For November, 1965
PILGRIMAGE ............................................................................ 2
LUNAR OBSERVATIONS ............................................................................................ 3
WHAT ABOUT RELIGION? .......................................................................................... 4
CELESTIAL ASTRONOMY ........................................................................................... 6
SIGHTING REPORTS .................................................................................................... 8
world report ........................................................................................................... 9
Book reviews ............................................................................................................ 12
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING .................................................................................... 13
PEOPLE TO PEOPLE UNDERSTANDING ............................................................... 14
QUIZ RESULTS .............................................................................................................. 14
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR ......................................................................................... 15
Bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 17
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ........................................................................... kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
staff artist ................................................................................... gus
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Many people have wondered why your editor and his wife
should suddenly take off for Europe with almost no advance notice, and then,
after a few days, with no notice at all, to depart from London, bound for Egypt,
Jordan, Greece, etc. What were we looking for in Cairo, Sakkara, Jerusalem, Bethlehem,
Athens, Rome or Paris?
The answer to these questions cannot as yet be given in
full, not because the answer is a secret from our readers, but because we
ourselves do not as yet comprehend the full significance of the trip or why it
was necessary to do the things we did. We only know that the trip was urgent,
and that the tasks were accomplished. There were, however, some interesting
by-products of the journey. We have several hundred color slides showing every
step of our Pilgrimage, from its beginning in the San Francisco airport through
22,000 miles of air travel and eight countries. They contain many seldom seen
items of great historical significance, and unusual views of the better known
monuments to man's industry and ingenuity.
All of these will be available to the members of
Understanding, and to the public, in a series of lectures which will he made
available as soon as the research and the text is completed. Many of the
findings will also be presented in the pages of this magazine.
Another by-product was the golden opportunity to see
ourselves as others see us. This was particularly important in Egypt where for
years Gamal Abdul Nasser has done his best to degrade the American image by a
constant barrage of defamatory statements, even while he is still holding out
his hand for alms from the nation which he attacks. We were agreeably surprised
to discover that Nasser's propaganda has had little or no effect upon the
thinking of the Egyptian citizen. In fact it appears that the private dream,
and in some cases the driving passion of the average Egyptian is to find some
way to come to the United States to live.
One of the most enlightening remarks which we heard in Cairo
was made by a taxi driver when we remonstrated gently at, the speed with which
he hurled his 1953 Chevrolet through the masses of pedestrians which crowd the
streets. Patting the ancient vehicle fondly on the dashboard he replied,
"Don't worry, this is an American car; it never knocks anybody." For
an uneducated Egyptian who spoke only a few words of English, we thought that this
was quite a. significant. and enlightening remark.
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The Los Angeles Times of August 28th presents an
interesting account of a group known as the Argus-Astronets interested in lunar
observations. We offer a report of the group not only because of its goals and
achievements but as a reminder that individuals and amateurs may still
contribute much to learning although our civilization seems to be dominated by
large corporations, foundations, and computers!
Argus-Astronets is a network of 60 amateur astronomers
working with more than 50 ham radio operators, vigilantly watching the moon's
surface, particularly during the period of the New Moon. The association is the
brain child of Dr. Gerald Guter, a chemist with Douglas Missiles, Space System
Division at Newport Beach, California, and Wallace R. Calkins, a communications
engineer at Aetron Division of Aerojet General Corporation, Azusa, California.
Both men are active in efforts to determine whether or not life can be
supported on the surface of the moon.
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Dr. Guter has already confirmed that not only oxygen, but
water as well, can be extracted from rocks known to clot the great slag heap
which is the goal of Project Apollo.
Seeking to learn more by solicitation of assistance in
reporting, by amateur astronomers, of the frequency, nature and location of
transient lunar phenomena, Argus-Astronet was born. Yet, with but 60 observers
gaps in reporting were evident, particularly since configuration of sightings
was too slow. Wallace Calkins, a longstanding ham operator, then set about to
match radio amateurs with astronomers in their immediate area, thus
establishing rapid inter-observer communications.
