The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 35 – 27/28 July 2017 – rattuos

I had written most of what I was going to put here today, some tips I was hoping might make clairvoyance and dreaming more accessible but I changed my mind. What I am now thinking about is what I suppose might be deemed prioritising. So for example we might have two neighbours who are angry with each other and embroiled in some domestic argument but when they both see a river of red hot lava streaming towards their houses that takes priority.

In global terms the sight of some massive asteroid heading for Earth might be enough for nations to put aside their disputes to work together. The point is that only when both sides are threatened do they bury the hatchet, temporarily. So we may see a whole part of the world experiencing famine but that does not mean that the well fed side gets involved. If the whole world was in famine’s grip then something would be done. Otherwise at best some token or temporary aid is dispatched subject to political considerations.

So I am not in any way intending to belittle the politics of our world and the difficulties they try to cope with. We may not all be in agreement. Economics are very hard to manage even in our own homes. But faced by the lava flow they can become meaningless. Certainly one of the biggest problems is preventing panic and the anti-social behaviour it can unleash.

I quite often have the TV on during the day and there are numerous films with a similar theme. Some ‘lava flow’ is coming, an asteroid, solar flare, earthquake or whatever. A small group is trying to save us. They encounter criminals trying to stop them or people looting shops. It ends up ok. The repetition is trying to tell us something. It is used to ‘educate’ us. Basically we must trust our leaders to work quietly to keep us safe and not to worry us unduly. I agree. Don’t worry but I only apply that to us, those of us not directly working on global economics and disasters. But to those who are working on these things I urge them to worry and to put aside any differences they have in making things end up ok. They can get back to petty feuds afterwards.

So who are these people? Who do we have who are engaged in this work as opposed to the work of creating hazard after hazard? Who has their beady eye on the environmental dangers we have created and are trying to remedy them? Who has risen above the interests that seem to govern us and ensure that profit comes before safety, or that national interests are served before global ones?

This must be a very difficult time for them and I would include all the world’s intelligence agencies, if not their governments that are limited to much narrower visions. Can you imagine if we did not have some kind of enlightenment at the overriding level? It is not that there is no solution to the dangers and threats as there is. But it is expensive, awkward and hard to implement the solutions in time especially when big business is hell bent on creating more mess than it cleans up.

The enlightened view is that we can be saved by making small adjustments. Adjustments that the populations would barely notice as they go through their lives. We all change, we all adapt. But if our parents do not break their heroin addiction we their children have our work cut out to survive unscathed. And breaking addiction is about the hardest thing a human can do.

Of course the same is true with ourselves, our individual crisis. We need some leadership that is removed and above all our petty, domestic squabbling and even above our more serious encounters. One that is aware of the real problem facing us, which comes after we die. And that one in us the Egyptians called the spirit ‘ka‘. I consider it to be us just before we die, the one who knows all about us and how we can end up ok. If we listen to its advice

Ancient Egypt survived a few catastrophes over its existence between 4000BC and 300BC. These are called ‘intermediate’ periods. We do not know that much about them because there was a cessation of normal recording and activity but we can estimate what was going on. Certainly this is a lesson for us now:

“The First Intermediate Period, often described as a “dark period” in ancient Egyptian history, spanned approximately one hundred and twenty-five years, from c. 2181–2055 BC, after the end of the Old Kingdom. It included the seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, and part of the eleventh dynasties. Very little monumental evidence survives from this period, especially towards the beginning of the era. The First Intermediate Period was a dynamic time in history where rule of Egypt was roughly divided between two competing power bases. One of those bases resided at Heracleopolis in Lower Egypt, a city just south of the Faiyum region. The other resided at Thebes in Upper Egypt. It is believed that during this time, the temples were pillaged and violated, their existing artwork was vandalized, and the statues of kings were broken or destroyed as a result of this alleged political chaos…..

The Second Intermediate Period marks a period when Ancient Egypt fell into disarray for a second time, between the end of the Middle Kingdom and the start of the New Kingdom.

It is best known as the period when the Hyksos made their appearance in Egypt and whose reign comprised the Fifteenth dynasty

The Twelfth Dynasty of Egypt came to an end at the end of the 19th century BC with the death of Queen Sobekneferu (1806–1802 BC). Apparently she had no heirs, causing the twelfth dynasty to come to a sudden end, and, with it, the Golden Age of the Middle Kingdom; it was succeeded by the much weaker Thirteenth Dynasty. Retaining the seat of the twelfth dynasty, the thirteenth dynasty ruled from Itjtawy (“Seizer-of-the-Two-Lands”) near Memphis and Lisht, just south of the apex of the Nile Delta….

The Third Intermediate Period of Ancient Egypt began with the death of Pharaoh Ramesses XI in 1070 BC, ending the New Kingdom, and was eventually followed by the Late Period. Various points are offered as the beginning for the latter era, though it is most often regarded as dating from the foundation of the Twenty-Sixth Dynasty by Psamtik I in 664 BC, following the expulsion of the Nubian rulers of the Twenty-Fifth Dynasty by the Assyrians under King Assurbanipal.

The period was one of decline and political instability, coinciding with the Late Bronze Age collapse of civilizations in the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean (including the Greek Dark Ages). ….” Wikipedia

Some people equate these difficult times with natural disasters like the eruption of the volcano on Thera and the resulting tsunamis. Some contemporary writings speak of famine, a darkened sun even the stars not following their normal course which makes one consider pole reversal if the tales are genuine.

I do not want to depress you and the following Wikipedia extracts are difficult but they are just a small example of what has to be done at a planetary, supra national level. Our intelligence agencies can make things happen if they wish and can even put overbearing pressure on our governments. That is why they needed the brightest minds and tentacles at every important level of humanity and its sciences. Their computing ability gives them this predictive enlightenment but just as it is a struggle for us, bogged down in our daily lives and reluctant to listen to the warning tones of our spirit, so it is difficult for them. But we must rely on them and their judgement as individually we can do nothing for the global level but offer our support and hope it ends up ok.

I remember when I lived in North London how some worried about nuclear waste being transported on the North London railway line. What happens if the train crashes? Well transport of this stuff is perilous. We could dump it on the moon is we could be sure the rockets carrying it would not crash or explode on ascent. But some do and just one failing would pollute the entire planet. If we had a vast central reprocessing plant where for example the stuff could be broken down into small pieces, encased in special glass and stored in massive corrosion free containers to put deep underground, nowhere near the water table and safe from earthquake, tsunami, flood etc – well we would still need to transport it there from all the places where it is now. It is achievable but ‘terrorism’ makes it even more fraught with problems and so do the worries, and in some cases anger, of communities through which it must pass or where it may reside. But doing nothing does not help and secretly dumping it at sea as an unscrupulous corporation linked to organised crime is said to have done makes the problem far, far worse. Even this I liken to our own individual situation if we do not seek justification for our lives and some degree of enlightenment. We are selfish and foolish. We need to change as fast as possible to become selfless and wise:

High-level waste (HLW) is produced by nuclear reactors. The exact definition of HLW differs internationally. After a nuclear fuel rod serves one fuel cycle and is removed from the core, it is considered HLW. Fuel rods contain fission products and transuranic elements generated in the reactor core. Spent fuel is highly radioactive and often hot. HLW accounts for over 95 percent of the total radioactivity produced in the process of nuclear electricity generation. The amount of HLW worldwide is currently increasing by about 12,000 metric tons every year, which is the equivalent to about 100 double-decker buses or a two-story structure with a footprint the size of a basketball court. A 1000-MW nuclear power plant produces about 27 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel (unreprocessed) every year. In 2010, there was very roughly estimated to be stored some 250,000 tons of nuclear HLW, that does not include amounts that have escaped into the environment from accidents or tests. Japan estimated to hold 17,000 tons of HLW in storage in 2015. HLW have been shipped to other countries to be stored or reprocessed, and in some cases, shipped back as active fuel…..

 

Due to historic activities typically related to radium industry, uranium mining, and military programs, numerous sites contain or are contaminated with radioactivity. In the United States alone, the Department of Energy states there are “millions of gallons of radioactive waste” as well as “thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel and material” and also “huge quantities of contaminated soil and water.”….

The back-end of the nuclear fuel cycle, mostly spent fuel rods, contains fission products that emit beta and gamma radiation, and actinides that emit alpha particles, such as uranium-234 (half-life 245 thousand years), neptunium-237 (2.144 million years), plutonium-238 (87.7 years) and americium-241 (432 years), and even sometimes some neutron emitters such as californium (half-life of 898 years for Cf-251). These isotopes are formed in nuclear reactors…..” Wikipedia

I have written here how the tale of Atlantis that Plato maintains came from Egypt was originally a prophecy about us. At some point it was deemed to be the history of a more ancient civilization but there wasn’t one.

Atlantis (Ancient Greek: Ἀτλαντὶς νῆσος, “island of Atlas“) is a fictional island mentioned within an allegory on the hubris of nations in Plato‘s works Timaeus and Critias, where it represents the antagonist naval power that besieges “Ancient Athens”, the pseudo-historic embodiment of Plato’s ideal state (see The Republic). In the story, Athens repels the Atlantean attack unlike any other nation of the (western) known world, supposedly giving testament to the superiority of Plato’s concept of a state. At the end of the story, Atlantis eventually falls out of favor with the gods and submerges into the Atlantic Ocean

….Plato introduced Atlantis in Timaeus:

For it is related in our records how once upon a time your State stayed the course of a mighty host, which, starting from a distant point in the Atlantic ocean, was insolently advancing to attack the whole of Europe, and Asia to boot. For the ocean there was at that time navigable; for in front of the mouth which you Greeks call, as you say, ‘the pillars of Heracles,’ there lay an island which was larger than Libya and Asia together; and it was possible for the travellers of that time to cross from it to the other islands, and from the islands to the whole of the continent over against them which encompasses that veritable ocean. For all that we have here, lying within the mouth of which we speak, is evidently a haven having a narrow entrance; but that yonder is a real ocean, and the land surrounding it may most rightly be called, in the fullest and truest sense, a continent. Now in this island of Atlantis there existed a confederation of kings, of great and marvellous power, which held sway over all the island, and over many other islands also and parts of the continent.” Wikipedia

That ‘island’ is most likely our western civilization – America and Britain specifically, possibly our Nato alliance, although the problem is certainly not confined to them and is a global issue for all the major nations. But whatever Plato had heard had come through many generations and the story had been embroidered by most of them. The origin was a simple worry about what our highly advanced technological world is coming to and concern that wisdom might not win the day. Let us hope that it does and that Intelligence uses its mighty power, a power that was given to it intentionally to save us, so that it really does end up ok.

Yesterday I read the word ‘omnicide’ for the first time. We are in a period of mass extinction. Many other species have suffered this already, most populations have been decimated. We are on the list too. But this extinction unlike previous ones has numerous causes coinciding with each other. Everyone that is not entirely blind knows what most of them are – death by a thousand cuts. An elite now openly called insane, unable or unwilling to recognise and reverse the damage it has done. Judgement has been passed and it is too dreadful to mention here. No one responsible for this can hide from what is coming to them and their poor ancestors who must pay the price with their evil descendants. Even our media that has hidden so much so well will be held to account. All of us need to be aware that this is a time to do good works. How fortunate are our teachers and nurses, our firemen and paramedics. All those who work tirelessly for the benefit of our world, our kind and Nature. It is not a time for revolution or anger. The anger is in the spirit world directed at those who have destroyed the priceless jewel in the crown of our solar system, our galaxy and our universe and who have done this within my lifetime for the most hideous reasons. Omnicide! They have killed us all for profit, for some competitive advantage, for their personal or national security at the expense of all. Enlightenment is unbearable when this is what is shown to you.

 

 

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The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 34 – 21 July 2017 – rattuos

Until this thing called a paradigm shift is finally over and results in general acceptance of what we call enlightenment the war between ignorance and truth must continue. It has been waged for thousands of years and killed many of our brightest humans while rewarding some of the most evil. One extraordinary fact about this is that according to some thinkers, although the forces of ignorance are used and maximised, the actual leaders are not ignorant at all. They know very well what the truth is, the reality and go to extraordinary lengths to conceal it.

This is scarcely a new concept as it has been considered since the first tales of fallen angels over two thousand years ago, or the biblical demons who are revealed as intelligent and using the human. We have had many dictators who have kept their populations in ignorance, and religious leaders too. We have scientists who are employed to conjure up papers to support corporate interests. We have think tanks set up by any number of lobbies to conjure up predictions that help their funders. We have a media owned by corporate interests that has learned that continuous repetition of a lie leads to general acceptance of it and that a collective refusal to publish facts effectively conceals them. We have politicians who are divorced from independent thought and forced to tow a party line. And we have fewer and fewer prominent minds prepared to stand in front of this behemoth knowing it will run them down, ruin them and ruin their families.

