Saturday, 15 February 2020

Ancient Truths? - Part 2 : Pre-10,000 BC

© 2020, John Lerwill

Dear Reader,


An investigation into the time before 10,000 BC is unlikely to uncover much by way of archaeological proof of man on Earth, so, apparently, we are left to rely almost purely on scripture and modern science to give us a sense of what was. However, Biblical scripture has taken a 'bashing' in the past 200 years - mainly through the then evolutionary theory of Charles Darwin. Thankfully, there is evidence to show that the Bible can be understood differently if not taken in a literal manner, and particularly those versions of the Bible that have been translated into modern languages.

Further, the 19th c. publications by Helena Blavatsky and other members of the Theosophical Society gave rise to an alternative way of thinking about man's origins - and future.

And we also have what is contained in the Vedas - the Hindu scriptures that are more than scriptures: they combine both this world and 'other' world data, as was the practice in all ancient teachings, and even in Islam. Western thought, however, is now (but only since 400 years ago) effectively based on modern science, with scripture being left as a separate topic. Understandably so, too, as the Bible we have inherited contains precious little of what was once taught as knowledge. But the 'why' of that matter is another story.

Cosmic Science, and Time

Modern science tells us that the world is billions of years old. The science of the ancient Hindu scriptures - stated aeons before modern science - does not disagree, and tells us that time is made up of periods known as yugas, which are repeated over and again until the end of time. 

According to Carl Sagan (a well-feted scientist and writer):
The Hindu religion is the only one of the world's great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It is the only religion in which time scales correspond to those of modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long, longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang.
Traditionally, the length of time in each period (of four yugas) is taken as (in human years):
  • Satya Yuga equals 1,728,000 years
  • Treta Yuga equals 1,296,000 years
  • Dvapara Yuga equals 864,000 years
  • Kali Yuga equals 432,000 years
At the ending of one 'round' of these four yugas, a further 'round' commences.

We are currently in a Kali Yuga, which would appear to have started on 20th December, 3102 BC, and which was the day when the Krishna avatar is said to have relinquished his mortal coil.

Each yuga progressively diminishes in spiritual clarity, hence the Kali Yuga (which we are in) is the densest period as to spiritual understanding. However, there are fewer ritual expectations in the Kali Yuga - sincere remembrance of God is the main thing.

The Hindu concept of time is clearly immense and gives scope to a vast history - and future - that we can hardly contemplate. And if we are to accept this time frame as valid, then a current perception that the Earth is about to end is false. We may be entering a time of very considerable change, but this - as the following story states - has happened time and again before in ancient history.


Evolution

Particularly since Darwin published his 'Origin Of The Species', a death-knell began to toll for the Bible as a believable source of history. Ever since then scientific 'experts' have tried to throw scorn over it and, thereby, ordinary folk - unless they are of strong religious faith - have taken the lead of those who have scientifically claimed to know better.

However, there have been those in the science world who have not been so eager to throw the Bible aside, even though they may not be 'believers'. In the 1990s, one such team looked closely at the Old Testament and the story of Moses in the wake of scepticism as no archaeology had been found to support the presence of the Hebrews - and Moses - in Egypt in the time period that seemed to be relevant.

Lo and behold, it was found that the Egyptian list of kings had hitherto been read wrongly in the attempt to prove the Biblical stories, and a re-adjustment of scientific sight then suddenly started to make surprising finds. The Old Testament - as history in this matter - was then proved to be correct after all, and that the time of Moses was put back a further 100 years or more prior to what had been thought. Moses is now safe!

In the case of the assertions by Genesis as to the story of creation, a different - and more surprising - line of thinking can be ascertained. Even science cannot dispute the opening statement of Genesis concerning what happened "In the beginning...": the problem really starts with the scriptural assertion that God created man before other living creatures. At least, it is a problem if you prefer to believe Darwin, since he asserts that man is descended from ape, and a lot of science is completely taken up with that.

Part of this problem - and I believe it is such - lies in the mixed descriptions in Genesis of who God is, and it is a trap that modern translators seem to have fallen into in that where the word Elohim is used it seems to be assumed that it refers simply to "God", and  "God" is thus frequently inserted in place of Elohim. This is an issue that critics have come up with before - I am certainly not the first to say that - the particular difficulty being that the word Elohim is plural! 

To give an example, in Genesis 6:2 a more true translation is:
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, the sons of [the] God[s] (bene Elohim) saw that the daughters of man were attractive. ...
In the 1980s, along came a matured and enthusiastic seeker of truth by the name of Christian O'Brien. He published a very detailed book of well over 700 pages - a book that is entitled 'The Shining Ones' - and in that book, he assiduously shows his considerable scholarly achievement in his re-decipherment of Sumerian tablet texts that led him to perceive that Elohim were nothing more than an angelic host that man came to call 'gods'. Not one Almighty God, but (what men referred to as) gods.

Having made that statement about O'Brien, I will leave the further discussion about his findings (and other matters about Adam and Eve etc) to my next chapter, as his time-frame deals with happenings since 10,000BC.

I said that the Elohim matter was part of the problem. A second part of the problem is that Moses, who may have been the author or senior participant in the writing of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Old Testament), appears to have had these books written in an allegorical form as part of his transmission of the Kabbalah - the inner teaching of the Hebrews. On one hand, Moses delivered the Ten Commandments to the general public, and on the other hand, he delivered the Kabbalah to those of a higher understanding.

Now, in the 'greater' teaching (of the Kabbalah) it brings to light that there was not simply one Adam (and his Eve), but that the original Adam was Adam Kadmon, who was (if you like) the original blueprint of man, and 'the man' who did precede all other living creatures. Man, it is inferred, was the reason for 'Project Earth', but perhaps it took a very lengthy period of experimentation to decide on the physical form that man would take.