Observations of the August New Moon were centered upon a
star-like image in Aristarchus, a lunar crater, first sighted by amateur
astronomer Ron Emanuel of Covina, California, on July 3rd. This sighting was
confirmed by others in the association and by Whittier College during the next
four days. The Whittier College observers reported a red color in Theophilus' Central
Argus-Astronet hopes to confirm for scientists the
sighting by repeated observations. The group works without the government NASA,
without funds from private foundations, and "without glory to any of the
lonely mountain and roof top observers or their amateur radio station
The excitement and enthusiasm of the group stems from the
fact that not until 1958 were scientists willing to consider that the moon may
not be a completely "dead world" after all. In 1958 a Russian
astronomer, Koszyrev, observed and photographed what, has been termed "the
most important single lunar observation ever made" except for the Russian
photographs of the dark side of the moon.
Koszyrev sighted a cloud of gas being emitted from the
central peal: in the Crater of Alphonsus. Similar sightings have been made
since then, the most recent ones indicating red spots glowing briefly in
certain areas. These observations may be evidence that volcanic activity exists
today on the moon's surface. Other experts, however, believe the gas clouds are
merely a degassing phenomena and the red spots some form of surface
luminescence. This latter is the view held regarding the pulsating star sighted
by Emanuel and confirmed by Whittier College.
The work of Argus-Astronet is significant inasmuch as
surface changes will be the determining factors for our
proposed lunar landings. All work in this joint program is voluntary-,
including the mountains of paper work, recording and comparison data
compilations. More stations and participants are needed. Interested amateur
astronomers should contact. Dr. Guter, and interested radio hams, Mr. Calkins.
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Today man knows more about his environment and can do more
to control it and to prepare himself to cope with it than ever before. Science
and technology have oracle astounding advances in the past few decades. Things
which once confounded the wise are now common. knowledge among children.
Although human beings have more and more power over nature, they seemingly have
become less certain of what to do with their power and with themselves, and
have become increasingly ill at ease in this world. We are not sure of the
purpose of our being alive: and are less assured of our ability to discern what
is right. and what is wrong. We are sometimes not sure if we value that which
is in itself valuable or merely that which has come to be valued. We wonder if
we are striving to conform to that which really ought to be or to social
conditioning. In short, man tends to be almost overwhelmed by the immensity of
our universe and the complexity of our societies. He cannot decide what role he
must play in life and how he should play it.
The course of right actions involves basically two
conditions: the knowledge of what is right and the will to do that which is
right whether it is appreciated, and is or is not especially enjoyable.
Now this question is brought to mind: is there an absolute
right? Is right objective or is it relative? Certainly man likes to think that
the real nature of right and wrong is based on something higher than the
fluctuating desires and choices of mortal man, for man changes.
Where can we find a set of principles to guide us through
life? For years religion provided these principles; then there was the trend
among some to let natural law and science serve essentially the same purpose
that religion once did; and then came the trend toward psychology.
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Man's mistake came in forsaking religion for the latter
two. Science plays a tremendous role in our lives, but the scientific method
does not reveal the essence of a good choice or a good life. Psychiatry also
has its hart, but its end is not to render man virtuous but to restore him to
mental health. We must keep science arid psychology in their proper
perspectives and realize that they do not oppose religion, but can complement
What about religion today? It has been said of late that
religion is simply an organization of people who profess to believe alike; yet,
this is but a partial definition of a denomination. Religion is nothing so
simple nor so impersonal. It is something which is so great and so complex as
to be impossible to define fully, yet its nature is such that, it can be
enjoyed by a child. It has been a factor in some of the bloodiest wars, yet it
is the source of the greatest personal peace. It. may be something as
all-encompassing as the ocean, or it may be as minute as the mustard seed. It
may be heard in the wind and in the thunder, or in that still small voice in
the heart of some man. Nevertheless, there are those who dare call it a sham.
