DEPOSIT - NO RETURN ........................................................................................ 2
MANTRA YOGA .............................................................................................................. 3
THE DAY I MISSED CLASS ......................................................................................... 5
THE PHILOSOPHY OF DEFEAT ................................................................................. 6
LET'S GET TOGETHER ................................................................................................ 8
HEALING HANDS .......................................................................................................... 8
world report ........................................................................................................... 10
Poet’s corner .......................................................................................................... 15
CONSIDER THE CONCEPT ........................................................................................ 16
Book reviews ............................................................................................................ 17
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 19
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VOLUME XVIII JANUARY-FEBRUARY
1973 NUMBER 1
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
Although any comprehensive study of history will tend to
indicate that Earthman is a creature of relatively little true intelligence, it
will also show him to have an almost infinite capacity to adapt himself to any
circumstance or environment into which his folly may have led him. Thus he has
managed to survive the many and varied perils of the Stone Age; the Bronze Age
and the Age of Steel. So far, he has also shown some ability to cope with, and
perhaps to survive the Industrial Age and the Atomic Age.
Now however, still another basic concept has been born in
the whimsical mind of man, another age has dawned, and mankind is rushing
headlong into it, even though it may involve more serious threats to man's
survival than any of the others. The present era has become known as the age of
No Deposit - No Return.
Although man has always tended to be wasteful of his
substance, whenever he has had even a momentary surplus, most of his waste in
the past could be attributed to carelessness or ignorance, now waste has
be-come a goal to be sought for its own sake. An end to be furthered by careful
engineering for "Obsolescence," Modular (and repair proof) construction,
and a constantly increasing horde of objects designed 'for one time only use.'
If the resulting mass of "instant debris" had been designed to be
readily bio-degradable or recyclable, this system of deliberate and
planned waste might be nothing more than a whimsically
nonsensical symptom of the current belief that 'Prosperity' can exist only when
all of the wage slaves of the treadmill are racing at top speed in order to
keep the mill turning rapidly. We must make all of our products as quickly and
as poorly as possible, so that they will fail quickly, and we will have to make
them again. Unfortunately, most of the growing mountains of waste consist of
material which has been specifically treated to prevent its returning to the
ecological cycle of the planet. At a time when our increasing population is
making constantly increasing demands upon the organic elements of the earth's
surface, we are deliberately taking much of that material out of circulation,
more or less permanently. Since the total amount of organic elements and
materials on earth is strictly limited, the question must inevitably be raised.
How long can the age of No Deposit- No Return, continue before it ends the Age
(This article, by Swami Krishnananda, teacher of Mantra
Yoga at the Yasodhara Ashram, Kootenay Bay, Canada, appeared in the Ashram
Publications - Ascent it is here reproduced, slightly condensed, with the
Special Permission of the Ashram.)
... It has been my experience that music is one of the
most effective means of getting in touch with a deep "soul" level of
ourselves. This is particularly so when we take the way which goes by the name
of Mantra Yoga, which deals with the principles of vibration and sound in very
specific ways. This forms a part of a general area of Yoga usually referred to
as Nada Yoga, the Yoga of sound.
A mantra is a specific vibration key which contains
extraordinary power by virtue of its attunement with elemental cosmic energy,
which was perceived intuitively centuries ago by a sage or mystic. In a way all
words have power in that they relate to objects or conditions and by their use
we conjure up constellations of energy, shape and form in our minds when we
think of them. In the Eastern traditions, the nature of thought and the
functioning of the mind is a highly developed "science" while in the
West we are only just beginning to really understand more deeply the
implications of mental energy.
There is a very special convergence of several factors in
the practice of Mantra Yoga. Melodic form is combined with the singing and
chanting of mantric vibrational patterns with various rhythmic accompaniments.
In addition, there is the required emotional involvement and expression,
coupled with the control of the breathing process. This powerful combination of
factors makes for a very effective way of directing the mind
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and creatively expressing emotional energy.