What is extraordinary is how intelligent and well informed people can act like this. Most politicians have good degrees and are informed by a vast array of intelligence services. Climate change is an obvious case. There is ostensibly a fight between scientists who support the possibility that our climate is changing due to human interventions that could be reversed and scientists who ridicule the very idea. This has enabled politicians to dither, or to appear to dither, and not to put into law the actions that might save the planet and its species. You have to take your pick which side you trust. Perhaps you work in an industry that requires you to strip the forests of their timber and see keeping your job as more important than the mere possibility it will lead to our extinction. But if you decide that we need to ban carbon fuel burning immediately you know very well we will not and that there is almost nothing you can say that will change that. 90% of the world could say that and it still would not happen. But the very notion of climate change is helping to conceal the reality. It is quite possible to dispute climate change and why it is changing by one or two degrees, what it will result in and how it can be averted. But the reality is that our problem is much more diverse than this single problem. Our endangered species are being poached, our planet polluted, our very genes are being altered before we know what will happen as a result. Our wars are changing our psyche and creating vast reservoirs of appalling karma for our species. Obesity and diet related disease is destroying our health and health care services as are pollution and stress. Corporate greed is plundering the entire planet. Poverty is as intense as ever it was and ravaging entire nations sometimes for political reasons. Nuclear power is leaving a vast legacy of waste that has been dumped at sea, buried or is in stockpiles awaiting an age where there may be an answer or funding, and is not taken into the cost equation when constructing more power stations. We have vast stockpiles of nuclear weapons that may be used literally at any time. Our United Nations is dysfunctional and some nations get away with murder while others are unchallenged. We are about to witness in the next few years a vast eruption of methane gas locked in the melting tundra and under melting icecaps – a gas considered to be many times more destructive for our delicate atmosphere than carbon dioxide and one whose sudden release seems to have preceded previous mass extinctions.

Is this true? We are not scientists so how can we know. Looking up on Google ’methane climate’ just now the first item on the list was this:

Hot Talk, Cold Science
Global Warming’s Unfinished Debate

S. Fred Singer (Author)
Frederick Seitz (Foreword

S. Fred Singer is a distinguished astrophysicist who has taken a hard, scientific look at the evidence. In this book, Dr. Singer explores the inaccuracies in historical climate data, the limitations of attempting to model climate on computers, solar variability and its impact on climate, the effects of clouds, ocean currents, and sea levels on global climate, and factors that could mitigate any human impacts on world climate.

Singer’s masterful analysis decisively shows that the pessimistic, and often alarming, global warming scenarios depicted in the media have no scientific basis. In fact, he finds that many aspects of any global warming, such as a longer growing season for food and a reduced need to use fossil fuels for heating, would actually have a positive impact on the human race. Further, Singer notes how many proposed “solutions” to the global warming “crisis” (like “carbon” taxes) would have severe consequences for economically disadvantaged groups and nations.

Hot Talk, Cold Science is essential reading for anyone who wants to be fully informed about the global warming debate. “

http://www.independent.org/store/book.asp?id=42&s=ga&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4rnY8ZSa1QIVlqntCh0JOgUsEAAYASAAEgJhfPD_BwE

Perhaps he is right but as I had never heard of the man I found this on Wikipedia

Siegfried Fred Singer (born September 27, 1924) is an Austrian-born American physicist and emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia. Singer trained as an atmospheric physicist and is known for his work in space research, atmospheric pollution, rocket and satellite technology, his questioning of the link between UV-B and melanoma rates, and that between CFCs and stratospheric ozone loss, his public downplaying of the health risks of passive smoking, and as an advocate for climate change denial. He is the author or editor of several books including Global Effects of Environmental Pollution (1970), The Ocean in Human Affairs (1989), Global Climate Change (1989), The Greenhouse Debate Continued (1992), and Hot Talk, Cold Science (1997). He has also co-authored Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1,500 Years (2007) with Dennis Avery, and Climate Change Reconsidered (2009) with Craig Idso.

Singer has had a varied career, serving in the armed forces, government, and academia. He designed mines for the U.S. Navy during World War II, before obtaining his Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University in 1948 and working as a scientific liaison officer in the U.S. Embassy in London. He became a leading figure in early space research, was involved in the development of earth observation satellites, and in 1962 established the National Weather Bureau‘s Satellite Service Center. He was the founding dean of the University of Miami School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences in 1964, and held several government positions, including deputy assistant administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency, and chief scientist for the Department of Transportation. He held a professorship with the University of Virginia from 1971 until 1994, and with George Mason University until 2000.

In 1990 Singer founded the Science & Environmental Policy Project, and in 2006 was named by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as one of a minority of scientists said to be creating a stand-off on a consensus on climate change. Singer argues there is no evidence that global warming is attributable to human-caused increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, and that humanity would benefit if temperatures do rise. He is an opponent of the Kyoto Protocol, and has claimed that climate models are neither based on reality nor evidence. Singer has been accused of rejecting peer-reviewed and independently confirmed scientific evidence in his claims concerning public health and environmental issues…..” Wikipedia

Who am I to argue? My point above is that ’global warming’ has been given a front seat and the very many unarguable issues are either excluded from entry or take back seats.

Now today the point that I really wish to discuss is not climate change, politics, propaganda or anything else just the fact that enlightened beings are running the forces of ignorance or darkness and quite deliberate in that. Who they are is not particularly relevant either. Nor even what they are. They could all be sociopaths for example but it makes no difference. A television programme this week showed us the ‘corporate psychopaths’ that they think have taken the business world into war with the populations. It was interesting but not as interesting to me as to why they have done this. Some will see in this the greed for money and undoubtedly that is something feeding the cancer cells but even so it is not what caused the disease. The question is why are enlightened beings preventing enlightenment for the human?

The answer is extremely simple. Why do we have secrets? Why do inventors patent their inventions? Why do colonists fight to hold onto the conquests they have made? Why do most of us pass on our assets to our children? Why do we have private land ownership? Why indeed do we have poverty rubbing shoulders with extreme wealth? In my life I have come across many gurus and yet not one of them was willing to share the real ‘secret’ of their enlightenment. They sold many products that they assured others contained this secret but every one held onto it. Why?

The terrible truth is that those who want enlightenment usually want it for the wrong reasons. In theory it is impossible to obtain if that is the case. Some of the misguided ideas on the subject suggest that if any part of the self remains it will not come, as if Gautama Buddha really had no ‘self’ when all that is written or known about him clearly shows that he did. Of course the concept of selflessness is quite separate from this obsession with having so self. Selflessness is about putting certain things before one’s own desires. There are a huge number of people who act in this way, most mothers do. But some put the interests of quite dangerous entities before their own interests and do so not for money or fame but delusion. That is to say many of them ’believe’ fiercely in things which the enlightened ones know are not actually true. You can do good works in your life for the wrong reasons and conversely do evil for what seem to be the right reasons. That would include lying to the world to keep it safe.

This matter is not easy even if it is simple. The point is summed up in the word ’apocalypse’. This word has been given a meaning that is the complete opposite of its real meaning. The word is Greek and actually translates “An apocalypse (Ancient Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokálypsis, from ἀπό and καλύπτω, literally meaning “an uncovering”) is a disclosure of knowledge or revelation. In religious contexts it is usually a disclosure of something hidden, “a vision of heavenly secrets that can make sense of earthly realities”.Wikipedia

But the dictionary meaning now is for example:

apocalypse ə’pɒkəlɪps/ noun

noun: Apocalypse; noun: the Apocalypse; noun: apocalypse; plural noun: apocalypses

1. the complete final destruction of the world, as described in the biblical book of Revelation.

“the bell’s ringing is supposed to usher in the Apocalypse”

(especially in the Vulgate Bible) the book of Revelation.

singular proper noun: Apocalypse

2. an event involving destruction or damage on a catastrophic scale.

“the apocalypse of World War II”

And what you can see here is that ‘revelation’ or the opening of the eyes of humanity is considered to usher the ‘complete destruction of the world’. There then is the excuse for keeping our eyes firmly shut even if the enlightened are the ones doing this.

I remember something that happened in the 1970’s. I had recently come across a sect that said they wanted to help planet earth because she was pregnant. They thought that planets gave birth to moons and there is certainly some evidence these days for that being partly true. It coincided with many of us former hippies being extremely concerned about environmental issues. Then suddenly one day I was handed a book, a small paperback, by someone in the sect who warned me to keep it to myself and only to pass it on the someone I could trust. I was told that the authors and various people related to them had been murdered. These days it would be freely available on the internet. Anyway this book was making a point which I suppose is tied up with all of this although it was almost certainly a fake. In some ways it reminds me of the way that conspiracy theories are often so absolutely ludicrous that they give conspiracy theory a bad name as a result. I am sure this is deliberate and we might note that a very discredited conspiracy is for example that we are controlled by the Illuminati. But the little book was called Alternative 3 and this is what I have found on it today:

Alternative 3 is a television programme, broadcast once only in the United Kingdom in 1977, and later broadcast in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, as a fictional hoax, an heir to Orson Wellesradio production of The War of the Worlds. Purporting to be an investigation into the UK’s contemporary “brain drain“, Alternative 3 uncovered a plan to make the Moon and Mars habitable in the event of climate change and a terminal environmental catastrophe on Earth.

The programme was originally meant to be broadcast on April Fools Day, 1977. While its broadcast was delayed until June 20, the credits explicitly date the film to April 1. Alternative 3 ended with credits for the actors involved in the production and featured interviews with a fictitious American astronaut

The programme was presented as an edition of an Anglia TV series called Science Report. The intended transmission date was April 1, but it seems that Anglia was unable to obtain an ITV network slot for the programme on that date due to strike action/labour disputes. The script was written by Chris Miles and David Ambrose. Music was supplied by Brian Eno, a portion of his score being released on the album Music for Films (1978). Apart from the presenter Tim Brinton, all the characters in the programme were played by actors who were explicitly credited at the end.

The episode began by detailing the so-called “brain drain:” a number of mysterious disappearances and deaths of physicists, engineers, astronomers, and others in related fields. Among the strange deaths reported was that of one “Professor Ballantine” of Jodrell Bank. Before his death, Ballantine delivers a videotape to an academic friend, but upon playback the tape appears to contain only static.

According to the research presented in the episode, it was hypothesized that the missing scientists were involved in a secret American/Soviet plan in outer space, and further suggested that interplanetary space travel had been possible for much longer than was commonly accepted. The episode featured an Apollo astronaut “Bob Grodin” (played by Shane Rimmer) who claims to have stumbled on a mysterious lunar base during his moonwalk.

It was claimed that scientists had determined that the Earth‘s surface would be unable to support life for much longer, due to pollution leading to catastrophic climate change. Physicist “Dr Carl Gerstein” (played by Richard Marner) claimed to have proposed in 1957 that there were three alternatives to this problem. The first alternative was the drastic reduction of the human population on Earth. The second alternative was the construction of vast underground shelters to house government officials and a cross section of the population until the climate had stabilised, a solution reminiscent of the finale of Dr Strangelove. The third alternative, the so-called “Alternative 3,” was to populate Mars via a way station on the Moon.

The programme ends with some detective work; acting on information from Grodin, the reporters determine that Ballantine’s videotape requires a special decoding device. After locating the decoder, the resulting video turns out to depict a joint American and Russian landing on the Martian surface in 1962.

Production

The programme was made with stock film used at the time to make it appear like a conventional documentary programme. In a 1989 interview, actor Richard Marner (Dr Carl Gerstein) said he didn’t rehearse his lines to make the delivery appear as natural as possible.

Reception

Within minutes of the programme ending, Anglia Television was flooded with telephone calls demanding more information. Callers were told the programme was a hoax. The Times on 21 June reported that “Independent television companies last night received hundreds of protest calls after an Anglia programme, Alternative 3, gave alarming facts about changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. It was a hoax, originally intended for April 1st.” It also pointed out that several of the characters in the programme were played by well known actors.

Nick Austin, who was editorial director of Sphere Books when Watkins’ adaptation was commissioned and published, writes that the book was the “best chance I’d ever be likely to get to participate in a hoax of truly Guy Grand proportions — the best thing of its kind since Orson WellesWar of the Worlds radio broadcast.”

Austin writes that he was both delighted and disturbed by the Alternative 3 controversy, and adds that the reasons “a clever hoax, openly admitted to be such by its creators, should continue to exercise the fascination it so obviously does the best part of a generation after its first appearance is beyond my feeble powers of analysis and explanation.”

A more detailed explanation of the hoax is featured in a study of conspiracy theory subculture and literature, Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America (2003), wherein Michael Barkun devotes a few pages to Alternative 3.

Barkun writes that “Alternative 3 was clearly a hoax — and not only because it was intended for broadcast on April Fools Day. The interviews with supposed scientists, astronauts, and others were far too dramatically polished to have been spontaneous, and in any case, the episode’s closing credits named the actors who took the roles of interviewees and correspondents. Though artfully produced, the show’s counterfeit documentary style could scarcely have been expected to fool many. As an Anglia TV spokeseman put it, ‘We felt viewers would be fairly sophisticated about it.'”

Barkun notes that television and newspapers were “swamped” with inquiries about Alternative 3 and that Anglia Television’s sale of the book rights to Leslie Watkins caused the tale to spread far beyond the United Kingdom.

Books

In 1978, Leslie Watkins wrote a science fiction book based on the screenplay for the television episode. Watkins had previously written a few moderately successful “suspense thriller” novels, and his Alternative 3 novelization detailed many of the claims presented in the episode. It was published by Sphere Books Ltd, of Grays’s Inn Road, London. In the book, many of the fictional characters were replaced with real people. For example, quotes from the fictional astronaut Bob Grodin were attributed to real life astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Edgar Mitchell.

Jim Keith‘s Casebook on Alternative 3: Ufo’s, Secret Societies and World Control (Illuminet Pr) ISBN 0-9626534-9-7, argues that some elements of the 1977 broadcast were in fact true.

Ken Mitchell’s novel, Alternative 3 (HarperCollins) ISBN 0-7322-7703-5 uses the Alternative 3 scenario as a background to a techno-thriller. On June 20, 2010, the 33rd anniversary of the original Anglia Television broadcast, an allegedly “unexpurgated” edition of the Alternative 3 text was released as an eBook”

Wikipedia

I suppose what is most interesting to me about this little book, not having seen the television programme and living very close to Grays Inn where such books were published is that it made no difference to my thinking anyway. I was being deluged on a daily basis with deranged fantasies about Atlantis, Egypt, magic, a lost brotherhood etc. However even this year Stephen Hawking, the eminent scientist, has said we must colonise another planet if we are to survive and this little book foretold global warming before anyone else. My recollection was that one of the alternatives which was rejected was for the human to return to the stone age.

