POINT IN HISTORY .................................................................................................... 2
THE MASTER'S PERSONALITY ................................................................................ 3
A WORKER'S PRAYER OF THANKS ........................................................................ 4
CHRISTMAS WASN'T ALWAYS MERRY .................................................................. 6
THE WORLD SOUL AND EVOLUTION ..................................................................... 7
JAVANESE GIFT: 16,000 COCONUTS ..................................................................... 8
THE AREA OF MUTUAL AGREEMENT .................................................................... 9
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 10
UFOs INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................... 11
World report ........................................................................................................... 13
Book reviews ............................................................................................................ 17
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ......................................................................................... 19
bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 19
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VOLUME XVIII DECEMBER 1973 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
There are times when significant world events are so few
and far between that it can be very difficult to find a subject worthy of
editorial comment. At other times, events of great pith and moment occur in
such rapid succession that an entire volume of history will some day be
required to discuss or to explain them.
At the moment of this writing, the world is in the midst
of a series of fast breaking events which, though seemingly unrelated, will
certainly have a profound and cumulative effect upon the course of history for
at least the next full generation.
The Arabs and the Israelis are at each other's throat, in
an all out set-to, for the fourth time in the past twenty-five years. So far,
the war seems to be almost a carbon copy of the three which preceded it, except
that this time, in order to avoid any possible stigma as aggressors, the
Israelis deliberately awaited a full-scale invasion from both Egypt and Syria
before taking action. The inevitable result is, of course, that they now face a
somewhat more difficult situation and certainly a longer and more costly war
than ever before, both in casualties and in property loss.
The great world hazard inherent in these regularly
recurring mini-wars between the Arabs and the Israelis lies in the fact that,
politically and militarily, the Soviet Union is completely committed to the
success of the Arabs, while the U.S. is equally committed to the survival of
Israel. The Soviet Union has already begun a massive air
lift to replace the weapons lost by the Egyptians and, if the war continues, at
some point, the U.S. will certainly begin resupplying the Israelis, which will
of course involve the constant danger of serious confrontation between the
major world powers.
The most significant comment that can be made on the
situation is found in the Understanding work paper on the area of mutual
agreement, which follows:
The tragedy and the futility of warfare lie in the fact
that it can-not determine the relative merits of the conflicting ideologies, it
can only demonstrate the relative fighting abilities of the participants! No
matter how violent or prolonged the war, and no matter who may be the victor,
there will still have been no approach to a solution of the problems or differences
that brought about the fighting. In a few months or a few years, when the
contenders have recovered somewhat from their wounds, they will be ready to
fight again! The winner usually learns nothing from such encounters, and if the
loser learns anything, it will only be how to avoid in the future, the worst of
his previous military errors! In every war, both sides suffer far more loss and
damage than would have been incurred by either in accepting the principles of
(Although the above words were first written by your
editor more than ten years ago, their complete validity has never been so
precisely illustrated as in the regularly recurring Arab-Israeli wars. Here are
two races which have already fought three wars, IN THE SAME GENERATION, and are
now bitterly engaged in a fourth, all without having solved a single one of the
problems or resolved any of the differences that brought about the fighting.)
The United Nations, as usual in these affairs, is sitting
back waiting to see who will be the winner and the loser in this fourth round
of the septennial donnybrook. As soon as the loser becomes obvious, the
representatives of those nations which favor the loser, will begin a loud and
insistent clamor for a ceasefire and a negotiated settlement. Unless major
nations have become involved, the bell will soon sound, ending the fourth round,
and the war will return to its quiescent state in which both sides will be busy
rearming for round five. (If major nations do become involved, any world
citizen who hopes to survive will be well advised to begin digging his personal
cave in the nearest hillside.)
One of the more hopeful signs emerging from the world news
is that the U.F.O. is again being seen and reported in considerable numbers,
all over the U.S. and in other countries. Those who chart U.F.O. cycles, know
that these increased appearances occur during almost every world
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crisis, but whether they are looking for some way to
remedy the situation, or just waiting around to pick up a few of the survivors,
remains to be seen.
An idea of the Lord's Personality is most important, for
man has changed this idea and has had so many different ideas held up to him,
he has lost the true picture of Him. So how may man recognize Him when He does
come, when he does not know what to expect?
