cures but seldom will see them ourselves.

There was nothing seriously wrong really. We had a self sufficient system which supported life however over the last few decades the signals got muddled and corrupted as they do with cancers. One problem was how crime organised itself to become mighty corporations, or more precisely to own these and grow exponentially almost undetected. Corporations are merely programmed bodies whose purpose is to grow, to earn money. As they have become ever mightier they have achieved a control of our governance, our body’s governance if you like. It is not their fault. In many ways they made us what we were, a species with incredible gifts and abilities. But an example in the UK is how an initiative to harness these marvels has turned on the very people they intended to help. It was an initiative that sought to get private investment into public services. They built hospitals and many other public buildings, provided services to run them and it all looked fine. But the Private Finance Initiative as it was called also required hefty rewards for doing this and in the UK the PFI debt is running at well over £275 billion but for one reason or another is not included in the national debt which is also vast and un-repayable. The repayments are now so huge that the NHS for example is paying massive sums for this which are being taken away from funding needed by the clinical services. The government is also having to make huge cuts. Private investment of say £11 billion may result in repayments of £80 billion. It meant well but is ending badly for the body it was designed to help. The scheme has now spread all over the world, a world that did not realise that this quick fix could become an even bigger potential problem.

This is true for so much these days. What country or corporation can afford to clean up the plastic in our oceans? The floating mass in the Pacific was first identified in 1985. Most of it is beneath the surface, very hard to detect and the real evidence is being found in the marine life adversely affected. That is also how cancer works, we often first identify it from blood or urine tests then need careful scans and x-rays to find it. There is another plastic garbage patch in the Atlantic.

Estimates of size range from 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) (about the size of Texas) to more than 15,000,000 square kilometres (5,800,000 sq mi) (0.4% to 8% of the size of the Pacific Ocean), or, in some media reports, up to “twice the size of the continental United States” Wikipedia

Imagine the cost of picking that all up and reprocessing it on land. It simply will not happen but the problem causing it is still unidentified. Some say it is discarded fishing gear, others say it is refuse dumping at sea, others that it floated out to sea from land. As a result whatever caused it is not being stopped and that is again what happens with cancer and gangrene. The message telling cells to grow abnormally is not stopped. It may be for example that smoking has caused the cancer in our lungs but smoking all over the world is still doing that. It seems to be impossible to stop the habit and for many years they argued over whether it really was the cause. It is an isolated example and maybe should be viewed in the light of essential population control. But unfortunately it is a small symptom of the entire body dying, not just the individuals who choose to smoke. The cancerous cells eventually cause the demise of all the healthy ones unless treated and stopped.

Wars keep our numbers down, so do disease and pollution. Poverty keeps our numbers down and stops billions from using up the world’s resources, most of which have to be bought – food, water, medicine, shelter etc. The poor die young. It is obviously unfair and yet inequality is growing extremely fast, just as we find in a cancer riddled body.

The point is that all of us will die from the disease we are making. The rich will die, as will the poor and almost all the other species. Just a few problems with the financial world will see the corporations die and the death will affect our empires just as it affects individuals. This is not the ‘global warming’. That probably is happening but is just one of many things going wrong and certainly is being used as a diversion from the real problems that we can resolve if we try. I suppose that this is what is wrong with the entire environmental ‘green’ lobby. It may have the best intentions but does not identify what is actually causing the disease. Now the major problem is that the corruption is growing and spreading so fast yet no effective action is being taken to stop it. We are like the smoker told we will die from cancer. We continue smoking and ignoring the advice to stop as we are still alive and it is a habit that seems impossible to break.

The real problem may be impossible to resolve. It is a vast weight sitting on humanity. If we collectively heaved we could lift it. But ’collectively’ is exactly what we cannot do. The poor in the world cannot escape poverty but of course were it top of the agenda for every government and corporation they could work together to take the population out of it. They could ensure medical treatment for everyone too, and clean up the oceans and atmosphere. We could turn to clean energy almost overnight. There is so much that we could do to stop our body dying. One thing we should certainly be doing is looking at a more humane way to prevent overpopulation. There are still massive incentives and influences to have big families and people still get pregnant many times without meaning to. But a quick look at the dynamics of overpopulation reveal where it leads. The habitat is plundered, then starvation and disease come in fast and destroy. It does not spare a few rich animals!

So what is the real problem? This is the ‘Gordian knot’. That is to say it is a problem that is so complex it appears that it cannot be resolved. And some of the many causes of the problems were well intentioned efforts to resolve it which went wrong. DDT used as a general pesticide after the war for example. We have many thousands of think tanks and institutes these days working on our problems and sadly many of the solutions they come up with are making them worse. Many of them are biased anyway and wish to improve the lot of their few funders or founders at the expense of many. There are now so many that the solution will not be found in creating more of them. But it is well worth looking at the original Gordian knot to see what it was all about. Certainly there is a lesson here:

The Gordian Knot is a legend of Phrygian Gordium associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem (disentangling an “impossible” knot) solved easily by loophole or “thinking outside the box” (“cutting the Gordian knot”)….

At one time the Phrygians were without a king. An oracle at Telmissus (the ancient capital of Phrygia) decreed that the next man to enter the city driving an oxcart should become their king. A peasant farmer named Gordias drove into town on an ox-cart. His position had also been predicted earlier by an eagle landing on his cart, a sign to him from the gods, and, on entering the city, Gordias was declared king. Out of gratitude, his son Midas dedicated the ox-cart to the Phrygian god Sabazios (whom the Greeks identified with Zeus) and tied it to a post with an intricate knot of cornel (Cornus mas) bark. The ox-cart still stood in the palace of the former kings of Phrygia at Gordium in the fourth century BCE when Alexander arrived, at which point Phrygia had been reduced to a satrapy, or province, of the Persian Empire.

Several themes of myth converged on the chariot, as Robin Lane Fox remarks: Midas was connected in legend with Alexander’s native Macedonia, where the lowland “Gardens of Midas” still bore his name, and the Phrygian tribes were rightly remembered as having once dwelt in Macedonia. So, in 333 BCE, while wintering at Gordium, Alexander the Great attempted to untie the knot. When he could not find the end to the knot to unbind it, he sliced it in half with a stroke of his sword, producing the required ends (the so-called “Alexandrian solution”). However, another solution is presented by Aristobulus, which indicates “he unfastened it quite easily by removing the pin which secured the yoke to the pole of the chariot, then pulling out the yoke itself.” That night there was a violent thunderstorm. Alexander’s prophet Aristander took this as a sign that Zeus was pleased and would grant Alexander many victories. Once Alexander had sliced the knot with a sword-stroke, his biographers claimed in retrospect that an oracle further prophesied that the one to untie the knot would become the king of Asia.

Alexander is a figure of outstanding celebrity and the dramatic episode with the Gordian Knot remains widely known. Literary sources are Alexander’s propagandist Arrian (Anabasis Alexandri 2.3) Quintus Curtius (3.1.14), Justin‘s epitome of Pompeius Trogus (11.7.3), and Aelian‘s De Natura Animalium 13.1.

While sources from antiquity agree that Alexander was confronted with the challenge of the knot, the means by which he solved the problem are disputed. Both Plutarch and Arrian relate that according to Aristobulus, Alexander pulled the knot out of its pole pin, exposing the two ends of the cord and allowing him to untie the knot without having to cut through it. Some classical scholars regard this as more plausible than the popular account.

Alexander later went on to conquer Asia as far as the Indus and the Oxus thus, for Callisthenes, fulfilling the prophecy.

Interpretations

The knot may have been a religious knot-cipher guarded by Gordian/Midas’s priests and priestesses. Robert Graves suggested that it may have symbolized the ineffable name of Dionysus that, knotted like a cipher, would have been passed on through generations of priests and revealed only to the kings of Phrygia.