How many of you either know or are a control freak? I come across them all the time. It seems to me to be quite a recent thing because in my youth although we were strictly controlled it did not seem to be so obsessive. People were allowed to make mistakes and then punished for them. Control freaks refuse to give up control even when they are wrong. In my childhood when people were wrong they resigned but now many hold onto power for all they are worth and even make speeches explaining that they are the only ones who can save us, save their country, save their company, save their party. They mean save themselves from ignominy. Enlightened masters have become control freaks. You can clearly see this in the behaviour of recent famous gurus and politicians. They invest much energy into cover ups. I will not detail them but many of the gurus have been sued or accused of sexual assault. Many politicians of dishonesty or having vested interests. This is true also of major organisations in our time. The classic example given to us whether it is true or not is that of the Emperor Nero ’fiddling while Rome burned’.

So the definition of enlightenment is no longer enough. The enlightened have knowledge of the facts and can see. They may even be selfless servants of some organisation. But for one reason or another they are against humanity being allowed to see the facts for themselves and have devised all manner of strategies and diversions to ensure that is, and remains, the case. They maintain that humans knowing the truth, seeing what is coming, will lead to chaos and instability in Creation. I suppose the example is to be seen in films where some devastation strikes or is about to strike and we see shops being looted, people killed, raped and abused and the forces of law and order trodden underfoot by a crazed horde. Revolutions are also seen like this, unless we support them. In truth the bus driver is taking the bus over a cliff while maintaining that the real danger is in replacing him. He says that telling his passengers they are going over the cliff will result in great danger! That is what a control freak says anyway.

So find your enlightenment by all means but also try mentally to find a way to save us. The saviours are the best example to us all, not those promoting war, genocide, theft and inequality. Peace likes to be promoted peacefully. Violence likes to be promoted and portrayed as a peaceful solution. The laws of Karma and Dharma (Justice and Truth) are inflexible and we will all have to account for our actions, which will all be known when we die because we will testify against ourselves. Whatever you do in life bear that in mind.

Your ancestors have a big stake in you and will either be justified or disgraced by your life. If they see you as trying to justify them by good works and salvation they will help you. Perhaps it would help if you tried to contact them for whatever help they can give you. You do not need a medium – you need to be a medium and practise your clairvoyance. Ask their help in doing that. You may be surprised at what happens. These are the kind of meditations that are so beneficial. Chanting a mantra benefits someone else, usually the one who gave it to you to repeat endlessly like the lies that appear to be true when repeated often enough.

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 33 – 18 July 2017 – rattuos

 

Now to look at a very controversial concept in science, and quite a recent one, which is extremely important as far as we (those who seek enlightenment) are concerned. Let us start with the days when the earth was known to be flat, although there were no very clear ideas on what happened when you reached the edge of it. But one year changed that and a ship arrived from the east having headed out to the west having taken measurements of sun and stars all the way round . Suddenly the world was known to be a globe. Very soon we understood gravity which underpinned this new concept. There have been quite a number of vast changes in human understanding of nature, physics and science in general and it could be pointed out that in many cases this was as the result of one person work and dedication with much opposition from the scientific community etc.

These massive changes, sea changes we might call them continue. Part of the concept that I am mentioning is what this means. The man credited with this particular concept was both a scientist and someone who studied the history of science. He died in 1996. He is controversial not so much for pointing out the obvious – the massive changes in our understanding from time to time – but for the rules he saw in play each time this happened. So for example he suggested that science is not what it is cracked up to be. We never have a complete understanding and it can change radically at any time. What we have is a perception or consensus (my words) which are created by scientists, often from their work in areas that are quite bewildering to us – advanced mathematics, biology, chemistry, astrophysics etc. Science did not take kindly to this as you will see.

He also pointed out that the followers of one concept, one consensus had nothing in common with the followers and supporters of the new consensus, not that he put it like that but if you look at my list here you will soon realise that there are two extreme camps on many issues – one that sees it as an opportunity and one that sees it as a threat. That may help to see the problem and how the two camps have nothing in common on that issue, are in fact in denial over what is understood by the opposite camp. (“Competing paradigms are frequently incommensurable; that is, they are competing and irreconcilable accounts of reality” Wikipedia)

This is not to take sides just to look at sides before looking at paradigns:

 

Seen as opportunity threat

 

Freedom fighter

Media

Homeopathy

Privatisation

Immigration

Clairvoyance

Motorised transport

Nuclear power

Robots

GM food

Tuition fees

The author of the work on the concept of ‘paradigm shift’:

Thomas Samuel Kuhn (/kuːn/; July 18, 1922 – June 17, 1996) was an American physicist, historian and philosopher of science whose controversial 1962 book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was influential in both academic and popular circles, introducing the term paradigm shift, which has since become an English-language idiom.” Wikipedia

I have not even brought up religion but a friend was at a funeral last week and commented on the priest mentioning the Virgin Mary. Another friend refused to go to the service because he called it all ‘mumbo jumbo’. He went to the crematorium instead. Consider the division in the human perception of religious concepts and how worried the business of religion must be over a paradigm shift here. I copied an extract from the Wikipedia article on Kuhn’s book because it reveals the tensions he created:

 

“The Structure of Scientific Revolutions was soon criticized by Kuhn’s colleagues in the history and philosophy of science. In 1965, a special symposium on the book was held at an International Colloquium on the Philosophy of Science that took place at Bedford College, London, and was chaired by Karl Popper. The symposium led to the publication of the symposium’s presentations plus other essays, most of them critical, which eventually appeared in an influential volume of essays that by 1999 had gone through 21 printings. Kuhn expressed the opinion that his critics’ readings of his book were so inconsistent with his own understanding of it that he was “…tempted to posit the existence of two Thomas Kuhns,” one the author of his book, the other the individual who had been criticized in the symposium by “Professors Popper, Feyerabend, Lakatos, Toulmin and Watkins.”

A number of the included essays question the existence of normal science. In his essay, Feyerabend suggests that Kuhn’s conception of normal science fits organized crime as well as it does science. Popper goes so far as to express distaste with the entire premise of Kuhn’s book, writing, “the idea of turning for enlightenment concerning the aims of science, and its possible progress, to sociology or to psychology (or. . .to the history of science) is surprising and disappointing.”

Concept of paradigm

In his 1972 work, Human Understanding, Stephen Toulmin argued that a more realistic picture of science than that presented in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions would admit the fact that revisions in science take place much more frequently, and are much less dramatic than can be explained by the model of revolution/normal science. In Toulmin’s view, such revisions occur quite often during periods of what Kuhn would call “normal science.” For Kuhn to explain such revisions in terms of the non-paradigmatic puzzle solutions of normal science, he would need to delineate what is perhaps an implausibly sharp distinction between paradigmatic and non-paradigmatic science.

Incommensurability of paradigms

In a series of texts published in the early 1970s, C.R. Kordig asserted a position somewhere between that of Kuhn and the older philosophy of science. His criticism of the Kuhnian position was that the incommensurability thesis was too radical, and that this made it impossible to explain the confrontation of scientific theories that actually occurs. According to Kordig, it is in fact possible to admit the existence of revolutions and paradigm shifts in science while still recognizing that theories belonging to different paradigms can be compared and confronted on the plane of observation. Those who accept the incommensurability thesis do not do so because they admit the discontinuity of paradigms, but because they attribute a radical change in meanings to such shifts.

Kordig maintains that there is a common observational plane. For example, when Kepler and Tycho Brahe are trying to explain the relative variation of the distance of the sun from the horizon at sunrise, both see the same thing (the same configuration is focused on the retina of each individual). This is just one example of the fact that “rival scientific theories share some observations, and therefore some meanings.” Kordig suggests that with this approach, he is not reintroducing the distinction between observations and theory in which the former is assigned a privileged and neutral status, but that it is possible to affirm more simply the fact that, even if no sharp distinction exists between theory and observations, this does not imply that there are no comprehensible differences at the two extremes of this polarity.

At a secondary level, for Kordig there is a common plane of inter-paradigmatic standards or shared norms that permit the effective confrontation of rival theories….” Wikipedia

I am certainly no expert on Kuhn or his work but as far as enlightenment is concerned here is the problem. As soon as the enlightened enter the debate they are immediately shot down by the consensus, by science itself because they feel so threatened. Old concepts are comfortable, but more important is the fact that people and indeed corporations have invested so heavily in them both financially and with their reputations and life that they will fight to their last breath against any change’s work they will fight to their . Some take it further and see the stability of the entire world order threatened. When for example I posit that the major religions, cultures and even the pyramids resulted from a UK festival in 1971, were that to be taken seriously it would undermine and annoy most of the world. Not to mention the scientific perception of time.

Kuhn also stated that paradigm shifts were always for the better. So for

example when science accepted the fact that the earth orbited the sun and not vice versa it improved science and the world. But I see shifts which are not at all beneficial. A classic one was when during WW2 they started using DDT as an insecticide against malaria and typhus (spread by lice). Soon it was uses all over the world in huge quantities killing agricultural pests. That was a paradigm shift as far as I am concerned. But in 1962 they first noticed the environmental impact, the cancer. In 1972 it was banned. Not because they had time to notice how we need insects as we now see our bee populations wiped out many think by pesticides. Nuclear energy was a paradigm shift but now we are beginning to count the real cost of nuclear power to make electricity (against solar, tidal and wind power). Not to mention the problem of nuclear weapons all over the place. But one can clearly see how the scientific and political communities are reacting to, and preventing in some cases, a reversal of the shifts. Global warming is the big one and if true is almost certainly the result of the last few paradigm shifts. Not always for the better are they? But if science would take a bit longer to identify the problems before deluging us with these new products and steps into the unknown we would have a better chance of survival.

Enlightenment is what paradigm shifts eventually take us to and in that sense they are always for the better. We start with ignorance and end up with knowledge. However the negative side of that is starting with innocence and ending up ‘should know better’. To say that science is unable or unwilling to facilitate a shift to clairvoyance and enlightenment is to minimise the real problem we have. We have a history of burning, ridiculing and these days withdrawing funding from any who look like taking us there. A fair, just and civilised world that cares for our habitat, nature and its many species.

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 32 – 14 July 2017 – rattuos

‘For the record’ is an interesting term with a fascinating history and it is the only reason I write here. What it means is that something stated is written, recorded anyway, for posterity. We should note that such records are not always reliable. If written and preserved as for example the pyramid texts have been, chiselled into stone for us, then they may have more reliability. But in fact they were written in stone many centuries after they first appeared and had been handed down in oral traditions that certainly altered, added to and lost some. So it is with most of the scriptures we have but the point is that we have done much better in recent centuries in finding, deciphering and preserving the earliest and most reliable records. Now much of this record is stored digitally but how long it will last we do not know. We have discovered that our videos, photos, CD’s and DVD’s are not indestructible and deteriorate over quite a short timescale. Books do not last well these days, not as long as the ancient papyri and parchments. Our limestone grave stones are mostly worn away by the weather and pollution and unreadable if over 200 years old. The Egyptians had the foresight to use granite which lasts very well even though Cleopatra’s needle is finding London’s weather and pollution to have caused more damage in 100 years there than Egypt managed in 3500. They also buried much deep underground in hidden chambers which in some cases defied the tomb robbers and left some record for us. The Indus Valley civilizations which are just as ancient as Egypt did not wear as well and their script has been impossible to translate so far. But they did leave much for the record as did the contemporaneous Sumerians. All these nations traded with each other and the record for that is found in Indus/Afghani lapis lazuli in Egyptian tombs dating to 4000BC etc.

Today I thought to look at some of these records and what they mean. And will start with this:

“There are multiple stories about the origins of the Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. -Shrimad Bhagvatam states that Lord Shiva appeared from between the eyebrows of Lord Brahma. -Shiva Purana states that Lord Vishnu orignated when Lord Shiva rubbed some nectar on his ankle. -Vishnu Purana says that Lord Shiva originated from the eyebrows of the lord Vishnu, and that is why Lord Shiva is mostly in the meditative state”

https://www.quora.com/How-did-Lord-Vishnu-and-Lord-Shiva-originate

(Incidentally the Shrimad is an ancient scripture “The Bhagavata is widely recognized as the best-known and most influential of the Puranas and, along with the Itihasa and other puranas, is sometimes referred to as the “Fifth Veda“. It is important in Indian religious literature for its emphasis on the practice of devotion as compared to the more theoretical approach of the Bhagavad Gita; for a definition of religion that competes with the Vedas and for its extended description of a God in human form. It is the source of many popular stories of Krishna’s childhood told for centuries on the Indian subcontinent and of legends explaining Hindu festivals such as Holi and Diwali. The Bhagavata declares itself the essence of all the Upanishads and derivative Smritis;

The Srimad Bhagavatam is the very essence of all the Vedanta literature. One who has enjoyed the nectar of its rasa never has any desire for anything else.

— Bhagavata Purana 12.13.15, Translated by David Haberman…”

Wikipedia

And we can compare the Indian origin myth with an Egyptian one:

“(Budge The Gods of the Egyptians Thoth was said to be born from the skull of

Set also said to be born from the heart of Ra. p. 401)” Wikipedia

It is recorded that Thoth sprang from the forehead of the ancient god Sutekh (Set).