While the application of these principles is by no means
limited to the yogic tradition of India - there are parallel techniques in
various musical formats throughout the world - I think it can be said that the
Yogic approach tends to be direct in regard to employing these techniques for
the expansion of consciousness and for the development of the spiritual
potential of human beings.
These methods are also direct in the sense that they are
effective, particularly in the modern milieu of high noise levels and frenetic
mental activity . . . The reduction of mental "noise" is a key factor
in the success of yogic practices for it is the prerequisite of single pointed
attention which can lead us to different levels of awareness . . .
There are various ways of applying the principles of
Mantra Yoga. The most obvious way is the loud chanting of the sacred syllables
to the accompaniment of a suitable instrument such as a harmonium,, drums,
bells, brass cymbals, guitar, flute, tamboura. It can be done either alone or
with a group, although there are subtle differences to both formats. Successful
group chanting would be somewhat dependent upon having a sensitive and capable
leader . . . the mantras should be learned from a suitable teacher if you wish
to practice them alone . . .
The loud recitation of a mantra is another important
practice and this is usually done with a mala or rosary which has 108 beads. It
is customary to do so many "malas" - a mala being 108 repetitions of
the mantra. I n this practice the mantra is not usually changed. The reason is
that the mind can become rapidly single - pointed and to reach out beyond our
normally conditioned state to experience a deep level of being. Continual
repetition of a particular mantra will help us get in touch with its specific
aspect of elemental cosmic energy. If we changed the mantra too often we would
never experience its "depth".
The next step in mantra practice would be the mental
repetition of the mantra which requires considerable ability in concentration .
. There is also a practice of writing out the mantra on a sheet of paper ...
The use of repetition is a vital feature in many forms of
mental training ... It is a basis for advertising practices, hypnotic and
various forms of human conditioning. The power of positive thinking as well as
the burden of negative suggestions is dependent to a large extent on the
repetition of fundamental statements of belief or fact. In this respect the
mantra is used as a healing and purifying power which becomes, by continual
repetition, woven into the fabric of the mind . . . a means of purifying and
uplifting the unconscious mind ...
I want to return again to consider the chanting of mantras
and to re-
iterate my enthusiasms for their use in this way because
of their suit-ability for people on all roads of life. Yoga is concerned with
the development of the whole human being - that's why there are 40 different
kinds of Yoga . . . it seems to me that Mantra Yoga is an extremely valuable
tool to be well used in the process of human growth and self expression.
Another point in favour of this method is that it does not
matter if you have musical talents or not. If you have a hard time holding a
tune chanting mantras is for you!
...an old story from India: There were two devotees of the
Lord who wished to get into the Temple of the Most High. One of them began to
sing the name of the Lord with an intense desire to be in His Presence.
However, he sang with a rather raucous nasal drone but nevertheless with great
fervor . . . After a few days, the door opened and the devotee was ushered into
the Presence of the Lord Himself. Now, the other devotee began to sing but what
music! He sang with velvet notes and soaring melodies of yearning for The Lord
. . . Several weeks went by and still this worshipper of the Lord sang,
composing ever more beautiful melodies as he went along. Eventually he began to
get somewhat disheartened ... One day when he was at his wits end, the door
opened and he entered with joy into the Presence of The Lord. However, he did
have the presence of mind to ask why he had to wait so long when the other devotee
was allowed to enter so much sooner. The Lord told him that He liked his music
so much that He couldn't bring himself to open the door any sooner.
So, one way or the other, you will get there. And anyone
can say the mantra OM (home without the 'h') which is one of the most important
of all mantras. It is the primal sound from which all creation came into
expression - the source of Pure Being ...
I confess to "ditching" after lunch. That was
the only way to mail a certain box of books in time. Running home for the
intended parcel, I carried it unwrapped toward the Post Office. Its lid
flapping, and my breath running short, I stopped to rest against a parked car
when a voice called out from the sidewalk:
"I don't know you, but I'm gonna help you carry that
A middle-aged woman, black as I am white, antic as I am
sober, lifted the box, offering in exchange her lightweight shopping bag.