It is only fair, therefore, that he be given some idea of
what He is like and to expect. Possibly it may be as well to tell what not to
expect first. Do not expect a saint's demeanor in His attitude towards
any-thing and everything. He is vigorous, powerful in His understanding, quick
in His detection of motives and equally quick to expose the false as to accept
the true ones. One instinctively trusts Him, loves Him, wants to be led by Him,
trust His judgment, trust His ability, trust His knowledge and perception of
His manner is kindly, loving or stern as the occasion
demands, always just, even if justice demands severity of treatment. He is very
simple, true, earnest, direct in all He does and says, never missing a point,
never forgetting anything, except what is past and should be forgotten. He is
full of compassion, patient of weakness, where true sincere effort is being
made to overcome it. He does not dress in any unusual way, He is not feminine
as many picture Him. He is a simple, great leader of men who follow Him because
they instinctively feel His greatness.
He is tolerant of all false things wherever He finds
them-in man or in government, or in beliefs, while He is most tolerant of
wrongs committed through ignorance or a wrong conception of truth.
He loves the true, the good, the beautiful wherever He
finds them and in whatever form, while He has no tolerance for the false, the
evil, the ugly-also wherever He finds them.
He loves beautiful colors, beautiful expressions whether
in music or art or literary form or endeavor, while He dislikes crudeness in
any form where it should not exist.
It is hard to express what one feels about Him-the love
mixed with joy and reverence, faith in Him, eagerness to serve Him and under
His leadership, wonder that His type could exist at all-and this makes one
realize He is more than man, though He seems man only when he is with man.
This description may help you somewhat, though no
description may ever be complete or perfect. There is only one thing which
Those who love Him never fail to recognize Him, though it
may take them sometime to adjust their perception to the reality; while those
who do not love Him and are not trying to follow Him, will have nothing to do
with Him. This has always been so.
AS GIVEN TO F. R. BROOKS
Dear Lord, help me always to be that happy man whose work
and whose play are one. Help me always to enjoy being on the job, so that it is
my play. Because I'm stuck with it. What else would I want to do for eight
hours at a time, if not work?
There are those who feel sorry for the working man this
century, Lord. They figure we're all alienated from our own labor, and bound to
be unhappy. To them I would say, I have questions for you.
"Has work ever been easy? Was it so fascinating to
pick cotton, be-fore we had machines and production lines? Who has written an
easy poem? Has something ever come out of nothing?"
No, Lord, my work is not easy. But the too easy would not
be worth-while. And the hard can be made easier through catching its rhythm.
The songs of the workers as they weave and shrink the Scottish tweeds make
their work joyous. And that is to the north, in the chill and for-bidding
climate of the Hebrides Islands. South, to Africa, the workers chant as they
unload cargoes, in their rubber boots.
I, too, have my rhythms. All I ask, Lord, is the least
possible noise pollution. Then my spirit is free to fly like a bird, while my
hands work on. And for that I'm thankful.
Does this prayer make me sound hopelessly old-fashioned,
Lord? I hope that our reward, our pleasure in work, is not becoming obsolete
the way some of our products have. I know that song, "I Can't Get No
Satisfaction." And I am happy to say that it doesn't fit all of us who
work. It would be sad if we had to speak nostalgically of "work like my
father used to do," as we do of "pies like grandmother used to
bake." Because our chief satisfaction may come in proportion to our work
and the love we put into it. It is still a bitter bread that is baked without
love. So for the sake of the product and of the worker, we thank you for the
gift of being able to bake with love.
Yes, Lord, I'm grateful for work because I can't believe
the same satisfactions come out of mere "transactions." I doubt if
even J. Paul Getty feels as repaid in his job as I do on mine, even though his
investments reproduce themselves into millions. It is his money that calls to
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I doubt, for instance, Lord, that he experiences the
pleasure of a per-son waking early enough to see the rising sun turning his
love's hair golden in its rays, "Yellow is the color of my true love's
hair, in the morning, in the morning." That has got to be considered a
working person's song, to be heard by a working person to be fully appreciated.
I doubt, Lord, if he could even enjoy the breakfast I do. My eggs and bacon may
not sound as romantic as the Black Forest breakfasts my German grandmother used
to tell us about, of ham and cherry brandy. But it tastes just as good to me
sitting at home and would be no better if I were on the Riviera. I know too
that I will burn up its calories honestly, I thank you for that.
