For August, 1968
WAY IS UP? ...................................................................................................... 2
A CITY FOR THE FUTURE ........................................................................................... 3
UNDERSTANDING ........................................................................................................ 5
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PERSONAL IDENTITY ..................................................... 6
EUROPEAN UFO SIGHTINGS .................................................................................... 8
world report ........................................................................................................... 9
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 12
book reviews ............................................................................................................ 13
MIND STRETCHERS ..................................................................................................... 14
Poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 15
bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 17
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ........................................................................... kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
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VOLUME XIII AUGUST, 1968 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
Twenty years ago, when the U.S. space program was just
being born, one of the first questions which required consideration was whether
man was physically and mentally capable of traveling in space. Would his body
continue to function normally when subjected for long periods to a condition of
zero gravity, or as it is usually called, "free fall" What would
happen to the orientation mechanisms of the body, most of which depend upon the
pull of gravity as their point of reference:
When discussing a person who is unusually dense or stupid
we have a habit of saying that he "is so dumb that he doesn't know which
way is up!" To the astronaut in free fall however, there simply is no such
thing as up or down. His body will float as freely in one direction as in any
It was at first feared that the loss of the gravity
reference point for long periods of time might so confuse the mind of the
astronaut that he might lose all sense of reality, thus rendering him incapable
of guiding or controlling the craft. This problem has not proven to be as
severe as was originally feared, although there have been a few cases where the
exhilaration of the astronaut reached a point
where he was reluctant to follow some of the instructions
of the Ground Control group.
During interplanetary trips there may well be considerable
periods of time when dependable communications between ground control and the
space craft is not possible.
What will happen when the stabilizing and reassuring
influence of Ground Control is not available to the astronaut is not known, but
it is a problem which must be considered by every person who is in charge of
planning long space flights.
It is perhaps significant that almost all of the astronauts
who have been chosen by the U. S. space authorities to date, have been men who
have substantial backgrounds of religious training belief and understanding.
Such men have available to them orientation which is not dependent upon the
gravity of the planet; they have reference points among the stars, and a Ground
Control which is both stabilizing and reassuring.
It is a point which we should consider in its application
to our own lives, especially to those of us whose natural curiosity and need
for understanding sometimes takes us far out into space and time. We have all
known people who in their almost desperate search for understanding, have
become disoriented and in some cases have lost almost all contact with
reality. We feel pity for these people because they are unable to chart or
direct the course of their craft, and so are in constant danger of coming into
collision with others.
Whether we are astronauts, research scientists,
metaphysicians or just curious voyagers into the unknown, let us, before we
embark upon the journey, be sure that we have established at least a few solid
and dependable reference points as aids to navigation, and that we have a
ground control that is available for guidance and encouragement at all times
and under all circumstances.
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In India, near Pondicherry, on February 28, 1968, was laid the foundation stone for Auroville, a city for the future. It is intended
as an international and cultural center, a possible model for planetary cities of
AUGUST, 1968 3
Auroville, literally "City of Dawn," is the
dream of "the Mother" of the Aurobindo Ashram of Pondicherry
"that there should be somewhere upon earth a place that no nation could
claim as its sole property, a place where all human beings of goodwill, sincere
in their aspirations, could live freely as citizens of the world." The
UNESCO is giving Indian government is backing the project, and UNESCO it moral
The city is named in honor of Sri Aurobindo who is
considered to be the builder of the bridge between East and West. The plans
have already been drawn by a team of French architects and many of the talents
which will be needed to realize the concept of this unique city of the future
have already been assembled. The group includes artists, architects, engineers,
landscape artists, administrators, financiers and diplomats.
Physically, Auroville will be circular, covering about
fifteen square miles, which area includes three natural lakes. Lagoons and
canals are to be added, along with plantings, to foster the beauty of the
outdoors anti to create a sense of spaciousness. The city is being planned for
an ultimate population of 50,000. Residences of one story in height will be
placed about the outer perimeter, the high rise buildings about a central hill,
called the Garden of Unity. The core buildings though high-rise, will be built
upon a pyramidal basis, using slopes and angles to promote dynamic new
perspectives of both man and nature and thus inspire creativity.