We can also bear in mind this:

“ The Bhagavata Purana, like other puranas, discusses a wide range of topics including cosmology, genealogy, geography, mythology, legend, music, dance, yoga and culture. As it begins, the forces of evil have won a war between the benevolent devas (deities) and evil asuras (demons) and now rule the universe. Truth re-emerges as Krishna, (called “Hari” and “Vasudeva” in the text) – first makes peace with the demons, understands them and then creatively defeats them, bringing back hope, justice, freedom and happiness – a cyclic theme that appears in many legends.

The Bhagavata Purana is a revered text in Vaishnavism, a Hindu tradition that reveres Vishnu. The text presents a form of religion (dharma) that competes with that of the Vedas, wherein bhakti ultimately leads to self-knowledge, liberation (moksha) and bliss. However the Bhagavata Purana asserts that the inner nature and outer form of Krishna is identical to the Vedas and that this is what rescues the world from the forces of evil. An oft-quoted verse is used by some Krishna sects to assert that the text itself is Krishna in literary form” Wikipedia

This last part explains something about the ‘record’. The deities that are recorded wield huge power through this record. A good example are those we find in the Bible, the Old Testament gods El and Yahweh/Jehovah and the New Testament Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Ghost. Just by virtue of this record they have exercised huge power over multiple generations, religions and empires. Allah in the Koran has too. And if we look at the ancient cultures of Egypt and India we find the same thing. The records they pass on from one generation to the next are a ‘deity’ in themselves and looked at over thousands of years it becomes apparent that in fact they are the deity. Their origins lost in the mists of time. Or almost until we look deeper and find the first two records – that Shiva and Thoth both came from the forehead of someone else. They are the same person with different names, or put another way whatever they are has been given different names in different cultures and languages.

But to finish the ‘record’ part I would suggest it has never been very clearly understood although it is quite simple. One reason for that is that the philosophers who investigated it first did not have the full historical consequences of it to look at. The centuries during which the bibles and scriptures ruled humanity. But they did discuss it and called it the ‘word’ or Logos:

Logos (UK: /’loʊgɒs, ‘lɒgɒs/, US: /’loʊgoʊs/; Ancient Greek: λόγος, from λέγω lego “I say”) is a term in western philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, and religion derived from a Greek word meaning “ground”, “plea”, “opinion”, “expectation”, “word”, “speech”, “account”, “reason”, “proportion”, “discourse”, but it became a technical term in philosophy beginning with Heraclitus (c. 535–475 BCE), who used the term for a principle of order and knowledge. Logos is the logic behind an argument. Logos tries to persuade an audience using logical arguments and supportive evidence. Logos is a persuasive technique often used in writing and rhetoric.

Ancient Greek philosophers used the term in different ways. The sophists used the term to mean discourse, and Aristotle applied the term to refer to “reasoned discourse” or “the argument” in the field of rhetoric. The Stoic philosophers identified the term with the divine animating principle pervading the Universe. Under Hellenistic Judaism, Philo (c. 20 BCE – 50 CE) adopted the term into Jewish philosophy. The Gospel of John identifies the Logos, through which all things are made, as divine (theos), and further identifies Jesus Christ as the incarnate Logos. Although the term “Logos” is widely used in this Christian sense, in academic circles it often refers to the various ancient Greek uses, or to post-Christian uses within contemporary philosophy, Sufism, and the analytical psychology of Carl Jung.

Despite the conventional translation as “word”, it is not used for a word in the grammatical sense; instead, the term lexis (λέξις) was used. However, both logos and lexis derive from the same verb legō (λέγω), meaning “count, tell, say, speak” Wikipedia

The gospel of John (“usually dated to AD 90–110” Wikipedia ie at least 40 years after Philo died) may have been influenced by Philo who lived in Egypt (“Some scholars hold that his concept of the Logos as God’s creative principle influenced early Christology. Other scholars deny direct influence but say that Philo and Early Christianity borrow from a common source – Wikipedia)

 

John 1King James Version (KJV)

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake……”

New Testament

In a sense when certain scholars maintain that Jesus was a spiritual concept and not a physical man this is what they mean by that.

In my meditations during the 1980’s I made contact with certain men and women in our distant past. I would not have been certain of this even though I experienced it but later found the record they had made of my visits which convinced me the experiences were real. I was comparatively young then and would not have acted as I did now. For example when I discovered that I was sitting before them in a camp fire I rubbed hot embers in my eyes. It was a silly thing to do but became something of a trademark. Although others have not been able to go back in time because of this and worries that any more doing so might cause major problems (I call that short circuiting time which is something mediums do when they ‘see‘ the future and tell others, presumably less problematic than going to the past and showing them the future) some have managed this kind of bilocation in their own times and also do silly things like cutting off their arms and putting them back on. In your spiritual form you can fly and do nature defying tricks – you will probably know that from what you do in your dream self. It is most unusual to acquire the spiritual ability to be seen be people who are awake. But I was guided to do quite serious work, invited many I met to visit me in my life and eventually realised that they had come en masse in 1971, met me and seen others like me at that festival – before I had even thought to travel back in my meditations. The point is that this ‘deity’ that comes out of your head is your spirit, and is only a spirit, not a god as such. But viewed by adepts in pre-history, who left record of this, that is how it has subsequently been interpreted. Not to mention the many myths added on to the original fact.

I have struggled to find colour photographs of that festival. I had a borrowed camera with me and certainly took some photos that have long since vanished. But in looking at the internet image resources I have seen again many of the people who were in that field of reeds in our west country, which is exactly how the Ancient Egyptians described it. Here there were Hare Krishna followers, a famous young Indian guru, priests and holy men of many kinds. Western fakirs were there quite naked sitting cross legged or in some contorted position. Half naked women danced as reported in the Islamic portrayal of what they call Paradise where there are supposedly high breasted houris (certainly not provided to murderous suicide bombers whatever they are told). There were ordinary Somerset villagers too and many of the world’s travelling hippies. Over the last 46 years I have spoken with quite a few who were there, although there were possibly only one or two thousand at most, a very small festival by today’s standards and nothing like the massive Woodstock which preceded it by two years and influenced it, as did the festivals in the Isle of Wight. The people there in 1971 that spoke with me mostly had quite intense mystical and spiritual experiences and almost all considered it the most enjoyable or meaningful time in their lives, influencing almost everything they did thereafter. Certainly many of them met the spirits who attended from their various times in our history and who recorded it in a similar fashion. Here are a few more photographs I found on the net for interest or nostalgia.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/byjr/4190436947/in/photostream/

There are about 30 of them, some in colour, but you have to scroll the right way to find them. They seem to relate to a particular group of people there but may illustrate what I am suggesting about this curious gathering which has been such a huge influence on some of the most influential people on our planet over the last 6000 years. I am merely placing my view on the record, don’t worry about it if you disagree, strongly disagree or never find out about it.

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

 

Issue 31 – 12 July 2017 – rattuos

When dealing with enlightenment we might find it helpful to know more about the origin of this term and the history of it. In the west we had ‘saints’ but no real concept of ‘enlightenment’ even though there was contact with the east. For thousands of years our major religions have not really welcomed an understanding of their competitors, but over the last 150 years things changed.

After Jesus the Christian Church split east (Greek/Russian Orthodox) and west (Roman Catholic). There were also a few small isolated sects like the Coptics. Eventually the Catholic side split too with the Protestants but even before that there were splits over major concepts. Arianism for example was expelled in 321AD. That was the concept that Jesus, considered the son of God, was separate from God the father. They had already expelled the concept that Jesus was an ordinary man. The mainstream acceptance is now that he and God the Father are one and the same which is called Homoosion.

After Gautama Buddha died, perhaps around 480BC, there was an immediate split called the Great Schism in the new Buddhist religion. The two main strands are now Mahayana and Theravada and they have a few differences in doctrine too. Blavatski brought her own doctored interpretation of Mahayana Buddhism to the west which includes the understanding that enlightenment is possible in a person’s lifetime. Just out of interest there is also the Bon religion of Tibet that claims to follow an earlier Buddha and to be a more ancient religion although it seems to have arisen many centuries after both.

Islam also had a major schism after Muhammad died with the Shiites claiming that Ali, his son in law and cousin, should have taken over and the Sunnis not in agreement with that lineage and insisting that Abu Bakr, the prophet’s advisor, was the rightful Caliph. They also have differences in doctrine.

So it is that there is no complete agreement on ‘enlightenment’. In theory a person who attains enlightenment on their own is a buddha. One who has a teacher and attains it is called an arhat or arahant. And what we might see in that is the ancient Indian tradition of individual wandering ascetics as opposed to the temple tradition of monks, nuns and abbots. Gautama Buddha did have teachers but eventually rejected the teachings of extreme asceticism for his middle way. In a sense he made it on his own and is a buddha. But he left behind him a religion that now consists of temples all over the world, and his teachings which were subsequently orally handed down until written down. There is no complete agreement on what he actually taught and what was eventually written down but the Theravada side are very conservative and follow what they call Pali Canon (ie written in Pali, a sacred Hindu language). This they maintain is exactly what Buddha taught and does not include subsequent commentaries and additions by others.

Complicating all of this are the other splits over what is essentially the path to enlightenment. There is one view that individual enlightenment is possible and desirable. Another that there is no individual at that level. Another that what is sought is no less than enlightenment for all. Some consider the buddha to be in us anyway, others that we create this. I must point out that there are also major differences in how to achieve it. There is for example the Tantric path, all manner of disciplines like yoga and meditation, the study of many texts, empowerments and of course the fact that some people are seen as the reincarnations of great teachers.

There is some agreement that we are in the age of Gautama Buddha who briefly mentioned a future when Truth or Dharma would be forgotten until the future Maitreya Buddha arrived. These are supposedly his actual words:

““At that period, brethren, there will arise in the world an Exalted One named Maitreya, Fully Awakened, abounding in wisdom and goodness, happy, with knowledge of the worlds, unsurpassed as a guide to mortals willing to be led, a teacher for gods and men, an Exalted One, a Buddha, even as I am now. He, by himself, will thoroughly know and see, as it were face to face, this universe, with Its worlds of the spirits, Its Brahmas and Its Maras, and Its world of recluses and Brahmins, of princes and peoples, even as I now, by myself, thoroughly know and see them” (Digha Nikaya, 26).”

http://www.maitreya.org/english/PBuddhism.htm

So there are Maitreya sects too. One dispute over this is to do with what we call the future as some insist that at the level of Buddha there is no such thing. But we find something about this in all the major religions. The bible does not really say that we should be expecting a future messiah but that is how it is interpreted. The Koran does not mention the mahdi but Islamic traditions do and he is expected at some future time connected to the Day of Judgement. And somehow following on from these impressions Blavatski sparked interest in all things eastern and we have developed them in our soteriology (study of saviours).

I have mentioned Benjamin Crème. He was a Scottish artist who in true Blavatski style claimed to be in touch with the hidden masters. These told him that the Maitreya was living in London in the 1970’s. Benjamin used to hold meetings in London around that time and often showed a photograph of some man with a beard and white robes that was supposedly this maitreya attending a meeting in Kenya. Benjamin went on to found Share International. He died last September.

Benjamin Creme (5 December 1922 – 24 October 2016) was a Scottish artist, author, esotericist, and editor of Share International magazine.

He asserted that the second coming prophesied by many religions would come in the form of Maitreya the World Teacher. Maitreya is the name Buddhists use for the future Buddha, but Creme claimed that Maitreya is the teacher that all religions point towards and hope for. Other names for him, according to Creme, are the Christ, the Imam Mahdi, Krishna, and the Messiah. Creme claimed Maitreya is the “Avatar for the Aquarian Age” and has lived in London since 19 July 1977” Wikipedia

The Theosophists were always on the lookout for the ‘world teacher’ that they expected in the last quarter of the 20th century. They even tried to make one for us which was Krishnamurti, an Indian boy brought up and educated by them. But they also had their schisms and these hidden masters were occasionally telling one member or another that they had been let down by them after the failure of one initiative or another, or the disgrace of some leading light.

Now something we can read into all of this is the difference between ‘individual enlightenment’ and ‘enlightenment for all’ which is hoped for with the arrival of the new Buddha. However the prophecy, if that is what it is, suggests it happens after the disaster strikes according to subsequent teachings on this, teachings which have grown, as they do, ever more fantastic. There will only be a small remnant of humanity some say and

“Maitreya will be the fifth Buddha of the bhadrakalpa, and his arrival will occur after the teachings of Gautama Buddha are no longer practiced.

The coming of Maitreya will be characterized by a number of physical events. The oceans are predicted to decrease in size, allowing Maitreya to traverse them freely. Maitreya will then reintroduce true dharma to the world.

His arrival will signify the end of the middle time, the time between the fourth Buddha, Gautama Buddha, and the fifth Buddha, Maitreya, which is viewed as a low point of human existence. According to the Cakkavatti Sutta: The Wheel-turning Emperor, Digha Nikaya 26 of the Sutta Pitaka of the Pāli Canon), Maitreya Buddha will be born in a time when humans will live to an age of eighty thousand years, in the city of Ketumatī (present Varanasi), whose king will be the Cakkavattī Sankha. Sankha will live in the palace where once dwelt King Mahāpanadā, but later he will give the palace away and will himself become a follower of Maitreya Buddha” Wikipedia.