Introducing herself as "Just call me Lu from Kalamazoo",
she bore my heavier load right to the counter, then extended a helpful finger
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1973 5
I taped and tied, talking until the Clerk called,
"Lady, you'd better hurry if you're mailing that package today!" Lu
carried the parcel to the window.
Sticking at my side as we walked out the now locked doors,
Lu asked my name, and if I would remember her. "I'll remember," I
promised. "Put your hand on my head," she requested, "and shut
As I complied, she placed a hand on my forehead and began:
"Our Father, help us to understand why we are here, we who have forgotten
how to pray, 'Our Father who are in Heaven. . .' " I found myself joining
in unison. Finished, she smiled, waved, and merged with Washington's rush-hour
The street no longer seemed a street, but a church and a
university where one may learn to receive a blessing. The day I missed class, I
was in school after all.
Nobody likes to lose, but in contemporary American
society, failure has become the Unpardonable Sin. This unhealthy attitude
toward failure is creating a neurotic nation, a society whose compulsion to
win renders it completely incapable of coping with defeat.
The idea of failure and its traumatic effect on twentieth
century American man first occurred to me three years ago. I was in Wildwood, a
seashore resort, walking with Helen, a friend who was just recovering from a
disappointing romance. We happened to pass some older women who were commenting
on the general repulsiveness and depravity of youth.
"Spoiled, that's what's wrong with them. They're just
plain spoiled," the older woman said. The other nodded in wholehearted
agreement. "That's right," Helen remarked to me as we walked on.
"That's what's wrong with us. We're all spoiled brats, and when we can't
get what we want, we don't know what to do."
A Spoiled Generation?
Helen's bit of melancholy philosophy was a consequence of
her recent romantic disappointment. But why had she generalized her experience
to apply to the frustrations of the entire younger generation?
That the current generation of youth is indeed a
"generation of spoiled brats" is not a new indictment. Much has been
said and written about the havoc wrought by parental permissiveness - - and
Doctor Spock got all the blame! What else, after all, could have bred such a proliferation
of long-haired dissidents and student rebels? What else
could have caused the restlessness of wayward youth and their obvious
dissatisfaction with the social status quo?
But blaming the miscarriage of youth on parental
permissiveness and labeling the young "spoiled brats" allows the
whole problem to be filed neatly away, like the log of an unsuccessful
To approach the problem this way is quite a temptation,
but those who yield to it treat only the symptom, not the disease.
The echo of Helen's words bounced my thoughts to the topic
of campus unrest. Could it be that youth, frustrated at finding life imperfect,
turns to whatever means it can, even if these are destructive and childish, to
vent its frustrations? I thought it not unlikely. But, is youth frustrated
because it has been given too much materially. and allowed too much freedom?
These are not reasons for frustration. In fact, they are reasons for great
satisfaction and contentment. So perhaps, youth's frustration is not a response
to permissiveness, but rather a response to finding life so different from
youth's expectations. And who is it who instills youth with their great
expectations? Parents, and in a broader sense, society itself.
This conclusion led me to examine the expectations bred in
twentieth century American man.
Our society is based on a system in which you must win.
Capitalism demands success. If you fail in the marketplace, you fail all
around. Furthermore, we are born and bred to win. Our entire national heritage
is based on our winning our independence, and on the Puritan Ethic - that
goodness leads to reward (success) and evil leads to punishment (failure).
From our infancy we are raised on success stories. We are
fed on the American Dream and the "breakfast of champions." All of
our heroes are winners. Cinderella gets to the ball and the Mets win the
pennant. Walt Disney movies and TV westerns, where the good guys always win,
conspire to delude us.
And not only are we inundated with personal success
stories. We are a nation of winners. America, itself, is never in the wrong and
never loses. When Superman fights for "Truth, Justice and the American Way,"
you know he's bound to win.
This idealized picture of our nation and ourselves has us
all brain-washed, a la Pangloss, into believing that twentieth century America
is, indeed, "the best of all possible worlds." Youth, in its naiveté
and its idealism, perhaps believes this most readily of all. What a rude
awakening when youth begins to see things as they really are. And what a
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when they find how hard it is to right society's wrongs.