Auroville will be no pastoral utopia, reverting to the
past, but a city for the future, employing all modern technology --
thermonuclear energy, desalinization of sea water, etc.-for the greatest good
of all. It is to be all entirely new city for our children. Auroville is to be
a constantly evolving city, never finished, combining beauty with
companionship, "a totally unprecedented psychological, social, educational
and architectural experiment." As a City of Tomorrow it is intended for
the New Age for the New Man.
The invitation to participate in the realization of this
City of Dawn, as given in "Equals One," calls "to all who would
explore living together in fraternity, in a community which seeks to unite the
promise of man's limitless possibilities of consciousness with all the promises
of future technological and ecological abundance." The city is to be an
experiment in which consciousness becomes
"visible," a laboratory of continuous collective
effort in which each person contributes according to his special interests and
talents for the good of all that man may consciously direct his human
evolution. The purpose of the city is to "reconcile the highest spiritual
life with the exigencies of our industrial civilization."
The design of Auroville comprises four areas-industrial,
cultural, residential and international. Three languages will he used, Southern
India's Tamil, French and English. Work will not be to gain a livelihood but
rather "to express one's capacities and possibilities while doing at the
same time service to the whole group, which on its side, would provide each
one's subsistence and for the field of his work." The spirit is to be of
cooperation and brother-hood rather than strife and competition.
"Now for the first time we shall have a total city,
one in which each house expresses a common realization, a common will. The
studio of the artist and the poet, the laboratory of the scientist, the
playground of the children are all parts of this single cathedral-which is the
whole town, dedicated to the one in man. From the very beginning Auroville must
be a place where religions and sects lose entirely their dogmatic character and
become pure spiritual experience; where the schools have stopped teaching, as
an end in itself . . . and the sole aim of teaching-enveloping all specialized
endeavor-will be how to become transhuman."
Auroville envisions much more than modern comforts and
technical efficiencies which could isolate man in his home, his contacts with
others through electronic consoles." It is designed for the meetings of
persons and minds, for the sharing of thoughts and dreams, for the unfoldment
of each one's individual potential, for the expansion of conscious-awareness,
and for the experiencing of the depth and breadth of spiritual possibilities.
It is to be a city for man as the child of God.
The city is intended to demonstrate that. human
differences are both superficial and often artificial, and "that people of
different nationalities, cultures, religion and race can retain their individual
values in cooperation with one another as a vital contribution to the
well-being of the whole, so long as they recognize the inner spiritual truths
which provide the solid foundations for right outer living. A dream? Listen to
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"You say that the thing is impossible. But that is
what is said about. everything before it is done."
(If you share the excitement of this project, so briefly
sketched here, may we suggest you write to: World Goodwill, 866 United Nations
Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10017; or to "Equals One," Pondicherry. India,
enclosing One Dollar, for the set of attractive brochures which include
sketches of the proposed city, and some 146 pages of text..)
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Understanding is one of the four stages in the
learning process. It is the last and most advanced step. The first is
perception; nothing can be learned unless first perceived. The second is
knowledge, which is stored perception with the ability to recall what has been
perceived. The third is belief, which is the acceptance of what is perceived as
fact, being true or truth. With understanding as the fourth step we are
able to determine for self what is true or truth. We are then able to avoid the
false concepts, illusions, twists, prejudices, fallacies, and superstitious that
interfere with judgment.
Understanding is derived from comprehension of
relationships. Since it is hardly possible to comprehend the whole of human
relationships, then the best approach is that of comprehending the factors that
are most essential to life fulfillment. These factors are derived from
comprehension of man's purpose on earth, his goal in life, and his future
destiny. We become enlightened according to our understanding; of the
relationship of our past origin, present purpose, and future destiny.
There is no better way of understanding man's earth-life
than thinking of it as a schoolroom in which he learns the lessons that raise
his level of consciousness. As he learns these lessons he is able to comprehend
how the Power of God and the energy of the universe are as one. Life trades in
energy and our Creator Source is manifest in the energy of substance. We are
channels through which the Creator is manifest in the energy of substance. We
are channels through which the Creator is expressed, and we act as substations
for His power, and subordinate centers of creative activity.