(I might add that some of the prophecies concerning the future Mahdi were made well over a thousand years ago and included the fact the people at his time could see and speak to each other from different countries, which of course they now can)

But even if there seems to be some madness perhaps there is a bit more than meets the eye. I have written how we can have bad teachers or gurus but still attain virtues that our teachers only pretend to possess. This is really evidenced in nature. We take a rotten crop and create compost, nutritious soil, from it. This is best if the worms help break it down. And then we find a new crop which on a particular day reaches perfection. In Japan for example there is the annual phenomenon of the cherry blossom which their ancient artists found perfect, but only for a day or two. So it is with us. We have a prime just as racehorses and their jockeys do. It is that prime which defines us, not the growing to it nor the decay after it. Incidentally some strands of Buddhism distinguish between lotus buds and the open flower as far as enlightenment is concerned. And so it is with humanity as a whole. The point about our species is whether we have reached it. Plato told us the golden age was long before Greece’s empire even arose which he described as the tawdry age of bronze following the silver age. But we always hope it is coming and in theory it could be. We have always been governed by psychopaths, greedy men and women whose interests do not coincide with the entire species nor even the demands of nature. There have of course been exceptions but many of them have been given a cosmetic treatment. Our world is governed by illusion and these days the illusion is that ‘democracy’ is the ideal. But for many buddhists the ideal was perhaps to be governed by an enlightened teacher and for humanity to find enlightenment together. That is far from government by the masses with their eyes firmly closed, or government by people they elect who keep them closed. Let alone government by the children of children of some former ruler.

But I will stay on the subject of the bad guru. This brings me to one of Blavatski’s disciples. He was Japanese and spent some years at the Theosophy headquarters in India. He was as responsible for bringing ‘Zen’ to the west as Blavatsky who brought her version of Mahayana Buddhism and Hinduism. Alan Watts who died in 1976 was another influence on us:

Watts and Conze

British philosopher and Buddhist author Watts at the age of 15 years became a member of the Buddhist Lodge of the Theosophical Society in London. His first book, The Spirit of Zen came out when he was 19 years old.

An active member of the TS was also Conze, who later became a famous buddhologist.

  1. Suzuki and B. Suzuki

The famous Buddhist philosopher and popularizer of Zen, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki and his wife Beatrice Suzuki became a members of the Theosophical Society in Tokyo in 1920. List of members of the Society, which was sent to Adyar May 12, 1920, contained twenty-one names, including D. Suzuki and B. Suzuki. After moving to Kyoto in 1924, the married Suzukis formed a new branch of the Theosophical Society, which was called the Mahayana Lodge. Most of the Lodge members were university professors. In 1937 Jinarajadasa, future president of the Theosophical Society, read in Tokyo two lectures which were translated into Japanese by D. Suzuki…..

Zen Buddhism scholar D. T. Suzuki wrote about Blavatsky’s book The Voice of the Silence: “Undoubtedly Madame Blavatsky had in some way been initiated into the deeper side of Mahayana teaching and then gave out what she deemed wise to the Western world.” He also commented: “Here is the real Mahayana Buddhism.”

In 1927 the staff of the 9th Panchen Lama Tub-ten Cho-gyi Nyima helped Theosophists put out the “Peking Edition” of The Voice of the Silence.

The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso wrote in the preface to the 1989 Centenary edition of The Voice of the Silence, “I believe that this book has strongly influenced many sincere seekers and aspirants to the wisdom and compassion of the Bodhisattva Path.”

Extracted from Wikipedia

There was also a book published called ‘The real H P Blavatski’ by William Kingsland who wrote:

“From the Preface: In speaking of the Real H. P. Blavatsky I use the term first of all as correcting the false representations and misconceptions which have been so commonly and so lightly accepted by the world at large; and, secondly, as signifying-what in fact each of us possesses-an inner Self, a real Self as distinguished from the fluctuating, changing personality; a Self which, in the majority of us, is only very feebly active in or through the temporary personality. This distinction between the higher and the lower Self is a fundamental one, not merely in Theosophy but also in all Mysticism, both philosophical and devotional. . . . Yet, even when we have done this, the fact remains that it is not the personality of H. P. Blavatsky that matters at all, either in its outer or its inner aspects. What really matters is the message which she gave to the world. And perhaps the giver of that message can only be appreciated in proportion as the message itself is received. Where it is not received: where it runs counter to hard and fast conventions, prejudices, beliefs or dogmas, one can hardly expect in the present state of society, or the present characteristics of human nature, that the moral law Judge not, that ye be not judged will be respected any more in the case of H. P. Blavatsky than it is in other cases. Nevertheless, I may possibly hope in the following pages to do something towards correcting many of the misrepresentations and slanders to which the detractors of Theosophy have so freely lent themselves. This work is, therefore, as much a study of Theosophy as a Memoir of H. P. Blavatsky. -William Kingsland.”

https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/real-h-p-blavatsky/author/kingsland-william/

There is more to add about Mr Suzuki however.

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (鈴木 大拙 貞太郎 Suzuki Daisetsu Teitarō; he rendered his name “Daisetz” in 1894; 18 October 1870 – 12 July 1966) was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen (Chan) and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. Suzuki was also a prolific translator of Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit literature. Suzuki spent several lengthy stretches teaching or lecturing at Western universities, and devoted many years to a professorship at Ōtani University, a Japanese Buddhist school.

He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1963.…

In 1911, Suzuki married Beatrice Erskine Lane, a Radcliffe graduate and Theosophist with multiple contacts with the Bahá’í Faith both in America and in Japan. Later Suzuki himself joined the Theosophical Society Adyar and was an active Theosophist….

Suzuki’s Zen master, Soyen Shaku, who also wrote a book published in the United States (English translation by Suzuki), had emphasized the Mahayana Buddhist roots of the Zen tradition. Suzuki’s contrasting view was that, in its centuries of development in China, Zen (or Chan) had absorbed much from indigenous Chinese Taoism. Suzuki believed that the Far Eastern peoples were more sensitive, or attuned, to nature than either the people of Europe or those of Northern India.

Suzuki subscribed to the idea that religions are each a sort of organism, which is (through time) subject to “irritation” and having a capacity to change or evolve.

It was Suzuki’s contention that a Zen satori (awakening) was the goal of the tradition’s training, but that what distinguished the tradition as it developed through the centuries in China was a way of life radically different from that of Indian Buddhists. In India, the tradition of the mendicant (holy beggar, bhikku in Pali) prevailed, but in China social circumstances led to the development of a temple and training-center system in which the abbot and the monks all performed mundane tasks. These included food gardening or farming, carpentry, architecture, housekeeping, administration (or community direction), and the practice of folk medicine. Consequently, the enlightenment sought in Zen had to stand up well to the demands and potential frustrations of everyday life….

Later in life Suzuki was more inclined to Jodo Shin (True Pure Land) practice on a personal level, seeing in the doctrine of Tariki, or other power as opposed to self power, an abandonment of self that is entirely complementary to Zen practice and yet to his mind even less willful than traditional Zen. In his book Buddha of Infinite Light (2002), (originally titled, Shin Buddhism) Suzuki declared that, “Of all the developments that Mahayana Buddhism has achieved in East Asia, the most remarkable one is the Shin teaching of Pure Land Buddhism.”

Wikipedia

This ‘pure land’ teaching is another part of this which needs looking at too. Suzuki was however a controversial teacher in many ways and this next part is very disturbing:

Brian Victoria delivered lectures in Germany in 2012 in which he revealed evidence of Suzuki’s sympathy for the Nazi regime. Victoria writes,

“D. T. Suzuki left a record of his early view of the Nazi movement that was included in a series of articles published in the Japanese Buddhist newspaper, Chūgai Nippō, on October 3, 4, 6, 11, and 13, 1936.” In this Suzuki expresses his agreement with Hitler’s policies as explained to him by a relative living in Germany.

“While they don’t know much about politics, they have never enjoyed greater peace of mind than they have now. For this alone, they want to cheer Hitler on. This is what my relative told me. It is quite understandable, and I am in agreement with him.” He also expresses agreement with Hitler’s expulsion of the Jews from Germany.

“Changing the topic to Hitler’s expulsion of the Jews, it appears that in this, too, there are a lot of reasons for his actions. While it is a very cruel policy, when looked at from the point of view of the current and future happiness of the entire German people, it may be that, for a time, some sort of extreme action is necessary in order to preserve the nation.”

Suzuki expressed sympathy with individual Jews. “As regards individuals, this is truly a regrettable situation.”

Wikipedia

Supporting his own country Japan’s nationalism and war is one thing but his comment above is terrible. This is probably the most worrying side of ‘pure land’ doctrine, that it leads to ethnic cleansing. We might note what this next author has to say:

“The myth of the imaginary retreat of the Rosicrucians and the “Unknown Superiors” certainly influenced the conception of the “Hidden Masters” propounded by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), the Russian founder of modern Theosophy. Her chief source of inspiration was her great-grandfather, Prince Pavel Dolgurukii, a member of the Strict Observance lodge. Thus eventually “the Russian Rosicrucianism’s legend of a worldwide network of Masters and a secret link with Tibet was a profound influence on HPB’s development.” Late in the summer of 1875, shortly before founding the Theosophical Society, she noted in her first notebook that she had received the order “to form a society—a secret society like the Rosicrucian Lodge.” She made the preposterous claim that she had spent seven years in Tibet, working with her mysterious hidden masters, who lived there but were not Tibetans. Tibet was their refuge from civilization……

The Western myths of the lands of Shambhala and Agarthi were created in parallel to the “Hidden Masters” myth, and also had wide popularity. Shambhala was indeed part of the belief system in Asia, a land from which a great king would emerge to bring peace to the world, but Agarthi was created from whole cloth to fill a need for a further mysterious realm beyond ordinary human knowledge.

In addition to popularizing the idea of Hidden Masters, Madame Blavatsky was the first to gain a large audience in the West for ideas of a hidden abode of spirituality in the East, and Tibet as a secret site of ancient spiritual knowledge. In The Secret Doctrine of 1888, based on a mysterious ancient text called the Book of Dzyan (probably created by Blavatsky herself), she popularized the first Western version of the Shambhala myth, linking the original Indian myth of Shambhala to other myths of legendary sunken islands (Lemuria, Atlantis) to produce a creation myth marked by esoteric and racist elements in which chosen survivors “had taken shelter on the sacred Island (now the ‘fabled’ Shamballah, in the Gobi Desert).”

https://info-buddhism.com/Nazis-of-Tibet-A-Twentieth-Century-Myth_Engelhardt.html

Which needs some explanation:

Jōdo Shinshū (浄土真宗 “The True Essence of the Pure Land Teaching”), also known as Shin Buddhism, is a school of Pure Land Buddhism. It was founded by the former Tendai Japanese monk Shinran. Shin Buddhism is considered the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan” Wikipedia

This doctrine extends throughout Buddhism in various ways. The Maitreya for example is said to dwell in a pure land. When someone becomes a Buddha they create a pure land.

“Pure Land oriented practices and concepts are found within basic Mahāyāna Buddhist cosmology, and form an important component of the Mahāyāna Buddhist traditions of China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Tibet. The term “Pure Land Buddhism” is used to describe both the Pure Land soteriology of Mahāyāna Buddhism, which may be better understood as “Pure Land traditions” or “Pure Land teachings,” and the separate Pure Land sects that developed in Japan

…..Contemporary Pure Land traditions see Amitābha expounding the Dharma in his buddha-field (Skt. buddhakṣetra), or “pure land” (Ch. 净土, Jìngtu), a region offering respite from karmic transmigration. Amitābha’s pure land of Sukhāvatī is described in the Longer Sukhāvatīvyūha Sūtra as a land of beauty that surpasses all other realms. It is said to be inhabited by many gods, men, flowers, fruits, and adorned with wish-granting trees where rare birds come to rest. In Pure Land traditions, entering the Pure Land is popularly perceived as equivalent to the attainment of enlightenment. Upon entry into the Pure Land, the practitioner is then instructed by Amitābha Buddha and numerous bodhisattvas until full and complete enlightenment is reached. This person then has the choice of returning at any time as a bodhisattva to any of the six realms of existence in order to help all sentient beings in saṃsāra, or to stay the whole duration, reach Buddhahood, and subsequently deliver beings to the shore of liberation”

Wikipedia

The real and indeed original pure land was an Ancient Egyptian concept – the field of reeds in the west. It was taken over by the Greeks and became the Elysian Fields. This was the prototype for paradise and heaven. Perhaps we can see the Indian ‘happy hunting ground’ and the Norse Valhalla here too. But the original teaching about it has been used or abused over thousands of years by successive generations adding to it and adapting it to suit what they were teaching. Gradually people were told they had to conform to certain behaviours to reach it, or its polar opposite hell awaited them. Certainly that is the case with the afterlife although not for the reasons usually given. But the original pure land was a blissful field in the ‘west’ on an island seen in prophecy by certain adepts in our distant past. What they saw on that solstice day was for them a kind of perfection, just as cherry blossom day is. Some peace loving people displaying their extraordinary human talents in a field around a small pyramid in 1971. And for one reason or another this was a magnet for many cultures invited to see and experience it. There is however no doubt that but for people like Blavatski bringing to the west a fascination with the east and its religions and traditions that field would not have happened any more than the hippy trail to India that inspired many there that day. What we might learn from the hippy teaching prevailing at the time, the accent on something being free and natural and enjoyable, embracing all and the contributions of all, that is something else. The hippy innocence vanished as does the cherry blossom each year but left an impression. Subsequent festivals became commercial factories for the vast corporations that took over the music and entertainments industry and its artists. In the field there was a cross section of our world now even a boy guru called Maharaji, a priest celebrating mass among pagans and practitioners of many religions and a fair number of atheists all getting on well with each other. It was very influential on those ancients who witnessed it but we should not read more into it than what it really was. Even now one can see the essence of festivals and enjoy partaking but they have changed. And it is true with all these teachings. They have been corrupted but the essence can still be found and the essence is that we can open our eyes and live in a better world that respects and cares for nature and all its species.

