For May, 1961
ROMANCE OF SPACE ........................................................................................ 2
WHAT IS TRUTH? .......................................................................................................... 9
COUNTRY TO COUNTRY UNDERSTANDING ........................................................ 10
MAGAZINES FOR FRIENDSHIP ................................................................................. 11
EXTRA SENSORY PERCEPTION .............................................................................. 12
LETTER TO THE EDITOR ............................................................................................ 13
WHERE ARE WE GOING? ........................................................................................... 14
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EDITOR ........................................................................................... Dr.
DANIEL W. FRY
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VOLUME VI MAY • 1961 NUMBER
Dedicated to the propagation
of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth, and of those who
are not of earth.
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(Daniel W. Fry, editor of Understanding, is currently
producing a weekly television program entitled "The Romance of
Space." It is being shown on KCDA-TV, Channel 3, in Douglas, Arizona.
Following are the scripts of the third, four and fifth programs in the series,
written by Dr. Fry.)
The Moons of Mars
Last week we discussed the nature of our own solar system,
including the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars. We paused here to give
special consideration to the two moons of Mars. These moons are worthy of
special consideration because they are, in several ways, unique among all of
the known moons in the solar system.
In the year 1726 a writer named Jonathan Swift published a
book called Gulliver’s Travels. The book described a series of adventures which
might be classed as an early form of `science fiction,' except that in several
of the stories statements were made which have since proven to be amazingly
prophetic. In one of these adventures the two moons of Mars are rather
precisely described as to their size, their distance from the planet, and their
periods of revolution. This description was quite remarkable, considering the
fact that at that time Mars was not known to have any moons at all!
It was not until 1877, 151 years later that Professor Asoph
using the 26 inch telescope of the U. S. Naval
Observatory, first saw the two Martian moons, which were subsequently named
Phobos and Deimos.
Phobos is the closer of the two to the planet, revolving
in its orbit at a distance of only 3,700 miles, which is considerably less than
the diameter of Mars. It makes a complete revolution about the Planet every 7
hours, 39 minutes, or more than three times as fast as the parent planet
rotates upon its axis. This fact sets it apart from all other moons in the
solar system, since the only other sattelites which go around the parent planet
faster than the planet itself revolves, are the artificial sattelites which the
scientists of earth have launched into orbit during the last few years.
This realization alone might well raise the suspicion that
Phobos and Deimos are artificial rather than natural moons. There are however,
a number of other factors which tend to reinforce this suspicion, once it has
Phobos has a diameter of less than ten miles, while the
outer moon, Deimos, is even smaller, having a diameter of not more than 5
miles. The fact is that the existence of Phobos as a natural satellite simply
cannot be adequately explained by any presently accepted theory of celestial
mechanics. It is much too small, much too close to the surface, and rotates
much too rapidly. The mathematical probabilities against any theory of natural
origin are millions to one, whereas if we assume an artificial origin we are
able to explain, in detail and with perfect logic all of the observed data.
About two years ago, a Russian astronomer published an
article in which he stated that he was convinced beyond doubt that the moons of
Mars were artificial satellites, placed in orbit many thousands of years ago by
a race of intelligent beings, which he assumed had long since perished because
of gradual loss of air and water from the Planet.
I personally feel that there is a strong possibility that
the astronomer may be correct, except that I see no reason to believe that the
race has necessarily perished. If we assume a race of beings of sufficient
intelligence and engineering ability to span the entire planet with a complex
system of waterways, and with sufficient advanced technology to enable its
people to build and to place in orbit, sattelites having diameters of several
miles, we must also assume that such a race would not tamely submit to
extinction merely because of increasing rigors of environment.
There is one significant fact which we must not overlook.
The animal tends to adapt itself to the conditions of the environment, and any
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which fails to adapt will become extinct, but intelligent
beings tend to adapt their environment to suit themselves, and usually succeed.
Any race with the technological ability which the Martians
have apparently displayed, would be able to chart the rate of loss of air and
water centuries in advance, and would have ample time in which to construct
closed systems which would retain the air and water indefinitely.