Unlike fable, true myth has few completely arbitrary elements. This myth taken as a whole seems designed to confer legitimacy to dynastic change in this central Anatolian kingdom: thus Alexander’s “brutal cutting of the knot… ended an ancient dispensation.” The ox-cart suggests a longer voyage, rather than a local journey, perhaps linking Gordias/Midas with an attested origin-myth in Macedon, of which Alexander is most likely to have been aware. Based on the myth, the new dynasty was not immemorially ancient, but had widely remembered origins in a local, but non-priestly “outsider” class, represented by Greek reports equally as an eponymous peasant “Gordias” or the locally attested, authentically Phrygian “Midas” in his ox-cart. Other Greek myths legitimize dynasties by right of conquest (compare Cadmus), but the legitimizing oracle stressed in this myth suggests that the previous dynasty was a race of priest-kings allied to the unidentified oracle deity….” Wikipedia

Well let me give my explanation and lesson in this. Midas was the king about whom it as said that everything he touched turned to gold. But his ancestors were poor. Certainly Midas lived before the Trojan war and centuries before money was invented, originally being gold and electrum nuggets used for exchange in his part of the world but only 500 years or so after the fall of Troy.

I find knots all the time. Cables seem to knot up magically and much patience is required to untangle them. You need to find the ends first. Some I know would throw the tangled mess away and buy more cables. The garden wire I bought in a large roll now seems to have multiple ends, the lazy result of constantly being cut in the middle to get a length without the problem of trying to find the end. Cutting a knot is certainly not helpful – unless one is tied up. And that is where we are with our knot. We are tied up. In some ways what we are tied by are legalities or even conventions. For example hospitals cannot just go out and buy the scanners they need. They cannot create new wards to give them the extra beds required or employ more doctors and nurses. They have budgets. And top of the budget is the loan repayment.

This is the case for every government. They cannot spend money on everything they might like to spend money on. They have budgets. Nor are they free from commitments that they have already made. And at the heart of this mighty knot is ’money’. We can, and do, print money but if we printed as much as we need to resolve all the issues facing us and to pay off the massive government debts then the financial system would crash. Money would become worthless. We are often told what happened to Germany between the wars. The dollar had traded at 4.2 German marks. The German government started printing money. It went to 330 marks to the dollar and Germany was forced to pay reparations for World War 1 of 132 billion gold marks – they were not going to accept paper money. In 1922 there were 7400 marks for a dollar. “By November 1923, the US dollar was worth 4,210,500,000,000 German marks” Wikipedia

They are not going to let us forget that because of what happened as a result! But in essence this is what the knot is about. It is something we find in loan sharking where poor people borrow money from gangsters and never get out of debt. The interest charged can be over 1,000,000%. The poor have no one else who will lend to them. Poor countries and those with poor credit ratings fare little better and have to pay mire interest on loans than the wealthy countries. Usually there is a safety net in our modern world – bankruptcy. In the UK before the 20th century our prisons were full of debtors, now few end up in prison but many lose all their assets. The average family in the UK now owes a fortune – for their cars, houses and credit cards:

“This means that households in the UK would have paid an average of £1,873 in annual interest repayments. Per person that’s £1,001 – 3.79% of average earnings. According to the Office for Budget Responsibility’s November 2016 forecast, household debt is predicted to reach £2.294 trillion in Q1 2022”

There is no end in sight and eventually we will crash again. In 2008 around 850,000 homes were repossessed in the US, in 2009 over 900,000. It is a massive tragedy in real terms when the global finance structure begins to collapse and it happens when repayments cannot be afforded.

I have often played Monopoly with my family. It is a good game and a good learning experience but one which always ends badly. One person ends up with everything and the rest are bankrupted. But it is a game.

So is our world finance system now. It is not bad but it ends badly. When that happens there are wars and revolutions. We can put down the revolutions but history tells us that it is only a quick fix at best. The revolutions we have seen of late have spiralled out of any control. Great empires like Rome staved off bankruptcy by invading country after country and pillaging them (spreading civilisation this was called in Rome) but eventually those countries destroyed Rome. Surely we have learned something by now. That to avoid this rage and to keep a good game going you have to cancel all debts and start again. But the rich players do not like that and the legal niceties protect them as after all they are the rules of the game.

This game will kill us all if we do not sort out the root problem stopping us from doing all the things we need to do right now to survive as a species . Countries are spending trillions on defence because of the problems brewing. Those mighty corporations need to change their product – they can clean the oceans and atmosphere for the money spent keeping a crashing system going. All the players lose eventually and that is the solution to this knot. Survival of the fittest is the rule of the game but it does not save a doomed species.

In fact it is all illusion. That is what the saddhus and sages will tell you. This money game makes things happen – it puts washing machines in our houses. But it has its limits and when extinction looms the knot has to be cut. When we stop being in denial about our cancer or gangrene we have life saving surgery, dangerous chemotherapy and radiation if necessary, but ideally we identify the culprit, cancel the tumour growing message and cut off the blood supply to them to save the whole body*. We would only do this at such a late stage in our life. It may be too late but our corporations are a clever lot and their ingenuity may save us and themselves if they change course, wake up to the impending disaster and deal with the real problem.

* it is only a wealth tax, it does not kill anyone!

 

 

Satya and Surtr

Like our famous game of Monopoly, what starts out fair and enjoyable ends up ruined by one or two players fixated with greed and bankrupting everyone else, this is what happens to our planet and humanity time and again. It need not if we set boundaries and prevented ownership and inequality getting out of hand. But we don’t. In history we find it has resulted in many purges or revolutions which are bloody affairs and discredit humanity as much as greed.

Parashurama (Sanskrit: परशुराम IAST: Paraśurāma, Malayalam: പരശുരാമന്‍, lit. Rama with an axe) is the sixth avatar of Vishnu in Hinduism. He is the son of Renuka and one of the saptarishis, Jamadagni. He lived during the last Treta and Dvapara Yugas and is one of the Chiranjivi (immortals) of Hinduism. Parashurama, a Brahmin, received his famous axe after undertaking terrible penance to please Shiva, who in turn taught him Kalaripayattu (the mother of all martial arts).

Parashurama is most known for ridding the world of kshatriyas twenty-one times over after the mighty king Kartavirya Arjuna, not the famous one of Mahabharata, killed his father. As per the Mahabharata, Parashurama single-handedly successfully conquered the entire world and killed crores of kshatriyas. Parashurama conducted hundreds of Ashvamedhas and gave away the entire earth he conquered as alms to sage Kashyapa. Wikipedia

There is more than meets the eye here but what are the kshatriyas he keeps ridding the world of?

Kshatriya (from kshatra, “rule, authority”) is one of the four varna (social orders) of the Hindu society. The Sanskrit term kshatriya is used in the context of Vedic society wherein members organised themselves into four classes: brahmin, kshatriya, vaishya and shudra. Traditionally, the kshatriya constituted the ruling and military elite. Their role was to protect society by fighting in wartime and governing in peacetime” Wikipedia

They are here called the ‘elite’.

Parashuram was also credited as being the spiritual mentor of Kalki the Hindu future messiah. Kalki appears when the world slips into darkness and perversity.