Suddenly there are no more heroes. No more supermen, no more dragon-slayers, no
more benevolent fairies to set things right.
Is it any wonder that youth rebels? What else can be
expected when you raise a whole generation on Santa Claus and fairy godmothers
- only to confront them with racial discrimination, pollution, and the Vietnam war?
No wonder youth is frustrated. No wonder, even more, that we collectively, as a
nation, are completely overwhelmed by our current problems.
Our refusal to accept failure has long been ballyhooed as
one of our great national virtues. Our desire to win is commendable, but our
compulsion to win is not. It cripples us; makes us impotent in dealing with
defeat. We feel humiliated and insecure in the face of failure. We are at a
total loss to deal with anything short of victory.
There is only one solution to this problem. It is not a
miracle cure, but a slow process of reorientation. America is a young nation.
As it grows and matures it must learn and accept its own vulnerability. The
possibility of failure must be admitted. The idea of defeat must be
incorporated into our national philosophy. As a nation and as individuals, we
must cultivate a healthier, more realistic attitude toward failure.
We must all grow up and realize that for every winner,
there is a loser. We cannot all win all the time. The
"breakfast of champions" is not an immunization against defeat, and
while Cinderella may get to the ball, this is no guarantee that we will. In
short, America, and Americans, must learn to lose, without despair, and without
giving up the battle!
UNDERSTANDING needs youth action and we can make
action, so let's get it together youth!
In UNDERSTANDING everyone is welcome, and there are lots
of people active. The Youth needs to be part of this activity, because soon
UNDERSTANDING will be in our hands.
Maybe we could start a section in the Understanding
Magazine for ideas, poems, thoughts, and just things that we're interested in
sharing. All of the "older people" (excuse the term) would get a lot
out of young minds, and the young minds need to get in contact with each other!
Then we can correspond and meet. Those of us who can,
could go to the Convention(s). We might even form a little club, with this
go on drives and money-making jobs to help the
UNDERSTANDING fund. Maybe we could go on trips, sell literature, and tell
others about UNDERSTANDING.
You're invited to write to us, sending your name and your
ideas! We would also enjoy very much hearing from those in countries other than
the USA, because UNDERSTANDING needs to be world-wide.
P. 0. Box #206
(Allen Spraggett, in the Toronto Sun)
A Roman Catholic nun, who is a brilliant scientist, has
uncovered startling evidence that some people have healing hands. Her research
indicates that certain individuals, "blessed with healing power", can
change the biochemical processes within the human body which deter-mine whether
we are healthy or sick.
The effects of this healing power appear to be incredibly
selective - speeding up some bio-chemical processes but slowing down others. In
each case the specific effect is the one which is conducive to good health.
Sister Justa Smith, a Franciscan nun, is chairman of the
natural sciences department at Rosary Hill College, Buffalo, N.Y. She has a
Ph.D. in biochemistry and specializes in the study of enzymes.
Enzymes are the substances, sometimes called the brains of
the cells, which regulate all our vital body processes - i.e., an enzyme in the
brain makes memory possible.
The purpose of Sister Justa's experiments was to find out
whether healers could affect enzyme activity, and if so, in precisely what
ways. In her first experiment she tested a healer from Montreal, Oskar
Estebany, who claimed that when he was in "a prayerful state of mind"
a health-giving force flowed from his hands. For 75 minutes, for 11 days, the
healer held in his hands a flask containing the enzymer Trypsin which enzyme
contributes to the body's ability to digest protein. He dramatically stimulated
the activity of the enzyme. Other people who claimed no healing power tried the
same experiment with no changes in the enzyme.
Then Sister Justa went a step further. There are certain
enzymes which, under some conditions are too active. In such cases, the healing
effect would be one which slowed down the enzyme's activity. Sister Justa
wondered, if the healer were asked simply to pray over the enzyme,
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1973 9
without being told of its specific properties would he
have the proper effect. She also wondered what would be the effect on still
another type which for optimum health should neither increase nor decrease.