What we create depends upon our degree of understanding
Our Creator Source has established in natural law the
manner in which things can be done in proper order. This is called the law of
cause and effect, action and reaction, or sowing and reaping. From this we
learn that we reap what we sow; that the effect attained depends upon the
causes we set in motion; that reactions are the result of our actions. We have
better understanding of physical things and physical actions are the visible
manifestations of the spiritual, invisible, and metaphysical actions that
produced them and brought them into manifestation. In this sense, all is spirit
and matter, and matter is the visible channel by which spirit is made manifest
The greatest source of human understanding is attained by
learning to commune with the Indwelling Spirit or shark of the Creator Source
that indwells in man. We have become sufficiently ingenious to harness the
physical atom that may destroy us, but not sufficiently enlightened to
adequately comprehend the Spiritual Source that sustains us. The greater one's
understanding of life and how to live it, the better channel he becomes for
helping to bring the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. One is given the
power to choose whether he prefers companionship with his Spiritual Source that
will uplift him, or if he prefers comradeship with evil forces of the devil
that lowers him. What he chooses largely reflects his level of conscious
-L. L. Castetter, Director,
Institute of Human Engineering
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HOW WE FIND OUT who we are has always been, and is likely
always to be, the sixty-four dollar question of one's lifetime. There is within
each person his own cast of characters. Our discordant impulses are bound and
ordered in a set of identities. But on what billboard that cast is listed, and how
to find out what is playing and when, is the mystery life leaves up to us to
penetrate. Are we assigned to play Hamlets and Ophelias, Don Quixotes and Sancho
Panzas, or do we choose a role freely and make it ours?
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In our own time and culture, when confusion covers
particularly the myth of the happy American, perhaps I can best make my small
contribution to the perennial quest for cues to one's identity by telling the
simple story of Carolina, a woman who found out who she is a happy American.
First, to shed light on the context in which the
individual seeking the significance of personal identity-all of us, in one way
or another finds himself, let us be guided by a background paragraph from The
Hero With a Thousand Faces:
life-form the individual is necessarily only a fraction and distortion of the
total image of man. He is limited either as male of as female; at any given
period of his life he is again limited, as child, youth, mature adult, or
ancient; furthermore, in his life-role, he is necessarily specialized as
craftsman, tradesman, servant, or thief, priest, leader, wife, nun, or harlot:
he cannot be all. Hence the totality-the fullness of man is not in the separate
member, but in the body of the society as a whole; the individual can be only
Perhaps Carolina had never found time to stop and ask
herself, in so many words, "who am, where do I belong, and of what am I
capable?" She had come to us from south of the border, as a most welcome
addition to our household, where she was as pleasant as she was competent. One
day something about her seemed to be different, although she was only doing
her usual stint of ironing. I could tell that something was up before her voice
came from behind the ironing board:
"Senora, I have something to tell you," she
announced in Spanish, still the only language in which she felt at home.
"Yes, Carolina, what is it?"
With her color rising fast and a rare smile -- almost a
giggle - She answered with obvious relish: "Ya tengo mi importancia!"
This left me completely at sea, although I had taken
college Spanish and understood the words well enough: "Now I have my
importance!" Rather than baldly ask in just what this new-found importance
of hers consisted, I countered with, "Yeso?", meaning,
*Joseph Campbell, The Hero With a Thousand Faces
(Meridian Books, New York. 1956, p11. 382-383.)
more or less, "And so? Go on-" She was ready to
burst with satisfaction as it came out : "It's my name, senora, my
name-it's in the telephone book! here!"
She was triumphantly thrusting the new city directory
under my nose, repeating like an incantation, "mi nombre, senora, mi
I was honest enough to laugh, but she had the grace to
forgive me, and then allow me to congratulate her when I finally understood.
She, Carolina Ramirez, had her name in the phone book ! Now, if possible, she
looked even more responsible, more sober, and more like the Rock of Gibraltar
than ever, for now she-although always the salt of the earth as far as we were
concerned-was clearly someone in her own eves.
After that, we joked a bit in the family whenever it came
to placing a date in household matters: Was it before or after Carolina got her
importance, we would ask each other. But it was no joking matter to Carolina.
And suddenly I sensed what. must have been the full significance to Carolina of
the event she had observed in her life, which was nothing less than the
significance which her own personal identity had taken on in a national
framework. Or, to use the language of our quotation from The Hero With a
Thousand Faces, it was the fullness of man seen not in the separate member but
in the body of the society as a whole, in which the individual can be only an
organ. But to be "only an organ," must, he not have simultaneously
glimpsed his own personal sense of identity and grasped his place in history? Carolina,
having achieved precisely this act, was a happy American. She could now answer
to History who she was, where she belonged, and of what she was capable. She
was here to stay and not to be rejected. To prove it, she had a name, and for
three hundred and sixty-five days a year it was all just as official and
clear-cut and open as a book in front of you-the telephone book.