“When Lord Kalki saw that the entire world has sunk neck-deep in perversities like sex indulgence, anger, greed, attachment, ego, laziness, etc. and the light of the souls had been extinguished, he decided to guide the masses groping in the darkness of ignorance. The darkness was dense. The entire world was badly trapped in the materialistic pursuits and the pleasures of the senses. Lord Kalki felt that he lacked the power required for this awakening of the masses. Then his spiritual mentor Parashuram called him to the Himalayas and made him undertake a penance at a place where he (Parashuram) had himself done it. This penance awakened the enormous power, which was needed for the transformation of the era, within Kalki. “

https://www.quora.com/Are-there-yogis-in-the-Himalayas-who-are-thousands-or-perhaps-hundreds-of-years-old

Something else about Parashuram could now be noted:

“Parashurama and Indrajit (Ravana‘s son) are believed to be the only humans who ever possessed the three ultimate weapons: the Brahmanda astra, Vaishnava astra and Pashupatastra. Parashurama was a disciple of Shiva and learned the scriptures and the arts of warfare from Shiva. He then acquired celestial weapons from Shiva and the other gods on Shiva’s instructions. Shiva personally trained Parashurama for decades in the art of warfare.The Bhargavastra was his personal celestial weapon and vijaya was his personal bow which was gifted by Shiva. Parashurama also fought back the advancing seas to save the lands of Konkan and Kerala.” Wikipedia

If sea rises are as predicted we will need his help. But perhaps sea rises will be very much higher than the 18 or so metres they predict. I hope Robert will not mind me quoting here some extracts from a thought provoking article:

Human Extinction 2026

by Robert Hunziker

Human Extinction by 2026, a controversial/questionable idea, is examined in some detail on the web site: arctic-news.blogspot.com. Within the posted article, a bright red box highlights the hypothesis: “Will Humans Be Extinct By 2026?” Of course, simply posing the question is tantamount to endorsing the conclusion in the affirmative.

Also of recent, but not directly related to the extinction article, scientists moved the infamous Doomsday Clock ahead by 30 seconds closer to midnight because of rising global nationalism and failure to confront both nuclear weapons and climate change

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The following quote from the Arctic News/blog article brings this bleak issue into focus: “The situation is dire. Little or no action is taken on climate change. Earth faces a potential temperature rise of more than 10°C or 18°F by 2026.”

Without a doubt, worldwide temp increases by 18°F essentially wipes-out global agriculture.

However, it’s worth noting that no universal consensus of opinion by scientists comes close to this prediction, not close at all. The scientific community at large believes temps will gradually rise, slowly, and manageably

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Fifty-five (55) million years ago, global temps increased by 5° C within 13 years; CO2 in the atmosphere was 1,000 ppm, and there was no ice on the planet (today ice is melting like crazy, irreversibly in certain areas of Antarctica, which is extremely problematic). That’s remarkable, as it should take hundreds of years, or more, for global temps to increase by 5° C, not a measly 13 years. This fact alone, as discovered by scientists studying timeless ice core and sediment, unfortunately reinforces the “Human Extinction by 2026” thesis, somewhat

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http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/03/human-extinction-2026/

Something needs to be done but our governments seem to be reluctant to upset those who make a living from pollution.

However I am coming back to the weapons at the disposal of Parashuram. The first might be equated with for example the sun suddenly swallowing up its system which it will do when it runs out of fuel:

“In the epic Mahabharata, it is said that the weapon manifest with the all five heads of Lord Brahma as its tip. Brahma earlier lost his fifth head when he fought with Lord Shiva. This weapon is said to possess the power to destroy the Universe or Brahmand (the 14 realms) according to Hindu cosmology. As recorded in Hindu puranas, when this weapon is invoked it will cause ” the oceans to boil due to its heat and earth and mountains will float on the air and everything will burn without even leaving ashes”. When this weapon is used for defensive purpose or counter to Brahmastra and Brahmashirsha astra it will swallow the above said astras and neutralize it. When this astra is used for offensive purpose nothing can stop or escape from it.In some texts it is called Brahma-dhanda astra, the weapon created by Saptarishi‘s to counter any weapon ever created, even that of Trimurti‘s. The rishi of this weapon is Para Brahman. It is said to be the most difficult astra to obtain. Capable of destroying entire multiverse in a blink of an eye. Vishvamitra used all kinds of divine weapons against sage Vashistha, but the Brahma-dhanda astra of Vashistha neutralized and swallowed all astra (weapon) of Vishwamitra proving that Brahma-dhanda astra is the most powerful of all astra’s” Wikipedia

We might see this as a galactic ‘weapon’ the sort of regular cataclysm that stars and planets eventually succumb to. Nothing is left in the vicinity. Next:

“The Narayanastra (IAST: nārāyaṇastra, sanskrit: नारायणास्त्र )(or Narainastra) was the personal weapon of Lord Vishnu in his Narayana(or Naraina) form. This astra (“weapon” in Sanskrit) in turn fires a powerful tirade of millions of deadly missiles simultaneously. The intensity of the shower rises with increase in resistance. The only way of defense towards this missile, is to show total submission before the missiles hit. This in turn will cause this weapon to stop and spare the target.

Ashwathama, a Kuru warrior-hero in the epic Mahabharata unleashes this weapon on the Pandava forces. Lord Krishna, who is an Avatar of Vishnu tells the Pandavas and their warriors to drop their weapons and lie down on the ground, so that they all surrender completely to the power of the weapon. It was also said that this weapon can be used only once in a war and if one tries to use it twice, then it would devour the user’s own army.

When it was used, Ekadasha (Eleven) Rudras appeared in the sky to destroy Pandavas. Millions of types of weapons like Chakra, Gadha, ultra sharp arrows appeared in rage to destroy them. Who ever tried to offend were destroyed. Shri Krishna who knew how to cool down the Narayanastra advised Pandavas and their army to immediately drop all types and sorts of weapons from their hands and utterly surrender to the great astra of Lord Vishnu. Everybody does the same and survives.

When targeted, the Pandava hero Bhima refuses to surrender, thinking it an act of cowardice, and attacks the downpour of fiery arrows. The Narayana weapon concentrates its shower on him, and he gets steadily exhausted. However, he was not killed as Krishna and his brothers restrain him at the right time.” Wikipedia

This is more like a shower of meteors, asteroids or comets. It does not destroy everything. The only way to avoid it is to change and observe the ‘dharma’. Stop the inequalities that upset the gods. But the elite are always reluctant to do this. As it happens any such planetary disaster would bankrupt every corporation in the world, little of our ‘civilised’ world would remain. He also has this:

“The Pashupatastra (IAST: Pāśupatāstra, sanskrit: पाशुपतास्त्र), in Hindu History, is an irresistible and most destructive personal weapon of Shiva, Kali and Adi Para Sakthi discharged by the mind, the eyes, words, or a bow. Never to be used against lesser enemies or by lesser warriors, the Pashupatastra is capable of destroying creation and vanquishing all beings. Pashupatastra is the most destructive, powerful, irresistible weapon of all the weapons mentioned in the Hindu mythology.

In the Mahabharata war Arjuna obtained this weapon from Lord Shiva.

A Narrative from Kisari Mohan Ganguli translation of Mahabharat regarding the power of Pashupatastra:

O thou of mighty arms, that weapon (Pashupatastra) is superior to the Brahma, the Narayana, the Indra, the Agneya, and the Varuna weapons. Verily, it is capable of neutralizing every other weapon in the universe. It was with that weapon that the illustrious Mahadeva had in days of yore, burnt and consumed in a moment the triple city of the Asuras. With the greatest ease, Mahadeva, using that single arrow, achieved that feat. That weapon, shot by Mahadeva’s arms, can, without doubt consume in half the time taken up by a twinkling of the eyes the entire universe with all its mobile and immobile creatures. In the universe there is no being including even the deities, that are incapable of being slain by that weapon.

….” Wikipedia

This is basically the end of the universe Even history is destroyed by it.

There is hardly any intelligent person who worries about such divine wrath, even though it has been predicted since the first records were made – at least 6000 years ago. In spite of every religion preaching about it and in spite of the abundant evidence that every empire has become corrupt and been destroyed at some time. The ‘end is nigh’ placard has become a joke for our generation. Anyway our world is not for turning, least of all for such reasons. If we made it profitable to turn away from the error of our ways it might still be possible but we wont do that. Our world considers itself so powerful (it can destroy the planet any time it chooses), so knowledgeable (its computers know it all) and yet we see how fragile it really is, how endangered all our species, how pathetic we are in the face of so many dangers. It is like a child that thinks it can conquer the world with its new plastic sword or ray gun. True knowledge is very hard to find but written large in some of our history.