Today it is proper by some standards to play down the importance
of religion. Once whose religion plays a major role in his life is regarded as
a fanatic as is a man who makes any sacrifice to fill the demands of his
religion. A church is extreme and narrow-minded if it does not tell its members
that they can believe anything they want to believe and do anything they want
to do; and if it does not tell them that they are really- good people, and that
as long as their names are on the church role and they attend services when it
is convenient, all is well-they will be saved. No one is expected to get
emotional about. religion; no one is expected to be idealistic.
Comments like this often arise in discussions : "She
is too idealistic," and "He is living in a dream world all his
own," or "Someday he will wake up. " Idealism is shunned not
only in religion, but in other realms as well. But is there anything wrong or
backward about idealism
It seems to be a prevalent idea today- that an idealistic
individual is afraid to face reality; but I say quite the opposite. Many, if
not most of those persons insisting on living with grim reality are afraid to
have ideals. Why are they in this condition? Oh, they do not bear
the blame alone, but they share it with preceding
generations. The ideals once shared by nearly- all have changed, or rather
deteriorated. The home, once the epitome of stability and security, once a unit
to he trusted, is now sometimes a misrepresentation. It is sometimes only a
playgroup which can be torn asunder at will. It has been misplaced from its
pedestal. The church, once a source of power and comfort, is now usually a
congeniality group-a place to bear dull sermons and to plan socials. Much the
same thing has happened to patriotism. The latest trend is to deride our
foundling fathers and our leaders of today. Yes, the guilt is widespread, but
in this case there is no strength in numbers. With the loosening of our grip on
ideals, many seem to become frustrated and to decide that ideals are not to be
Religion, although sometimes considered to be burdening,
can be the thing which gives man the greatest relief from the cares of life. I
believe that religion can give a man a sense of direction and of
self-fulfillment that no other source can give him, and that it can provide the
guiding principles necessary for man to feel at home in his world.
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(In a small brochure entitled "The Galileans" we
find some interesting facts. -Ed.)
"The sun and its planets revolve around inside twelve
titanic constellations in a stupendous cosmic circle, and as our solar system
passes under each constellation in that vast circumference, we say that the
earth is `under' that Sign . . . As it consumes 25,867 years to rotate the
celestial year, it follows that each of these zodiacal `months' is 2,156 years
For the past 2,156 years, therefore, our solar system has
been going through the month of Pisces-Fishes--and is now entering the
constellation of Aquarius-Air. Before Pisces we existed under the sign of Aries-Fire,
and before that under Taurus-the Bull, etc. The origin of these signs has been
lost in antiquity.
"Now whether you fancy it or not, here is a strange
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happens under each of the 2,156 year celestial month
periods. Mass religion for all the world takes on the aspects of the sign
beneath which the solar system is rotating.
"For instance, this celestial month of Pisces which
we are now on the of quitting, was a Water Sign and its emblem was the two
Fishes. Christ, the Great Avatar, who seems to make a reappearance every
celestial month, come, under the Piscean sign as the great Fisher of Men.
"Comparatively few- persons are aware that the Fish
and not the Cross was the emblem of the world's first Christians. Visit the
famous catacombs at Rome and you will see the Fish carved on the underground
walls of stone, where the early martyrs met roman persecution. Everything about
Christ's ministry savored of water. When He came to be consecrated to His
ministry he was baptized in water. He selected His disciples from among
fishermen. He taught many times froth a boat. He walked on the water and bade
the stormy- seas abate . . . The centuries which witnessed the spread of the
gospel were the times of maritime discovery, the invention of the steam engine
for power and the hydraulic press for lifting.
