For March, 1970
EFFLUENT SOCIETY .......................................................................................... 2
TOWARDS A BETTER WORLD .................................................................................. 3
THE VILLA JONES CONVERSATION CLUB .......................................................... 5
UNDERSTANDING, INC. .............................................................................................. 7
THE WAY IT HAD TO BE .............................................................................................. 8
world report ........................................................................................................... 10
UFOS INTERNATIONAL ............................................................................................... 13
THE SPIRIT AND THE SOUL ...................................................................................... 14
bulletin board ........................................................................................................ 16
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EDITOR .......................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
asst. editor ............................................................................ kerttu
circulation manager ........................................................... edna
staff artist ................................................................................... gus
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VOLUME XV MARCH, 1970 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
Twenty years ago, a rather knowledgeable gentlemen named
Alan made the following observation: "The advanced races of the planet
Earth are now busily engaged in polluting their atmosphere, their water and
their land surface at a rate that will, within a few generations, render their
planet totally unfit for habitation by any except the simplest of life
forms." Now, a generation later, earthman is belatedly awakening to the
deadly seriousness of his predicament. Every newspaper now features articles
discussing the problems of pollution and a few of the proposed remedies.
Unfortunately, the fact that man is becoming aware of the inevitable results of
his negligence, does not guarantee that any substantial changes will be made.
As Alan also said twenty years ago, "Each man is looking to his neighbor
or to his government, to find remedies that will not cost too much, and will
not inconvenience anyone. Meanwhile they march en masse toward a common grave,
each man still insisting that his fate is the result of other's
negligence." The abatement and the prevention of environmental pollution presents
no difficult technological problems. The great, and perhaps insuperable
obstacles are those of long established human habit, human apathy toward the
future, and human reluctance
to spend money or exert effort for the benefit and the
welfare of the next generation.
Through our staggering national debt and the constant
deficit spending of virtually every governmental agency, we have succeeded in
saddling our descendants with our debts, unto the third and fourth generation.
The moot question is, "Are we willing to make the effort necessary to
assure that there can be a third and fourth generation?"
We have seen our planet as it appears from the moon: a
small spheroid, coasting eternally through open space, with a closed system
ecology capable of maintaining living organisms upon its surface. If it is to
continue to be a suitable habitat for the genus Homo, we will have to unlearn
many of our longstanding habits, and be prepared to make substantial
investments in the future. To assure the continued existence of mankind on the
planet will cost considerably more than the one billion per year proposed by
President Nixon. It may in fact eventually require the expenditure of as much
as one fifth of the effort and the money which we are now devoting to the war
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In a world in which rapid change in knowledge and
technology has produced personal and social unrest, it is well to consider
solutions offered to promote a more peaceful, meaningful and fulfilling life
pattern for all.
In a new publication-The Mother Earth News-is offered a
series of proposals for a better world as envisioned by a group of today's
young people. You may not agree with all concepts but read with an open,
understanding mind. It is predicted that in a very few years half the national
population will be 26 and under. In the next ten years many of today's
dissenters will be in positions of responsibility both in government and
industry. That which is talk today could become fact tomorrow!
Highlights from the article, "Four Changes," by
Garry Snyder, follow.
Population: There are already too many human
beings. Because population is increasing rapidly, the situation is disastrous,
not only for man himself, but for most other life forms.
The goal proposed is a world population half or less than
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number. The suggested action includes legalized abortion,
sterilization, removal of income tax deductions for more than two children to
encourage the smaller family. Another suggestion is that of group marriages
with a sharing and adoption of children so that all may enjoy the basic human
experience of child care, joy and responsibility.
Pollution: During the past century the human race
has allowed its production and dissemination of wastes, by-products and chemical
substances to become excessive. The total ecology of the planet is threatened
as is the environment of man.
The action proposed for clean air and water includes
legislation to control pesticide use; strong individual and industrial
penalties for contamination of the atmosphere and waters; phasing out of
petroleum as a fuel with explorations of such non-polluting substitutes as
solar power; elimination of all chemical and biological warfare research;
encouragement of bio-degradable substances; sanctions against wasteful use of
paper; and the recycling of all wastes.