Here again is a glimpse of the first pure land! It may not look blissful to you but if you were an adept living in 3500BC it would look very different to the world you knew. They described it quite simply but that description changed dramatically over the millennia and took on a life of its own.  Good and bad of course.

 

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You may well ask how so much came from such a small thing. The religions, the pyramids, cultures, clairvoyance, enlightenment and Ancient Egypt just to name some. But consider how we are all descended from a single tiny sperm of some distant ancestor. How the entire universe grew from a tiny point before time. How fields of sunflowers grew from one particular plant and seed. Truth is stranger than fiction and it is a fact that massive illusions were also spawned from small mistakes and deceptions.

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http://flashbak.com/1971-the-glastonbury-fayre-where-only-the-new-pyramid-stage-was-plastic-2646/

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 30 – 9 July 2017 – rattuos

When I write about the hidden masters it is a reference to those men and women among us who have some enlightenment but do not publicise the fact and just get on with doing whatever work it is they do. I have come across some of them but usually did not know that at the time. They are certainly teachers but are as hidden as their lessons which do not come across as lessons, not until they are learned later.

I have written here a few times about taking the opportunity to talk to your younger self, to revisit your past and put something there that your younger self will not recognise as a lesson either. I spoke to my older self as a child but thought I was talking or praying to something quite different. I mention this not because it is similar but because sometimes something we do for the wrong reasons can be turned around later and made productive.

In my clairvoyant days I discovered that many of us, if not all, tell a lie about some spiritual event we claim to have had – seeing a ghost is a common one, seeing some spirit another. Perhaps we do it to impress someone but it sticks with us and takes a life of its own. These things do, but sometimes they are like priming a pump. To do that you pour water down a water pump which means that when you start pumping there is a vacuum that draws water to the surface. We had such a pump in our garden when I was a boy and unless you poured water down it first you could pump all day for nothing. In this case often a fib told about some spiritual event leads to a life in which such things start to happen. Not always though.

In the same way there are many charlatans about and having a teacher who lies to you about these things can make a student struggle hard to match them, but if honest that student will end up achieving something the teacher could only pretend to have done. It has happened to me with gurus I have met and to many others. In a sense that is how you make gold out of lead, the secret of alchemy.

I have put together below some articles and extracts about the ’hidden masters’. Here you will see the fib that led to the creation of almost every esoteric organisation that has arisen in the last 150 years. Even the famous Krishnamurti is a product of this. Almost certainly in my mind he went along with the pretence as a boy, rejected the nonsense when he became a man and found the reality happening to him when he was an old man, and highly respected as an enlightened one.

It seems to start with Mme Blavatski who either heard about them or invented them. She claimed contact with some hidden masters or more precisely spirit guides. Then members of her organisation also started ‘meeting’ them, even getting letters from them. She claimed eventually to have been to Tibet and stayed with one but her tales of Tibet did not impress those who actually knew the country. It was a convenient location for these masters then as it was so inaccessible. Years later Gurdjieff claimed to have crossed the Gobi desert on sheepback and found the hidden brotherhood somewhere in Afghanistan but again this did not fool the scientists on his trail later who found it to be a product of his extraordinary imagination. The pictures of these masters that such people commissioned usually look like the many portraits made of Jesus for Sunday schools, long hair, beard and bright blue eyes. So it was not long before these hidden masters were found to include Jesus and many others – all others in fact – who were deemed to be spirit masters. More recently Benjamin Crème advertised his meetings with a photograph of such a face which he claimed belonged to the hidden man he called the Maitreya. Going back to early days of Blavatsky the expectation was of the world teacher emerging towards the end of the 20th century. So take a look at the following articles (again if you know it all) and see what you think. Whatever we think it is an undeniable fact that these people have created the environment in which most seekers now find themselves and most sects inhabit. Many major religions have used and retained outright myths which they still insist are truths and teach to all who come to them. It seems to be how spiritual organisations grow and exist. Ideally we would only have true facts to encounter in religion or spiritual development, but separating truth from fiction is most of the work for real enlightenment and this is fertile ground for such a pursuit.

Bear in mind that many mediums mean well but are mistaken about the names and identifications they give to their inspiration. It is par for the course and clairvoyance is far from a perfect art, but it can make things happen. And that is how we can look at these people. We are impressionable as a species and when indoctrinated, often as children, these impressions will colour many of our later experiences. A good example is the somewhat childish belief that Atlantis existed long ago as an advanced culture. It is certainly not evidenced by archaeology. Eventually we were told by the Theosophists that their hidden master was once the emperor of Atlantis in 230,000BC. In fact we are Atlantis – it was a prophecy known in Egypt about our own time, the ’west’ etc. The prophecy was placed there and intended to try to help future generations to avoid this predicted catastrophe but it will not be averted if we now place the problem in the distant past rather than our immediate future. Perhaps that is the crux of the problem with clairvoyant visions of the future – you can tell the truth but it will not be believed. Time refuses to be short circuited, fate refuses to be robbed.

 

“The Masters of the Ancient Wisdom are reputed to be enlightened beings originally identified by the Theosophists Helena Blavatsky, Henry S. Olcott, Alfred Percy Sinnett, and others. These Theosophists claimed to have met some of the so-called Masters during their lifetimes in different parts of the world. Sometimes they are referred to by Theosophists as Elder Brothers of the Human Race, Adepts, Mahatmas, or simply as The Masters.

Helena Blavatsky was the first person to introduce the concept of the Masters to the West. At first she talked about them privately, but she stated that after a few years two of these adepts, Kuthumi (K.H.) and Morya (M.), agreed to maintain a correspondence with two British Theosophists – Alfred P. Sinnett and A. O. Hume. This communication took place from 1880 to 1885, and during those years the reputed existence and objectives of the Mahatmas became public. The original letters are currently kept in the British Library in London and have been published as the Mahatma Letters

Wikipedia

Who are these Masters we have been referring to so often? An accurate understanding in this regard seems crucial to an accurate understanding of Theosophy and the Theosophical Movement.

“Our MASTERS … are simply holy mortals, nevertheless, however, higher than any in this world, morally, intellectually and spiritually,” says H.P. Blavatsky in one of her articles. “However holy and advanced in the science of the Mysteries – they are still men, members of a Brotherhood, who are the first in it to show themselves subservient to its time-honoured laws and rules.”

https://blavatskytheosophy.com/the-masters-in-theosophy/

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (Russian: Еле́на Петро́вна Блава́тская, Yelena Petrovna Blavatskaya; 12 August [O.S. 31 July] 1831 – 8 May 1891) was a Russian occultist, spirit medium, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875

George Ivanovich Gurdjieff (/’gɜːrdʒiˌɛf/; 13 January 1866/1872/1877? – 29 October 1949), also commonly referred to as Georges Ivanovich Gurdjieff and G. I. Gurdjieff, was an influential early 20th-century mystic, philosopher, spiritual teacher, and composer of Armenian and Greek descent, born in Armenia under Russian rule

…..He asserts that he has encounters with dervishes, fakirs and descendants of the extinct Essenes, whose teaching had been, he claimed, conserved at a monastery in Sarmoung. The book also has an overarching quest narrative involving a map of “pre-sand Egypt” and culminating in an encounter with the “Sarmoung Brotherhood“, an organisation that has never been definitively identified; historian Mark Sedgwick has described it as “overtly fictional” and “entirely imaginary”.

Several 19th and 20th century occultists claimed to belong to or to have contacted these Secret Chiefs and made these communications known to others, including H.P. Blavatsky (who called them the “Tibetan Masters” or Mahatmas), C.W. Leadbeater and Alice A. Bailey (who called them Masters of the Ancient Wisdom), Guy Ballard and Elizabeth Clare Prophet (who called them Ascended Masters), Aleister Crowley (who used the term to refer to members of the upper three grades of his order, A∴A∴ ), Dion Fortune (who called them the “esoteric order”), and Max Heindel (who called them the “Elder Brothers”).

…..Helena Blavatsky’s theosophy, a blend of Western Occultism and Asian religious philosophy, proposed the existence of a society of Secret Chiefs called the Great White Brotherhood. Later offshoots of the Theosophical Society used the term Ascended master or Mahatma.

In the Ascended Master Teachings, Ascended Master are believed to be spiritually enlightened beings who in past incarnations were ordinary humans, but who have undergone a series of spiritual transformations originally called initiations.

Both “Mahatmas” and “Ascended Master” are terms used in the Ascended Master Teachings. Ascended Master is based on the Theosophical concept of the Mahatma or Master of the Ancient Wisdom. However, “Mahatmas” and “Ascended Masters” are believed by some to differ in certain respects

….The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was founded by those claiming to be in communication with the Secret Chiefs. One of these Secret Chiefs was Anna Sprengel. Her name and address were decoded from the Cipher Manuscripts.

S.L. MacGregor Mathers

Main article: Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers

In 1892, Mathers was convinced that he had contacted these Secret Chiefs, and that this confirmed his position as head of the Golden Dawn. He declared this in a manifesto four years later saying that they were human and living on Earth, yet possessed terrible superhuman powers. He used this status to found the Second Order within the Golden Dawn, and to introduce the Adeptus Minor ritual.

Aleister Crowley

Main article: Aleister Crowley

While in Algeria in 1909, Crowley, along with Victor Neuburg, recited numerous Enochian Calls or Aires. After the fifteenth Aire, he was told that he had attained the grade of Magister Templi (Master of the Temple), which meant that he himself was now on the level of these Secret Chiefs, although this declaration caused many legitimate occultists to stop taking him seriously if they had not done so already. He also described this attainment as a possible and in fact a necessary step for all who truly followed his path.

In 1947, when Aleister Crowley died, he left behind a sketch of one of the “Secret Chiefs”, Crowley’s invisible mentor that he called LAM. The sketch looks like a Grey Alien.

Fourth way and related teachings

  1. I. Gurdjieff

Main article: Fourth way

The Graeco-Armenian G. I. Gurdjieff‘s teachings, known as the Fourth Way, mentioned a “Universal Brotherhood” and also a mysterious group of monks called the Sarmoung (also: Sarman, Sarmouni). Both groups were described as in possession of advanced knowledge and powers, and as being open to suitable candidates from all creeds. He also believed in advanced kinds of humans called “man number 6” and “man number seven”, of whom he said:-

They cannot perform actions opposed to their understanding or have an understanding which is not expressed by actions. At the same time there can be no discords among them, no differences of understanding. Therefore their activity is entirely co-ordinated and leads to one common aim without any kind of compulsion because it is based upon a common and identical understanding.

…although he never explicitly linked “higher man” to his “brotherhoods”.

  1. G. Bennett
  2. G. Bennett, was both a prominent student of Gurdjieff and an independent thinker. In his work The Dramatic Universe he speculated on a discarnate Hidden Directorate, or “Demiurgic intelligences”. He later linked the Hidden Directorate with a historically attested lineage of Sufis, the Khwajagan. These theories, influenced by a Turkish Sufi called Hasan Shushud, were spelled out in his last book, Masters of Wisdom.

Idries Shah

The Afghan-Scottish teacher Idries Shah regarded himself as a Sufi, not a Fourth Way exponent, although he took on pupils from Bennett’s, and other, Gurdjieff groups. He mentioned the Sarmoung or Sarman several times in his works. Shah also linked a number of Western initiatory groups such as the Rosicrucians and Freemasons to Sufis.

Ernest Scott

In 1986, the journalist Edward Campbell wrote a book, The People of the Secret, under the pseudonym “Ernest Scott”. The author, referring to a thesis first published by John G. Bennett in his work The Dramatic Universe in 1956, postulates that there is a “Hidden Directorate” influencing, guiding and intervening in humanity’s destiny over the centuries. According to the author, amongst those with links to the directorate are the Sufi and Sarmouni mystics. The work was published by the writer, thinker and Sufi teacher Idries Shah’s Octagon Press.

Wikipedia (various articles)

At the Feet of the Master is a book attributed to Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895–1986), authored when he was fourteen years old. Written under the name Alcyone, it was first published in 1910. The work was closely related to the so-called World Teacher Project, a contemporary messianic endeavor launched by the Theosophical Society. The book is considered a spiritual classic and was still in print as of 2012.

…The following is stated in the book’s foreword: “These are not my words; they are the words of the Master who taught me.” This statement is related to Leadbeater’s claim that over a period of about five months during 1909–10, the so-called Master Kuthumi (Koot Hoomi) – a postulated embodied spiritual entity – was releasing to Krishnamurti, through a mystical process and while the boy was asleep, the spiritual instruction that makes up the work. Upon waking, Krishnamurti “with great laboriousness” put the instructions into notes; afterwards, the notes were checked for spelling and grammar, and then arranged and typed by Leadbeater. The resulting typescript formed the basis for the book’s original edition; Krishnamurti’s handwritten notes were lost sometime after the book’s publication.

Wikipedia

Jiddu Krishnamurti Enlightenment Story

This is an excerpt from Krishnamurti: The Years of Awakening by Mary Luytens.

Ever since I left Australia I have been thinking and deliberating about the message which the Master K. H. gave me while I was there. I naturally wanted to achieve those orders as soon as I could, and I was to a certain extent uncertain as to the best method of attaining the ideals which were put before me.

I do not think a day passed without spending some thought over it, but I am ashamed to say all this was done most casually and rather carelessly. But at the back of my mind the message of the Master ever dwelt.