The moons of mars, if they actually are artificial sattelites
would be ideal closed systems within which several millions of people could
live comfortably, with plenty of room for the manufacturing and chemical
processes required to produce the necessities, the comforts and the luxuries of
their lives. They would of course, live on the inside of the sattelite rather
than upon the outside as we do on earth. If it seems that two million people
would be crowded in a sphere 10 miles in diameter, remember that such a sphere
contains more than 500 cubic miles of space, and if this space were divided
equally between 2 million people, there would be more than 25 million cubic
feet of space, or about the amount occupied by the Empire State building
available to each person.
If the energy of the sunlight which would fall upon such a
sphere were converted to usable energy with an efficiency ratio of 50%, the
available energy would amount to about 4 billion horse power, or about 2,000 horse
power per person. Which should be ample energy to perform all of the services
which they might require. Of course they might also employ many other energy
If we assume that the moons of Mars are artificial we must
also assume that the race which created them achieved the ability to travel in
space, perhaps thousands of years ago. They may have paid brief visits to our
planet many times in the past but were, perhaps, discouraged from fraternizing
by our obvious barbarity and lack of social development. Many of our early
legends and some our written history seems to indicate that such visits have
At the present time we can only speculate, but within a
comparatively few years we will know the answers, because we are preparing to
go out into space to find out for ourselves.
The course which these efforts have taken in the past, and
the course which they will probably take in the future will be the subject of
our next program. So be with us next Saturday night when we will discuss,
`Rockets, Past, Present and Future.'
The Romance of Space-Program No. 4
The average man of today has the impression that Rocketry
is a relatively new branch of science, and one which stems principally from the
efforts of German scientists, to develop super weapons during the closing years
of the second World War.
This impression arises from the impact which the
successful development of the V2 weapons created in the public consciousness.
For the first time, the public was forcibly made aware of the tremendous
possibilities of the rocket, first as a weapon of war, second as an instrument
of research, and finally as a possible means of escape from the rather irksome
confines of this tiny planet.
The actual origin of the art of Rocket making has been
lost in antiquity. We know that the Chinese amused themselves with skyrockets
during the Tang Dynasty which lasted from 618 A.D. to 907 A.D., and we have
written records of the use of Rockets as military weapons during the Mongol
siege of the City of Kai Fung Fu which occurred in the year 1232 A.D. Thus, the
rocket, even as a military weapon, goes back more than seven hundred years.
Long before the first cannon or rifle was made.
Knowledge of the Chinese `arrows of flying fire' as they
were called, was brought back to Italy by Marco Polo, and several other Italian
adventurers who had traveled in the Orient.
Italy was probably the first European nation to make
rockets. In fact, it was in Italy that the word rocket originated. The first
Italian fire missiles were rather thick in the middle, and tapered at each end,
much like the distaff of a spinning wheel. The Italian word for distaff was rochetta,
and because of the physical resemblance the missiles were given this name. From
Italy, the art of missile making traveled to Germany where, because of the
more guttural nature of the language the word Rochetta, became `Rockett.' In
English the word has become rocket, but how many people know that our present
day missiles are named after the distaff of a spinning wheel?
Between 1800 and 1820 Sir William Congreve, the Official Weaponeer
to the Crown of England, built the largest and most widely used military
rockets of the period. They were used against Boulogne in 1806. Copenhagen in
1807 and Danzig in 1813. Probably Congreve's rockets are best known in this
country for their use against Fort McHenry which inspired Francis Scott Key to
write the Star Spangled Banner, which has since become our national anthem.
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During the early part of World War One Dr. Robert H.
Goddard received a small grant from the Smithsonian Institution for research
and development in the military rocket field. In 1919 Dr. Goddard wrote a
report outlining the progress which he and his small group had achieved. In
this report, which he called `A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes," Dr.