Lord, it doesn't seem to me that man was born to
"toil and trouble" because not to be born to toil would be double
trouble. And if we didn't toil, Lord, if man disappeared and didn't work,
wouldn't all trace of his civilization disappear in a hundred years or so,
covered over by jungle-like vegetation, taken over by insect life?
So, Lord, thank you for the rhythm of work, for the beat
and pulse of the universe that I hear in me when I work. May the word work
itself never become the dirty four-letter word some people are trying to make it.
My prayer is that I not lose this dream of the universe
and its seat in me while I work. May this dream of mine be in a fabric that
never fades, never runs, never splits at the seams, rubs thin or frazzles. And
may each of us have his work and his dreaming to do, as our inalienable right
and our responsibility.
JACQUES C. LEWIS
Christmas got off to a rocky start after the first
settlers from Eng-land landed on the New England shore.
Celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Christ in
any way, shape or form was a punishable offense for the first few hundred years
after the staid, puritanical Pilgrims stepped ashore at Plymouth.
And it wasn't until 1856 that the Massachusetts
legislature got around to declaring the day a legal holiday.
For any of the first settlers to greet another on the
street with a cheerful "Merry Christmas" could very well, and often
did, result in the arrest of the guilty person.
The ban on the celebration reflected the varying views of
the people in England, greatly divided for centuries on the right and wrong of
When the Puritans gained the upper hand in England they
stilled what they described as an annual orgy. In 1644, 14 years after Boston
was founded, the British Parliament finally published an ordinance calling for
the better observance of Christmas.
Some shop-keepers continued to do business on the day,
thus incurring the wrath of those who were opposed to Christmas and there were
riots as mobs sought to suppress celebrations of any kind and the pros and cons
continued for generations.
There was a clash over the holiday on the first Christmas
day in the history of New England. Gov. William Bradford urged the Pilgrims to
remain at work. Some did and others objected so the governor finally decided it
would be all right if the celebrations were held indoors and not on the
The Massachusetts penalty remained in effect until 1681.
Sixteen years after a commission recommended in 1665 that the colonial
Christmas penalty, in conflict with the law of England, should be repealed.
From that time on Christmas began to assert itself more
and more. The real revival of Christmas coincided with the great number of
immigrants who began to pour into the American colonies. The immigrants brought
their own customs with them and kept Christmas here as they did in Germany,
France, Italy, Sweden and dozens of other foreign nations from which they fled.
Slowly, but relentlessly, the influence of the new
Americans brought about a decline of political and religious bitterness.
In 1836 Alabama became the first state to make Christmas a
legal holiday, about 20 years before Massachusetts decided the day should be
From then on the people of the Eastern Seaboard made up
for lost time, especially in Boston.
The 19th Century was 30 years old when what is believed to
have been the nation's first Christmas tree glowed in a Boston window. It was
in the home of Charles Follen, a political refugee from Germany, who was
teaching at Harvard University at the time.
Follen's neighbors took up the custom and it spread across
the city and later across the nation.
Sixty years later Arthur Shurtleff for the first time
placed a candle in the window of his Beacon Hill home and soon the windows
across the country became lighted at Christmas.
Louis Prang, another German political refugee, printed Boston's
first Christmas cards in 1874, thus launching a vast industry of the present
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Philip Brooks, who became Episcopal bishop of Massachusetts,
com-posed the poem "0 Little Town of Bethlehem" after visiting the Holy
Another clergyman, Edward H. Sears of Boston wrote the
lyrics for "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear."
By JAMES O'HARA
Copley News Service
"As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."
The universe is infinite. If it has no outer boundary it
can have no inner boundary. If it has no outer boundary all things are equally
the center of the universe. Each one of us is a center of the manifestation of
cosmic energy. As consciousness grows the entity becomes more and more
responsible for the creation of the universe in which it lives. Each one of us
is responsible for the creation of the universe in which we live.