"Prior to the Piscean Age, humanity- lived for 2,156
years under the celestial or zodiacal sign of Aries-the Fire Sign. All over the
earth fire was the great consecrating, element and purifier. Burnt offerings
were supposed to be most acceptable to Deity-. Entire races of men were sun worshippers
-- indeed, the word Is-Ra-El, or Israel, meant `people of the Lord-King Sun.'
"Going back still further to Taurus, or the emblem of
the hull, we field the bull worshipped as the emblem of fertility; the bull's
carcass was mummified; he was led in all the festival processions ...
"So we might go hack, back, back around the zodiacal
signs till we arrive at Leo, the sign of the Lion, when the great felines were
worshipped and the mummified carcasses of thousands of cats were, stored away
in the pyramid crypts of Mesopotamia.
"Why these things should happen, we do not know. We
only know that they do happen and that they are beyond the power of men in an
generation to control. Far back in antiquity, over periods so remote that we
have no written records of them, we final that without any conscious aid from
humanity these `mysteries' have
proved up. They seem to be concerned with what we might call
"We certainly know that. even Christ himself
conformed to them. By the same token, looking forward now, we find ourselves
entering across the cusp of Aquarius-the Water Carrier-into the sign of the
air. And lo, the whole concept of science and religion partaking of things
aerial. We already have perfected the airplane ... to carry us thousands of
miles through the air (written before the ad-vent of space probes). We have the
inventions of the radio and television given us, both forms of aerial
transmission of intelligence.
"And by the same token, modern religion is altering.
In ten thousand Baptist churches last year, it is reported, not one baptism by
immersion occurred. Baptism by water, is a rite of the Piscean Age, is simply
being abandoned as something as archaic as a burnt offering to Deity out of the
Aries sign would have been in the Age of Pisces.
"The coming religion is the religion of the psyehiacal
senses-celestial telepathy of a sort with great spirit-souls in higher dimensions
of time and space. Man is about to `talk with God' of and for himself, exactly
as the ancient Biblical characters claimed to have clone. He will need no
ecclesiastical potentates to act as intermediaries for him.
"And just as Chrytos, the Great Avatar, came early in
the Piscean Month as the Fisherman, so he will unerringly make His appearance
in the flesh early- in the celestial month of Aquarius. Religion is already
altering to prepare for His coming."
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The many Flying Saucer Review publications offer the
details of sightings which our space limitations preclude, yet we would offer
our readers at least a survey of some recent sightings.
In Mexico: Three university architecture
students say they were given a ride to the third moon of Jupiter on a flying
saucer, manned by good-looking Giants, seven feet tall.
Three high school students also report a claimed ride in
an UFO. Four men saw a saucer flashing lights near Tijuana, and another
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group reported seeing a saucer land near the National
Polytechnic Institute in Mexico city.
A resident of Mexico City reports holding a long
philosophical discussion with an intellectual spaceman.
The Mexican Air Force has denied such reports but base
commanders have standing orders to intercept and force down any UFO in their
In New Zealand: Five people in Dargaville
report three round, yellowish objects crossing one another'., trails within the
span of three minutes.
Another report concerns a light blue hall of light about
three-fourths the size of the moon, descending in a "free fall" near Pukekohe.
In Australia: A strange glowing object was seen
:1 times in 3 days at Goonumble. The object was about. the size of a dinner
A mysterious light was viewed by eight people over Australia's
largest bomber base at Amberly.
In an open field in the north of South Australia a
sighting was reported in June, lasting four seconds before disintegrating.
Reports from 2 Western Australian towns tell of sightings-one so bright it
could not be viewed directly but which left a rainbow effect lasting for five
minutes afterwards; and the other, a UFO viewed for five minutes by all early
These saucer publications also detail sightings in South
America, Austria, South Africa, as well as those recently reported by the
American news agencies.
The phenomena persist-the explanations are many-meanwhile
we have sent our own spacecraft to explore outer space! Keep an open mind for
we live ill a wondrous age!