Goddard showed that a rocket with a gross weight of 22,000 pounds would be
capable of escaping from the earth and of delivering an explosive charge to the
moon. The somewhat prophetic nature of this statement becomes apparent when we
learn that the Vanguard launching vehicle which we have built and used in the
last few years weighs 22,000 pounds.
In 1933 the German military High Command began an
intensive program of development in military rockets. This program was placed
under the direction of a young engineer and rocket enthusiast named Wernher Von
Braun. He was 24 years of age at the time.
In the twelve years between 1933 and 1945 the developments
brought about by this group probably exceeded all of the development which had
taken place in the rocket field during the previous 700 years. The program
culminated in the development and production of the A4 missile, better known as
the V2. This missile weighed 24,000 pounds, and had a maximum range of more
than 100 miles with a one ton warhead. More than 5,000 of these missiles had
been built or were in the process of assembly when the war ended in Germany.
1,050 V2s had fallen on London and about 2,500 on other targets in Europe. It
was the impact of these missiles which focused the mass consciousness of earth
man upon the possibilities inherent in this new vehicle.
After the surrender of Germany the German rocket
technology was divided up between the United States and the Soviet Union, with
the Soviet Union getting the `lions share' this loss to us was a tactical error
on our part, since we had captured, and for a time had possession of the land
area in which the German rocket development had taken place. We had, however
agreed to turn this area over to Soviet control.
Before relinquishing the area we invited Wernher Von
Braun, Willey Ley and a few other top Rocket men to come to the United States
to assist in our development program. We also gathered up several hundred V2s
in various stages of completion and brought them with us. We left behind,
however, the great bulk of the German technology, and the Soviet Union took
quick and full advantage of our negligence.
Every scientist, every engineer, every technician, and
who had had anything to do with the development of the
German Rockets, were invited to join the Russian development program. Most of
them had no choice. In the technological vacuum which existed in Germany at the
time, there was nothing else that they could do.
Any missile gap which may presently exist between the U.S.
and the Soviet Union stems principally from the Soviet acquisition of the
German art, although it must be said that both the Soviet and the United States
missile programs have now become independent of any outside technology. Each
nation has put a number of instrument packages into earth orbit; each has
hurled missiles into independent orbit of the sun; and both are now preparing
to send men into space, following in the path of the mice, the dogs, and the
monkeys who have already been there.
History is being made at a rate that would have been
inconceivable a century ago.
Man is achieving control over his environment at a rate
that constantly amazes, even those who are foremost in its pursuit. The
greatest question that is before us now is-can man learn to control himself ?
Next week we will discuss some of the vehicles which the United
States is building to carry man, not only to the moon, but to the planets as
well, and possibly, some day, beyond.
The Romance of Space-Program No. 5
Last week we talked about the beginning of the science of
Rocketry, and its development through various periods of history.
Tonight we are going to talk about our present position in
this field, and the possibilities which lie in the future.
At the present time, the United States is planning its
space exploration program, principally around six basic missile types; the
Atlas, the Thor, the Jupiter, the Titan, the Saturn and the Nova. The Atlas,
Thor, Jupiter and Titan have been built, tested and used in some portion of the
space program. All of them however, were originally designed primarily as
weapon systems, or ballistic missiles, to be used for the purpose of delivering
nuclear warheads to some point on earth.
They are large enough to have some space potential, and
have been used, in combination with various second and third stage missiles, to
place in orbit, various sized instrument packages, and to launch several deep
space probes. They do not however, produce sufficient thrust for manned
interplanetary travel, and so we are developing, what are called second
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generation missiles which will produce the required
thrust. The two principal second generation missiles now in the process of
development are known as the Saturn and the Nova.
Prototypes of the Saturn will probably be flown in 1963,
and the Nova is tentatively scheduled for flight tests in 1968.