As a man thinks Auschwitz, hunger, poverty, fear, pain,
and violence he manifests these things and experiences them in his life. As a
man thinks beauty, energy, upliftment, good works, holiness, and love he
manifests and experiences these in his life. The former contributes negative
energy to the World Soul while the latter contributes positive energy to the
The greater the positive energy of the world soul the
greater will be its influence for positive creativity in the force it exerts on
the beings who have not themselves reached a level of consciousness great
enough to understand this principle of positive thought, self control, and
consciousness seeking to be attuned with the Divine to apply it. It is of prime
importance then to the positive, creative, upliftment of the evolution of the
race to contribute as much of this uplifting energy to the World Soul as
possible. This means that the consciously evolving individual has the
responsibility to uplift his thoughts to achieve not only his own highest
positive creative potential but to thus aid in the development of the race as
Such development cannot take place in the mind which
constantly dwells on the "ills" it perceives. This only tends to drag
down the energy level of the entity and to perpetuate the very negative things
it abhors by continuing to give energy to the image. Deprive the negative image
of the sustaining energy of the mind which holds it and it will disappear. The
race mind which holds the images of poverty, fear and war will not be changed
by material means. Disease is not ended by at-tacking the symptoms. Disease
ends when the image of it is rooted
from the mind.
The most effective means an individual has to effect
positive change is to perfect his image of himself, of mankind, of the earth,
and to live a life in accord with the inner image of creative, positive,
uplifting energy flow. In this way he will make his greatest contribution.
Through his attunement with the divine he will uplift and perfect his own
evolution and he will contribute positive energy to the World Soul, the
collective karmic energy of the earth.
To the degree that a positive world soul is created by
conscious entities who control their own destiny the evolution of unconscious
entities (both men and animals), who draw their instincts from the energy of
the world soul, will develop along positive creative lines and achieve a
positive creative consciousness. To the degree that the entity is at-tuned to
the uplifting force of the Divine, the degree to which he opens his heart to
the expressive flow of the Divine-the source of all energy-he will be uplifted
(We share with you this article on Gifts, as given in
the Valley News of Lebanon, N. H., November 22, 1972.)
Looking in store windows at Christmas time, you'd think
that the art of gift-giving had reached its peak.
It may have in terms of the sheer variety of fascinating
gifts available to Christmas shoppers. But in terms of the etiquette and ritual
of gift-giving, we've got a long way to go.
For example, among some Javanese tribes, a common gift is
16,000 coconuts. Exactly 10,000 of them ripe and exactly 6,000 green. Giving
9,999 ripe coconuts would be a breach of etiquette.
Or how about 800 head of cattle? That's a present some
African tribes are fond of. Not 799 and not 801, but exactly 800.
The anthropologists who have observed these foreign
customs would probably view some of our gift-giving practices here at home as
rituals. Take gift-wrapping. Not many people would dream of presenting an
In some places, gift-giving works to equalize wealth and
prevent any one man or group of men from amassing too much wealth and power.
Reciprocity is at the core of gift-giving. You may only expect a smile or
"thank you." Reciprocity, among the Kwakiutl Indians of Vancouver
Island, was a completely different story. When you got a gift, you were
expected to reciprocate with something of considerably more value or you lost
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These Indians developed their concept of reciprocity to a
fantastic degree in ceremonies called "potlatches."
Would you believe 15,000 blankets made from cedar bark?
How about six canoes big enough to carry 50 or 60 men on the open sea?
Incredible as it sounds those are the kinds of gifts that changed hands in some
potlatches. The whole idea was to shame the other fellow by giving him more
than he could possibly return.
According to the anthropologists, gift-giving is probably
as old as man. Probably the cave men and women did it. Gift-giving, say the
experts, has a terrific social importance. Giving gifts is a way of renewing
the social bond, the basic links between people.
Even the potlatch functioned that way, according to the
experts. It's something to think about when you are doing your Christmas
This is the fifth of the prize winning essays submitted in
our recent contest for proposals to be considered by an international Congress
"to determine the areas of mutual agreement in the social sciences."
It was written by Carl Pernigotti of Klamath Falls, Oregon.
1. Resolved: that it is better that all
mankind should have a standard nutritional diet than to have hunger and
2. Resolved: that it is better that all
mankind should have socialized medicine than to have people suffering and dying
needlessly in fear or from lack of funds.
3. Resolved: that it is better that all
mankind ignore the imperfections of this life than to give thought form to
imperfections thus giving them birth.
4. Resolved: that it is better that all
mankind should use sex only as an expression of love than as an expression of
5. Resolved: that it is better that all men
should not be allowed to marry until able to support their wife than
propagating money stress upon the home, statistics proving that this is the
primary cause for divorce.
6. Resolved: that it is better that all
parents should have children only if they want them and can afford the
responsibility of them than to be burdened.