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Books and Magazines Needed
A letter in our files asks for damaged books and
magazines, much needed in Indonesia. Please send your contributions to:
T. A. Tjoa. Gedung Laaplin. Djl. Kebon Sirih 82-84, Djkarta,
Key to Life On Mars
(Medford Mail-Tribune, Medford, Ore., July 21,
Calif. (UPI)-A large box at NASA's Ames Research ('enter here may hold the key
to life on liars.
Life scientists have isolated what they believe are the
components they Mars' atmosphere and have watched compounds develop-including
what one scientist calls "manna from heaven."
"If you take the vaguely defined Mars atmosphere, and
radiate it ultra-violetly-which should be right because Mars has very little
atmosphere -- you find that many organisms develop," said Dr. Harold P.
Klein, assistant director of Ames life sciences division.
"The organisms include common sugars such as glucose
and other food material," Klein said. "If such a process goes on,
then you don't need organisms which photosynthesize, because food is created
On earth, all food comes directly or indirectly from the
"If this is true of conditions on Mars, then it is
possible that there are living organisms below the surface which get their food
as the `manna' works its way underground," lie said. "Since
ultraviolet light is damaging to living things, this experiment has been a help
to us, because we now know any possible living thing on Mars don't have to be
in the sunlight."
Rash of Saucers
(Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Tuesday, Sept. 7,
PORTSMOUTH, N. H., Sept. 7 (AP)-Officials at Pease Air
Force Base are investigating reports of unidentified flying objects sighted in
southeastern New Hampshire over the past six weeks, it was learned today.
Reports of an object that soars silently through the sky,
its five red lights blinking in sequence, have been received frequently since
July 29, a source said.
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The most recent reports occurred Thursday and Friday, when
Exeter police "chased" unidentified flying objects for several
hours. At least one similar sighting was reported almost every night last week.
sources at the air lease said.
Exeter patrolman Eugene Bertrand, an Air Force veteran,
said Norman . J. Muscarello, 18, appeared at police headquarters early Friday
and said lie had been chased by a lighted object while hitch-hiking from
Bertrand said he and another officer accompanied
Muscarello to the scene.
When they stepped off the road into a field, Bertrand
said, they saw the lights come over a group of trees toward them, then move
(New Zealand Herald, 8/20/65)
HOBART, Tasmania-An Australian geologist, Mr. John Grover,
yesterday forecast a major earthquake in Chile, between September and December
Mr. drover, head of the department of geological surveys
and the seismological observatory in the British Solomon Islands protector-ate,
gave the, warning at the congress of the Australian and New Zealand Association
for the Advancement of Science in Hobart.
He sake it would be bigger than the one which struck Chile
in 1960, killing hundreds of people and sending immense tidal waves across the
Mr. Drover said the earthquake would probably occur under
the Chilean mountains at a point 24 degrees south latitude, and 69-1/2 degrees
Mr. Grover said his forecast was based on warning shock
waves recorded on seismographs by a French scientist, Dr. Claude Blot, chief of
research at Noumea.
Doctor Blot's work since 1962 had led to an understanding
of seismic. patterns, enabling him to predict volcanic eruptions in the Solomons
and New Hebrides.
Mr. Grover said the administrations of these islands were
now using predictions by Dr. Blot to take emergency action three to four months
before volcanoes erupted.
Continent At Back Of Moon
(New Zealand Herald, Aug. 18, 1965)
MOSCOW, U.S.S.R.-A gigantic continent, hundreds of huge
craters and two big lunar seas divided by mountains cover most of the previously
uncharted hidden side of the moon.
Russian photographs, taken by the Zond-3 spaceship last
month, revealed these features.
The continent is pock-marked by huge craters ranging up to
about 300 miles across. It covers practically the whole of the northern half of
the hidden side of the moon.
A Moscow scientist, Dr. Yuro Lipsky, said yesterday that
the pictures lead revealed two formerly unknown lunar seas divided by a
One picture, covering an area of about 1.9 million square
miles, showed more than 580 craters, some more than 125 miles wide. The new
Soviet moon triumph, following a similar feat in 1959, was announced on
Saturday. However, first details of the pictures were disclosed by Tass, the
Soviet news agency, yesterday.