- Juliana B. Lewis
Marry great ideas have been lost because the folk who
had them were not strong enough to suffer laughter!
(The Country Parson)
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(From the German publication, UFO Nachrichten, edited by
Karl Veit, Mrs. Ruth Ilton, of Stockton, Calif., has been kind enough to
translate for the Understanding magazine the following sighting reports.)
UFOs OVER POLAND
Toward the end of 1961 UFOs have been again sighted over Poland's
sky and the Polish press finally commented very frankly, as follows:
(1). The Dec. 6, 1967, newspaper "Wieczor Wybrzeza"
published the following letter from one of its readers: "Dear Editor, I
wish to send you something which is not daily news, however it is new for me.
On Nov. 30 as I was watching my TV, I went to my window to raise it a little.
This was about 10:30 P.M. I saw in the sky a lighted sphere. which traveled
with great, speed north-east and hovered somewhere in the vicinity of the new
harbor. Even though I am an amateur in these matters, I can truthfully tell you
that this object was no falling star-my attention was excited by this
phenomenon! Very great speed, the fastest jet place is not this fast. There was
scarcely any humming sound, but there was very intensive brightness. At the
same time I will assure you that I am very healthy in body and mind, in what I
have stated here, and send you my hearty- greetings."
gez. 1., from Gdansk-Wrzeszez
(2). Baltic Daily paper, Dec. 7, 1961 This is a report of
an UFO sighting from Dec. 5 about 8:30 A.M., made by Ing. Lopuszanski and many
of his colleagues that are themselves, as he is, employed by the Polish ship
register. All of these people said: "A Very strong lighted dot that
revolved and flew horizontal toward the south. The observed dot lead a somewhat
large flat form. The ship continued to get ever smaller until it finally
disappeared behind the village of Biskupia Gorka, Bischofsberg. The sighting
lasted about a minute and was very well visible although that day - Tuesday -
was misty and raining. Have we, seen a Flying Saucer?"
(3). And now a sighting not often discussed in the paper,
but from a personal friend and old correspondent Mr. Jan Olszewski, out of the
provincial city of Konskie who admitted to me that he was working
in the garden behind his home, and as the work was
finished about 4:15 P.M. he looked up and saw in the northeasterly direction an
orange colored light which at first he thought was a signal light on one of the
high elevator buildings. But he soon rejected this theory as the warning light
on his building was above the other light and had a very different color. They
were only similar in size. After about 10 minutes this light which lead been
stationary began to get smaller to about the size of the polar star, and its
color also changed to about the color of the polar light. Moreover it retreated
from the spat and sank, in a short time to the southeast. This motion lasted a
short time, and only-very unexpected- there appeared a very strong fourfold new
light. The observer stated this object had a Delta form. Moreover it was in a
fixed position, the size of its periphery being greater than corresponding
passenger ships. At a distance in the hack sky one could see two small lights.
All lights had the same color. It is still remarkable. that as the object
changed its spherical form into a deltoidale one you could hear what reminded
you of a growl from the airship. At, the same time the ship's speed became
greater, the object became ever smaller, until it returned to the size of the
polar star and its strong light remained. Finally it disappeared into the
southeastern portion of the horizon.
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UFO Group Gather in Ireland
Orlando ( Fla.) Sentinel, June 9, 1968
Ireland-Any unidentified flying objects hovering over Northern Ireland in the
next few weeks will receive an enthusiastic welcome.
Because during this time UFO experts will gather on the
edge of the Earl of Erne's estate in County Fermanagh for what could be called
About 60 enthusiasts will gather for two weeks of
lectures, films and outings to accent UFO sightings.
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"We hope to have some people who've had some
experience. with extra-terrestrials," said Desmond Leslie, 43, son of
Winston Churchill's cousin Sr. Shane Leslie.
"We'll all have our UFO detectors with us. Mine
hasn't gone off yet but Lady Ernie's did a week or so ago. Unfortunately she
was away at the time," he said.