Neither missile has been built as yet but much of the
developmental work has been done. Each will depend upon a cluster of engines
rather than upon one large one. The Saturn will have a cluster of eight
engines, four of which will be in a fixed position while the remaining four
will be hung in gimbals so that the direction of thrust can be changed for
stabilization and guidance. The engines will produce a total of about 1,500,000
pounds of thrust, which is sufficient to place a 20,000 pound payload in orbit
about the earth, or about 6,000 pounds of payload in direct impact with the
The Nova will consist of a cluster of engines producing
from 6 to 9 million pounds of thrust. This is sufficient thrust to lift about
45 ten-ton trucks into the air at the same time, but when we realize that the
Nova together with its secondary stages will stand as tall as a 24 story
building, we can see that it is going to need all the thrust that it can get.
We also begin to understand something of the problems and the expense involved
in building and launching these tremendous structures.
In an attempt to lower the amount of fuel necessary for
the operation of these missiles, nuclear engines are being developed. The best
known of these nuclear engines is the Rover. Small prototypes have been built
and tested with some success, but an actual operational nuclear engine for
missile use is probably at least ten years in the future.
Before the nuclear missile engine is fully achieved, and
perhaps even before the first successful flight of the Nova, our entire
approach to the problems of space travel may have changed for we are
approaching a breakthrough into what at first appears to be an entirely new
concept of space propulsion. And yet it is not really new at all. It is known
as field propulsion.
When we look at the universe about us, we see that every
body of matter in that universe is in motion. Every star, every planet, and
every satellite is in motion with respect to us, and each of them is in motion
with respect to every other body. All of these motions are created and
maintained by the action of one or more fields. The electric field, the
magnetic field and the gravitational field are responsible for the generation
the kinetic energy differentials which we refer to as
motion. The field is the natural and universal means of creating motion, and in
the next few years we may develop means of applying these fields directly
rather than using the inefficient secondary effects as we now do.
When direct field propulsion is utilized the space ship
will become much smaller in proportion to the payload. It will have greater
acceleration ability and much better control. But until field propulsion is
utilized the space ship will continue to be a cumbersome and wasteful monster.
Life Exist on Venus? Scientists Say It's Possible
(From Copley News Service, March 10, 1961)
Is there life on Venus, target for the Russian space
U. S. scientists can't tell you for certain, but they're
learning more and more about Earth's nearest neighbor among the planets.
They believe that Venus is the logical stepping stone in
man's exploration of the solar system.
Venus moves in an almost circular orbit. At times it
approaches within 25.7 million miles of Earth. That's close in terms of
astronomy. Scientists say Venus bears a closer resemblance to Earth than Mars.
But Venus is shrouded in a densely-clouded atmosphere, and therefore in
Earthbound observers simply can't see the surface of
Venus, even with their most powerful instruments. It took two shivering
Americans with a 16-inch telescope mounted in a balloon to 80,000 feet to get
man's first good look at Earth's sister planet.
They came back to Earth with the first evidence that there
might be water on Venus. This also was an indication that life might be
supported on the planet.
The curious balloonists were Cmdr. Malcolm Ross, 40, USN,
of the Office of Naval Research, and Charles B. Moore Jr., 39, a physicist
engineer who works for a Cambridge, Mass., firm. In effect they were emissaries
of Dr. John Strong, Johns Hopkins University scientist who designed the bold
experiment but thought it advisable to send aloft the most skilled balloonists
in the business.
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The information Ross and Moore brought back was well worth
the trouble and expense of the journey nearly 20 miles above the globe.
Inscribed on a strip of wax paper were spectroscopic readings of the light from
Venus. They showed that when the sun's light passes through Venus' atmosphere,
certain infra-red lines are partially absorbed. This provided dramatic and
irrefutable evidence that Venus' cloudy atmosphere contains water vapor. Until
the Ross-Moore journey aloft in December, 1959, no trace of water ever had been
detected around Venus.
Strong says this was because the Earth's own lower
atmosphere is so heavily laden with water that it obscures any effort to pick
up traces of water vapor on other planets.
Moore and Ross estimated the balloon rose so high it was
above 98 per cent of the earth's atmosphere.