Earth Gains Weight
(Albany Greater Oregon, Sept. 24., 1965)
A voice from the ocean bottom gossips that mother earth is
gaining weight at a pretty good clip-about 13 tons every hour.
This new weight come front cosmic dust raining down all
around the earth. It is composed of particles of matter - some of them
microscopic - from burned-up meteorites or shooting stars and from comets.
The earth, wheeling through space, constantly runs into
meteorites. So do man-made satellites circling the earth. Space, in fact, is
fairly dirty this tray.
A new way of estimating how much cosmic dust falls to
earth was reported Tuesday to the American Chemical Society by John L. Barker, Jr..
a research assistant at. the Enrico Fermi Institute for Nuclear Studies of the university
of Chicago. The figure comes to 100,000 tons a year, he said, or about 13 an
hour. This agrees with several estimates of the rain of dust. But it is lower
than some others, including those from bits measured on earth satellites by
particles or space dust.
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(Theodore Heline, 52 pages, $1.00, New Age Press,
Inc., 1544 Cerro Gordo St., Los Angeles, Calif. 90026)
The author, Theodore Reline, seeks in this small book to
treat the subject of Capital Punishment from many aspects: historical
trends, social implications, economic import, legal impact, humanitarian
motivation, religious interpretation and the testimony of spiritual science.
Present day state laws are presented indicating a
historical trend toward the abolition of capital punishment with its complete
and final results upon our adjudged criminals. The case histories of Sacco and Vanzetti
in the 1920's, Caryl Chessman in the 1950's and Paul Crunip in the 1960's are
given, indicating a change in public opinion toward executions and a change in
laws accordingly. The number of criminals put to death in the U.S. in the
1930's was 167 per year whereas the figure has dropped to 43 per year in the
Mr. Heline also shows the results of such laws in many
foreign countries such as Finland, Luxemburg and Rumania, which countries have
not had an execution since the early 1800's. He also brings into hearing the
law of Jesus Christ: "Ye have beard that it hath been said-Thou shalt love
thy neighbors and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies,
bless them that hate you and pray for them that despitefully use and persecute
you." Evil can be permanently overcome only by reversing the process under
which it operates.
I must confess I expected the book to delve into politics
or do some flag raising but I was very pleased to find that Theodore Reline
remained completely neutral, reporting the facts in a brief but very emphatic
manner. The book sells for One Dollar and is well worth it to gain a better
understanding of our current laws on capital punishment.
-Col. Harry F. May
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In saucer reviews and New Age publications much has been
written concerning reasons, real or hypothetical, for government secrecy
concerning the UFO. In an article in the June, 1965, Australian Flying Saucer
Review, by T. W. . Dutton, entitled "Changing Attitude," some
encouraging trends are noted.
``Whatever the motives for misinforming the public in
regard to Flying Saucers our leaders may have," says Mr. Dutton, "the
fact it that the truth, with increasing force, is compelling them to release
it. Their only concern, however, is when and how to disclose it, so as to save
face and avoid all possible complications."
pressed by prominent political and scientific
personalities, concluding thus: With the prestige and respect these personalities
command, it is easy to visualize the influence they have on "changing
Mr. Dutton gives in some detail, changes in the attitudes exactitude"
of their colleagues and personalities on the same level. According to Mr.
Dutton's observations even the U.S. Air Force is changing its attitude by
holding that the controversial book by Lt. Col. L. J. Tucker is a private
matter, not necessarily expressing the official views of the Air Force.
In the area of public acceptance of a superior cosmic
civilization Mr. Dutton notes the increased use of audio-visual instruction,
influencing children, teen-alters and young adults. Not only do
"comics" offer space strips, but toys include Martian dolls, moon
vehicles, space suits, etc., and television and movies present such features as
"Outer Limits," "Worlds in Collision" and "The Day the
Earth Stood Still."