7. Resolved: that it is better that all
mankind have one universal language than to create misunderstandings at a basic
8. Resolved: that it is better that all
mankind have a universal monetary system and set Standard of Values than to
have the present manipulation of said in business.
9. Resolved: that it is better that all
mankind does away with all
advertising, requiring the product to sell itself than to
have advertising sell the product.
Resolved: that it is better to have "our" world than to
have a man's world or a woman's world.
(By Louis Cassels, UPI Religion Writer)
Christmas is a holiday which the early Church took over
from the pagans. Some Christians feel the time may have come to give it back to
Their viewpoint is expressed by Fr. Peter J. Riga who
points out that the celebration of Christmas (Christ's Mass) originated in the
fourth Century A. D., when the Church Christianized a pagan Roman feast
associated with the winter solstice.
The Church fathers of that time did not think that Dec. 25
was the actual birth date of Jesus. It is obvious from the gospels that Jesus
must have been born in late summer or early autumn - that being the only season
when Palestinian shepherds are accustomed to graze their flocks by night.
For centuries, Christmas remained a minor feast day on the
Church calendar. But as Christianity spread northward through Europe, its
coincidence with pagan winter carnivals made it an increasingly popular
But, Riga says, modern commercialization has
"destroyed not only the religious basis of this feast, but also the human
warmth and merriness that grew up around it."
We are purportedly celebrating at Christmas the birth of a
poor man who devoted his life to the unselfish service of others. "Yet we
mark the event by spending enormous sums on gluttonous celebrations, with a
materialism which would make the Roman pagans look austere, by
comparison," he said.
Riga proposes that Christians surrender Christmas entirely
to the hucksters and find another date - such as Epihany Jan. 6 to celebrate
the birth of Christ with due reverence and with no gift-giving.
This argument must have considerable appeal to anyone who
has seen how very difficult it is for a modern family, however hard it tries,
to keep any religious flavor in its Christmas celebration.
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But there is something else that needs to be said on this
subject. Despite all its commercial and pagan aspects, Christmas remains a
season when human beings go out of their way to be nice to each other. And in
every act of human kindness, in every gesture of love, the spirit of Jesus
Christ is honored whether his name is invoked or not.
For it was precisely this that Jesus came into the world
to teach us.
"A new commandment I give unto you," he told his
disciples: "That you love one another."
That's what Christmas is all about - loving one another.
To wish some-one a Merry Christmas - if he really means it - is just another
way of saying, "I love you."
A South American Report
(from LA NACION, September 23, 1971)
Bahia Blanca. Flying objects have been observed near Tres
Arroyos and Colonel Dorrego.
In Tres Arroyos the presence of a luminous object was
observed by several people on last Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. The object was going
towards the west where it turned towards the north. Neither the degree nor the
shape could be definitely established, but the witnesses say it was circular
and about four meters in diameter.
In Colonel Dorrego young Osvaldo d'Annuncio, 19, an
employee at the cooperative at Gil declared that he was walking along the road
when he saw one or several objects. These came down in a neighboring field and
their descent was accompanied by a loud explosion. At once his arms were
paralyzed and his face, arms, and hands burnt, although he did not lose
consciousness. The objects passed over a hill not far from him and then flew
away, taking on a blue colour. At the moment of their departure, he stressed, a
very strong gale like wind shook the neighborhood, and all that remained was a
sort of mist, his lesions and a few acres of fields showing traces of fire. He
then went to Bahia Blanca to see a doctor who said that his burns were light,
the kind you get when too long exposed to the sun, his hands were purple like
bruised and from his elbows down to his fingers he was affected by a kind of
The village of Gil, about 8 km. from Colonel Dorrego, has
also been the scene of a former sighting. A resident of this place while
driving in a car was suddenly surprised by a UFO after which, as he declared,
he was paralyzed and the motor of his car stopped.
Skywatch at Katoomba
(Reports by Barry Taylor, UFOIC member and Vice
President of UFORPA, NSW, as given in the UFOIC NEWSLETTER, Sydney,
Australia, No. 38, April-May 1973.)
A Katoomba couple contacted us saying that they have
witnessed many UFO sightings, mainly concentrated over the last three months
and insisted that we come to visit them. So nine members of our group headed
west for a suspected cold Skywatch at Katoomba. When we arrived we were greeted
by a very excited couple who immediately showed us the area where they had
witnessed many aerial phenomena in the past. Our attention was immediately
drawn to a row of four yellowish-white lights suspended over the Plateau,
overlooking Went-worth Falls and Burragorang Valley from what must be the best
vantage point in the area. We could see that these four lights were suspended
above the plateau and were not part of a road or buildings. This was the fourth
night that these lights were seen hovering there.