But let us look more at this Parashuram:

“The violent persecution of Brahmins by Kshatriya had at the time spanned generations. Aurva, great-grandfather of Parashurama, recalled a vivid childhood experience:

While lying unborn, I heard the doleful cries of my mother and other women of the Bhrigu race who were then being exterminated by the Kshatriyas. When those Kshatriyas began to exterminate the Bhrigus together with unborn children of their race, it was then that wrath filled my soul. My mother and the other women of our race, each in an advanced state of pregnancy, and my father, while terribly alarmed, found not in all the worlds a single protector. Then when the Bhrigu women found not a single protector, my mother held me in one of her thighs.

— Mahabharata 1:182

(rattuos: this is about saving our future generations not opposing abortion)

……Parashurama did as he was told and beheld Lord Vishnu himself. Vishnu blessed Parashurama for victory and told him what the future held. After completing his quest and attaining mastery of the Kavacha, Parashurama headed towards Mahishmati to slay Kartavirya.

Parashurama reached the outskirts of Mahishmati and sent a message to Kartavirya, either return Kamadhenu and surrender to the Bhargavas or death on the battlefield.

Outraged, Kartavirya summoned billions of kings who were his vassals and allies and a thousand mighty akshauhinis (each akshauhini consists of 21870 war elephants each carrying seven soldiers, 21870 battle chariots each carrying four men, 65610 cavalry and 109350 footsoldiers).

Parshurama ascended on a single chariot and without any ally, marched against the formidable Haihayas……..

When he returned home, his father was pleased, but seeing the blood stained axe of Parashurama, also concerned. He cautioned his son he must be aware of wrath and pride. Parashurama accepted the reprimand of his father, in penance and went on a pilgrimage to holy places for one year in purification.

Meanwhile, the sons of Kartavirya discovered their father at the palace and knew that only Parashurama could have killed him. In revenge, they traveled to the hermitage and murdered Jamadagni, discharging arrows into him like killing a stag. Afterwards, they decapitated his body and took his head with them.

When Parashurama returned home, he found his mother next to the body of his father, crying hysterically as she beat her breast twenty one times in a row. Furious, he hunted down the sons of Kartavirya at the palace. He killed them all and returned with the head of his father to conduct the cremation. Parashurama then vowed to enact a genocide on the war-mongering Kshatriyas twenty one times over, once for each time his mother’s hand hit her chest.

(rattuos: always the cycles of revenge take over following war, silly us if we think the conquered do not seek vengeance)

……….Pitrs then appeared and obstructed the chariot of Parashurama, forbidding him from fighting any longer. The spirit of Parashurama’s father, Jamadagni and his grandfather, Ruchika, spoke to him:

O son, never again engage in battle with Bhishma or any other Kshatriya. Heroism and courage in battle are the qualities of a Kshatriya and study of the Vedas and the practice of austerities are the wealth of the Brahmans. Previously, you took up weapons to protect the Brahmans, but this is not the case now. Let this battle with Bhishma be your last. O son of the Bhrigu race, it is not possible to defeat Bhishma.

— Mahabharata 188:5

……….By the end of the Vedic period, Parashurama had grown weary of bloodshed and became a sannyasi, giving up his possessions to practice penance. The first book of the Mahabharata writes:

The son of Jamadagni, after twenty-one times making the Earth bereft of Kshatriyas, wended to that best of Mountains Mahendra and there began his ascetic penance.

— Mahabharata 1:14

He traveled to central India at the northern end of the Eastern Ghats and Western Odisha and ascended the Mahendra Mountains. Before he left, Parashurama distributed the territories he conquered among Brahmins, who ruled for many centuries. Kingdoms included Kerala, Mushika, Karnata and Konkana.

Unlike other incarnations of Vishnu, Parashurama is a Chiranjivi and is said to still be doing penance today in Mahendragiri. The Kalki Purana writes that he will reemerge at the end of Kali Yuga to be the martial and spiritual guru of Kalki, the tenth and final avatar of Vishnu. It is foretold that he will instruct Kalki to perform a difficult penance to Shiva, and receive the celestial weaponry needed to bring about end time…..”

Wikipedia

In the past here I have written much about Kalki but deleted all those passages along with the rest when I started again. Whether Kalki emerges at a time when the physical human is extinct is hard to decide. The end time battle of the Gods – Ragnarok – seems to suggest that life is removed, the world regenerated and starts again rather differently. Perhaps that is what happened with the dinosaurs who came back as our birds when their bloody reign ended.

“In Hinduism, Kalki (Devanagari: कल्कि; lit. destroyer of filth) is the tenth avatar of the god Vishnu in the current Mahayuga, foretold to appear at the end of Kali Yuga, the current epoch. The Purana scriptures foretell that Kalki will be atop a white horse with a drawn blazing sword. He is the harbinger of the end time in Hindu eschatology, after which he will usher in Satya Yuga…..The Agni Purana predicts that at the time of his birth, evil kings will feed on the pious. Kalki will be born son of Vishnuyasha in the mythic Shambhala. He will have Yajnavalkya as his spiritual guru.

Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu is a Chiranjivi (immortal) and in scripture is believed to be alive, waiting for the return of Kalki. He will be a martial preceptor of Kalki, teaching him military science, warfare arts and instructing him in the performance of a severe penance in order to receive celestial weaponry” Wikipedia

We might look at two things from that. Kalki‘s guru:

Yajnavalkya (Sanskrit: याज्ञवल्क्य, Yājñavalkya) is a revered Vedic sage of Hinduism. He is mentioned in the oldest Upanishadic scriptures, and likely lived in Videha kingdom of northern Bihar around the 8th century BCE, or 7th century.

According to Ben-Ami Scharfstein – a professor emeritus of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, Yajnavalkya was one of the earliest philosophers in recorded history, after Aruni. Yajnavalkya proposes and then debates metaphysical questions about the nature of existence and impermanence, expounds the epistemic doctrine of neti neti (“not this, not this”) to discover the universal Self and Ātman. He renounced worldly attachments, and his renunciation ideas have been important to the Hindu sannyasa traditions” Wikipedia

And also what kind of world Kalki is bringing – the Satya Yuga (The Icelandic saga mentions the final battle between the gods as Ragnarok which is followed by the fire of Surtr). The Satya Yuga is an age governed by Truth and Justice (Dharma) which is where we started:

“The Satya Yuga (Devanagari: सत्य युग), also called Sat Yuga, Krta Yuga and Krita Yuga in Hinduism, is the first of the four Yugas, the “Yuga (Age or Era) of Truth”, when humanity is governed by gods, and every manifestation or work is close to the purest ideal and humanity will allow intrinsic goodness to rule supreme. It is sometimes referred to as the “Golden Age“. The Satya Yuga lasts 1,728,000 years. The goddess Dharma (depicted in the form of cow), which symbolises morality, stood on all four legs during this period. Later on in the Treta Yuga, it would become three, followed by two in the Dvapara Yuga. Currently, in the immoral age of Kali, it stands on one leg………

The Yugas are said to succeed each other almost endlessly. After the perfect Satya Yuga, a decline marks the Treta Yuga. Further decline brings about the Dwapara Yuga, and after it comes the final and dark Kali Yuga, a time of wickedness, when man kills another man. At the end of the cycle a Divine Being is said to take birth and reestablish righteousness, thus beginning a new Satya Yuga

………as described in the Mahabharata, a Hindu epic: there were no poor and no rich

………” Wikipedia

It may be that our world will suddenly convert to the Dharma, and everything be based on truth rather than a rush to riches. But it may be that what is really being mentioned is that part of the afterlife where that is the case, which both preceded this world, has existed alongside it and will outlast it. What is certainly being said is that the evil of a world where war, poverty, corruption and exploitation rule supreme will be utterly destroyed by some mighty weapon. It is not nice nor helpful that there does not look to be any change in our behaviour on the horizon as only that can avert disaster of this magnitude. If these ancient writings have any truth in them!