Indeed, it appears that the whole UFO subject, including
actual records, has been borrowed for publicity purposes. Has not all this
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been clone for a certain reason or for certain subtle aims
to be achieved ?"
Mr. Dutton further notes that various reviews and serious magazines
are offering more and more articles dealing with extra-terrestrial biology,
intra-cosmic communications, and that studies such as Telepathy, ESP and the
Fourth Dimension are today read and understood by a large section of the
general public. The effects of this subtle education are already being felt.
Recent frequent sighting reports from all over the world "have caused hardly
a ripple of surprise or concern among the public. Lecturers on the subject can
confront attentive and interested audiences without fear of provocation and
ridicule. Flying saucers are discussed among scientists on an open-minded
level. Astronomical societies sponsor conferences and symposia on this
subject-which they would not have dared to do five years ago."
"Telepathic communication between saucer-crew and contactees,
anti-gravity propulsion, speeds possibly higher than light, human life spans of
around one thousand years, and many other once fantastic speculations become
tolerable to our minds." With acceptance of such concepts, consciously and
unconsciously, man will achieve a complete change in his present views of life
and the universe, and be prepared to face the truth without the reaction which
our leaders have so much feared.
"As for flying saucers - they will survive the period
of skepticism and ridicule just as successfully as submarines, aeroplanes,
radio, television and orbiting satellites."
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The following letter was received at Understanding
Headquarters from, Penang, Malaysia. We hope that
there will be some among our reader's who will correspond with Miss Wong and
send to her the material that she has requested
"With the good work of your organization, I hope you
will help me to find a girl of my age whose hobby is stamp-collecting. And
another interest I have taken up recently is the collecting of materials of the
late President Kennedy. I wish to have magazine
paper cuttings, present news about his family and, if
possible, photos. As you know I admire President John Kennedy so much that I
intend to gather all materials in memory of him, all up to date. And I am so
anxious to know what is happening to Jackie Kennedy now. As you know our local
papers seldom reports about them.
"Before going further, I wish to say something of
myself. I am a Malaysian-Chinese girl of 23 years. At. present, I am working as
a typist. I hope you will not fail to do the this favor of supplying me the
information. In return anything you wish to know of Malaysia, don't hesitate to
- Miss Rosalind Wong
16, Kajang Rd., Penan-, Malaysia
By corresponding with our friends in other countries of
our planet, we do our share to spread understanding and peace. We also are very
interested in sharing replies from foreign correspondents with our readers.
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Acting upon the suggestion in the October issue of
Understanding, to consider "what questions would I ask a Space Being when
contacted?" the Merlin Understanding Discussion Group took such a quiz.
Understandably the questions varied with the individual
asking, but an interesting and comprehensive area was covered, from the
strictly personal, "Can you cure baldness?" to the universal.
"What is your basic understanding of the consciousness that gives life to
the entire universe?"
Questions included the obvious of "Who are you? Front
where? Why are you visiting earth"' to "How long have you been trying
to reach us?" and "How can we identify you among earth people?"
Queries as to the future were included such as "Will
we of earth be able to travel as you do, and how soon? Will we destroy ourselves
by wars? How long before our governments release true information on Space
Ships? and Will you land en masse on earth soon?" Questions on the nature
of life in other worlds covered such broad
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subjects as "What is the nature of your religions
philosophy? What type of educational system do You have? Is yours communal
life? Is work assigned?
Asking for guidance for earth people resulted in questions
such as "Can you really Help us solve our problems? Will you teach us the
religion of the universe? What can we do that would be of assistance to you? and
flow can we learn to live in peace on earth?"
There were also questions as to the nature of the
spacecraft and a few asked for a ride to another world.
Considering the multitude and variety of questions posed
by the group it was concluded that a very wise space being would be needed to
answer them fully to cur satisfaction!