I immediately set up my camera with a 1200mm telephoto
lens and proceeded to snap photographs. I also placed one of Dr. Herbisen-Evans
FRAS Spectrum grating slides over the camera lens hoping to capture the colour
spectrum of these strange looking lights. The four lights were also observed
through powerful binoculars and appeared to be rectangular lights and their
formation appeared to be from an object which was curved or round. We immediately
named these lights "from a mothership" purely for reference.
Reference points were taken in relation to the mothership for observation at
first light, suspecting they might still be from a high building.
On either side of the four lights at times a single light
was seen slowly approaching, then stopping, then returning to its original
position, this also being white. The windows of the so-called mothership would
occasionally flare up one at a time, then die down to their original
brightness. Further to the right over the Burrogorang Plateau where there is
only virgin bushland and unpopulated we observed a number of very bright
yellowish-white lights, which would flare up very bright, then die down and
eventually go out. These were single lights one at a time, but there were many
observed at different parts along the top or above the plateau. Our host has
been through the area where the lights were and said there were neither roads
nor homes in that area.
When dawn broke we could not see the four lights, they
were stationary all night but at first light they just went out, but we could
see that this row of lights was definitely not a building but was something
suspended in the air with no visible support. What it was we do not know.
I have photographs of the single lights, and an
interesting point about them is that they have the same colours as one of the USA
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UFO photographs taken by the astronauts, with white to
yellow in the centre, orange to red towards the edges, with a point of green on
the top edge. So it was worthwhile bearing the 32' temperature at Katoomba, not
only for the photographs, but also the warm hospitality of these two people who
had many more fascinating sightings to tell us.
UFO Class at College
(Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 21, 1973)
Ga. (UPI) Bruce Henne admits that when people talk about unidentified flying
objects (UFO) it's usually met with "a scream of laughter."
But the psychology instructor is so serious about UFO that
he intends to teach a class on the subject at Gordon Junior College next month.
"It seems like an appropriate time," said the
32-year-old Michigan native. "I think a lot of people in this area want an
explanation. Maybe we can give them some conception . . . so they won't be as
Recently a resident of Griffin, Ga., reported seeing a
golden, egg-shaped metallic object descend to earth and disappear in a cloud of
steam. It was one of numerous reported sightings in the South during the past
"An awful lot of what is being reported is either
misidentified conventional objects or atmospheric phenomena," Henne said.
But other unexplainable items are anthropologists
operating in our atmosphere and observing us. They are anthropologists because
they seem to have an interest in our culture."
There is a growing body of evidence to support his theory,
he said, while conceding that it is difficult to substantiate it.
UFO Blinked at Him
(Columbus Dispatch, Sept. 24, 1973)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (UPI)-An unidentified flying object blinked
its spotlights twice Sunday night, then disappeared into the darkness with a
whirring noise, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Deputy P. L. Pilalas.
Pilalas said he and his partner, J. 0. Davis, were driving
on U.S. 70 just east of Memphis when they saw the craft hovering overhead. Two
bright spotlights were shining beams straight forward from the craft's
altitude of 500 to 1,000 feet, he said, and two red lights
were glowing at the extremities of the craft.
"We couldn't see the craft itself, but only its
lights," he said.
"I flashed my spotlight on the vehicle which appeared
to be traveling with us at about 15 m.p.h."
Federal Aviation Administration officials at Memphis International
Airport said they could detect no crafts in the area on their radar screens
and had no record of any flights that were supposed to be in the area.
"We let our blue light (on the police car) shine
twice and then stopped," Pilalas said. "The vehicle then flashed its
white beams twice and then both the white lights and red lights went out.
"It just disappeared. It made a whirring-type noise
for about 30 seconds to a minute, then it was gone."
At least three other UFO sightings were reported in the Memphis
area late Sunday night and early Monday.
The South's Saucer Seige
(San Francisco [Calif.] Examiner, Oct. 5, 1973)
GIRARDEAU (Mo.)-UPI -A physics professor investigating a reported attack on a
truck driver by an unidentified flying object said today that the victim's
eyeglasses were damaged by internal heat from an unknown source.