Biblical, and a number of other sources, state quite clearly that the earliest man was not only androgynous but that, in a very ancient period, was even etheric (vid. Kabbalah, Blavatsky, Churchward et al). Therefore, such early men would have left no visible trace on Earth of their presence! Clearly, Darwin did not cotton on to that possibility: esoteric expression in the Bible did its job - it was to deter the wrong people from finding the truth and using it in a superficial way. That principle has been used in many (ancient and recent) writings on Truth.

Thus, the Genesis scripture - alluding to Adam (of the Garden of Eden), as being the first created man of Almighty God - is entirely allegorical.  Adam of the Garden of Eden was someone else, and we shall come onto his story (according to O'Brien) in the next chapter. It is clear in statements in Genesis that other men existed at the time of this Adam, so he clearly was not the first man of all.

But there has been another factor in all human evolution, and that is - as a result of skeletal findings - the apparently sudden 'quickening' of man's development. One such appears to have been about 200,000 years ago and one more recent was the discovery of Cro-Magnon man in the mid-19th c. (today scientifically called Early Modern Humans). That development was about 40,000 years ago. The apparent appearance of modern man occurred at around 10,000 BC.

The question, clearly, is just how did this 'quickening' of development suddenly take place. This is where I need to be particularly careful with words as popular culture would certainly think of pointing to 'aliens' as interfering with man's progress. However, though I would not argue with the general point that is made there, the actual meaning of 'aliens' needs to be defined in this context. The reality, as I see it, is that the universe holds much that we cannot dream of, including beings far in advance of us - but whatever it is 'out there' that exists does so under the panoply of the Almighty Creator. Whatever participation 'they' have had in man's development ultimately comes under the stamp of "Made by [the only] God, the Father of All".

That contact has occurred with beings from 'out there' seems to be clear also from strange and ancient rock and cave paintings of beings in various places, and also the knowledge that apparently uneducated peoples have in various parts of the world. A good example of such knowledge is that which is known by the Dogon people of Mali in Africa. Some 50 years ago they were found to have intimate knowledge of the Sirius star complex - knowledge that is impossible to have just through observation with the naked eye.

Christian O'Brien will tell us a little more of comparatively recent 'visitations' in the next chapter, based on his rigorous study.


Pre-10,000BC Civilisations

The story of early civilisations on Earth has been told by both Blavatsky and Churchward, in similar yet different ways, and confirmed by the psychic Edgar Cayce. Cayce was a most ordinary person in his day-to-day life but, when in a trance, he brought out the most astonishing details about history and medicine, nearly all of which either proved to be correct or are thought to be correct.

Obtained from quite different sources, the stories of Blavatsky and Churchward are similar in the sense that they both refer to Atlantis and also an earlier civilisation than Atlantis. For the earlier civilisation, Churchward refers to 'Mu' in the Pacific Ocean while Blavatsky refers to 'Lemuria', situated more south of India but elongated to the west of that, in a time when the continents were still changing their shape. I rather suspect that Churchward's picture of 'Mu' is a later stage of the evolution of Lemuria, but who can say. It is significant, however, that the Tamils of India refer to a very ancient civilisation that existed south of their sub-continent, and which they often refer to as Lemuria, though that name may be known through their study of Blavatsky's Theosophy, which was taken to India by Blavatsky's successor, Annie Besant.

Another aspect where the two authors differ is in respect of timescales, with Blavatsky placing the beginnings of Lemuria much further back in primordial history. But both writers are talking of at least hundreds of thousands of years in the life of that entity. They agree more closely when they come to talk about Atlantis, formerly situated in the Atlantic Ocean - not in other localities around the Mediterranean as has been more recently suggested. 

They agree that Atlantis came about a long time into the life of Lemuria/Mu and that it finally disappeared in around 9,300BC. Whilst both continents existed, the peoples of the two ancient lands are said to have co-operated until the demise of Lemuria/Mu much earlier in time.

Thus, the survivors of Lemuria/Mu seem to have populated other lands, even as far as the Americas and Japan, whose rising sun symbol hails back to that ancient age, it is said. And that survivors of Atlantis reached mainland Europe and South America, where, it would seem, they already had satellite colonies.

Plato, in his 'Timaeus and Critias', describes what he understood to have been Atlantis, but the suspicion is that his description refers to Poseidon, which was the last vestige of a steadily reducing Atlantis.

A perception of the capital city of Atlantis according to Plato
but which is probably a description of the city of Poseidon,
a remnant of Atlantis
Thus, when we are told in school that man developed from the caves and used stone utensils, we are only learning (as Churchward suggests) about man starting out again from basics following the destruction of what had been a great civilisation based on the highest ethics. A civilisation, however, that had ultimately run its course and had fallen in its morals. As is the case today, an advanced form of science got to be misused - beings allowed its development to be out of harmony with the natural laws of the universe.

The time ending in the final destruction of Atlantis is also thought to have been a time when the Earth had a different atmosphere, being heavier than today's atmosphere.

Before its destruction, Atlantis, in its turn, populated other areas of the world, and at least one ancient writer pinpoints Egypt as being a colony of Atlantis 13,000 years before the final demise of Atlantis. It is also said that the Great Pyramid was built during that time and not as recently as 5,000 years ago, which conventional Egyptologists state to be the case. This very conservative view is one that is barely credible, particularly in view of the level of science and technology that enabled the construction of the Great Pyramid, and which does not seem to have been available at the time that the Egyptologists state.