Lady Erne, 29, has made Lustybeg Island in the middle of
Loch Erne available for her brother flying sorcerers because there would not
have been enough accommodations around Leslie's 300-year-old home, Castle
Leslie, in County Monaghan.
Canadian UFO Research Plan
(Ottawa Citizen, March 13, 1968)
National Research Council is prepared to investigate UFOs.
In response to a question by Robert Coates
(PC-Cumberland), the government said that the NRC has agreed to act as
repository of unclassified reports of unidentified flying objects and to carry
out investigations depending upon the degree of scientific interest in each
The National Research Council has received no reports yet.
The Defense Department says it received 1137 UFO reports in 1967. Eight major
investigations were carried out, the results of which are public information. RCMP
investigated 13 cases and sent reports to the defense department.
(Thanks to "Saucers, Space and Science," 17
Shetland St., Willowdale, Ontario, Canada.)
Interstellar Objects Measured
From the Los Angeles Times
An international team of radio astronomers, including one
from the University of California's Hat Creel. Observatory, has reported the
first measurement. of the size of stance interstellar objects located about
5,000 light years from earth.
The objects appear to be too bright to be cool, but are,
nevertheless, emitting cool radiations. This is an apparent paradox that has
been explained as possibly being clue to the existence of a kind of intensified
space energy like that of a radio laser or maser beam. Nothing like this has
been known outside the laboratory.
According to the astronomers the objects may be new stars
the very earliest stages of birth. Universities taking
part in the joint study are UC, MIT, and Chalmers University in Sweden.
Origin of Moon
(Chicago Dully News, May 11, 1968)
WASHINGTON (UPI)-U. S. Geological Survey scientists are
checking a supersensitive new X-ray detector to be used in such tasks as
hunting for gold on Earth and studying lunar surface samples for clues to the
The survey said Friday that the device, an X-ray
spectrometer, will he used to analyze moon samples brought back by Apollo
astronauts and a wide variety of materials found on Earth.
Harry Rose, a survey chemist, described the detector's
"All elements," he said, "give off telltale
radiations when bombarded by X-rays. But some of the lighter elements-such as
boron, carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen--emit such low-energy X-rays that they are
absorbed by air. The new detector is enclosed in a very high vacuum, thus
allowing these elements to be studied."
The Geological survey has been assigned by the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study moon specimens brought back
by astronauts next year, if the current schedule holds.
This study, Rose said, "will help determine the composition
of the lunar surface and gather evidence of the moon's origin."
12 Million Years Ago
Chicago Tribune, May 17, 1968
WASHINGTON - The National Geographic Society said that Dr.
Louis S. B. Leakey, famed British anthropologist, has discovered evidence in Kenya
that an ancestor of man used a crude stone hammer 12 million years ago. This is
10 million years earlier than it was thought that man first used any tools. Dr.
Leakey said the hammer apparently was used to open animal skulls and bones.
Ithaca (N. Y.) Journal, Monday, May 27, 1968
NORTH LANSING-This story of Mrs. Rita Malley of Lansingville,
who believes her car was "controlled" by an. Unidentified Flying
Saucer last Dec. 12. is featured in the July issue of Science
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and Mechanics. The article, which includes several
pictures, was written by aerospace writer, Loyd Mallan after a week's visit to
the Ithaca area investigating UFO reports.
Mrs. Malley, 24, said an object hovering at a height of '
probably three or four telephone-pole lengths . . . extended a beam of light
from underneath and it just completely took right over the control of my
car" not far from North Laming on Rte. 34.
Mrs. Malley said her car stopped when the UFO did.
"Suddenly I realized that I was moving sideways. The thing was taking me
off the road. I twisted and turned the steering wheel in the opposite
direction, but no matter what I did - I even tried using the brakes to stop-any
car . . . moved ... to the shoulder of the road.
She said her car, which has automatic gear-shift, was in
drive, its motor "below an idle," and its lights almost off. Nothing
happened when she tried to start the motor.
Mrs. Malley said she began to hear a hum, similar to that
of a television antenna vibrating in the wind. When the hum stopped, voices
bean, like a chorus speaking in unison in somewhat broken English.
They told her about a fatal accident involving a casual
acquaintance. The nest day, the facts she had received were confirmed. Mrs.
Valley described the object as 55 or 60 feet in diameter, round, with a dome on
top. It had circles of red and green lights but mainly glowed white.