Among the personal recommendations is the sharing of rides
to reduce air pollution. "Also-as a step toward the new world-walk more:
look for the best route through the beautiful countryside for long-distance
walking trips." Further suggested are the following: avoid purchase of
wasteful Sunday papers which not only use up trees but contribute to solid
waste; organize park and street cleanup festivals; learn to live with insects
and wild creatures, sharing farm produce with them, thus eliminating
"In the realm of thought, inner experience,
consciousness, as in the outward realm of interconnection, there is a
difference between a balanced cycle and the excess which cannot be handled.
When the balance is right, the mind recycles from highest illumination to the
stillness of dreamless sleep: the alchemical transmutation."
Consumption: Consumption too is concerned with
balances. Man has developed a total dependence upon certain resources (i.e.,
fossil fuels, bird feathers, furs) which effect the balance of nature.
To regulate the "growing economy" which is
considered a "cancer" it is proposed that responsible controlled
production be the goal, with open spaces, soil banks, the protection of wild
life in its natural habitat as the aims.
To eliminate wasteful duplication it is suggested that
communal life with common usage of large tools is a solution. To break man's
habit of too many unnecessary possessions the practice of
handcrafts in shoes and clothing is advocated, with the admonition that no
animal be killed unless every part of it is used for some purpose.
Interestingly, the warning is given against becoming self-righteous about the
lack of things. "Simplicity is life, carefree, neat and loving-not a
self-punishing ascetic trip."
Transformation: Man's unbalance in relation to
himself and nature has resulted in the threat of non-survival. A total
transformation in his thinking and actions is required.
The proposals include: a healthy, specious population, far
fewer than today; cultural and individual pluralism, the division of people by
natural and cultural, rather than political, boundaries; a technology of
communication and quiet transportation; careful, intensive agricultural
programs; and "computer technicians who run the plant part of the year and
walk along with the Elk in their migration during the rest. . ."
Encouraged is "exploration and challenge in things like healing songs,
flute-playing, meditation, mathematics, mountaineering, and all the other
possible ways of authentic being in the world."
Our community: The goals for the community envision
new schools, new classes, walking in the woods and cleaning up the streets. The
children are to be brought up with natural things and with a taste for the
wild. "Let some groups establish themselves in backwater rural areas and
flourish, let others maintain themselves in urban centers, and let them walk
together, a two-way flow of experience, people, money and home-gown vegetables.
Investigating new life styles is our work-as is the exploration of Ways to
change one's inner world-with the known dangers of crashing that go with such.
The article concludes thus: "Our own heads is where
it starts. Knowing that we are the first human beings in history to have all of
man's cultures and previous experiences available to our study, and being free
enough of the weight of traditional cultures to seek out a larger entity ...
gives us a fair chance to penetrate into some of the riddles of ourselves and
the universe, and to go beyond the idea of `man's survival' or `the survival of
the biosphere,' and to draw our strength from the realization that at the heart
of things is some kind of serene and ecstatic process which is actually beyond
qualities and beyond birth and death..."
(For a copy of The Mother Earth News send One
dollar to: Box 38, Madison, Ohio, 44057.
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by Cisco Drake
This article, by Cisco Drake of Mexico City, is particularly
interesting in relation to the Discussion Groups of many Understanding Units,
which "Examine All Things" in an atmosphere of friendly sociability
and sharing, with the resulting growth into a "better understanding among
all peoples of earth, and of those not of earth."
Do you know what is man's number one problem on earth?
Recently, at an international convention of service
organizations, held in London, each delegate was asked what made people suffer
the most in their particular country. The answer: Loneliness is the
world's biggest problem in every country, and Mexico is no exception.
In Mexico City, Ingeborg and Robert Jones have set a fine
example on how to conquer this loneliness by way of reviving the lost
art of conversation. They came to Mexico in 1954 and opened up a Conversation
Club in their rented home. They invited a lecturer to come give a talk at their
home in English, and then passed the word around. Lonely Canadians, Britishers
and Americans living in Mexico rushed to the call just to hear English spoken
once again, and to meet other English speaking people like themselves. Thus was
started the Villa Jones Conversation Club of Mexico City.