The great 'god' named Thoth is believed to have been one of those significantly involved in its design and construction, and when, it is said, great slabs of stone were elevated and moved by the use of sound - not by the use of countless slaves as Hollywood suggests! I rather suspect the knowledge of how to use sound was still available at the time of the construction of Stonehenge. So, too, there was a highly advanced technology to cut large stone pieces to fit so exactly, not just at these ancient places but others too that show evidence of high technology - including the Longyou Caves in China, discovered in 1992, and buildings in South AmericaOur spirituality has lessened in this day and age, so such concepts cannot be as easily grasped and utilised.

Another talking point is the Sphinx of Egypt, which clearly shows erosion through rain, though the Giza area was only 'green' in the era preceding and following the rising of the Age of Leo (10,750BC), which corresponds, of course, with the leonine form of the Sphinx. The Age of Leo was also found to have been highlighted on the ceiling of an Egyptian temple.
It is inconceivable to my mind that man only suddenly started to develop into a very sentient being 12,000 years ago. At Gobekli Tepe (in today's Turkey) and at Jericho and other places, the remains of very substantial and well-equipped buildings have been found that date back to 9,000BC and beyond. Their construction is sophisticated and could not have been built by people that had only recently emerged from caves.

Throughout the world, the remains of pyramids have been found from a very ancient time, and, in addition to the finding of pictographs that are similar in very diverse places, this seems to clearly prove that there was at least a substantial cross-fertilisation of ideas a considerable time back in history. 

One further common denominator around the world appears to be in so-called serpent worship, which is almost certainly a much more esoteric form of religion than it may appear to be at first glance. Indeed, Jesus admonished his disciples to "be wise as serpents and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10:16, KJV) - a statement that would be hard to understand, perhaps, unless we believe that Jesus knew the allegorical meaning for 'serpent'. Today's translators seem to reckon that Jesus meant snake, not serpent, and that the full meaning of the phrase (according to them) should be more like 'cunning as a snake'. I will take what is probably the original meaning anytime: a spiritual guide once said, 'if in doubt, go to the original.'

Following the conquest of Mexico by the conquistadores, Bernal Diaz (one of those men) wrote his account of that affair and about the similarity of Christianity and the religious teachings of the Indians. Also, Egyptian forms of mummification were found in the South Seas of the Pacific. The list of similarities could go on and on, but the formal academic world refuses to accept what must surely be obvious.

A further revelation from an esoteric source is that, long before the end of Atlantis, a pure form of spiritual teaching was transferred to Egypt, and that teaching - known as the Hermetic Philosophy - is still taught. This teaching included the basis of mathematical and scientific knowledge that was 'picked up' by later civilisations at Sumer, Babylon and Harrapa (India). And Greece. The spiritual aspects of the Hermetic Philosophy came to be the core of the teachings of Jesus, a great messenger who made manifest those teachings in how he conducted his own life. His was essentially the teaching of India through the practice of what is called the 'Eternal Philosophy' (Sanathana Dharma).

As Robert Bauval and Graham Hancock have asserted, the Giza pyramids reflect a portion of the Orion star belt, in accordance with the Hermetic teachings that 'as it is above, so it is below'. This reflection of the placings of the stars on Earth has been utilised into modern times, even by the Knights Templar. Indeed, the subject of sacred geometry is also as alive today as it ever was.

Thank you for visiting. I would be very glad to hear your point of view on any aspect! Please leave your comments.

Part 3 of this series will be about the history between 10,000BC and the time of Jesus.




Saturday, 8 February 2020

Ancient Truths? - Part 1 : The Opener


Dear Reader,

Preliminary

There are so many ancient mysteries, are there not? However, it is not too many people that decide to spend time exploring those mysteries - especially when it comes to doing original research - and I have to admit that I, also, have done nothing by way of fieldwork except by way of exploring and interacting with others and reading on the topic. But what has driven me to find out more on this topic resulted from questions that started to come into my head when I was as young as 10 or 11 years of age, about who we are, and why we are here. Not having obtained satisfactory answers on this matter from my parents, I had nagging questions in my head for a long time. 

As a consequence of my inner promptings and developing experience as I grew up, I became convinced that spiritual forces of some kind exist - that our lives were not (as we were then otherwise urged to believe by the mainstream - and at a time when the church was effectively under attack) just meant to merely strive for material gain, nor were we meant to obtain just physical and mental awareness, nor base our existence just on family life

When an inexplicable event took place in my life in the middle-1970s, at the age of 30, I felt obliged to seek out some answers. My consciousness significantly changed from 1974 and has expanded ever since (though I have stumbled down a blind alley from time to time). From that point, and always being interested in politics, I became far more aware of ecological and environmental concerns, psychology, and the philosophies of various Asian cultures. Coincidentally, I then suddenly met a range of interesting people with whom I had stimulating conversations, including (at different times and in different places) two former Roman Catholic priests who had abandoned their religion, and another Catholic who had insight into the Jesuits (shades of Dan Brown!). And many other discussions besides, over a 10-year period, with people from around the world.

And, furthermore, coming across people who sacrificed so much of their lives to help those worse off, they often going to extraordinary lengths to help.

The magnitude of the subject matter I was looking at - through copious reading as well - drove me almost into a mental overload situation, especially in trying to discriminate the likely from the unlikely. I had this problem especially when I came across the likes of Gurdjieff and Blavatsky; but at least they forced me into looking at Christianity more closely, and especially Christianity vis-a-vis other Faiths.

I then decided to 'drop out' from a materially and intellectually rewarding computer systems job in the manufacturing industry to try to make sense of my life. Yes, as you may have thought, some people at the time thought I needed psychiatric help for giving up what I did, which included a company car.