In the latest of a series of recent UFO sightings in
southeastern Missouri, Eddie Webb, 45, of Greenville, said he was blinded for
several hours after the incident. He is recovering his vision, but intends to
visit an eye specialist in St. Louis.
Webb said he was driving a tractor-trailer rig about dawn
Wednesday when he saw a bright light or aluminum object in the air behind him,
"coming up real fast."
He awakened his wife, Velma, who was asleep in the cab, he
said, but she didn't see anything.
"Then I stuck my head out the window and a large ball
of fire struck me in the face," Webb said. "My glasses fell off and I
couldn't see. But I got the truck stopped."
Mrs. Webb said her husband screamed, "Oh, my God I'm
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One of the lenses of his glasses reportedly fell out of
the plastic frame, which was warped. Mrs. Webb, who serves as a relief driver,
drove him to a hospital.
Sgt. Ed Wright of the Highway Patrol took Webb's glasses
to Dr. Harley Rutledge, head of the Southeast Missouri State University physics
department, for an analysis.
Rutledge, who has been working for six months to attempt
to identify reported mysterious flying objects, said he put the glasses under a
microscope and "it appeared they were heated internally.
"The plastic apparently got hot and the mold came to
the surface. The heat warped the plastic, causing the lens to fall out."
Rutledge said he plans more tests on the glasses. He said
there appears to be "some residue which we hope to put through some
chemical tests." Meanwhile in Tupelo, Miss., police reported for the third
consecutive night the sighting of what they called multicolored UFOs yesterday.
The Lee County sheriff's office said two deputies told of
seeing brightly lighted objects and that similar reports had come from
sheriff's departments in neighboring Pontotoc and Itawamba counties.
(Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Sept. 8,
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP)-The massive solar flares photo-graphed
by the Skylab 2 astronauts raise the question: How can this great energy source
be harnessed for use on power-short earth?
Alan L. Bean, Dr. Owen K. Garriott and Jack R. Lousma on
Friday observed the largest sun eruption of 1973, and scientists on the ground
produced these mind-boggling figures:
It was 10 times the size of the earth and equal to the
power of more than 100 million atomic bombs. The energy generated was enough to
supply the electrical power needs of the world for half a million years.
It would supply the total energy needs of the earth,
including such things as automobile and industrial engines, for 5,000 years or
more. "It's a big daddy," said Skylab 2 commander Bean as he and his
crew-mates aimed their $121.1-million array of eight telescopes at the thermonuclear
explosion and the radiation it spewed into space.
In recent years, considerable research, especially in the United
States, has been devoted to finding a means of tapping the sun's energy. The
research resulted in the solar cells that convert the sun's rays to electricity
to operate the Skylab station and most unmanned space satellites. Christmas is
a gift from heaven above, Christmas is Peace, Christmas is Love.
He's Seen One
(Medford [Ore.] Mail Tribune, Sept. 16,
STATESBORO, Ga. (UPI)-Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter said
Thurs-day he and a group of friends were coming out of a dinner meeting one
night several years ago, when they saw a big, shining light in the shape of a
flying saucer hovering overhead.
"I don't laugh at people any more when they say
they've seen UFO's," he said, "because I've seen one myself."
There have been a rash of UFO reports across the South in
recent weeks. The most recent two came from Chattanooga, Tenn., where two Hamilton
County policemen and a security officer for a motel said they watched a UFO
Carpets of Green
(South American Digest, Sept. 18, 1973)
With the approach of Spring, the South African Chamber of
Mines is preparing to intensify its work of creating a carpet of greenery over
dusty old mine dumps and slimes dams, an undertaking that costs the mining
industry more than R500 000 a year, and results in covering about 500 000
hectares of waste dumps each year, writes Carel Birkby in the Sunday Times.
Along the Witwatersrand, between Randofontein and Nigel
alone, there are 100 sand dumps and 250 slimes dams. The reclamation task is
Mr. Gordon Grange, technical adviser to the Chamber of
Mines, said: "The gold mines are doing their part in cleaning up the Witwatersrand
and bringing back the veld and nature to the centre of Johannesburg.
"In the mid-1960s attempts to mothball the dumps in
plastics, resins and bitumen failed because these coatings proved vulnerable to
hail, weathering and the sharp hooves of cattle.