Since life without water is impossible, many astronomers
long have believed Venus under its cloud deck must be as lifeless as the dusty
moon. The traces on Strong's chart did not disclose whether Venus has oceans or
only whiffs of vapors. But they left room for hope that when the first
earthling explorers grope their way through the cloud banks and reach Venus,
they may find some kind of life.
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MAN CHOOSES TRUTH'S MOULD. It is nothing more. He sets the
boundaries beyond which the fluid essence of Life may not go. That is,
"for him" it is barred from further egress by the thought-form in
which he has imprisoned it.
Thus the life-stream of Truth becomes gradually solidified
or ``cooled" and rendered incapable of further manipulation. Any group or
organization may so confine the Truth within the narrow boundaries of their own
barriers of thought. All truth not conforming to what they have decided
constitutes its proper shape and contour must, perforce, be spurious. We have
then, as many different "forms" as Man is capable of inventing; each purporting
to be, in itself, the summum bonum of Truth! Each such group, either
individually or as an organization, extols the beauty, the perfection, the
efficacy of the particular form or mold into which they have forced the Truth.
Alas and alas! By what false reasoning doth Man conclude
that Truth, which is Life Itself, may be caught in some tiny receptacle of his
own making and exhibited as a complete and all-inclusive
concept of Truth?
Only as one considers Truth, like Love, as an everactive
force, an ever-flowing stream, and interpenetrating solvent, dissolving all the
transient barriers, mental or material, which Man erects to divert or limit its
continuous progress, can one truly apprehend its character. But when man casts
the Truth into a mold of his own creating and presents this concept in
concrete, crystallized form as a perfect and complete representation of
Truth manifests in a million different forms, each of
which is but a transient demonstration of its eternal and boundless power and
glory. (New Age Library, 11574 Juniper Rd., Morongo Valley, Cal.)
-FRED R. BROOKS
Morongo Valley, Calif.
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News From Hungary
(Following are excerpts from a letter received from
Stephen Molnar of Hungary.)
"Thank you very much for the Understanding. It is a
very interesting magazine indeed. I have read the interesting articles in it
and I liked them. Of course, I will write an article for the Understanding very
kindly. It is true that my English is not so good, but I try to get my best.
Sorry I cannot write very much, because I am very busy with my studies at the
evening school. Namely I will do my final examination in the end of June.
"Our people is interested in America very much but
they can hear very few about it in this time. I think that you will know why?!
Sorry I may not write about the politics, because I don't want to have any
troubles. I hope that you will understand me."
"I am very glad that I can write something about our
little country in your magazine which is a most wonderful one. Your magazine is
the unique on this earth, which try to create a better understanding among the
different people of the world. Just therefore I would like to let know you,
that the Hungarian people love all people and all races and it want to live in
understanding with them.
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"I think that there are many people in America who
didn't hear anything from Hungary and therefore I will wrote something about
it. Well, Hungary lies in Middle-Europe, west of the Soviet Union. Its other
neighbors are: Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Yugoslavia and Austria. It is a
People's Republic with a presidential council and a prime minister. It has 9,978,000
inhabitants. Official language: Hungarian. The chief job of the people is
agriculture and there are developed industry too.
"The culture of the country is rather high. There are
many schools, high schools and universities. The students must learn the
Russian language in every school. Besides, they may learn German and French as
also Latin. The English language is not so know as the others."
Mission of Love
(The following is a letter received by Esther Stilgebouer,
president of Riverside, Unit No. 22, from the vice president of the unit, who
is on a personal world mission to project love to as many countries of the
world as possible in a fairly brief period of time. The letter was written
aboard a plane between Brazil and Venezuela.)
Today I finish my trip around South America and will spend
the night at Miami, Florida if I can make the right connections.
Having to make such an extensive trip in such a short time
doesn't leave much time to see the interesting places in most of the countries,
but a partial picture of each country and its inhabitants is obtained.
You find people in all stations of life in these countries
and your heart goes out to those especially who are living in or near the
bottom conditions. You see fine automobiles and homes at the top and donkeys or
ox carts as the other extreme. In between are all variations, but most are in
the automotive age.