This series of articles about ancient history is not intended as a statement of total fact. Unless we were actually there and experienced various things in the dim and extremely distant past, we cannot say with concrete certainty that anything was quite as researches now seem to indicate, or anything else for that matter unless that knowledge was to come from a direct source. These days, having as I do a strong faith in an Almighty Power, I feel strongly that it is impossible for any being to know the absolute truth or come to concrete conclusions, especially mortals living in the relatively restricted dimension we live in.

All I am doing here is an attempt at stating a general history of man that seems (to me at least) to make sense, and particularly to make more sense of the creation stories of the Old Testament of the Bible and the Qur'an - the Semitic traditions that have particularly influenced Western thought in the last 2,000 years. I am doing this to try to promote (in a very small way) understanding of the West towards other cultures, and also understanding between cultures, and to promote the notion that there is a very real purpose in Life.

My sources for this small series of writings is varied - I have based part of my thinking on the works of historical researchers of course, but they tend not to dwell accurately on the overall picture of the purpose of life and therefore not all the psychological and evolutionary aspects within that framework. So I have deliberately viewed history from the eschatological angle as, for me, that is the appropriate way to try to understand what might have been going on. Conversely, however, spiritual teachers do not dwell much on historical events, being more concerned that what we do now is the relevant issue; that what is passed is passed and cannot be changed and not entirely relevant at this moment. 

It could be that you, dear reader, may want to challenge me or share something with me on some point or other, and I would be happy to receive your input, either by way of comments to this post (below), or to me personally.

I hope you find the following and ensuing material to be stimulating and of interest to you, but - as I said - please do not think that what I am trying to put forward is an absolute notion of the whole truth. Nor, indeed, do I expect you to accept what I state verbatim. It is simply my best shot - and what I feel to be the case. I am prepared to consider variations on this theme.

The Main Propositions Implicit In This Series

  1. That life was created by an Intelligent Source or Creator, and that at our level we cannot hope to know that Source other than by following a True Path and thus hopefully receiving the Grace of 'God', the Almighty.
  2. That the scale of history must be equated to Time in the form of great passages of time called Yugas, as described in the Vedas of India. We are currently living in the Kali Yuga, the least spiritual of the four-Yuga cycle.
  3. That 'the Creator' works through various levels of created beings in varying dimensions, which, at one level, came to be referred to as 'gods' by humans. However, all Creation is One and with One Pure Purpose, despite certain influences that are negative.
  4. That though evolution, as proposed by Darwin, has its place, the greater evolution is spiritual and we should be open to the idea that, at times, physical evolution has been artificially 'moved on' by 'the gods' (probably as instruments of the Almighty).
  5. That the only physical history that we can genuinely identify is that that has taken place in the last 12,000 years (since the end of the last Ice Age), but that should not preclude an earlier human history that includes civilisations of an advanced form.
  6. That many cultures formed across the world in the past 12,000 years can be said to have a common source. That stone circles have been commonly found to have an astronomical significance involving mathematical principles, thereby indicating great learning amidst apparently uneducated peoples. That the Druids of Britain and Ireland appear to have shared a common knowledge with Greeks and Asian wisdom and that they were seekers of knowledge from wherever it could be found.
  7. That the Indian Vedas (written down around 7,000 years ago) indicates considerable knowledge of mathematics, medical (including advanced surgery) and other sciences at a level not reached again until modern times. Those accomplishments include aircraft (vimanas), powered by a natural energy named vril. In addition, all the mathematical knowledge attributed to Pythagoras is present in the Vedas!
  8. That mankind appears to have received considerable help from the 'gods' (and their visitation) from around 9,000BC to about 3,000BC. That is not to say that such help did not exist before 10,000BC or occasionally (hidden perhaps) in the last 5,000 years.
  9. That the creation of Adam and Eve statements in the Old Testament book of Genesis are a (intentional?) mistranslation of earlier texts. One conclusion as a result of that can be that the creation of Adam and Eve in Genesis may well only relate to the creation of the Semitic race - and within the last 12,000 years ('Semitic' here essentially relates to a family that ultimately includes the Aramaic, Hebrew and Arabic speaking peoples. The Arabs are reputed to have been born out of Ishmael, the first son of Abraham by Hagar). 
  10. That all the religions that have existed in the last 12,000 years have been formed by kings (and their equivalent) and/or priests. Each such religion has been imperfectly derived from the teachings of an avatar, prophet or great seer of a particular region. Each such master taught according to time and place - i.e. according to the particular circumstances of the locality at that time. No religion can be truly successful unless it develops according to 'time and place' - according to changing circumstances.
  11. That, sadly, as the understanding of ordinary man (which usually derives from cultural influence and deductive thinking) has not matched the understanding of the founding teacher, the purity of the original teaching was partly or wholly lost as time went by. That is, apart from certain people of purity and inner understanding. Such people often separate themselves (but not always) from ordinary religion. Others come to be regarded as saints (or equivalent term in different societies), though not all saints have achieved the understanding talked of here.
  12. It would appear that Jesus ('the Nazarene', not 'of Nazareth' please note) and John the Baptist had links with the Essenes, a Jewish mystical and Messianic order, which in turn appears to have been connected with the Druids. Joseph (so-called 'of Aramathea') appears to have visited Britain on at least one occasion, possibly two occasions. The first 'Christian' church in Europe seems to have been established at Glastonbury, UK, in 37AD, but based on the teachings of the Jerusalem Church (destroyed by Rome in 70AD) and affinity with the Druids. The 'British Church' survived another 600 years before being forcefully merged with the Catholic Church (effectively formed as late as 325AD, when the Canon was agreed).
  13. The recognition that there is an 'inner' (evolutionary) spiritual teaching was the apparent cause of the creation of the Knights Templar, from whom masonic orders and the Rosicrucian movement are at least partly derived, and also the building of the great cathedrals (utilising sacred geometry design principles) across northern France in the 12th c.
  14. That the Knights Templar visited America seems to be proved by artefacts found in North America and carvings of American plants in the Roslyn Chapel in Scotland, built before the official discovery of America.
  15. That the teachings of Jesus have been better understood as a result of the finding of the Nag Hammadi library and other codices, including the Bruce Codex.
  16. That the separation of material science from spiritual philosophy that began to take place some 400 years ago must result in their re-fusion. Their union (as composite 'knowledge') was how it was in ancient times and as can be clearly observed in the Vedas and in the immensely successful early Islamic period at Baghdad. All knowledge - outer and inner - provides Truth, not the kind of duality that now pervades thinking.  It is noteworthy that Albert Einstein had sympathy for this proposition.
  17. That man has come to have too much regard for his mental faculties and that history shows that our world problems stem from that situation, which is based on an over-regard for ego and its largely unfettered self-expression. 
  18. That man will only come closer to achieving harmony when he comes to realise that the consequences of his actions is dependent on what he absorbs through all his senses and also as a result of former actions (karma). 
  19. That the path of history can easily be changed depending on the quality of the action. And that change is necessary to enable a continuation of upward evolution.