To answer these questions the nun-scientist used three
persons who said they were psychic healers. They repeated precisely what
Estebany had done except that the enzyme used was NAD which affects the body's
metabolism. All three healers brought about a decrease in the activity of the NAD,
without having been told that this was the desired effect. The healing power
seemed to know whether an enzyme should be stimulated or retarded for good
Sister Justa's experiments have far-reaching implications
for medicine and all science. They suggest that healing hands are fact. Human
thought can generate a force that heals. And, this force is marvelously
selective in its effects on specific bodily processes.
Sums up Sister Justa: "The healer's ability does not
affect all enzymes the same way. However, the effects in each case seem to
contribute to improving or maintaining health."
Truth needs no shouting.
Beauty no explanation.
Religion no sermons.
The solution to problems and tensions among world nations,
and to the impending dangers of war is a spiritual one - a firm conviction that
all religions and peoples should come together. This does not mean to give up
one's own religion or faith, but to live it and to practice the essence of
religion instead of hanging in the superficial rites and rituals which are as
different outwardly as the people on the face of this earth are in their
clothing and ways of life. The chief hope I see is the hunger for spiritual
Nobody can possibly "drop out" of society. They
may find a more marginal place, but they'll still depend on the outside world
in some way.
Harmut Von Hentig
in "Mother Earth News"
Guilt enters through your thinking ill of others. A narrow
mind projects a narrow world.
U. S. Classrooms
West Omaha Sun, Omaha, Neb., 5-11-72
by comparing is the method used by Dr. Leo E. Missinne, visiting lecturer in
the University of Nebraska at Omaha's College of Education. Dr. Missinne has
worked, traveled, and studied throughout the world, comparing educational
For the last four years, he has served as Dean of the
Department of Education and Psychology at Lovanium University in the Congo, and
is on a sabbatical leave from that university.
Dr. Missinne has observed the need for "African
teachers in Africa." "The teachers in African schools are for the
most part, good teachers. But they have been trained in the European tradition.
The values and traditions of Western Europe and the United States are not
applicable to African society," said Dr. Missinne. "Africa needs
teachers trained in the African tradition."
Having studied educational systems in Belgium, France, Germany,
Africa, and now the United States, Dr. Missinne feels strongly that no system
"The American educational system is superior in the
vast number of possibilities available to students," he said. "A wide
range of learning materials - books, electronic equipment, research facilities
- are within the grasp of the student."
At the same time, he feels that some American classrooms
are too free.
"Students don't know how to use their freedom, and as
a result, often display a lack of respect for their schools and their
teachers," he remarked.
Looking to the future, Dr. Missinne feels that by studying
our own mixed national cultural heritage, Americans will be able to better under-stand
different nations and people in the world today.
"By learning to understand and communicate with their
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1973 11
minorities," he said, "Americans will be able to
better understand people in other parts of the world. To understand
Mexican-Americans it is
necessary to know a good deal about Hispanic and Indian
cultures; to understand a Puerto Rican-American, it is necessary to know
something about Puerto Rico itself; to understand American blacks, it is
necessary to go beyond the ghetto and back in time to African cultures.
"Technological progress will be the function of
technological institutions specializing in certain fields.
"This will result in the development of a new
American 'universal university'. This university will recognize first the
importance of fundamental intercultural studies and will play a new essential
function in the world - that of peacemaker and interpreter between different
nations and people."
Faster Than Light
Medford Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore.,
PASADENA (UPI) - A gathering of astronomers was told
Monday a galaxy has been discovered that appears to be expanding at a rate
faster than the speed of light - theoretically an impossibility.
The meeting of the high energy astrophysics division of
the American Astronomical Society also heard a description of "young
galaxies" only one one-hundredth as old as most of the others in the
Both discoveries leave astronomers with new puzzles to
solve, the speaker said.
The fast-moving galaxy was revealed by Dr. Kenneth I. Kellerman,
of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, W. Va.
It has been a fundamental law of physics that the speed of
light, 186 thousand miles per second, is the fastest anything can move.