Perhaps they do. this is taken from the article on mass extinctions:

“Estimates of the number of major mass extinctions in the last 540 million years range from as few as five to more than twenty. These differences stem from the threshold chosen for describing an extinction event as “major”, and the data chosen to measure past diversity.” Wikipedia

According to the above Parashuram threatened 21 mass extinctions, not necessarily killing all life on the planet just removing the governance that was leading the world astray whatever that happened to be. They need to talk to him about this fast. We are getting near misses more frequently.

When will 2016 WF9 hit Earth, how close did 2017 BS32 get and …

NEWS.com.au5 Feb 2017
The asteroid hurtled past our planet on Thursday February 2. … It is scheduled to approach us on February 25, flying by at a distance of 32 …
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When will 2016 WF9 hit Earth, how close did 2017 BS32 get and could a meteor strike destroy the planet?

NASA scientists have warned that a giant space rock is set to brush past the Earth.

Last week., Asteroid 2017 BS32 hurtled past our precious planet missing it by a meagre 161,280km according to stargazers.

Experts believe a fatal collision is definitely on the cards at some point, but it’s unlikely any of us will be around to see it, reports The Sun.

The near-miss last week follows news that another galactic stone, dubbed ‘2016 WF9’, is on course to smash into the Earth.

But boffins at the US space agency insist the rogue asteroid will burn up during its entry to our atmosphere.

Indeed the threat of a giant rock causing considerable damage to our planet remains a distinct possibility.

Space nerds at NASA have reportedly attended an “emergency” summit to explore the risk posed by asteroids.

They’ve also warned it’s “not a matter of if — but when” we will be forced to deal with an asteroid slamming into the Earth’s surface……

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/space/when-will-2016-wf9-hit-earth-how-close-did-2017-bs32-get-and-could-a-meteor-strike-destroy-the-planet/news-story/846956f59400350c7b54996a4c6c7dd2

Is this next article fake news?

Doomsday asteroid ‘will hit Earth on February 16,’ Russian maniac warns

Early this year, NASA detected a mysterious object at the edge of our solar system – and said it would sail safely past Earth…….

But one self-styled astronomer claims they are wrong – and that not only will it hit Earth, it’s a part of the mysterious death planet Nibiru!

On February 16, a massive space rock will hit Earth – followed by the death planet itself, according to Mysterious Universe.

We should note at this point that there’s no scientific evidence Nibiru even exists – and that internet maniacs predict that it will destroy Earth with mind-numbing regularity, and that it never, ever does…….

Doomsday asteroid ‘will hit Earth on February 16,’ Russian maniac warns

 

Without wishing to worry anyone the most alarming part of the story is that the thing was only spotted last month! This is what was said then;

“NASA detects gigantic comet approaching Earth and it’s so huge you’ll be able to see it from Britain

Two massive space rocks are heading toward our planet – and you’ll be able to see them entering Earth’s orbit

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2522408/nasa-detects-comet-or-asteroid-hurtling-toward-earth-thats-so-massive-youll-be-able-to-watch-it-soar-past/

 

 

Shangri La and Shambhala

When we think of Shambhala or Shangri La it is usually considered some paradise very hard to find in or near the Himalayas. In fact the word Shangri La comes from a 1933 British novel but it is thought to be based on the Buddhist pure land Shambhala, which was considered the village where the Maitreya lived and the future messiah Kalki was born. I guess it is worth looking at an extract from the Wiki article on this first:

“In Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu traditions, Shambhala (Sanskrit: शम्भलः Śambhalaḥ, also spelled Shambala or Shamballa or “Shambhallah”; Tibetan: བདེ་འབྱུང, Wylie: bde ‘byung; Chinese: 香巴拉; pinyin: xiāngbālā) is a mythical kingdom. It is mentioned in various ancient texts, including the Kalacakra Tantra[2] and the ancient Zhangzhung texts of western Tibet. The Bon scriptures speak of a closely related land called Tagzig Olmo Lung Ring.

Hindu texts such as the Vishnu Purana (4.24) mention the village Shambhala as the birthplace of Kalki, the final incarnation of Vishnu who will usher in a new Golden Age (Satya Yuga).

The legends, teachings and healing practices associated with Shambhala are older than any of these organized religions. Shambhala may very well have been an indigenous belief system, an Alti-Himalayan shamanic tradition, absorbed into these other faiths. This pre-existing belief system, also called Mleccha (from Vedic Sanskrit म्लेच्छ mleccha, meaning “non-Vedic”), and the amazing abilities, wisdom and long life of these ‘sun worshipers‘ (the Siddhi from the Vedic Sanskrit सिद्धि of the ancient Surya Samadhi समाधि) is documented in both the Buddhist and Hindu texts. Whatever its historical basis, Shambhala (spelling derived from the Buddhist transliterations) gradually came to be seen as a Buddhist pure land, a fabulous kingdom whose reality is visionary or spiritual as much as physical or geographic. It was in this form that the Shambhala myth reached Western Europe and the Americas, where it influenced non-Buddhist as well as Buddhist spiritual seekers — and, to some extent, popular culture in general.

Shambhala is ruled over by Maitreya, the future buddha. The Kalacakra tantra prophesies that when the world declines into war and greed, and all is lost, the 25th Kalki king will emerge from Shambhala with a huge army to vanquish “Dark Forces” and usher in a worldwide Golden Age. Using calculations from the Kalachakra Tantra, scholars such as Alex Berzin put this date at 2424.…” Wikipedia

There is much more of interest there but that will do for the moment. It could be anywhere in fact but here is an interesting contender you may not have heard of which is still an earthly paradise:

“Kumaon (Hindi: कुमाऊं) or Kumaun is one of the two regions and administrative divisions of Uttarakhand, a mountainous state of northern India, the other being Garhwal. It includes the districts of Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh, and Udham Singh Nagar. It is bounded on the north by Tibet, on the east by Nepal, on the south by the state of Uttar Pradesh, and on the west by the Garhwal region. The people of Kumaon are known as Kumaonis and speak the Kumaoni language.” Wikipedia

This next part may or may not be true but is often reported. In some ways it sounds like the tale told by Brunton in his Secret Egypt book or Castaneda’s stories from Mexico but as there are so many similar tales related it will do.

https://www.quora.com/Are-there-yogis-in-the-Himalayas-who-are-thousands-or-perhaps-hundreds-of-years-old

The mystery of immortal beings in the Himalayas This is an incident of 1942 when the king of Kumaon invited an army officer of Western Command, LP. Farrel for a picnic trip to the hills. There was a special reason for inviting Mr. Farrel; in spite of his being a Britisher he was very much interested in Indian religion, philosophy and culture. He had a few opportunities of witnessing demonstration of miraculous feats of some Indian yogis. He had become a pure vegetarian. That is why he always welcomed any opportunity to go towards the Himalayan wilderness, with the hope of meeting some saint or yogi who could initiate him into spiritual sadhana.

Mr. Farrel, the king and the queen and their entourage reached a place near Nainital full of natural beauty. It so enchanted them that they decided to camp overnight there. So, the dozens of tents were pitched and the lonely place got filled with the hustle and bustle of servants. Gossip, merriment, eating and drinking went on till midnight. Everyone went to bed and due to exhaustion of the whole day’s exertions, immediately slipped into deep sleep. The first phase of the sleep was hardly over when Mr. Farrel felt that there was someone near his cot. He waked up and clearly listened-“We need the place where your tents have been pitched. You vacate this place. If you are unable to understand, then you should come to that northwestern hill in front of you. I will explain you everything.” “But who are you?” – saying this Mr. Farrel got up from the bed and lit his torch. But there was no one. He came out of the tent but there too no one could be seen nor heard anyone’s footsteps. After a momentary fear he became normal and then went back to his bed again for sleeping. It was 3.30 AM by his watch.