My Primary Sources

  • James Churchward, a former British military man and, indeed, once a well-known metallurgist, who published some remarkable books about the Pacific area in the early 1930s, based on his explorations and findings. Not many years ago I put together a fairly short article about mysteries and his work. That article can be seen on my website.
  • Christian O'Brien and his book 'The Shining Ones' (1988) - a much-extended version of his earlier book, 'The Genius Of The Few'. The Golden Age Project was set up more than a decade ago - after O'Brien's death - to perpetuate and develop O'Brien's findings - and also those of similar researchers working on related themes. You might be interested in their site here
The modern researchers and writers John Michel, Gordon Strachan, Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval should also be specifically mentioned as important sources in my study. A list of sources should include other very influential non-academic writers, but there would be too many to include here.

The following three sources I initially regarded with suspicion and, though I find their material quite compelling from both an evolutionary and an ancient history perspective, and contain material that links to the researches of others, I remain a little sceptical - mainly because their works are mainly unverifiable by conventional means:
  • Helena Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society, and her remarkable and insightful tomes "The Secret Doctrine" and "Isis Unveiled". 
  • Rudolph Steiner, whose "Cosmic Memory" supports the works of Blavatsky and describes how the power of thought evolved. Steiner was initially a disciple in the Theosophical Society movement but went on to form his own group.
  • William Scott-Elliott, another Theosophist, and his "The Story of Atlantis and The Lost Lemuria".
must also give entire credit to Sri Sathya Sai Baba for his guidance on spiritual elements of my understanding, and also classical Sufi writers of the order of Jalaladin Rumi, ibn al-Arabi and al Ghazzali, as well as the Nag Hammadi Library. In addition, I also owe George Gurdjieff a great credit in providing (through one of his disciples, John Bennett) one of my first insights into esotericism several decades ago, to Idris Shah for my better understanding of the Sufis, and also to my direct and written Shia Isma'ili and Hindu sources for a further understanding of esotericism and the different ways to God. Also to the Dalai Lama, the psychologists Carl Jung and Abraham Maslow, and the psychic Edgar Caycey, for providing more marvellous insights into what is.

Thank you for visiting. Part 2 of this series will be about history pre-10,000BC.

Sunday, 2 February 2020

On Stone Circles and Other Mysterious Things


Dear Reader,

I took to reading at a very early age, but after graduating from storybook-style 'comics' and 'annuals', and as our home possessed only two books that were accessible to me (the Bible and an encyclopedic dictionary), I was limited as to my reading apart from books borrowed from the local library a mile away. But I managed to maintain an interest in mysterious things, fostered by the very occasional trip into the country undertaken by my family to visit places such as the Rolright Stones - a mysterious stone circle on the Oxfordshire/Warwickshire border.

So when (as a 10-year-old) I saw a copy of the book 'The Kon Tiki Expedition' (by the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl) lying on the table at an aunt's house, I immediately asked if I could borrow it, and subsequently devoured it in double-quick time. That was the first time I had come across Easter Island, but I didn't know then that my attention would be returned to that vicinity. Over the decades since, I managed to piece together a picture of all the mysterious things that are still visible throughout the world.

I have never talked about this interest very much - at least until I came across the works of James Churchward, a former British military man and, indeed, once a well-known metallurgist, who published some remarkable books about the Pacific area in the 1920s, based on his explorations and findings. Not many years ago I put together a fairly short article about mysteries and his work, and to save many words here, that article can be seen on my website.

Some five decades ago, I was mildly captivated by von Daniken and his smash-hit book, "Chariots of the Gods", which fuelled my sense of belief in more than was stated in the Bible, though I have never totally accepted what science tells us. Science all too easily gets modified as it goes along. That's even though I spent over 40 years as a software designer/developer, which is a lot brain-based and not much connected to religion or to mysticism!

When I later read a book by a NASA engineer by the name of Blaumrich - who had at first taken an agnostic position after he had read van Daniken's work - it woke me up to the possibility that, hidden in the archaic (and mistranslated) words of the Old Testament, there are descriptions of things that had become part of our consciousness - in this case, UFOs. Blaumrich had actually been able to fathom out from the Book of Ezekiel that the prophet was trying - in his limited way of the time - to describe spaceships. From his findings, Blaumrich was even able to draw a picture of a spaceship described in Ezekiel.