Recently, however, astronomers have discovered that
quasars - mysterious star like objects discovered nine years ago - seemingly
expand and contract at faster speeds. Researchers feel that is probably
impossible, however, and have been searching for explanations of the illusion.
Kellerman said that in addition to two quasars in which
the phenomenon had been noted, there is now also a galaxy which gives the same
appearance, and a fourth object, called the "B.L. Lacert,"
which was once thought to be a star but is now described only as an
Dr. W. L. W. Sargent, professor of astronomy at the
California Institute of Technology, where the gathering was held, described the
"young galaxies" as appearing to be about 100 million years old,
compared to other galaxies in the 10 billion year age range.
They are circular in form but contain no nuclei, he said,
and appear to be moving, but whether they are expanding or contracting cannot
(We refer our readers to the book - Atoms Galaxies and
Understanding - by Dr. Daniel W. Fry, in which he states that objects can
travel faster than the speed of light but that our observation of such objects
is limited by the speed of light to return the images to us.)
Hole Down Below
Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., 10-26-72
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Thirty scientists from Japan, New
Zealand and the United States next year will drill a hole nearly a mile deep
into the bedrock of Antarctica in an effort to learn more about the history of
the continent. The purpose of the project is to get information on how
Antarctica, once a part of the Southern Hemisphere's ancient temperate zone super
continent of Gondwanaland, drifted over the past 200 million years to its
present place on the map.
Mysterious Object Over Hanoi
San Francisco Chronicle, 9-30-72
HANOI - A mysterious object appeared in the clear blue sky
over Hanoi yesterday, attracting missile fire from the ground but apparently
As far as this correspondent could judge from the ground
with the aid of binoculars, it was spherical in shape and a luminous orange in
color, and was clearly at a very high altitude.
Despite the slight breeze at ground level, the object did
not move at all during the air raid triggered by its appearance above the North
The sirens had hardly died away when three surface-to-air
missiles were launched, and their vapor trails could be seen converging on a luminous
point which at first sight seemed to be a parachute.
Watching from the balcony of the AFP office, however, this
correspondent saw that the object remained almost immobile in space and was
certainly not dropping toward the ground.
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Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., 11-14-72
MOSCOW (UPI) - Soviet scientists have devised a system of
time registration for the moon in lunar stellar days, hours, minutes and
seconds, the Tass news agency said.
Scientists at the chief astronomical observatory of the
Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Kiev calculated the positions of 72 stars and
the planet Jupiter for every 10 days of the lunar year.
"Man has already studied the earth sufficiently well
and can determine the coordinates of any point on it quickly and
reliably," Tass said. "The conditions on the moon are different. This
is why a new space science has appeared - Selenodesia."
Contaminating Other Planets
S. F. Sunday Examiner & Chronicle, 10-1-72
There was a great deal of debate over whether the costly
sterilization procedures in handling space probes were really necessary. Some scientists
thought earth organisms could not survive space travel anyway; others thought
Cyril Ponnamperuma and Peter Molton of the University of Maryland
decided to find out if Escherichia coli B, Serratia marcescens, Aerobacter aerogenes
and Bacillus subtilis could survive if they got to Jupiter.
For 24 hours they subjected the common terrestrial
organisms to a simulated Jupiter-like atmosphere (a mixture of hydrogen,
helium, methane and ammonia at temperatures ranging from minus 196 degrees C to
350 degrees C. A large number of the organisms survived.
Evidence of Loch Ness
Medford Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore., 11-2-72
BOSTON (UPI) - The Loch Ness monster is alive and well.
A team of American and British scientists has released
pictures and sonar graphs of what they say is a 30-foot long amphibian their
equipment tracked last August in Scotland's Loch Ness.
Robert H. Rines, the president of the Academy of Applied
Science (AAS), was a member of the team.
Rines isn't saying it is the legendary Loch Ness monster
that has been popping up since the Sixth century when it became a part of
Then, again, Rines won't say it isn't the monster,
nicknamed "Nessie" by Loch Ness watchers.