Despite his best efforts he could not sleep. Somehow he was keeping his eyes shut. Again he felt someone’s presence. Still lying on the bed he opened the eyes and he saw a shadow of a person standing in front of him. This time again he uttered the same words. In order to identify that person, as soon as Mr. Farrel lit the torch, even the shadow vanished. His body started shaking and perspiring. This army officer who did not get frightened even by watching the horrible bloodshed in the war, momentarily got un-nerved and dumbfounded by mere imagination of a supernatural being. He lay awake in his bed with his eyes closed till the morning but heard nothing. A strange attraction was arousing within him to see the hill mentioned by the shadowy presence. He put on his clothes and shoes and silently came out of the tent and walked towards that hill.

Describing this incident Mr. Farrel has himself written: “The way to the place where I was directed to reach was very difficult, narrow and dangerous. I was not at all able to climb up by myself but I was constantly feeling that somebody was showing me the way and was providing me the energy to climb up. After a hard effort of three and a half hours I could climb up. It seemed difficult to go ahead due to heavy breathing and perspiration. So I sat down on a square stone, lying down on it to take some rest. Hardly two minutes had passed and the same voice awakened me. ‘Mr. Farrel! Now you put off your shoes and slowly climb down the stone and come to me. With these words in the ears, I looked around and saw that a saint, with very weak constitution but brilliant splendor on the forehead, was standing in front of me. Leave aside the acquaintance, I had never met or seen him earlier. Then how could he know my name? He was here, then how did his shadow reach in my tent in the night? There was no communication link like a radio or a microphone etc between us. Then how could his voice reach me? Several such questions arose in my mind. Putting a stop to the unending trail of questions the sadhu said-whatever you have heard and seen cannot be understood by ordinary human mind. For this purpose one has to do long sadhanaand the practice of yoga, abandoning the worldly pleasures and attraction of the senses. There is a specific purpose for which you have been called here.”

Farrel could not make out whether the saintly person was a human being or a god. The thoughts arising in his mind were being constantly read by that person like an open book. Mr. Farrel climbed down the rock and in a short time reached the place where the Sadhu was sitting. The place was so small that only one person could take rest there. There was nothing except the fire burning in the Dhooni (firepit).

Farrel further writes- “The Sadhu patted me on the back with his weak hand and I was stunned how could this electricity like power be there in that old body. My body that was almost breaking with pain due to exhaustion – now seemed light like a flower. As an humble gesture of respect for him I knelt down and touched his feet. I had seen many sadhus; but I have always felt that sahdus and saints who had influenced Indian philosophy and increased its dignity were not those who were roaming around on the roads but they were truly such secluded and devoted persons only. Their physical bodies might weigh 80-90 pounds but intensity of their energy and power was more than that of thousand bombs and they were the storehouses of knowledge.”

The Sadhu told me-“I have inspired a youth to reach the place where your tents have been pitched. He was my disciple in his previous birth. His sadhana is half-completed. Now I want to guide him again to undertake his sadhana and penance for the universal welfare. But the memories of his previous birth are dormant. The impressions and circumstances of this birth are attracting him. Therefore he is unable to take up the sadhana again. I have called him through subtle inspiration. If he comes here and is unable to locate the directed place, then he will get confused. In that event, whatever I want will not become possible, Therefore, please vacate that place immediately.”

Mr. Farrel said – “Lord! Please tell me also a few things about my previous birth “? The Sadhu replied-“My son! These siddhis (accomplishments) are not for demonstration. They are meant for some special purposes and it is better they are utilized for that only. Of course, if you wish you can be present at the time when I show him the events of his previous birth. Now you go. People are searching for you in the camp. I too am in a hurry.”

Mr. Farrel returned to the camp. Indeed, people had been searching for him. Mr. Farrel narrated the incident to the king. They then left that place and pitched the camp some 200 yards away.

By the evening of that day a young man did indeed come searching for that place. After satisfying himself in all respects, he sat down there. In the meantime, Mr. Farrel also reached there. His curiosity was getting more and more intense as the time passed. In a short while sadhu too reached there. Mr. Farel and the young man touched his feet and stood waiting for his instructions. That place was in the centre of a grove of trees.. After lighting the fire sadhu did some puja, recited some mantras and told us to sit down in a meditating posture. A ray of light emanated from his forehead and a circular spot of light appeared on the trunk of a thick tree. Then whatever was seen in the spot was just like a cinema where they saw the characters actually walking and talking. Like a movie, they saw the events of the previous birth of that youth with their own naked eyes. In between that youth used to get excited and would say – ‘Yes-yes I had done that’.

At the end, that youth touched the feet of that sadhu and said “Lord! Now my attachment with the mundane world is broken. I am ready to take up the unfinished sadhana of my previous life. Please guide me so that I can complete the unfinished task.”

The Sadhu said – “My son! Today you take rest here. In the morning, you return to your home. At an appropriate time, I will call you.” After that Mr Farrel did not know when that youth was called again? What he became later and with what name he became popular? But he became a staunch devotee of Indian religion and spirituality. This incident has been narrated by Mr. Farrel himself in an article in the May 17, 1959 issue of Saptahik Hindustan (a weekly Hindi magazine).

(Note that Farrel had become a vegetarian and this may well have been more spiritual than physical, even a vivid dream if it is true)

Yogi Sri Shyama Charan Lahiri, popularly known as Lahiri Mahashay, in the book “An autobiography of a Yogi”, by Swami Yogananda. Lahiri Mahashay happened to be Yoganand’s Dada Guru. He too was called by Babaji, an immortal siddha of Himalayas, who taught him the science of kriya yoga so that this knowledge does not become extinct.

Indian scriptures are filled with descriptions of immortal souls like Shiva, Bhairav, Hanuman, Ashwatthama and many siddhas. There is a story in Kalki Purana, which goes like this. When Lord Kalki saw that the entire world has sunk neck-deep in perversities like sex indulgence, anger, greed, attachment, ego, laziness, etc. and the light of the souls had been extinguished, he decided to guide the masses groping in the darkness of ignorance. The darkness was dense. The entire world was badly trapped in the materialistic pursuits and the pleasures of the senses. Lord Kalki felt that he lacked the power required for this awakening of the masses. Then his spiritual mentor Parashuram called him to the Himalayas and made him undertake a penance at a place where he (Parashuram) had himself done it. This penance awakened the enormous power, which was needed for the transformation of the era, within Kalki. Lord Parshuram was born in Vedic Yuga, which came much earlier than the Kaliyuga. His presence in Kaliyuga too is an indication of his immortality and a testimony of the fact that immortal souls like him are still present in the Himalayas. Dr. Hari Dutta Bhatta, Shailesh has given an interesting description of his mountaineering experience of Janwali (Garhwal) hill, which is 22000 feet above the sea level, in Dharmayuga (Hindi weekly, 23 rd August 1964 issue). He was convinced that some supernormal power saved him and his group from getting buried under a landslide. All these incidents prove the fact that immortal souls possessing fierce supernatural power are still present in the Himalayas and they will remain there for an infinite time.

Modern scientists are also actively engaged in the research for finding the elixir of life. Zoologists of Russia, France, Britain, Germany, USA, etc. have been investigating for a long time the process of aging and death. On the basis of the results obtained so far, they have concluded that death is not an inevitable phenomenon. Aging is a kind of disease. If it be possible to find a cure for it, a person could live for a thousand years. The modes and methods of kayakalpa (rejuvenation) mentioned in Ayurveda also prove this fact.