Well, since August 3rd, I meditated regularly for about thirty minutes every morning. I could, to my astonishment, concentrate with considerable ease, and within a few days I began to see clearly where I had failed and where I was failing. Immediately I set about, consciously, to annihilate the wrong accumulations of the past years. With the same deliberation I set about to find out ways and means to achieve my aim.

First I realized that I had to harmonize all my other bodies with the Buddhic plane (the highest plane of consciousness) and to bring about this happy combination I had to find out what my ego wanted on the Buddhic plane. To harmonize the various bodies I had to keep them vibrating at the same rate as the Buddhic, and to do this I had to find out what was the vital interest of the Buddhic.

With ease which rather astonished me I found the main interest on that high plane was to serve the Lord Maitreya and the Masters. With that idea clear in my physical mind I had to direct and control the other bodies to act and to think the same as one the noble and spiritual plane. During that period of less than three weeks, I concentrated to keep in mind the image of the Lord Maitreya throughout the entire day, and I found no difficulty in doing this. I found that I was getting calmer and more serene. My whole outlook on life was changed.

Then, on the 17th of August, I felt acute pain at the nape of my neck and I had to cut down my meditation to fifteen minutes. The pain instead of getting better as I had hoped grew worse. The climax was reached on the 19th. I could not think, nor was I able to do anything, and I was forced by friends here to retire to bed. Then I became almost unconscious, though I was well aware of what was happening around me.

I came to myself at about noon each day. On the first day while I was in that state and more conscious of the things around me, I had the first most extraordinary experience. There was a man mending the road; that man was myself; the pickaxe he had was myself; the very stone which he was breaking up was a part of me; the tender blade of grass was my very being, and the three beside the man was myself. I almost could feel and think like the roadmender, and I could feel the wind passing through the tree, and the little ant on the blade of grass I could feel. The birds, the dust, and the very noise were a part of me. Just then there was a car passing by at some distance; I was the driver, the engine, and the tires; as the car went further away from me, I was going away from myself. I was in everything, or rather everything was in me, inanimate and animate, the mountain, the worm, and all breathing things.

All day long I remained in this happy condition. I could not eat anything, and again at about six I began to lose my physical body, and naturally the physical elemental did what it liked; I was semi-conscious…….

http://enlightened-people.com/jiddu-krishnamurti-enlightenment-story/

Account by C. W. Leadbeater

  1. W. Leadbeater describes the physical appearance of Master KH as follows:

The Master Kuthumi wears the body of a Kashmiri Brahman, and is as fair in complexion as the average Englishman. He, too, has flowing hair, and His eyes are blue and full of joy and love. His hair and beard are brown, which, as the sunlight catches it, becomes ruddy with glints of gold. His face is somewhat hard to describe, for His expression is ever changing as He smiles; the nose is finely chiselled, and the eyes are large and of a wonderful liquid blue.

Skepticism

There was skepticism about the existence of Koot Hoomi.

In 1884, Rev. George Patterson published an article “The Collapse of Koot Hoomi” which stated that Koot Hoomi did not exist. Based on information he received from Emma Coulomb it was alleged that Hoomi was actually a dummy made from cloth with a painted face that her husband Alexis Coulomb wore on his shoulders at night. Blavatsky denied the accusations of fraud

The Coulomb Affair was a conflict between Emma and Alexis Coulomb, on one side, and Helena Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society, on the other.

Blavatsky met Emma and Alex in 1871 in Cairo. They founded the short-lived Société Spirite. In August 1879, Emma and Alex contacted Blavatsky because they had financial problems. They were stranded in Sri Lanka, and Blavatsky helped them to get to Mumbai and tried to find a job for them. As she couldn’t find a job for them, she provided them with a position in the Theosophical Society, where they were doing various chores, such as cooking and gardening. In February 1884, Blavatsky and H. S. Olcott travelled to Europe. After their departure, a conflict between the Coulombs and the Theosophical Society escalated. The Coulombs tried to blackmail and threaten Blavatsky, whereupon Blavatsky dismissed them. When the theosophists inspected Blavatsky’s room after the Coulombs had to leave, they found secret doors in her room. Alexis claimed that he constructed these secret doors for Blavatsky. Theosophists have said that Alexis’ constructions were obviously newly built, and the secret doors could not be opened or closed silently or without strong effort.

After the Coulombs were dismissed, they went to their Christian missionary friends of the Free Church of Scotland, and gave them letters that were allegedly written by Blavatsky to Emma. These letters suggested that Blavatsky was a fraud. The chaplain George Patterson published extracts from these letters in the Madras Christian College Magazine. The incident became well known all over India and also in America and Europe. Blavatsky then immediately published a reply in several newspapers. Blavatsky and Olcott then travelled back to India in the end of 1884. Soon afterwards the Hodgson Report was published, which also severely damaged Blavatsky’s reputation. The report also contained the allegations of the Coulombs.

In 1986 and 1997, Vernon Harrison of the SPR published a study on the Hodgson Report. The Blavatsky–Coulomb letters were destroyed by Elliott Coues, an enemy of Blavatsky, so that they cannot be studied today anymore.

 

Charles Webster Leadbeater (/’lɛdˌbɛtər/; 16 February 1854 – 1 March 1934) was an influential member of the Theosophical Society, author on occult subjects and co-initiator with J. I. Wedgwood of the Liberal Catholic Church.

Originally a priest of the Church of England, his interest in spiritualism caused him to end his affiliation with Anglicanism in favour of the Theosophical Society, where he became an associate of Annie Besant. He became a high-ranking officer of the society, but resigned in 1906 amid a scandal involving accusations of pederasty. After Annie Besant became President of the Society, he was readmitted. Leadbeater went on to write over 69 books and pamphlets as well as maintain regular speaking engagements. His efforts on behalf of the society assured his status as one of its leading members until his death in 1934.

….His interest in Theosophy was stimulated by A.P. Sinnett‘s Occult World, and he joined the Theosophical Society in 1883. The next year he met Helena Petrovna Blavatsky when she came to London; she accepted him as a pupil and he became a vegetarian.

Around this time he wrote a letter to Kuthumi, asking to be accepted as his pupil. Shortly afterward, an encouraging response influenced him to go to India; he arrived at Adyar in 1884. He wrote that while in India, he had received visits and training from some of the “Masters” that according to Blavatsky were the inspiration behind the formation of the Theosophical Society, and were its hidden guides. This was the start of a long career with the Theosophical Society.

….In 1909 Leadbeater “discovered” fourteen-year-old Jiddu Krishnamurti on the private beach attached to the headquarters at Adyar. Jiddu was able to use that beach as his father was working for the society and living on the grounds. Leadbeater believed Krishnamurti to be the “vessel” for the indwelling of a concept known as World Teacher, whose imminent appearance he and many Theosophists were expecting. Like Moses, Siddhārtha Gautama, Zarathustra (Zoroaster), Jesus of Nazareth, and Muhammad ibn ‘Abdullāh, the new teacher would reputedly divulge a new religious dispensation.

Leadbeater assigned the pseudonym Alcyone to Krishnamurti and under the title “Rents in the Veil of Time”, he published 30 reputed past lives of Alcyone in a series in The Theosophist magazine beginning in April 1910. “They ranged from 22,662 BC to 624 AD … Alcyone was a female in eleven of them.”

Leadbeater stayed in India until 1915, overseeing the education of Krishnamurti; he then relocated to Australia. During the late 1920s, Krishnamurti disavowed the role that Leadbeater and other Theosophists expected him to fulfil. He disassociated himself from the Theosophical Society and its doctrines and practices, and during the next six decades became known as an influential speaker on philosophical and religious subjects.

 

Wikipedia (various articles)

In the Ascended Master Teachings, Ascended Masters are believed to be spiritually enlightened beings who in past incarnations were ordinary humans, but who have undergone a series of spiritual transformations originally called initiations.

Both “Mahatmas” and “Ascended Master” are terms used in the Ascended Master Teachings. Ascended Master is based on the Theosophical concept of the Mahatma or Master of the Ancient Wisdom. However, “Mahatmas” and “Ascended Masters” are believed by some to differ in certain respects.

The Ascended Master Teachings refer to the Sixth Initiation as Ascension.

According to the Ascended Master Teachings, a “Master”, “Commoner”, “Shaman”, or “Spiritual Master” is a human being who has taken the Fifth Initiation and is thereby capable of dwelling on the 5th dimension. An “Ascended Master” is a human being who has taken the Sixth Initiation and is thereby capable of dwelling on the 6th dimension. An “Ascended Master” is a human being who has regained full union with his “Mighty I AM Presence.” When a human being has regained full union with his “Mighty I AM Presence,” that state of full union is referred to as “Ascension.” Technically, a human being “ascends” when he takes the Sixth Initiation, and not before then.

A “Chohan” (Lord) of a “Ray” is an Ascended Master who has been placed in charge of one of the 12 “Rays” (until recently, 7 Rays were generally known, and 5 Rays were “secret”), due to having an extraordinary natural spiritual affinity for that Ray. A “Ray” is a concentrated stream of spiritual energy emanating, ultimately, from the Godhead. Each “Ray” is the embodiment/expression of one of the 12 great God-Qualities, such as Divine Will, Divine Wisdom, Divine Love, etc. The “Chohans (Lords) of the Rays” thus constitute a special grouping of Ascended Masters (Sixth Level Initiates).

Those who have taken the Seventh Initiation hold the Senior Administrative Posts in the Great White Brotherhood on Earth. These senior administrative posts are divided into 3 departments: The Department of the Manu, the Department of the Planetary Christ, and the Department of the Mahachohan. ”

A “Lord of the World” is a human being (or a being of some lifewave other than the human lifewave) who has taken the Ninth Initiation. The Ninth Initiation is the highest Initiation possible on a 9d-dimensional planet grid such as Earth and it will be until the end of the 21st of December 2012. Sanat Kumara (a “Lord of the Flame” originally from the higher-dimensional levels of the planet Venus) was the original being who held the spiritual office of “Lord of the World” here on planet Earth.

The term “Ascended Master” was first used by Baird T. Spalding in 1924 in his series of books, “The Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East” (DeVorss and Co.). Godfre Ray King further popularized this concept of spiritual masters who had once lived on the earth in his book Unveiled Mysteries (1934) by Guy Ballard (1878-1939). Ballard was the founder of the first “Ascended Master Teaching” in modern times, known as The “I AM” Activity (in full: The “I AM” Religious Activity of the Saint Germain Foundation ). The teachings were continued and embellished by later organizations such as The Bridge to Freedom (founded 1951) (known in the 1980s as The New Age Church of the Christ, and later as The Bridge to Spiritual Freedom), The Summit Lighthouse (founded 1958) and its successor organization the Church Universal and Triumphant, and various other organizations such as the White Eagle Lodge (1936). A more modern form of the teachings, which did not rely on “channeled” messages, was given by a former associate of Godfre Ray King, Pearl Dorris, in Mount Shasta, California, beginning on October 20, 1972 and continuing until her death in Yreka, California in 1990. See her books, “The Step by Step Series” (M. S. Princess). Her emphasis was on learning to feel and identify with the I AM Presence within, rather than invoking the “Presence” as a mental principal existing outside oneself. Under her tutelage, Peter Mt. Shasta was trained to continue the Masters’ teachings, working today to incorporate the inner teachings of the Far East and their emphasis on self-observation, with the dynamic I AM teachings of using language to develop mastery in action in daily life. See “Adventures of a Western Mystic: Part 1, Apprentice to the Masters,” and Part 2, “Search for the Guru;” also, “I AM Affirmations and the Secret of their Effective Use” (Church of the Seven Rays). See also “I AM the Open Door” (M. S. Princess, 1979).

The rays, the divines evolutions of peoples and planets are represented by 7 colors (new age) and more 5 colors (new age gold or solar rays). The colors of new age and solar rays are (in order): 1 blue (power of faith); 2 yellow (obedience); 3 pink (beauty; geniality); 4 white (ascension; peace; light); 5 green (nature); 6 red (true resurrection); 7 violet (New Age of Master Saint German); 8 turquoise (lucidity); 9 magenta (divine wonder; justiciars); 10 gold (materialization of wealth); 11 orange (sunshine); 12 Opaline (renewal).[

…According to Alice Bailey and Benjamin Creme there are sixty Masters of the Ancient Wisdom, defined as beings who have reached the Fifth Level of Initiation or above, with Djwhal Khul in a pivotal role as the master who telepathically dictated the many esoteric teachings in Baileys’ books. Elizabeth Clare Prophet revealed, by taking “dictations” from them, the names of many dozens of additional Ascended Masters that were previously unknown.

The concept of recognizing the spiritual self, one’s own psychological and karma battles and how to overcome them, and eventual Ascension of all humanity is covered in James Redfield‘s Celestine Prophecy and its sequels, The Tenth Insight: Holding the Vision and The Secret of Shambhala: In Search of the Eleventh Insight. These books, while controversial, are recent popularizations of the concept of Ascension.

In Ascended Master teachings there is also mention of Serapis Bey, a being who was incarnated as a high priest in one of the “Temples of the Sacred Fire” on Atlantis, and who migrated to Egypt at the time of the destruction of Atlantis. It is also believed that he was incarnated as the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III (who constructed the Temple of Luxor to the god Amon) and also as Leonidas, the King of Sparta, who was killed in 480 BC defending the pass of Thermopylae against the invasion of Greece by Emperor Xerxes I of the Persian Empire. According to teachings of Agni Yoga, Serapis Bey purports to be, in past lives, the Roman king Numa Pompilius, and the philosophers Confucius, Plato and Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca). He is referred to in the book Supermundane as The Thinker.

Wikipedia

Mrs. Prophet, we’ve barely touched on the subject of El Morya. Can you tell us a bit more about him?