After a period which she estimated at six or seven
minutes, her car began to move back onto the road and towards South Lansing.
Some three miles later, she was again in control of her own vehicle.
Mallan, calling himself a "skeptic when it comes to
flying saucers," said he observed a UFO while in Ithaca.
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STUDY OF MANKIND
From Kansas City (Mo.) Star, 5/26/68
The noise of demonstrations on a few campuses may get a
share of attention, but the chief academic activity at this season is the
traditional ritual of commencement.
On days in late May and early June, the graduates assemble
in robes of ancient significance. And college presidents and honored guests
address them in words that young people, going forth to new adventures, have
heard for generations. The occasions, and the speeches, bring to mind an
earlier day, when the chief purpose of college was to provide a liberal
education. For these are distillations of human experience, addressed to the
aspirations of men and women as human beings, and drawn from the shared wisdom
and inspiration of mankind.
This is the core of the occasion. Only afterward is
attention turned to the specialists and their advanced degrees. But in the
classroom, it is the other way around, a group of distinguished educators
complain in a recently published collection of essays. 'Higher Education and
These educators contend that the unrest in the
universities is due, at least in part, to the decline in liberal education.
Irving Kristol defines liberal education as exploring "the great ideas of
the past as the source of living possibilities for students and teachers
alike." The teacher devoted to this sort of education is rather like the
family physician, who must know the whole field of medicine and yet receives a
minimum of academic attention and professional status.
One of the essayists, Allan Bloom of Cornell, argues that
too many students find "a great disproportion between what they study and
the lives they wish to lead." and he continues:
"This is not a particularly disturbing situation for
the great majority of young people who are content to make careers and do not
feel called upon to reflect generally- about themselves or the whole of
society. But for that most interesting few who can become leaders, pathfinders
and revolutionaries, this is a great source of dissatisfaction."
Many years ago, Alexander Pope said "The proper study
of mankind is man."
Pope is old hat these days, or so many believe. Yet every
day produces new evidence that men are failing not in their understanding of
the most minute particles or the most remote stars, but in their understanding
of mankind. It is easier to teach a student the verities of science than to
make him understand the subtleties of human nature. This last takes time, and
close association with other
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humans; especially a give-and-take exposure to the wisdom
of a good teacher-the sort who seeks to fill an empty head as eagerly as nature
rushes to fill a vacuum.
Many of the great universities are seeking ways to restore
an intimate teacher-student relationship. Perhaps they can start by rebuilding
liberal education, with its emphasis on the great ideas assembled in the
literature and history of Mankind. For here are keys to human understanding
beyond the ken of science.
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(Many Lifetimes: A Book About Reincarnation,
Denys Kelsey and Joan Grant, Doubleday & Co., Inc., New York, N.Y. $4.95).
Many Lifetimes, a book about reincarnation, is co-authored
by Joan Grant (a born psychic and sensitive) and Denys Kelsey (a practicing
psychiatrist) whose work and lives were brought together in 1958.
Joan Grant was born in London in 1907. Even in childhood
she had extra-sensory- abilities and as she grew older began to recall
disjointed episodes from seven previous lives, four as male, three as female.
By the time she was 29 Joan began to relive her past life experiences in detail
and continuity rather than merely spontaneously. Eventually the random episodes
from the past were coordinated and seven posthumous autobiographies were
published. These included such titles as Eyes of Horus, Lord of the Horizon,
Egyptian lives; Scarlet Fish and Redskin Morning, North American
lives and Return to Elysian, a Greek lifetime.
After the publication of these books Joan Grant did not
pursue the subject of reincarnation significantly until her meeting with Denys
Denys Kelsey, a practicing psychiatrist, through his
clinical experiences was led to a belief in reincarnation tell years before his
meeting with Joan Grant. His use of hypno-regression therapy for mental and
emotional illnesses led him far a field from orthodox theory and he concluded
with an ''intellectual certainty that in a human being there is a component
that is not physical." He then came to the realization that there was
something that could reincarnate. Regression into last lives often served to
clear up psychological problems of today.
Chapters of the book are written alternately by Joan Grant
and Denys Kelsey and are replete with fascinating case histories as well as
factual and logical interpretations of the situations presented. "Some of
the case studies described rank among the most extraordinary in the history of
psycho-therapeutic medicine." Chapter title suggest the contents: Far Memory;
the Supra-Physical Body; Cultivation of the Senses; Age of Perception: and
Parenthood, as well as others.