But whatever it is, Rines said "it is something awfully
big that needs explaining."
Specifically what the team has that needs explaining are
sonar graphs showing one or two 20 to 30-foot-long creatures and four
photographs taken underwater of what appears to be an appendage, estimated at
10 feet long. An enlarged "flipper" at the end of the appendage
measures six to eight feet long and two to four feet across, R Rines said
experts told him.
Today Trash, Tomorrow Gold
Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., 7-31-72
SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) - Don't sniff at your garbage - think
of it as "urban ore."
That's the advice of Fenelon F. Davis, a geologist for the
California Division of Mines and Geology who says increasing demands for
minerals and new recovery methods will make today's solid wastes tomorrow's treasure
Environmentalists urging recycling of America's growing
mounds of garbage have been saying the same thing - arguing that reuse reduces
both the disposal problem and the rate of exploitation.
Davis' chief concern is the United States' mineral
consumption, which has grown so rapidly since World War I I that the nation is
no longer self-sufficient in many resources.
"Meanwhile, a reserve of resources exists in the
stockpiles of solid waste which we are accumulating in ever-increasing mounds.
These metals and mineral materials in the wastes from our cities, formerly
discarded and lost forever, should now be viewed as a renewable resource which
can be successfully returned to the economic cycle."
Davis reports that the United States produces 255 million
tons of urban waste annually. About 225 million tons are buried in landfills
and the other 30 million tons burned in municipal incinerators.
"This waste contains 12 million tons of recoverable
ferrous (iron-containing) ores, over 1 million tons of recoverable non-ferrous
metals (aluminum, copper, lead, tin, zinc) and 15 million tons of glass,"
Little attempt has been made to recover the metals - which
make up 11 per cent of urban wastes - because of high costs of separation.
He says federal and state agencies have developed pilot
plants and methods in recent years designed to recover iron, non-ferrous
metals, plastics and glass from the garbage.
The proper business of living is to enjoy life. To enjoy
is to charge with joy - to put joy into, not to take it out from; to increase
joy and not to reduce it.
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1973 15
They came in aproned quiet,
In times of sore distress;
Where illness laid a heavy
Or death made its address.
Fresh cake and bubbling
Scented the troubled air;
A casserole or potted stew,
Kept warm in its earthenware.
The house was tidied, pillows
Soft words were calmly spread
Like butter, melting in the
Sweetening the daily bread.
Then the aproned neighbor
closed the door,
Slipping out in the fading
Leaving the sacred watch to
To tender, through the night.
No words of gratitude suffice
These acts of charity;
But He'll repay, a thousandfold,
Their "cast" on
life's rough sea.
So hang your apron next to
Keep your eye on your
Our turn will come - when we
The earthly hands of God.
In an address at a recent Symposium sponsored by the Academy
of Parapsychology and Medicine, William A. Tiller, Ph. D., Professor of
Material Science at Stanford University, offered an interesting concept. In his
lecture on mankind's developing sensory system - man's evolving capacity to
perceive his universe in terms other than physical - he offered this analogy.
Dr. Tiller compared man's groupings with psychic phenomena
as comparable to our ancestor's struggles to understand the physical world they
inhabited. Just as our forefathers had to develop adequate instruments to
measure and control the oftimes hostile environment of their time, we, today,
have equally inadequate instruments to measure and map the "inner
space" of the mind. There exists no truly adequate body of data by which
we can (as yet) cognate this "psychic age of man, which began in the
1970's," let alone any type of general theory to unify the data already
(As quoted in the ESP Orbit, Sept/Oct 1972)
live the human way -
When every one can make a decision.
revival of Understanding
To all people with clear vision.
strong and steady hand,
Who ask their wisdom from above,
searching pages of the Bible
For the Understanding of love.
Oh, how I
long to see a leader
Without a revolting, rebellious heart,
rejected love of power,
And let joys of Understanding start.
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1973 17
A Television Special
(In lieu of a Book Review we offer our readers this
announcement of a Special Program, as given in the NBC Television News of
November 2, 1972.)