The door was open also to Mexican citizens who wanted to
learn to speak English by hearing it spoken, and who wanted to express
themselves in English to test the value of their language classes.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones have had as lecturers experts from
every possible field-Astronomy to Zoology, both local persons as well as any
international experts visiting in Mexico. And, personally, they are having as
good a tine as anyone you can imagine, retired though they are.
The idea of the Conversation Club was, and continues to
be, such a huge success for many reasons. Whatever your particular interest may
be you can always meet other people who have like interests to yours. At the
same time new interests are cultivated, which makes life more exciting. And,
everyone feels important by, in turn, being an influence on other people.
A Conversation Club, such as Villa Jones, provides
great inner joy, peace of mind, a new lease on life to everyone connected with
it because it restores faith in human nature and in one's self. Everyone is
and tired of violence on television, degenerate movies,
frightening newspaper headlines, shouting radio commercials, the rat race. But,
in a conversation club the human contacts bring out the humanism that we all
need so badly. A friendly, non-hostile environment is provided in the Club
which fills the human need of contact with others.
The Conversation Club is many wonderful things put
together. One of these is adult education. An adult might have harbored a
secret, heart-felt feeling of "Someday I am going to educate myself."
Listening to the many lecturers, on such a wide variety of subjects, and to the
opinions of so many different people is, in itself, a very broadening form of
The friendly, yet easy going non-pressure conversation
club is the best place for any person to break the ice of shyness, self-doubt
and complexes, rather than being thrown cold, head first, into a strange
situation where conversation is required of a non-communicative person. At the Villa
Jones Conversation Club everyone learns to carry on a conversation without
embarrassment, by getting into it slowly. Before the members know it, they can
talk and realize what a fine personality they had all the time, which just
needed to be brought to the surface.
There is no more rewarding feeling than being able to
bring happiness to others. Because they have done just that, the Jones, in
their retirement, have become important people in the community and are
invited, all year long, to attend receptions and dinners given in honor of
distinguished local and international visiting scholars, artists, intellectuals
and cultural leaders.
Ingeborg and Robert Jones have proven, with their weekly
meetings, special seminars and excursions, that a Conversation Club can work
wonders for the lonely. We hope that other retired people, all over the world,
will follow the example of the Jones, to fill personal and community needs. A
Conversation Club can be the springboard to friendship, adventure and
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Dear is my friend-yet from my foe, as from my friend,
comes good; My friend shows what I can do, and my foe what I should.
-Friedrich Von Schillar
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The Daily Courier of Grants Pass, Ore., on December 26, 1969, carried an article by Harold S. Katchina about Understanding, Inc. It
was entitled: "Understanding, Inc.: We Don't Sit Around Watching
Saucers," and included a picture of Dr. Daniel W. Fry as well as a picture
of the new International Cultural Center of Understanding. The article has
since then been released to the UPI news service and may have appeared in your
local paper also. For those who may have missed it, we quote, in part, for it
is much too long to give in its entirety here.
Take a quietly-operated organization with a name like
Understanding, Inc., give it a president who at one time has written that he
rode in a UFO and spoke with and has been visited by a "person not born on
this planet," locate it in the small Southern Oregon town of Merlin (to
conjure up images of the magician of King Arthur's court) and you have the
basis for a lot of misunderstanding.
The lack of knowledge about the organization brings
descriptions ranging from a far-out peace group to a mystic society to "a
bunch of nuts sitting on the hill out there waiting for a flying saucer to
Nothing could be further from the truth, laments the
world-wide organization's president, Dr. Daniel W. Fry, 61.
The group is not mystic, he says, and is not a flying
saucer watching organization, although some members hold definite beliefs and
interests in both areas.
Understanding, Inc., which is a non-profit, tax exempt
corporation, works on the principle that there is nothing that members are
required to believe or accept or do, Dr. Fry said.
"A person is perfectly free and is encouraged to
examine all aspects of life, all philosophies, with the idea of picking out
what's best for his particular use. There isn't anything we require or even
urge anyone to accept."
Dr. Fry said that membership ranges from Protestants to
Catholics to "about 10 good Zen Buddhists."
Most of the misunderstanding, Dr. Fry thinks, comes from
people who know nothing of the organization and its works and base their
description or ideas on statements of individual members. Understanding, Inc.,
is a peace-seeking organization, Dr. Fry confirmed,
but not the hippie, SDS or radical type which goes around
screaming "Peace now, get out of Vietnam," etc.