Now-turn the table-you are an astronaut, landing on
another planet.. You are being asked like questions. Are yon ready with the answers
concerning life on earth
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It was said on television recently that what we need is a
new religion. It seems to me that what we need is a new understanding of the
religion we already have, and have always had, although it has had many names.
We talk proudly of our freedom of religion in America, but we really have
little freedom in religion.
We have inherited so many dogmas and prejudices from our
ancestors from the days when to interpret anything otherwise than as put out by
Mother Church was to run the imminent risk of being barbecued alive in the town
square, that much of the vital teaching of Christianity has been overlooked or
lost. When Christ Jesus said "Other sheep have I which are not of this
fold" it was meant to include, at that time, the Gentiles, and has lately
been enlarged, somewhat reluctantly, to include almost all of humanity. May it
not also include the inhabitants of outer planets and other less physical
worlds? Alan stubbornly refuses to give up the idea that Earth man is tops, the
supreme manifestation of the Deity's power, but a "little lower than the
angels" in which most people no longer believe anyway.
Is it not logical to suppose that other planets, some
older than earth, some younger perhaps, may have developed civilizations,
superior to ours in the first, perhaps inferior in the second?
Many people seem to think of the future achievements of
mankind in terms of physical space travel, but it seems to me that the great
change-over, becoming evident today as the New Age approaches, will not be so
much in physical things as in thinking, in a new understanding of God, Man and
Nature. Logic may supersede blind faith.
One of the indications of New Age attitudes seems to be
indicated in the number of "miracles" in healing which are taking
place to-day, many of which cannot be explained nor denied as they are self-evident,
lasting, rather than the effect of hypnosis, hysteria or hallucination.
There are, of course, no "miracles," only a superior knowledge of the
laws of Nature, a knowledge held by Jesus and many great saints and sages.
Christ Jesus said, "The Things I do ye shall also do, and greater than
these." It is evident that this knowledge and its attendant power to heal
has not been attained by study in this life, nor are all those who have it holy
Therefore, it must come from past knowledge, stored and
merited in the soul, which leads to the theory of Cause and Effect-the long
chain of lives and experiences which develops a soul and explains infant. prodigies
especially. It is a pity that so much nonsense has been written about
reincarnation for it is a fundamental truth which will eventually have a
tremendous effect upon the thinking and con-sequent actions of people.
These teachings of the Ageless Wisdom seem to be coming to
the fore today, straws perhaps in the wind of understanding that will blow away
most of the fear and hatred and wars of our times. It is an ideal toward which
to work and hope!
- Raquel de S. Marshall
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The Understanding family is happy to welcome to its fold
Unit 68 of Santa Barbara, California. The charter presentation was made by our
Executive Vice-President. Col. Authur J. Burks to a very dedicated new group.
Rev. Violet Gilbert (133 So Salinas, Santa Barbara) is the
President; Benjamin Flottter, Vice-President; Montford W. Smith, Secretary, and
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On Saturday, November 27th, at 8 P.M. the Inglewood Unit 15 will present Mr. C. A. Honey of Santa Ana, a space research engineer for
Hughes Aircraft Co., and an UFO investigator, who will speak on the topic:
Visitors From Outer Space, Then and Now. This will be an illustrated slide
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Stamps and Surplus Food
In a note of appreciation from the Washington-Northern
Idaho Council of Churches (2005 Fifth Ave., Seattle 1, Wash.) for packets of
foreign and U. S. Commemorative stamps mailed them from Headquarters at Merlin
we learned these interesting facts.
"During the first seven months of this year (to
August) we sent Church World Service checks totaling $6006.12 - enough to
deliver 9000 tons of U.S. Government Surplus Food to needy families and
orphanages overseas: Each dollar delivers over 300 pounds. During 1964 we sent
a total of $8741.65 - enough to deliver 1311 tons of food."
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