And then I came across the magnificent work of John Michel in the mid-70s. Michel cleverly described much of the underlying mystery of the Great Pyramid and Stonehenge, and more. Since, I became more aware of sacred geometry - wrongly attributed to Plato - and the work of Michel's friend, Keith Critchlow.

Over the decades since, I have read many more well-researched and thought-out books on the Earth in ancient times, including (but not only) some by Graham Hancock, but my prime focus of attention has been in the world of Spirituality. I realised early on that (mere) research and writing about ancient history does not provide answers as to who we are and our purpose, so hence - in parallel - I practically and theoretically studied Christianity, Islam and Hinduism (Sanathana Dharma), as well as other spiritual teachings. As a consequence, I became aware of much science in the Hindu Vedas that would stand up in today's scientific community. In fact, it does stand up: the atomic physicist Robert Oppenheimer had great respect for the Vedas, as have many other scientists and philosophers.

However, only in recent weeks I came across a magnificent 30-years-old piece of scholarly achievement of 732 pages which spans ancient history and spirituality, and comes out with (to me) the most insightful, surprising and illuminating interpretations of the Old Testament, and particularly the OT's view of creation. It also explains in detail much of the mystery of ancient stone circles in Britain. It has impressed me so much that I equate it (in its scope) as being greater than the works of John Michel and James Churchward. 

Even so, some synthesis of the works of all three needs to be done to create a more valid and bigger picture, in my opinion, together with a reference to the science of the Vedas, and the effect of the Vedas and Sanathana Dharma ('the Perennial Philosophy') on thought in the rest of the world.

In future weeks, therefore, I intend to write a combined but humble view of the world, based on the works and scripture just mentioned. 

Thank you for reading this.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Want To Argue? Let's Try Something Else Instead


Dear Reader,

It's obvious, isn't it? To my mind, there's a cure for pretty well all argumentation under the Sun, which I will reveal below - and, remarkably, it's not very difficult to fathom.

In the meantime, I find that the few TV programmes I watch - and they are very few, like the News and the BBC's Question Time (plus the odd documentary) - are littered with accusations and counter-accusations that are often not far short of farcical.

One of the regular topics of controversy is racism, and the recent 'Meghan' phenomenon has been used to trumpet this slogan. Not only does it appear in the media in general but we had the situation when Laurence Fox (on BBC's Question Time) was accused of being a privileged white man by a member of the audience, who turned out to be a lecturer on cultural issues including racism. Well, of course Fox is white, and he does come from a well-known acting family, but on the topic that the QT panel was discussing (which was on Meghan and Harry - as though there aren't more important issues to discuss!), he just happened to say that the accusation of racism against Meghan was over-blown. And his reasons why sounded reasonable to me, his main point being that whenever something happens to someone who is wholly or partly black or otherwise non-white, there is (these days) an immediate accusation of racism, regardless of whether that accusation has a sound foundation or not.

But the above is a relatively minor example of needless anger.



The primary universal argument that is needless is the Climate Change issue. To my mind, the issue about Climate Change is very nearly as clear as the nose on my face, but when we have the president of the USA calling it as being over-blown and a panic-mongering issue, then we do have a serious problem. The USA is still a mammoth economic force in the world, and yet its leadership seems to have lost its sense of real truth.

Without dwelling on the detail of Climate Change, let me come back to the "cure for pretty well all argumentation" that was alluded to at the beginning. The cure - surely! - is to focus on what matters - which is the sincere concern and attention to the really important things, such as care towards all beings (humans and the 8.4 million other species) regardless of who they are or what they do. Instead of being so concerned about economic growth and our personal property and its security (all of which ultimately help to lead to disunity), perhaps we should ask why certain things happen to thwart peace in this world.

In the case of urban crime, do we for one moment ask what caused the offender to do what he did? Perhaps there's something wrong in the way we, as a society, view matters; perhaps we allow ourselves to be led in terms of our values by those who govern the country, our MPs and the Government? Perhaps the country no longer teaches sound commonsense values and the meaning of life, relying instead on pure science, apart from local authorities being deprived of funds needed to help deal with urban issues.

These are serious community matters, but surely the real answer is relatively simple - so long as it is addressed with sincerity and great commitment, which - because of our own self-concerns, perpetuated by our political masters - is probably lacking.

Why is there such a drug problem, for example - and the usually-related knife crime? Instead of blaming those who use drugs, perhaps we should wonder what has happened to the set of community values we once held as a nation less than 70 years ago when we could definitely identify the existence of communities. Conditions were far from perfect then, but people were generally much happier with their lot and there was much more genuine concern about our neighbours. One could indeed detect the existence of Love between people. There, I have said it! Love is the keyword.

It may well sound as though I am preaching, but I am writing based on the mistakes I know I have made in my own life, and many mistakes at that - mainly as a result of faulty knowledge. So, surely, this piece of knowledge, and its application, is worth far more than the frequently inane advice from social scientists and the like? For example, it would seem that social scientists - as seen on this topic in an OU degree course - consider that we are now virtually a classless society in the UK. But applying some human understanding - through Love - tells us full well that certain pockets of the population are treated very differently, and which may well be helping to stir many ills in urban society. I felt that when working a sabbatical in community work in Brixton, London, several decades ago. That place was once a hot-bed of social unrest, but that unrest has changed its shape and has been shifted to other areas. Similarly, there has been a notable economic divide between north and south for many years, but emphatically in the last 40 years. Only now 'they' are saying something will be done about that.