El Morya begins at the beginning on the first ray. He teaches that without dedication to the will of God, you cannot be disciplined on any of the other rays. So Morya takes on those individuals who have perhaps rebelled against their inner calling and are not really following the master of their ray because they have not yet come to grips with their own relationship to the will of God.

The most important lesson that I have learned from El Morya is that the will of God is within us. It is our inner blueprint; it is the design of the soul. To rebel against the will of God is to rebel against the Self, the True Self.

Jesus teaches us that a house divided against itself cannot stand. And so to begin the path of true chelaship we have to resolve this schism within the self. We have to realize that the will of God is good and it will not take from us our true identity, but it is the adornment of that reality.

Elizabeth Clare Prophet, could you tell us about the embodiments of El Morya?

El Morya was Abraham, Hebrew patriarch and progenitor of the twelve tribes of Israel. He was Melchior, one of the three wise men who attended the birth of Jesus.

In the sixth century he was embodied as King Arthur. Our hero of this age, if we ever had a hero, would be King Arthur. And if we were ever to go back in history, I think we would all like to be at Camelot.

It is the jeweled-love quality of El Morya that makes us hark back to this great visionary king who founded the order of the Knights of the Round Table. His knights went in quest of the Holy Grail, from which Jesus drank at the Last Supper. Legend tells us this Holy Grail was brought from the Holy Land by Joseph of Arimathea and buried in a well at Glastonbury. The focal point was thus set for the dispensation of Camelot.

In the twelfth century Morya was embodied as Thomas à Becket, Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury under Henry II…………

https://www.summitlighthouse.org/inner-perspectives/el-morya-master-of-gods-will/

 

 

The Clairvoyant & Enlightened Times

Issue 29 – 5 July 2017 – rattuos

 

The hidden masters may be anywhere or nowhere. She could be the old lady sweeping the bit of pavement outside her house with a twinkle in her eye, he or she could be the postman, the support worker or the old priest. What they all have in common is a degree of enlightenment hidden from the world at large. If you travel the path to enlightenment you will start to meet and see them and they you. It just happens and they will teach you sometimes without you knowing that, or only discovering that when it is too late and they have gone.

Perhaps the classic enlightened, wandering holy man of the last century was Sai Baba who died 99 years ago. He taught a bit of Islam with a bit of Hindu and might have passed unnoticed like most of the masters. He did not attract a massive following in his life and if you look at his Wikipedia page you will see the photographs of him showing a very humble man that you might mistake for a beggar. But fate was to ensure that he was not forgotten. His temple is visited every day by 25,000 people and on some days up to a million. Following his instructions they are fed. Its roofs are gold and outside carved in pure white Italian marble is a statue of him wearing a gold crown. It is said he gave a devotee one rupee to build it. What is for sure is that he was a very powerful, spiritual man – part Sufi, part Saddhu. My father was born in India while he still lived but in my lifetime another Sai Baba, Sathya, claiming to be his reincarnation became one of the most famous gurus of all and should probably be remembered for the billions of pounds that he raised for India’s poor. He was also a master magician but by no means hidden. I have written about both here previously. Western eyes tend to focus on the enlightenment of such masters while ignoring the one on their doorstep.

Today I am putting here some notes against renowned but deceased masters for your possible interest.

“Her name was Djecunma Ani Rigdzin Chonyi Zangmo, she was a yogini and dakini (wisdom being). Djecunma is a title for female lamas, it means Highly Respected Mother. She was also called Dzogchen Rinpoche. Rinpoche means Precious Teacher. I first met djecunma yogini when I was eight and I wanted to stay with her. Later she gave me my first ordination. She was one of the most well-known masters in Tibet. She lived up to one-hundred and thirteen”

http://www.buddha-tar.hu/hu/node/986

“A great buddhist practioner, an embodiment of compassion and loving kindness, a Sherpa Buddhist nun ANI NGAWANG PEMA passed away into Parinirvana. She is remaining in “Thugdam” with peace and radiance. Thugdam (samadhi) is a final stage of meditation. It is a state of deep meditation, resting in the nature of mind.

During her teenage Ani Ngawang Pema was the most beautiful girl in Khumbu region. Determined to be a nun, she rejected marriage proposals from a lot of rich and famous families and escaped away from her hometown. She went to Tibet, crossing high Himalayan passes in order to take a refuge in Guru, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. In Tibet she studied budddhism, learned the meaning of life, recognized the true nature of mind and became a perfect buddhist nun. After returning back to Khumbu she stayed in solitary retreat (meditation) to benefit all sentient beings of six realms of Samsara. Following a long illness on Friday, November 19, 2010 she withdrew her consciousness into the expanse of Dharmata. A crowd of faithfuls are gathering in front of her retreat house in order to pay her a respect. As per her last wish no one except Tyangboche lama, her personal attendant and another monk is allowed go inside the retreat house. His Holiness Trulshik Rinpoche ordered no one to touch her holy body for at least seven days. As soon as Thugdam is complete, general public will be informed and may allowed to pay their respects.”

http://sgforums.com/forums/1728/topics/445103

Ani Ngawang Pema. Ani Pema was a well-known Buddhist practitioner who spent some 51 years in solitary retreat.

Krishnamurti aged 90 died 1986 from pancreatic cancer. He was life long sufferer of  “A word is needed to explain one of the terms used in it—“the process”. In 1922, at the age of twenty-eight, Krishnamurti underwent a spiritual experience that changed his life and which was followed by years of acute and almost continuous pain in his head and spine. The manuscript shows that “the process”, as he called this mysterious pain, was still going on nearly forty years later….”

Maharishi aged 90 died 2008 ‘natural causes in sleep’ “….I arrived at the house at 2:00 am, and when I entered the makeshift ICU I saw Maharishi lying unconscious in a bed with IV tubes and a respirator just as I had foreseen. My father informed me darkly that after drinking a glass of orange juice given to him by “a foreign disciple,” Maharishi had suffered severe abdominal pain and inflammation of the pancreas, along with kidney failure followed by a heart attack. Poisoning was suspected. Over the next few days Maharishi’s condition worsened. The pancreas and kidney functions continued to deteriorate, and his heart didn’t improve…..The attending physician felt that Maharishi was clinically dead. My father suggested that we keep him on life support, however, until the family gave permission to take him off. As fate would have it, after 24 to 36 hours the attending informed us that Maharishi was recovering miraculously. His kidney function was returning to normal, his heart was beating independent of the pacemaker, and he had started to breathe on his own. Within a few days he was sitting up in bed, drinking milk with honey. The doctor could not explain this recovery; everyone in the hospital, including his nurses, were awestruck….The dilemma I faced was more fundamental: Can a real guru be unfair, jealous, biased, and ultimately manipulative? For a devotee, the answer is unquestionably yes….Maharishi actually was a guru and great Rishi of the Vedic tradition, while I am a doctor who loved the philosophy of Vedanta and also loved articulating it for the man on the street. I said goodbye to Maharishi, took Rita’s hand, and walked away…..On January 12, 1994 I went back to Vlodrop for the annual New Year’s celebration and told Maharishi that I was leaving permanently….” Deepak Chopra (his son-in-law and one time physician)

“…Only then did I realise that the Maharishi would be addressing me only via closed-circuit TV from his chamber, presumably somewhere upstairs. “His Holiness never meets anyone because his doctor is concerned that he might catch germs,” Roth whispered. “He hasn’t been outside for years.” David Jones 2006 interview with Maharishi” Daily Mail 6/2/2008

Sathya Sai Baba aged 84 died 2011 “On 28 March 2011, Sai Baba was admitted to the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality Hospital at Prashantigram at Puttaparthi, following respiration-related problems. After nearly a month of hospitalisation, during which his condition progressively deteriorated, Sai Baba died on Sunday, 24 April at 7:40 IST, aged 84. Sai Baba had predicted that he would die at age 96 and would remain healthy until then…..In 2003, Sai Baba suffered a fractured hip when a student standing on an iron stool slipped and the boy and stool both fell on him. After that he gave darshana from a car or his porte chair. After 2004, Sai Baba used a wheelchair and began to make fewer public appearances.” Wikipedia

Carlos Castaneda aged 72 died 1998 hepatic cellular cancer “Castaneda withdrew from public view in 1973 to work further on his inner development, living in a large house in Westwood, California with three colleagues whom he called “Fellow Travellers of Awareness.” Wikipedia

Carl Jung aged 84 died 1961 after short illness “His psychosis began when he was 38 years old, when he started finding himself haunted by visions in his head and started hearing voices. Jung himself worried about this “psychosis” — things that today we’d might say were consistent with symptoms of schizophrenia (a term he also used to describe himself during this period).”

https://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/01/23/3-things-you-didnt-know-about-carl-jungs-psychosis/

13th Dalai Lama aged 56 died 1933

The 13th Dalai Lama predicted before dying:

“Very soon in this land (with a harmonious blend of religion and politics) deceptive acts may occur from without and within. At that time, if we do not dare to protect our territory, our spiritual personalities including the Victorious Father and Son (Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama) may be exterminated without trace, the property and authority of our Lakangs (residences of reincarnated lamas) and monks may be taken away. Moreover, our political system, developed by the Three Great Dharma Kings (Tri Songtsen Gampo, Tri Songdetsen and Tri Ralpachen) will vanish without anything remaining. The property of all people, high and low, will be seized and the people forced to become slaves. All living beings will have to endure endless days of suffering and will be stricken with fear. Such a time will come.” Wikipedia

“…When the Dalai Lama reached the age of twenty-four, he began to have recurring and disturbing dreams which he noted down on paper….In 1900, when the Thirteenth Dalai Lama reached the age of twenty-five — a perilous year according to Tibetan astrology, which holds that every thirteenth year is “obstructed” (skyeg) — the Nechung Oracle repeated his prophecy that the Dalai Lama’s life was in danger. That year the Dalai Lama fell ill frequently, had a low appetite, and grew physically weak. According to one account of the incident, the Dalai Lama noticed that his health deteriorated whenever he wore boots presented to him by Terton Sogyel. When his attendants examined the boots carefully they found a harmful mantra hidden in the sole….In 1933, on the thirteenth day of the tenth Tibetan month in the water-bird year, the Dalai Lama became ill and began to suffer from a bout of coughing. A day later, he lost his appetite and became short of breath….He replied that the portentous sound of the owl indicated that the time had come for him to depart his earthly existence. On thirtieth day of tenth Tibetan month, at midday, the Dalai Lama lay down on his bed feeling weak. At 7:30 that evening the Dalai Lama sat up and placed himself in a meditation posture, he closed his eyes and departed from earthly existence”

“When the Twelfth Dalai Lama, Trinle Gyatso (ta la’i bla ma 13 ‘phrin la rgya mtsho, 1856-1875) died at the young age of twenty in 1875, his face is said to have turned toward the south-east, which was taken as a sign that the new incarnation would be born in that direction”

http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Thirteenth-Dalai-Lama-Tubten-Gyatso/3307

Bhagwan Rajneesh aged 58 died 1991 reportedly of heart failure. “….Rajneesh’s health collapsed in his early thirties. Even before reaching middle age, Rajneesh suffered reoccurring bouts of weakness. During his youthful college years, when he should have been at a peak of vigor, Rajneesh often had to sleep 12 to 14 hours a day due to an unexplained illness. Rajneesh suffered from what Europeans call Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), or what Americans call Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). His classic symptoms included the obvious fatigue, strange allergies, recurrent low grade fevers, photophobia, orthostatic intolerance (the inability to stand for a normal period of time), insomnia, body pain, and extreme sensitivity to smells and chemicals, a condition doctors now refer to as ‘multiple chemical sensitivity.’ [See new Australian medical study with possible physiological explanation for CFS based on ion channel dysfunction.]

Rajneesh’s trademark chemical sensitivity was so severe that he instructed his guards to sniff people for unpleasant odors before they were allowed to visit him in his quarters. People with Gulf War Syndrome, MS, and other neurological and immune system illnesses are also often highly sensitive to chemicals and smells. Rajneesh’s poor health and strange symptoms were a product of real neurological and immune system dysfunction, not some esoteric supersensitivity caused by his enlightenment. Rajneesh also had Type II diabetes, asthma, and severe back pain.

Rajneesh was constantly sick and frail from the time I first met him in 1970 until his death on January 19th, 1990. He thought he was getting a different cold or flu every week. In reality he suffered from a chronic neurological and immune system illness, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, with flu like symptoms that can last a lifetime. Rajneesh could not stand on his feet for long periods of time without becoming lightheaded because he suffered damage to his autonomic nervous system which controls blood pressure…”

http://meditation-handbook.50webs.com/osho2.html

Sai Baba (not his real name) age unknown (perhaps 80) died 1918 (he said he was in the army in 1858) “Sai Baba’s disciples and devotees claim that he performed many miracles such as bilocation, levitation, mindreading, materialisation, exorcisms, entering a state of Samādhi at will, lighting lamps with water, removing his limbs or intestines and sticking them back to his body (khandana yoga), curing the incurably sick, appearing beaten when another was beaten, preventing a mosque from falling down on people, and helping his devotees in other miraculous ways” Wikipedia

Muhammed aged 62 died 632 “A few months after the farewell pilgrimage, Muhammad fell ill and suffered for several days with fever, head pain, and weakness. He died on Monday, 8 June 632” Wikipedia

Gautama Buddha died in 483 BC aged 80 years in the city of Kusinara (present day Kushinagar). He is said to have died due to natural causes, most probably mesenteric infarction, a symptom of old age.

https://www.quora.com/When-and-how-did-Gautama-Buddha-die

He is said to have had blue eyes.