"In Search of Ancient Astronauts," which depicts
the theory that various baffling phenomena of the past, visible in various
parts of the world, are the work of visitors from other planets, will be
colorcast on the NBC Television Network Friday, Jan. 5 (10-11 p.m. PT).
Rod Serling (host of NBC-TV's "Rod Serling's Night
Gallery") will be the off-camera narrator of the special, which will be
under the full sponsorship of Quaker Oats Company.
The program is based on the international best seller Chariots
of the Gods?, written by Erich Von Daniken. It was filmed throughout the
world: England, Egypt, Mexico, Japan, Iraq, Australia, Peru, Yugoslavia and Easter
Criss-crossing the globe, the special presents Von Daniken's
evidence in support of his theory that ancient astronauts visited earth ages
ago and profoundly altered the life of primitive man.
There are many mysteries offered to illustrate his theory.
A clay vase, which is on display in the Bagdad Museum, is also a 2,000-year-old
electrical battery. Istanbul's Topkapi Palace houses maps found in the Orient
by Turkish Admiral Piri Reis. Dating back to the 1st century A.D., these maps
are uncannily accurate and, according to Von Daniken, show the earth as it
would have appeared to astronauts high above Cairo.
In Mexico in Central America, in Italy and on a rocky
ledge in the Sahara Desert, there are ancient drawings and sculptures depicting
strange beings wearing what appear to be space suits, including helmets with
antennae. Von Daniken suggests that if space travelers
from another planet were to visit earth, they would have found the environment
They, too, would have had to travel in self-contained
units and, in appearance, they may have resembled modern astronauts.
Von Daniken also suggests that these ancient astronauts
would have brought with them superior skills and may have been responsible for
the incredibly accurate Mayan calendar, the huge stone carvings on Easter
Island, Egypt's massive Pyramids and Stonehenge in England. He also considers
it significant that legends of various ancient peoples mention powerful
strangers descending on earth in flaming chariots.
In addition to utilizing much hitherto unexplained
physical evidence, the program presents the comments of several scientists
including Dr. Werner Von Braun and Dr. Harold P. Kline, of NASA's Ames Research
"In Search of Ancient Astronauts" was produced
by Alan Landsburg and directed by Dr. Harold Reiml and Don Ringe. The narration
was written by Ringe. It is an Alan Landsburg production.
A blade of grass, a sprig of evergreen,
the leaves of a tree do more than maintain
atmospheric balance by liberating oxygen
- the very breath of life. They also help
to cleanse and freshen the air.
Actively growing greenery catches dust,
soot, and obnoxious gases and the odors
attached to them. In time, these are washed
into the soil by rain or sprinkling.
In the process of transpiration, grass, in
contrast to pavements and barren land,
tempers the heat from the sun and
provides natural cooling.
Grass is probably the most important air
conditioner of the world's land mass
because of its extent and continued growth,
even when mowed or grazed every day.
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 1973 19
New Subscription Policies
At the October Annual Business Meeting of Understanding,
Inc. a motion was made and passed that, because of ever increasing costs and
our considerable publication deficit, the UNDERSTANDING MAGAZINE be issued ten
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Another motion was made and passed, with the thought of
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a Gift subscription be given with each new subscription received, two for one.
While the above practices seem contradictory, the fact is
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The AMA Contest
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So - thus - consequently and therefore - we must keep you
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The Outreach of Understanding
Under the guidance of Mrs. Esther Ellsworth, the San
Bernardino, California Unit #71 is involved in an interesting program of
promoting Understanding. The Unit is providing books and tapes to the penal institutions
The Men's Colony at San Luis Obispo, one of their
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to one of the men. Several men from Tehachapi "are now out, doing very
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Perhaps as individuals or Units others can do likewise. It
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4th Annual Understanding Convention
One Convention closes, another is born! Since September,
Mrs. Tahahlita Fry has been in correspondence with possible speakers for the
4th Annual Convention of Understanding, to be held at Merlin. And, already has
a confirmation from Rev. Noel Street!
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