In fact death is the result of collapse of life sustaining mechanism in the body. The gradual reduction in the efficiency of the body organs is the cause of senility, leading to death. If the life sustaining mechanisms are kept healthy and if the process of cell renewal is kept intact, a human being could be kept alive for an infinite time. Genes are immortal so there is no inevitability of bodily death.

After studying Ayurveda, one can easily conclude that ancient seers and scholars had identified several herbs, fruits and chemicals, which help in the rejuvenation of the body. There is a popular phrase. “A person does not eat food; it is the food that eats up a person.” Our physical body is nourished by blood. The latter provides oxygen to the entire body. Oxygen and other nerve fluids sustain consciousness in the body. All this is accomplished through emotions. It is the thoughts and emotions that give rise to secretions of hormones. These hormones control the metabolic processes within the body. Therefore, it appears that the responsibility of keeping the body healthy rests with our emotions and thoughts which are the real essence of life. There is a bird called ‘Salyon’, which gets sick after laying eggs. After investigation it has been found that after laying the eggs, her pituitary gland (which is centre of thoughts and emotions), gets excited and it starts secreting a hormone called A.C.T.H in huge quantities, which leads to her sickness. This has been found in the case of some other creatures as well. This shows that, if a person makes his thought process robustly positive and keeps his food light, he can keep himself alive and active for a long time.

Modern science has no knowledge of the thought control mechanism. Is there any power in the sentiments, which can catch in its purest form the life (genes) floating in the sky? This vidya (knowledge) is known only to Indian yogis. But now scientists too are agreeing with this. For example in 1975 some zoologists of Strasberg carried out an experiment for changing the genes of a duck. Two ducks, one of Campbell variety and the other of Pekish variety, were chosen. The DNA of the first were injected in the second and that of the second one were injected in the first. This gave rise to change in the color of both. Within a few days the dust colour of Campbell started appearing in the Pekish variety and the neck of Campbell variety started getting white.

Science can perform only a few experiments of this type. Changing one or two chromosomes is the first step towards success. The reproductive cells of a human being contain about 10 billions pairs of nucleotides and every pair has 46 chromosomes. It is difficult to change the behavior of a person without changing them. Then there are several cells in the body, which after being formed never change. The question of keeping them healthy is much a more daunting task. It will take a long time for science to search the solution for this. But that knowledge already exists in the science of yoga and Indian chemical methods. This needs unbiased scientific research of a different type. This depends on appropriate environment in addition to difficult sadhanas. For this purpose scientists have suggested that atmospheric temperature should be subzero. Mr Clark in his book ‘Space Odyssey’ has written that in order to undertake space voyage lasting for 200 to 400 yrs, it will be essential to keep the space voyager in the sleeping state at sub zero temperatures. Looked at from this scientific finding, the existence of immortal beings in the perennially frozen regions of the Himalayas cannot be considered as a myth.

In fact, Himalayan region has been a special haven of true Yogis and Mahatmas from times immemorial. The likes of great yogis who have lived in this sacred region cannot be found elsewhere. It is said that there is Gyangaj Yogashram in Tibet, which is a training institute for yogis. Hundreds of such yogis are reported to be living and researching into the mysteries of the inner realms. This Siddhashram isolate in the subtle-physical realm is not accessible or visible to ordinary persons. Only psychically awakened and gifted Sadhaks have the privilege of entry into this Siddhashram. “

What can one say? We are neck deep in a corruptly run world and there seems to be no escape or cure. But Kumaon is one of those places less affected. It is not full of backpackers yet and commands the most extraordinary views while its people have not succumbed to the western madness of getting rich quick at any cost. I am stating here that in our own homes and minds we can find this Shangri La if we adapt to its requirements and look for it.”

Make of that what you will but I better finish the job. This is Babaji said to be 1800 years old:

Mahavatar Babaji (IPA: [Mahāvatār Bābājī]; born 30 November 203 CE) is the name given to an Indian saint and yogi by Lahiri Mahasaya and several of his disciples who met Mahavatar Babaji between 1861 and 1935. Some of these meetings were described by Paramahansa Yogananda in his book Autobiography of a Yogi, including a first hand telling of Yogananda’s own meeting with Mahavatar Babaji. Another first hand account was given by Yukteswar Giri in his book The Holy Science. According to Sri M’s autobiography (Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master) Sri Guru Babaji, i.e., Mahavatar Babaji was Lord Shiva. In the second last chapter of his book, he mentions Sri Guru Babaji changing his form to Lord Shiva. All of these accounts, along with additional meetings with Mahavatar Babaji, are described in various biographies of those mentioned by Yogananda.

Mahavatar Babaji’s given name is unknown, so those who met him during that period all called him by the title first given to him by Lahirī. “Mahavatar” means “great avatar”, and “Babaji” simply means “revered father”. Some of the encounters included two or more witnesses—discussions between those who met Mahavatar Babaji indicate that they all met the same person.” Wikipedia

The explanation is ‘bilocation’ which I have written about here previously….

“There are very few accounts of Babaji’s childhood. One source of information is the book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga tradition by Marshall Govindan. According to Govindan, Babaji was named Nagarajan (king of serpents) by his parents. V.T. Neelakantan and S.A.A. Ramaiah founded on 17 October 1952, (they claim – at the request of Babaji) a new organisation, “Kriya Babaji Sangah,” dedicated to the teaching of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. They claim that in 1953 Mahavatar Babaji told them that he had been born on 30 November 203 CE in a small coastal village now known as Parangipettai, in Tamil Nadu, India. Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas Trust (Kriya Babaji Sangah) and their branch organisations claim his place and date of birth. He was a disciple of Bogar and his birth name is Nagarajan.

In the writings of Paramahansa Yogananda in his Autobiography of a Yogi, many references were made to Mahavatar Babaji including from Lahirī and Yukteshwar. In his book The Second Coming of Christ, Yogananda states that Jesus Christ went to India and conferred with Mahavatar Babaji. This would make Babaji at least 2000 years old. According to Govindan’s book, Babaji Nagaraj’s father was the priest of the village’s temple. Babaji revealed only those details which he believed to be formative as well as potentially instructive to his disciples. Govindan mentioned one incident like this: “One time Nagaraj’s mother had got one rare jackfruit for a family feast and put it aside. Babaji was only 4 years old at that time. He found the jackfruit when his mother was not around and ate it all. When his mother came to know about it, she flew in blind rage and stuffed a cloth inside Babaji’s mouth, nearly suffocating him, but he survived. Later on he thanked God for showing him that she was to be loved without attachment or illusion. His Love for his mother became unconditional and detached.”

When Nagaraj was about 5 years old, someone kidnapped him and sold him as a slave at Calcutta (Now Kolkata). His new owner however was a kind man and he freed Nagaraj shortly thereafter. Nagaraj then joined a small group of wandering sannyāsin due to their radiant faces and love for God. During the next few years, he wandered from place to place, studying holy scriptures like the Vedas, Upanishad, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Bhagavad Gita.

Quest for Self-realization

According to Marshall Govindan’s book, at the age of eleven, he made a difficult journey on foot and boat with a group of ascetics to Kataragama, Sri Lanka. Nagaraj met Siddha Bhogarnathar and became his disciple. Nagaraj performed intensive yogic sadhana for a long time with him. Bhogarnather inspired Nagaraj to seek his initiation into Kriya Kundalini Pranayam from Siddha Agastya. Babaji became a disciple of Siddha Agastya. Nagaraj was initiated into the secrets of Kriya Kundalini Pranayama or “Vasi Yogam”. Babaji made a long pilgrimage to Badrinath and spent eighteen months practising yogic kriya taught to him by Siddha Agastya and Bhogarnathar. Babaji attained self-realization shortly thereafter. They (who?) also claim that these revelations were made by Babaji himself to S.A.A. Ramaiah, a young graduate student in geology at the University of Madras and V.T. Neelakantan, a famous journalist, and close student of Annie Besant, President of the Theosophical Society and mentor of Krishnamurti. Babaji was said to have appeared to each of them independently and then brought them together to work for his Mission in 1942.