Instead of argumentation, the inductive (not de-ductive) action of Love is the keyword to solutions, regardless of what problems exist. If we were to possess more of that - and being less concerned about the correctness of our individual (often biased) opinion - then the problems would not exist. We would certainly not be as acquisitive and be looking for answers 'out there' instead of within ourselves. Inwardly, you see, we are all the same - as children well know.

All we need to do when faced with a potential argument (or gossip) is to remember our true selves and ask, "What would Love do?".

There is no higher standard by which to live, and with that as one's shield, the solution to 'problems' is always there! Jesus - and all the Masters - knew that is the true Way. Indeed, it is the Way by which we achieve spiritual growth and, indeed, are able to remain aloof from depression. Love is our salvation. It is this Way that really matters, with Jesus reportedly saying that there are two spiritual commandments of importance: to Love God and to Love thy neighbour as thyself. Do religionists (of any persuasion) understand the real meaning of that statement, I wonder, rather than parrot-phrasing it?

For most of us, the true application of 'Love' really does require some internal transformation, and at this time I suggest we need to stop prevaricating about the issue if we truly want peace and contentment to reign. It is change within individuals that ultimately causes change within society - and it is said that it takes a mere 5% mass swing to get the ball rolling. 
If we were to follow through with the Way of Love, there would be no arguments about 'racism', and we would see Climate Change in a different light. Urban crime and the multitude of other disagreements would cease to clog up the law courts. Perhaps even divorce! Even the NHS would be in a better state, as people would look after others and themselves in a better way.

Positive change is coming to planet Earth anyway (though perhaps obscured at present) - but we need to be better prepared by first changing both our outlook and the way we live. That is a key issue, for only by understanding better who we really are (that in reality, we are spirit and not material), and by understanding the part that Love can play, can we be ready for 'the change'. 

Prayer is beneficial, no doubt, but how we pray, how we think and (accordingly) what we then do is all of greater benefit. Our actions should stem from who we really are, not from allowing the brain to independently decide as to who we are or what it perceives to be in our interests to do. 

The days of head over heart are over: the head has helped us get to the Moon, but it has also caused so much suffering by intellect striving for more to satiate its perception of what we need. The emphasis on usage of the mental faculty is altogether wrong: the brain is there only to formulate a way towards implementing what is needed according to the truth - to what really is - nothing else. The ancients knew that - and we now need to re-learn that principle if we really want peace to reign.

Thank you for reading this.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

2020 Vision


Dear Reader,

Firstly, my warmest best wishes to you and my sincere hope that yours will be a Happy Year!

My apologies, however, for this delayed wish as the first week of the month has been filled with all kinds of tasks and appointments that have fully occupied me.

But I have also made some time to reflect more on what it is that I want to concentrate on this year and what is, furthermore, a new decade.  That reflection has caused me to see that this is very much the beginning of a new period and that anything prior to this year was 'the old time'. I feel sure that we now face a time of utter change - and a chance for something great to start to manifest itself despite all the apparent negativity that we see around us and in various parts of the world.

The situation now is in such stark contrast to the state of things as my life as a teenager was coming to an end in the early 1960s, having until then lived a quiet yet contented life, without any wealth except the plentiful flora and fauna that my father encouraged in his gardens, and as the country started to emerge from its post-war 'blues'.

Further, over several years in the early 1960s, I traversed the UK and large parts of Europe by hitch-hiking. In doing so I had plentiful wonderful experiences in meeting people wherever I went who were welcoming and outgoing - and mostly looking forward to the day when the UK would join what was then the European Common Market! Such wonderful memories I have, but sixty years later and we find Europe in a state of near disintegration. Ego and selfishness have taken their toll.

The current world changes are coming about for one very great reason: it is time. It is time - it is as simple as that. But the change will not properly work for us unless we make the effort and wake up to our situation. Sorry to put it bluntly, but that's how it is. Only by positivity and a sense of selflessness will we succeed. Only by praying to see the Light and acting accordingly will we escape from negativity.

To bring about positive change, this new era will need us to see everyone in this world with fresh eyes and to accept everyone as a brother or sister, and to respect Mother Earth. It is no longer the time to take the selfish view of concentrating on just self, family and friends and making money and having a 'happy time'. It is time for everyone to look at the whole world in the spirit of One-ness and preparedness to help. 

The situation - of so-called 'Climate Change' - demands that approach if for no other reason! We have to - personally and collectively - reduce the pollution that exists, whether that be in respect of gaseous emissions, industrial emissions or even states of anger which cause violent thoughts to spread from one person or group to another. That latter issue may imply a change in what we consume.

The media - which captures so much of our attention these days - in general needs to come back to doing what it did 50 years ago in providing quality news and entertainment. And we need to curtail our use of mobile phones - they are causing disruptions to the ecosystem. Further, we need to listen to harmonious music and circulate amongst agreeable company rather than allow ourselves to be stimulated towards aggression.

Perhaps we should cease watching and reading anything in the media unless it is a quality production? I'm being serious because unless we cleanse our minds of aggression and wanton thinking that perpetuates negativity, our task is likely to be thwarted. If children can go on strike from school in protest against Climate Change, we adults can respond by going on strike against those things that are harming our way of life and our thought processes. Especially anything that harms our children's future.

To encourage others to stop doing all those self-harmful things that are ingrained is difficult and may not sound very attractive to them, but isn't it better to change voluntarily rather than wait for more disasters to occur? We seem to be unconscious of the fact that what we do - whether personally or communally - has a knock-on effect.