If you are interested in the possibility of reincarnation,
in the theory that we live many lifetimes with different personalities, you,
like the reviewer, may not be able to put down the book until you have turned
all 275 pages
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Some months ago "The Futurist," organ of the
World Future Society, offered an imaginative and mind stretching concept:
redecorating the universe. Proposed was the placement of sculptures in orbit to
make men feel more at home during long voyages through lonely space. The
thought was expressed that these extra-terrestrial art-forms, entirely new
expressions of artistic creativity, could conceivably serve as a means of
communication with alien beings.
Now, in a news item in the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel of June
20th, is another mind stretching thought. Writes Dick Young: "Monuments or
`calling cards' left by extra-terrestrial visitors in ages past would have been
stashed away in special points in
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space and may be there awaiting discovery by space-roving
men." E. Fedorov, a Russian scientist, notes that theories of earth
visitations in the past by other intelligent beings is regarded very
cautiously. But, scientific belief points to intelligent life on other worlds
and so it seems logical that of the vast number of civilizations possible, some
may have advanced much further than the peoples of earth.
"And if these visits took place before life emerged
as we know it now, is there a possibility that some trace: of these space
visitors could have survived?"
Fedorov contends that such visitors would not have left
"monuments" on earth or buried beneath the earth, because protection
against earth changes-sea and mountain building--would not have been possible.
Where then to place the record of their passage if it was to be found later
Fedorov theorizes the best place it could have been left
for future discovery by intelligent beings would have been in "special
orbits" or "special points in space." The special orbit would be
a synchronous or stationary perch in the place of the earth's equator. There
are also other such "special points" where a monument or calling card
could be left with a guarantee that it would remain there practically forever.
Joseph La Grange, a French mathematician, proved in the
late 18th century that there are libration points in the Earth-Moon and Sun
relationships. "In a revolving system of celestial bodies," says Fedorov,
"there exist five libration points at which the forces acting upon a traveling
material body are in mutual equilibrium ... As soon as a chunk of matter moves
away from these points, forces arise to bring it back to the libration
Intelligent visitors might choose such points in the
earth-Moon system, or even safer places in the Sun-Earth, or Sun-Jupiter
Suppose extra-terrestrials have placed at these points of
equilibrium evidence of their visitations, what shall we find-space sculptures,
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When a prejudiced man thinks, he just rearranges his
Design for Bridging Gaps
Blast down and bind to earth
Plant deep the piers and raise
the towers hill,
Between shore and tower, and
tower and tower and shore
Extend the catwalks for the
men of iron.
With mile on mile of wire spin
With strand on strand
consolidate the cable.
Release suspenders, hoist and
lock in place
Floor panels, pour and smooth
the concrete road.
Now sweep impedimenta to the
Now dedicate with due
Now snip the ribbon, free the
To gush across this mighty
arch of triumph.
O fertile minds whose
resources and zeal
Can forge a way of linking
place to place,
Conceive the blueprint for
To bridge the gap dividing man
A. D. Flaumenhaft
AUGUST, 1968 19
Annual Giant Rock Convention
It will be necessary to pack your near and your car
earlier this year to take in the Annual Spacecraft Convention held at the Giant
Rook Airport, Yucca Valley, Calif.
George Van Tassel, who sponsors this popular event, has
announced that the Convention will he held the weekend of Sept. 28-29. While
no speaker schedule is yet available, last experience indicates that you will
learn much of interest not only from the platform but from the friends you will
meet at ground level.
See you there, September 28th and 29th.
Topeka Unit 66
Mr. Joe D. Bicking, who has for the past two years been
deeply involved in UFO research, is the recently elected President of Unit 66, Topeka,
If you missed notification of the interesting meeting with
Antony Brook of London, in May, please write to Mr. Bicking (P.O. Box 5073, Topeka,
Vans.) to be put on the mailing list for future meeting notices. An active year
for Unit 66 is planned.
Although the Merlin (Ore.) Unit 1 planned no summer
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On July 10th Mr. E. L. Bates of Kansas City spoke to the
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Yet we, who are borne on one
dark grain of dust
Around one indistinguishable
Of star dust, lost in one lost
feather of light
Can, by the strength of our
Through universe after
- Alfred Noyes
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