Reports of meetings, 1861–1966

Shyāmacharan Lahirī

Main article: Lahiri Mahasaya

The first reported encounter with Mahavatar Babaji was in 1861, when Shyāmacharan Lahirī (called “Mahāsaya” by disciples, devotees, and admirers) was posted to Ranikhet in his work as an accountant for the British government. One day while walking in the hills of Dunagiri above Ranikhet, he heard a voice calling his name. Following the voice up the mountain, he met a “tall, divinely radiant sadhu.” He was amazed to find that the sadhu knew his name. This sadhu was Mahavatar Babaji.

Mahavatar Babaji told Lahirī that he was his guru from the past, then initiated him into Kriya Yoga and instructed Lahiri to initiate others. Lahiri wanted to remain with Mahavatar Babaji, who told him instead that he must return to the world to teach Kriya Yoga and that “Kriya Yoga sadhana would spread through the people of the world through his (Lahiri’s) presence in the world.”

Lahirī reported that Mahavatar Babaji did not give his name or background, so Lahiri gave him the title “Mahavatar Babaji.” Many sadhus in India are called Babaji, and sometimes even “Babaji Maharaj”, which has caused confusion between Mahavatar Babaji and other sadhus with similar names.

Lahirī had many meetings with Mahavatar Babaji, recounted in several books, including Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogiraj Shyama Charan Lahiri Mahasaya (Lahiri’s biography), and Purana Purusha: Yogiraj Sri Shama Churn Lahiri, among others.

The references of Sri Lahiri mahasaya in Sampoorna Sripada Vallabha Charitam, as the guru of Sri Shirdi Saibaba and initiating him to kriya yoga.

Disciples of Shyāmacharan Lahirī

Several disciples of Shyāmacharan Lahirī also said that they had met Babaji. Through discussion with each other, and the fact that some of these encounters included two or more witnesses, they confirmed that the person they saw was the same sadhu that Lahirī called Mahavatar Babaji. In 1894, at the Kumbha Mela in Allahabad, Yukteswar Giri, a disciple of Lahirī, met Mahavatar Babaji. He was surprised by the striking resemblance between Lahirī and Mahavatar Babaji. Others who met Babaji also commented on the resemblance. It was at this meeting that Mahavatar Babaji instructed Sri Yukteswar to write the book that was to become Kaivalya Darshanam, or The Holy Science. Yukteswar had two more meetings with Mahavatar Babaji, including one in the presence of Lahiri Mahasaya.

Pranabananda Giri, another disciple of Lahirī, also met Mahavatar Babaji in the presence of Lahirī, at Lahirī’s home. Pranabananda asked Mahavatar Babaji his age. Mahavatar Babaji responded that he was about 500 years old at that time.

Keshabananda, a disciple of Lahirī, tells of meeting Mahavatar Babaji in the mountains near Badrinath around 1935, after he became lost wandering in the mountains. At that meeting, Pranabananda reported that Babaji gave him a message for Paramahansa Yogananda, that “I won’t see him this time, as he is eagerly hoping; but I shall see him on some other occasion.” In his book Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda wrote that Mahavatar Babaji visited him before his journey to America and addressed him saying, “You are the one I have chosen to spread the message of Kriya Yoga in the West.”

Other disciples of Lahirī who reported meetings with Mahavatar Babaji include Kebalananda Giri and Ram Gopal Muzumdar, who recounted meeting Mahavatar Babaji and his sister, whom he called Mataji. In addition, a disciple of Trailanga Swami, Shankari Mata (also called Shankari Mai Jiew) met Mahavatar Babaji while visiting Lahiri Mahasaya.

Traditional legends

Legendary powers and age have been attributed to Mahavatar Babaji by the disciples of Lahirī. These stories have led many to believe that Mahavatar Babaji is a legendary person, rather than a real sadhu that was seen by numerous witnesses from 1861 to 1935.

Paramahansa Yogananda, in his Autobiography, described Mahavatar Babaji’s role on earth:

The Mahavatar is in constant communion with Christ; together they send out vibrations of redemption, and have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age. The work of these two fully-illumined masters–one with the body, and one without it–is to inspire the nations to forsake suicidal wars, race hatreds, religious sectarianism, and the boomerang-evils of materialism. Babaji is well aware of the trend of modern times, especially of the influence and complexities of Western civilization, and realizes the necessity of spreading the self-liberations of yoga equally in the West and in the East.

In addition, Babaji is reputed to be ageless, according to some accounts, and about 500 years old around the late 1800s, according to Pranabananda. Yogananda reports that, according to the disciples of Lahirī, nobody knows Babaji’s age, family, place of birth, true name, or other details “dear to the annalist’s heart.”

According to Yogananda’s autobiography, he has a sister called Mataji (meaning “Holy Mother”) who also has lived throughout the centuries. Her level of spiritual attainment is comparable to her brother’s, and she lives in a state of spiritual ecstasy in an underground cave. Although only three pages in the book are dedicated to her, she is described by Ram Gopal as “young and surpassingly lovely” as well as a “glorious woman.”

Yogananda frequently prayed out loud to “Babaji-Krishna.”

Modern claims and popular references

Mahavatar Babaji was one of the many people featured on the cover of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. He can also be seen on the cover of George Harrison‘s 1974 album Dark Horse.

In Book 3 of Conversations with God (1998), by Neale Donald Walsch, it is suggested that Babaji may at one time have resurrected himself from the dead.

In the Book Ultimate Journey (1994), by Robert Monroe Monroe visits a person through his astral projection (although no name is mentioned) who turns out to have lived one single life for 1800 years, which would suggest that he was born around 203 CE.

The 2002 Tamil film Baba written by Rajinikanth was based on Babaji. Swami Maheshwarananda writes in his book The hidden power in humans, that the Guru of the legendary Babaji is Sri Alakh Puriji.

In his autobiography Apprenticed to a Himalayan master: a yogi’s autobiography (2010), Sri M (Mumtaz Ali) narrates his meeting with Babaji near Neelkant hill. In his book, Sri M gave description of Babaji as golden complexioned, bare-bodied, except for a shining white loin cloth that barely reached the knees, and flowing brown hair that fell to his shoulders. He mentioned that a lovely scent emanated from Babaji and he looked divine. In the second last chapter of his book, he mentions that Babji himself was Lord Shiva. He describes seeing Babaji changing his form to Lord Shiva again and again. He also mentions that SaiBaba, Yesu, Guru Nanak and many others were disciples of Mahavatar Babaji.

Songwriter Roger Hodgson of English rock band Supertramp composed a song called ‘Babaji’ in reference to Mahavatar Babaji. This song is recorded on their 1977 album Even in the Quietest Moments…” Wikipedia

Nagaraj is also the name of the old wood carver from Bangalore who stayed with me in London in 1984 on his European tour and left me this piece he had made for me in India before he came apparently knowing that we would meet. He was perplexed when I insisted he sleep in my bed and I sleep on the sofa. He was all for sleeping on the floor but he left me a golden charm of Shiva in the bed when he left. He knew Coonoor well which was where my father was born in 1912. My father was still alive at that time but they never met.

Very seldom has anyone made anything for me if I exclude many wonderful meals and I was stunned when Nagaraj took it out of his suitcase. Here is another hidden master.

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The assorted clutter includes a tiny spider trapped in some amber many millions of years ago, a flint arrow head, a dinosaur tooth found in Egypt, a Celtic bangle made of electrum, a Sumerian shell hair ring, an obsidian awl from prehistoric America and a tin full of pebbles and pottery shards I have collected on my travels.