The organization, which has 77 chapters in most of the
state's counties, plus many members-at-large, quietly seeks peace through
understanding, he said, giving the thesis of the group this way
"Peace cannot successfully be reached by any direct
approach; it is simply an automatic by-product of complete understanding between
man and his fellow man, between, government and government and between all men
and that greater power and intelligence which pervades all nature and which we
usually refer to as God.
"The principal efforts of the organization are
therefore directed toward the search for basic points or areas of mutual
agreement throughout the world which may serve as seeds for the growth of
In other words, if people learn to understand one another,
that understanding can lead to understanding of problems and frictions, then
that understanding can lead to solving them, or peace.
(Reprints have been made of the full article, including
pictures, and are available at 5 cents a copy, to defray printing costs, plus a
self-addressed, stamped envelope. Mail your requests to our Merlin address,
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(As a volunteer working with refugees in Central Vietnam
one of their characteristics that most impressed me was their fatalism.-P.M.)
The house was dark, the weather-warped shutters closed as
tightly as possible. A black shadow crept soundlessly across the cement floor.
The torn and dirty curtain hanging unevenly in the doorway stirred limply emitting
a brief flicker of dull light. A stifled sobbing came from a small room right
inside the door.
She was behind the curtain in the small room lying
prostrate on the bed beside a tiny white bundle. The dim lantern sitting at the
head of the bed cast pernicious darts of light over the untidy room. She sat up
suddenly, her long black hair tumbling down her back onto the bed, tears swimming
in the dark hollows of her large grief-softened eyes. "Who told you to
come?" She spoke quietly.
Tremblingly she uncovered the body of her baby fingering
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hands and feet tenderly, then touching her lips lightly on
the sunken cheek.
"I did everything I could, but he died in my arms
last night." The memory seemed almost too much for her.
"I took my child to every medicine man in town, but
they all wrote out prescriptions for expensive medicines and sent me home again
saying that all babies born early were hard to take care of. I bought what I
could with the little money I had, but most of the medicine is sitting in that
box still unused." She nodded in the direction of a. sagging cardboard box
sitting in the far corner of the room.
"My mother said I must have a charm for my baby to
wear-merely a piece of material with a few bits of cheap herb in it, but they
wanted me to pay five thousand piasters. I didn't have the money, so two nights
ago my husband borrowed money and spent the night gambling. He won enough money
to buy the amulet, but now my baby is dead and the charm cannot ever be used
again." She buried her face against the cracked whitewashed wall and wept
"It had to be this way. I knew it from the day my
child was born. You see, he was born two months early on the fifteenth day of
the seventh month. Any child born in the seventh month will die.
"My baby also died on an ill-starred day, so we
cannot bury him until tomorrow. Today is the first day of the month, a day when
all of the spirits of the dead are released to wander around. If I bury my
child today, his spirit would not descend into the earth but would always
wander above the ground. We must wait until tomorrow. I can be with my child
another night yet."
She stopped talking briefly and shuttered convulsively,
her eyes filling with fatalistic gloom.
"I was sitting here holding my crying baby last night
and a black cat suddenly appeared at the doorway there. I had never seen it
before and didn't know where it carne from. But I knew why it had come, and I
screamed out that my child was going to die.
"My baby had cried three clays and nights straight.
All I could do was sit up and hold him. But last night I fell asleep with my
child in my arms. Very strange it was. I got awake late and felt perspiration
on my baby's face. I thought he was still alive and went back to sleep, only
to be awakened several hours later by my husband telling me the baby was dead.
"Why didn't I know that my baby was dead when I felt
his cold perspiring face? My uncle says I will never know when a child is
dead-someone will always have to tell me. He read in his book that people born
on the fifth day of the ninth month can never know when a person dies.
"My husband also had dreams. He kept dreaming that
the smallest string on his guitar was broken. He didn't recall the dreams until
after the baby died, then he remembered that he had dreamed that same dream
over and over again."
She stared emptily at the dying lantern light, her puffy
eyes unable to comprehend the growing darkness.