"About 1 500 experiments were conducted, and it
became clear that, if properly treated, the slimes and sand would support plant
life. "Insect, bird, reptile and animal life moves quickly on to the mine
dams and dumps as soon as the vegetation begins to grow.
♦ ♦ ♦
Give us, 0 God, the vision which can see Thy Love in the
world, in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust Thy Goodness, in
spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue
to pray with understanding hearts, and show us what each one of us can do to
set forward the coming of the day of universal peace. Amen.
FIRST PRAYER FROM SPACE APOLLO
CHRISTMAS EVE, 1968
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The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment
(THE LAZY MANS GUIDE TO ENLIGHTENMENT, by
Thaddeus Golas. Published by The Seed Center, 162 University Ave., Palo Alto, Ca.
Thaddeus Golas begins chapter one with a simple and basic
view of the Universe; " . . . and the rest of the book discusses our lives
from that viewpoint," covering such areas as space-matter-energy
relationships, love, fear, time, reality and illusion, and space beings.
His basic view of the universe is that: "We are equal
beings and the universe is our relations with each other. The universe is made
of one kind of entity: each one is alive, each determines the course of his own
existence ... Every particle in every atom is a live being."
"The basic function of each being is expanding and
contracting. Expanded beings are permeative; contracted beings are dense and impermeative
... When we are completely expanded we have a feeling of total awareness, of
being one with all life . . . To the degree that he is contracted, a being is
unable to be in the same space with others, so contraction is felt as fear,
pain, unconsciousness, ignorance, hatred, evil ... he is a mass particle."
Golas refreshed me with his discussion of our lives from
this view-point. Here are a few of his extrapolations:
Love: "Love is the action of being in the same
space with other beings . . . "
Different Plane of Existence with differing densities:
"The more we withdraw from loving other beings, the more of a 'physical'
world we will contend with . . . the more we open up to our brothers and
sisters, the less solid the world becomes."
The 'Golden Rule': "One of the necessary laws
for our relations as equal beings is this: What you say goes-but only for you
and those who agree with you . . . It is precisely your unlimited power to
control your experience that hangs you up. How much compassion and forgiveness
do you want for yourself? Give it to others."
Time: " . . . When we are completely expanded,
the time is always now . . . the faster you are vibrating, and the more
messages you get back from your environment, the slower events will appear to
be happening, and the more you will feel you are in control."
Space Beings, unseen helpers: "You're never
alone-there are many (equal, live) beings aware of you at all times, loving
you, ready to make you feel it whenever you are ready to open up to it, taking
care to see that you don't get in too deep, encouraging you to love
Humility and Pride: "While we have enough
humility and pride to act on the knowledge that we exist in an infinite
harmony, that we are neither greater nor lesser than any others, we can enjoy
exquisite spiritual wealth and pleasures."
Golas's basic concept and extrapolations invite the reader
to re-view his environment, relationships, ideas, and choices from a new
vantage point. Here are a few re-views that come to mind:
1. These equal live beings in various groupings
must influence each other throughout the universe, be they in planets, stars,
space human bodies, or any other form. Is astrology the beginning of a study of
their mutual influences?
2. If these equal live beings (particles) can join
or leave a group and rejoin later after moving about, then teleportation,
astral travel, clairvoyance, and reincarnation might be the results.
3. Eternal life is affirmed from Golas's viewpoint;
there are no un-live beings; and death is but the breakup of temporary
4. As we carry a recollection of our experiences
as parts of many groupings and circumstances, don't we assemble within any new
grouping or body a "collective unconscious" and "race
Golas also tells us of our potential. We are but channels
of spiritual joy, and to continue to have it we need only be open channels ...
if we have the light coming over our shoulders, shining through us, we will see
the beauty of others, we will be open to the light coming through all forms,
and know the glory of Creation. And I say it often: "Thank you, brothers
and sisters, for letting my consciousness be in this place."
Dear Understanding, Inc.:
Last week here at the British Columbia Penitentiary, we
were given a very interesting lecture by a member of the Vancouver Area Flying
Saucer Club, on the subject of UFOs. I asked Herbert D. Clark, the President of
the club, if he could provide us with some reading material on
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the phenomena, and he gave me your address, suggesting I
write to you for a greater variety of material. A few of us here, have become
interested in UFOs and we would appreciate very much any literature you could send
us on the subject.
Lindsay Taylor #7219
Box 150, B. C. Pen.
New Westminster, B. C. Canada
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