As humans, the great majority of us feel so concerned about the state of things in Australia, yet perhaps we are all part of the cause of what has happened there! If we were to think in those terms perhaps we might do more to put things right - by restricting our usage and consumption of things that have so badly affected our way of life and the environment. I believe that voluntarily giving up the ways of the world only leads to personal happiness. Retain what is good and reject the rest.

On BBC's Question Time on Thursday, a member of the panel was calling for a plan of imaginative planning to bring about a rise in our standard of living! In response, I say that though the poorest need more support, for the majority it is good that we have had to peg back (in the UK) this past 10 years - it brings about a better sense of reality, for it is that kind of reality that we should be facing up to. And do it with a smiling face knowing - through Love and Compassion - that conservation and good housekeeping is better for the whole planet and its occupants.

The answer to 'Climate Change' and to bring back social harmony is in our own hands. We should not leave it to others, although I do not believe we are alone in the development that is Project Earth. There is much help at hand. On that point, whatever might appear that is strange in this new era, do not respond in fear as we have been conditioned by the media. The intention of the Universe - of God - is love, nothing else.

The marvellous Indian avatar Sri Sathya Sai Baba said (as long ago as 2011):
This is most ... most important. You cannot go on digging things out of the Earth. It has to stop at some stage and this needs to be focused upon now.
and, predicting a change in the world...
[The] way of thinking will no longer be to raise a sword or a gun to sort out a problem ... rather they will sit, and discuss issues and arrive at consensus ... or they will agree to disagree, but there will still be harmony.
This will not be long in happening - at all levels - because of a change of consciousness in us all, aided by us becoming more focused on Love and Compassion rather than fear. 

We all have a job to do - to create peace and harmony. I wish you well. 

To help with some good personal pointers, click here for 'Wake Up World!'

Thank you for reading this.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Well, Who Is He?! ... And What Is He?


Dear Reader,

Well, there we have it.  The People have spoken and it's had the decided effect of taking us in a specific direction away from where, until now, there has been discord and much of it.

Now, Boris Johnson has had the shackles removed and he has quite a measure of freedom in his parliamentary majority to do all the things that he wants to do.

I have to say, that listening to his victory speech on Friday morning, he displayed a sense of responsibility and - indeed - some humility in acknowledging his debt to the voters who have put him in the position where he is.  Further, on the face of it he seems to recognise that vast amount of work that needs to be done - in schools, health, police, equal opportunities and even local communities, to repair the damage of his own party's failings these last near-10 years.

Significantly, and welcomingly, he seems to want to champion green issues.

Now the important thing is that hardly any of this was spoken of in the Tory Manifesto.  The attitude was simply, "We'll get Brexit done so then we can do other things..."  But now, at his time of victory, he suddenly labels his political party as "The People's Party" and is enthusiastic about getting through a lot of work that is important to the People (as he sees it).

Though there is something vaguely attractive about Mr. Johnson's approach, I remain hugely sceptical.

The whole plan regarding borders for Northern Ireland is an idea that Johnson himself said, a year or so back, was something that no government would tolerate.  But here he's happy to go with it as though it's perfectly OK - despite its unpopularity.

He does seem to have a tendency towards the chameleon. And to what extent environmental issues will get addressed is very much to be seen. Despite his assurances in Friday morning's speech, the detail is very much unknown.  It was to be noted that what seems to be his pet rottweiler, Michael Gove, stood at the podium in advance of Johnson to put the matter in focus. Gove's persona was pumped up - yet controlled - with a "this is our moment" euphoria.

Corbyn was, Gove seemed to infer, the anti-semitic blaggard and someone we should no longer be in fear of ever again. He went on to make it sound as though the saviour was at hand. Tch. Tch.  Only a few minutes before Corbyn had been seen in friendly conversation with a black skull-capped Jewish politician.  I don't believe that Corbyn himself is anti-semitic, but I do think there are elements in this Labour Party that are a questionable lot.

But so too, Mr. Gove, there are elements in this Tory Party that are a questionable lot.

For me, we continue to miss the main issues - and we don't seem to care.  That is concerning the very consciousness (or lack of it) we have about ourselves and our environment. And after thousands of years of building up a United Kingdom from small kingdoms - and the Vikings, and later joined by the Scots - we now seem to see that our future is about dis-unity.

The story is not finished yet, I am sure. Despite what is being said, there is no magical switch over to Brexit with all matters cleared up - that will take (the experts say) years to accomplish.  And can Johnson truly achieve his stated aim of One Nation politics? So, therefore, what will be the result?  More obfuscation I suspect.

Many marriages produce problems that require special attention, and so it is in the outside world too.  By divorcing there is invariably little that is resolved except an attempted removal of 'the problem' - which in fact doesn't get entirely removed as it invariably leaves a trail of poison.  And that contaminates subsequent encounters.

Even Brexit was mostly a reaction to the degree of immigration that had been allowed. And it split the UK - it was not a decisive outcome. So much for democracy. 

I do feel that our educational system needs to be more geared to how to properly discriminate between what is right from wrong in big-life decisions - for when it comes to the really big issues there is a right and a wrong. How else can we correctly choose? In the end, most seem to vote for what suits them, not for the bigger picture and what is better for everyone and everything. Short term-ism never produces answers: there must always be a long-term goal in mind.

Where are the true leaders, for if Johnson and Corbyn were the best we can find we are really in trouble! But I do sense that in the wings there are good people who will soon emerge.

For a world that is crying for unity, we are going the wrong way about achieving it.  It is an alarming picture that will - I am sure - come back to haunt us.  And quite soon, too. 



Thank you for reading this.