"My baby tried hard to live. I could see him
struggling to live just one more day and one more night. But he had no more
strength to eat and hardly enough left to cry. I loved my baby; he was the only
son I had.
"Tonight at 12:00 midnight, I will put my baby in his
small, wooden coffin and will pray to the spirits to allow his small spirit to
descend. Then tomorrow, early in the morning, I will carry him out across the
bridge and bury him beside two of his baby uncles."
Her eyes were dry. She rewound her long hair around her
head. "I did what I could, but it was not enough. This is the way it had
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Meteorite May Have Been from Mars
Southwest Times Record, Ft. Smith, Ark., Jan. 13, 1970
(AP)-The meteorite that illuminated skies over Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma
on Jan. 3 may have been from Mars' orbit, a spokesman for the Smithsonian
Institute said Monday.
The meteorite was found last Friday near Lost City, in
north eastern Oklahoma, and was shipped to the Smithsonian for expert study. It
weighed 22 pounds.
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George Berklacy, press officer for the Smithsonian, said
the meteorite was photographed in flight, the first time that had happened in
the United States. The only other known instance was in 1955 in Czechoslovakia,
Berklacy said it normally takes months or years to locate
a meteorite, but this one was found sooner by tracing its trajectory from the
The discovery of the meteorite so soon after it landed
will enable scientists to learn more of its origin than would normally be
possible, the Smithsonian spokesman said. He added that preliminary findings
indicated it came from Mars' orbit.
Airport Picture Poses Puzzle
Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock, Arkansas,
Jan. 25, 1970
Last summer an Oakland, Calif., woman took a picture of a
small jet plane that had landed at the Marion County Airport near Flippen, Ark.
When the color prints were returned by Kodak to Miss
Vivian Kocher, she noticed an unusual blur in the upper right-hand portion of
She sent the print to her brother-in-law, Lawrence
Willett, remarking jokingly in an accompanying letter that maybe she had
inadvertently snapped a photograph of a UFO.
Willett, manager of the Flippin airport, didn't consider
it a joke. He had been interested in the possibility of UFO's for many years.
Fighting back a fear that he might be called a; "nut," he sent a
9-by-10-inch copy of the color print to the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization,
Inc., a non-profit organization in Tucson, Ariz.
Kodak, upon request from Miss Kocher, had already
confirmed that there were no flaws in the film.
Richard Greenwell, assistant director of Aerial Phenomena
Research, wrote Willett on Jan. 8 that the picture had been examined and that
their preliminary finding was that "you have actually photographed an
unidentifiable object in the sky."
Greenwell wrote that the object was probably between a
half and 2 miles from the plane.
"The object is therefore quite large, ruling out the
possibility of hoax."
He said the object appeared to be between 80 and 320 feet
The picture is being studied further by the organization
with the assistance of Dr. Ray Frieden, an associate professor of optical
sciences at the University of Arizona at Tucson, and by Dr. William K. Hartmann
of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona.
Religious Experience Data
Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Jan. 8, 1970
LONDON (UPI)-Prof. Sir Alister Hardy believes large
numbers of people have felt some power beyond themselves which has influenced
their lives and it is time there was an attempt to study scientifically
"what they can tell us about it."
Sir Alister told the Royal Institution in a lecture that
he is not at present studying the more ecstatic or mystical religious states
but what sociologist Beatrice Webb once described as being "in communion
with a superhuman force which makes for righteousness."
He told his audience at the Royal Institution that he
hoped large numbers of people would send him a simple statement if they ever
had the feeling of being in contact with some power beyond themselves, whether
they call it God or not. "What I'd like," said Sir Alister, "is
a brief account of their experience and how it has affected their lives, giving
details of age, sex, nationality, religious upbringing and other relevant
factors-sent to me at Manchester College in Oxford.
Morning Star, Indianapolis, Ind., Dec. 28, 1969
Boston-A plea for preservation from destruction of secret
Air Force records on unidentified flying objects, compiled over the last 22
years, was made here yesterday by astronomers, physicists and social scientists
taking part in a symposium on the subject.
The appeal was spelled out on their behalf by Dr. Thornton
Page, chief organizer of the meeting and director of the Van Vleck Observatory
at Wesleyan University at Middleton, Conn. Page is currently working as
visiting scientist at the Manned Spacecraft Center near Houston, Tex.
He reported that, according to Air Force sources, the
unclassified files compiled by the Air Force's Project Blue Book are to be
transferred to archives at Maxwell Air Force Base near Montgomery, Ala. Project
Blue Book, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force
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Base near Dayton, Ohio, has been responsible for
investigating UFO reports.
On Dec. 17, Dr. Robert C. Seamans Jr. announced that it
was being terminated. It could no longer be justified, he said, "either on
the ground of national security or in the interest of science."
According to Page, the Air Force has revealed no plans for
preservation of secret files of Project Blue Book. These, he said, contain
reports by Air Force personnel that have not been adequately explained, as well
as episodes involving secret military projects.
He and other participants in the meeting expressed fear
that these records are to be burned. It was proposed that they could be helpful
in understanding future sightings and the physical-or psychological phenomena
responsible for them.
The two-day symposium on UFOs, which ended here last
evening, was held as part of the annual meeting of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science after two years of emotionally-charged debate. It
had originally been scheduled for last year's annual meeting, but was postponed
because of the furor.
The need, according to Dr. Phillip Morrison, professor of
physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is for a link-by-link
chain of unambiguous evidence to establish the nature of a UFO.
Technology Outstretches Brain
Tom Ferschweiler, Staff Writer, The Oregon
Journal, Portland, 1/7/'70
FOREST GROVE (Ore.)-The human brain can't keep pace with
the world it has created.
So believes Frank Thorn, associate professor of physiology
at Pacific University. He is conducting a course in psychobiology, an area
dealing with behavior and the physical structure of the brain.
According to Dr. Thorn, the brain is essentially the same as
it was 3,000 years ago when man was operating in a world considerably less
complex than that of 1970. He theorizes that the brain has been evolving for
tens of thousands of years but has experienced little appreciable change since
the beginning of recorded history.
He goes on to suggest that the brain, primitive though it
may have been, was nevertheless able to cope with anything the world could dish
out until about 1960.
But, came the 1960s, the world's thinking machines began
knowledge at a rate that the venerable, conventional
cerebellum couldn't handle.
He thinks "factual overloading" is a major
factor in the student rebellion occurring across the United States.
Dr. Thorn believes the human brain has practically
unlimited capacity for handling information, if the information is presented
properly. Methods of presentation include "programmed instruction" in
which the student must work with an electronic teaching machine. He manipulates
the machine to indicate personal understanding of the subject as contrasted to
the practice of sitting and listening to a lecture.
Man wasn't designed for interminable listening, he
insists. Man is a creature who learns by doing.
He goes on to assert, "The human brain has so many
cells and inter-connections that we haven't even begun to test its true
capacity for information handling. Our problem is that our present systems so
overload the brain that it falls far short of its true potential."
May Have Located Noah's Ark
Daily Courier, Grants Pass, Ore., Jan. 7, 1970
LOS ANGELES (UPI)-A group of explorers and scientists have
announced they will attempt to uncover an "artifact" enclosed in a
massive pack of glacial ice on Mt. Ararat, Turkey, that may be the biblical
Noah's Ark. Among the party is Fernand Navarra, who first chopped a five-foot
long, hand-hewn piece of timber from the stationary ice pack high up the
mountain in 1955. Carbon tests dated the section at from 4,000 to 5,000 years
of age. The group said it hopes to definitely locate and expose the artifact
they believe could be the biblical ark.
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"Panorama," publication of U.F.O.P.I.A., Australia,
published in its Sept.-Oct. 1969 issue an article-$200,000 Plan to Seek UFOs - from
the Sun Herald of Sydney, Australia. The article reads:
A Sydney astronomer says Australia should spend $200,000
looking for unidentified objects. He is Dr. D. Herbison Evans, a bearded 32
year old Oxford University Physicist at the Sydney University.
After analyzing the UFO report compiled at the University
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Colorado, Dr. Evans said: "The book shows there is
evidence that extra-terrestrial visitors have been here. If this is true then
it is of stupendous importance. The evidence justifies a deeper look, in a
scientific way, not just involving a collection of reports from people who have
Dr. Herbison Evans said there were two ways Australia
could conduct this research and each required the use of field cameras snapping
pictures of the sky every 30 seconds or so day and night. Scientists have done
this already to record meteors and the aurora.
The cameras should be concentrated in areas which records
suggested were probable places for UFO sightings, or a much larger number could
be distributed at random throughout Australia or NSW.
"If you distributed 2000 cameras costing about $100
each far enough apart, you would have a good chance of a sighting in a
year," he said. "The possibility of extra-terrestrial visitors is
fantastic to think about. If proven it would change our whole way of life, our
religions and philosophy. The University of Colorado report ... has shown that
it is worth going on with."
(From John Snow, editor of Oasis magazine,
Farnborough, Englandcomes this report. Date line "The Times," August 7, 1969.
AERIAL OBJECT UNEXPLAINED
An unidentified object was seen glowing in the sky near Carmarthen
last night by a farmer and at least two policemen.
The farmer, Mr. John Moffat-Bailey, aged 42, saw the
object from Ewarallt Farm, Llansynybb, about five miles outside Carmarthen. Mr.
Moffat-Bailey, a former radar technician in the R.A.F., said he was repairing
his television aerial when he saw a bright, spheroid object which appeared to
have some sort of undercarriage. It was varying its height from about 5,000 to 20,000ft.
He watched it through binoculars, and at one time heard
"a peculiar buzzing-whistling sound."
The object was also seen by Mr. Moffat-Bailey's wife, and
Mr. Moffat-Bailey called the police and a constable on a
motorcycle was sent from Ammanford.
An officer at the Ammanford Division of the
Cardiganshire Constabulary said: "One of our men saw
the thing from here. It appeared to be silver, and stationary."
Mr. Moffat-Bailey watched the object for an hour and
three-quarters. One of the constables confirmed that it suddenly vanished.
The R.A.F. and the Ministry of Defense could offer no
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People usually confuse the Spirit and the Soul. I may even
add that the word Spirit is more than vaguely understood. Yet, the Soul, the
"immortal soul," as they put it, can die. Christ often spoke of those
who "lose their soul," but He insisted upon the fact that those who
"sin against the Spirit, the Holy Spirit are doomed."
The Spirit of Childhood, the Spirit of Poverty, the Spirit
of Simplicity, Humility, Charity, the Spirit of Hope are Supernatural because
they are from the realm of God's graces. The Spirit is God: The soul may be
spiritual, not Supernatural. The soul is spiritual when it is fed by the
Spirit. The Soul is doomed when it loses all contact with the Spirit.
The Spirit is immortal, for the Spirit is God. The soul is
lost when the Spirit gives it up, and it gives it up when Love is completely,
incurably dead. Self-righteous love is not Love. If I love you because you are
like me, I love nobody but myself, and if you are different from me, I shall
hate you, become a sadistic persecutor. We have not invented Love. It has its
Order, it has its Law. Thus, I should never try to be "like you." I
must try to "be you," and all your sufferings and griefs will be my
sufferings and griefs, and such is the Spirit of Love and Compassion. And, if I
become you, my ego (which isolates me from you) must die in order to be born
again in the universal sigh.
"It is by giving that we receive," said Saint
Francis, "it is by pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is by dying that
we resuscitate for everlasting life." "By dying" means mostly,
of course, the death of the ego.
Our soul's hopes may also have little to do with the
"Spirit of Hope." The prayer of our soul may have nothing to do with
the "Spirit of Prayer." Our soul's prayer, our soul's hope are often
sentimental and selfish. The "Spirit of Prayer," the "Spirit of
Hope" shall never betray us if they will the Will of God.
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The soul is lost when the Spirit is' disowned for the sake
of our self-righteousness.
The Spirit gives up the soul (in spite of the infinite
Mercy of God) when we are absolutely dehumanized by our own sense of what is
"good." The Saints are not "sublime." They are the most
human of human beings. And to be human is to bear the Cross of all races and
creeds. To be human is to love and pity like Jesus Christ pitied and loved. To
be human is to accept crucifixion for the sins of the whole world.
Thomas Merton said that Adam was in contact with God. He
was not, therefore, the giver but the receiver of Life. Adam was a soul, an
eternal soul, since God was his loving Father. But the moment Adam's
transgression broke his communion with God, death became our common lot, and
little do we realize that we are the victims of the most dreadful disaster.
Then came Christ, the second Adam. Christ was not the
receiver of Life. He was the Giver of Life. He was the Source of the
"Living Water." Christmas the Spirit. He was not the Soul. We may
save our soul by receiving on our chapped lips at least a drop of "Living
Water" that has not been refused to the Samaritan woman.
- Georges Agadjian (Professor,
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Donations Still Needed
As we thank all who have sent donations to Understanding,
Inc. towards furnishing and equipping the International Cultural Center we must
add that hundreds of dollars are still needed before all will be in readiness
for the June 19-21 Dedication and Convention.
Mrs. Wilma Thompson, who made the Center a reality, and
those in Merlin who have given of time, materials and money would be happy to
receive financial support from those too far to contribute otherwise.
Volunteers here will be called upon to give the building its second coat of
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June Dedication and Convention
The formal dedication ceremonies for the International
Cultural Center of Understanding will be held on Friday, June 19th. Everyone is
Registrations will also be taken on the 19th for the
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day Understanding Convention. Announcement of speakers and
the registration fee for the Convention dates of June 20 and 21 will be made at
a later date.
Jack Schwarz and the "Alethia" group will
continue the Convention for another three days-June 22, 23 and 24.
For Our Canadian Friends
Miss Marianne Francis, Dr. Sp., Sc., Director of the Solar
Light Retreat, will lecture at the Paul Sauve Arena, Montreal, Canada Friday,
April 10th. Lecture title: "Starcraft Contact."
Miss Francis, lecturer, writer and telepathic contactee,
has received much material through Telethought beam from the Space people over
the last twelve years.
Mrs. Madeline Rodecer of Maryland will also take part in
the program, showing a short movie film of Flying Saucers.
Tickets will be on sale at the Arena after February 10th.
UFO Booklets from England
From Anthony Brooke of the Universal Foundation have come
two small but very interesting booklets on UFOs and Space.
One-Some Facts About Space-is a series of reasoned
statements supporting the reality of the UFOs. The other-Some Implications
of the Space Ships and the Space Command---is a transcript of a lecture by
Silas Newton, geologist, geophysicist and magnetic scientist. Mr. Newton's
personal sightings of UFOs led to extensive research, particularly as to space
Copies of these booklets may be had from: The Universal
Foundation, 71 Princes House, Kensington Park Road, London W 11, England. A
donation to cover costs would be appeciated by the foundation.
Inglewood Unit 15
Lee and Barbara Yates, recent officers of the
Understanding Unit 15 of Inglewood, California were interviewed by the local
News-Advertiser Press. The article by Tony Kiss was entitled: UFO Expert Views
Changing Attitudes. It presented fairly the views of Mr. and Mrs. Yates and
members of the Understanding group. The article also mentioned the areas of
astrology, ESP, astral projection, and expansions of consciousness. This seems
indicative of public acceptance,
rather than former ridicule, of new areas of study of
"the essence of existence."
The Father's House
The year 1969 saw the beginning of an excellent new
publication in the religious and esoteric fields. "The Father's
House," is a full sized magazine of 32 pages containing many interesting
articles and pictures. It is published quarterly, on a donation basis, by our
friend Brother Francis.
If you wish to receive this magazine drop a card to Ralph
F. Raymond, 1422 Harvard St., Santa Monica, Calif. 90404.
San Jose Convention
An ESP Convention is to be held in San Jose, California on
April 4th and 5th at the San Jose Civic Auditorium. The Convention is sponsored
by the Universal Receivers Association, which is directed by Jerome Quintero.
Among the speakers will be Dr. Daniel W. Fry, Gina Cerminara,
Fred Kimball, Francis Dixon, Heather Buckley, Damien Simpson, Dr. Fred Andrews,
and Alexander Everett.
This is the first Convention of this nature for San Jose.
Monthly Lectures in San Francisco
Unit 11 of Understanding, Inc. in San Francisco holds
regular monthly lecture meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the
Metaphysical Town Hall, 345 Mason Strut (off Geary) at 8 p.m.
Write to Understanding Unit 11, P.O. Box 1228, San
Francisco, Cal. if you wish to be put on the mailing list for lecture
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