Most all I have contacted are friendly and I find that if
I smile and project a feeling of brotherly love the same comes back to me.
You may recall the lecture Gloria Lee gave us in which she
said, "If we would only project love, or even just like, we could create a
web around the earth through which evil could not penetrate."
I think of that so much on this trip for that is the
mission given me for this time. When it is completed I will have established
one complete link of love for mankind around the world.
To be more correct I should say "we" and not
"I." Carolyn and I had planned a trip but no definite time had been
set for it. We had set aside
money for it as well, so it is "we," I in the
flesh and she in the spirit and I am sure it is that way for I often feel she
is with me.
Just now we are passing over the dense jungles of British
Guiana. Fleecy clouds are floating above them and below us. Part of the time I
can see the matted green mass below and I feel thankful I am not down in them.
In this tropical, torrid zone, there is so much humidity
that clouds cover the land from our view most of the time.
Tuesday, I plan to head across the ocean for Lisbon, then
to Madrid, four north African nations and Nice, France. I will spend a couple
of days there with two of my Claremont, California friends. . .
-GERALD H. LOWRY
Vice President of
Riverside, Unit No. 22
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You as an individual can do something very
important toward world peace. You can send magazines, constructive ones, to
other countries. One of the greatest problems facing mankind is the fact that
the communist nations of the earth are flooding many neutral countries with
cheap literature. When a resident of an Asian nation, for instance, searches
for literature concerning a country other than his own, it is many times easier
for him to obtain a communist magazine than it is to get a hold of something
Understanding Magazine has a number of back issues that
have accumulated since it started in 1956. A number of the units are sending
these old issues to crucial points such as newspapers and libraries in the
"hot spots" of the world.
Won't you join in this program?
These old Understanding magazines aren't serving an useful
purpose on our shelves. Let's get them out where they will do some good. The
problem is postage. We can supply you with old magazines free, and we can, if
you wish, tell you where to send them, if you will volunteer to bear the cost
of mailing the magazines.
Please write to Understanding Magazine, P.O. Box 22,
Station C, Pasadena, Calif., U.S.A.
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ACCORDING TO "The Foundation For Research In
Parapsychology", Extra Sensory Perception is defined as awareness of our
response to an external event or influence not apprehended by sensory means,
e.g., telepathy and clairvoyance. In recent years an infant science has come
into existence termed Parapsychology, an experimental science dealing with the
study of ESP. Parapsychology had its birth at Duke University under the
direction of Dr. J. B. Rhine due to his interest in psychical research, and
singular instances of extraordinary psychical phenomenon. In the 1930s the
Parapsychology Institute was initiated at Duke under the direction of J. B.
Rhine and W. G. Pratt in order to construct a laboratory where they could test
persons for their ESP abilities under controlled conditions and scientific
procedure. A special set of statistics was devised, test methods constructed,
and criteria based on the mathematical chances of probability devised. The
results of the intensive research and investigation done by Rhine and Pratt are
published in a textbook called Parapsychology: Frontier Science o f the Mind, released
in 1957. New research techniques were developed by Dr. Tenhaeff of Utrecht University
in the Netherlands, the only man who holds a University Chair as a professor of
Parapsychology. Dr. Tenhaeff is co-founder of the "Journal of
Parapsychology," first published in 1938 giving detailed descriptions of
new experiments, suggestions, and research findings.
Just recently formed, "The Foundation for Research in
Parapsychology" (F.R.P.) has established quarters in Austin, Texas. One of
its founders, and Research Director is the well known Dr. Andrija Puharich who
has done extensive research on the effects of the Amanita Muscaria, the Sacred
Mushroom, taken by subjects exhibiting ESP abilities. FRP has devised new
research techniques in determining behavior patterns in ESP, and also has
developed new tools.
ESP research has yielded a great deal of positive evidence
in favor of its existence and its apparent non-physical operation that warrants
serious attention and criticism on the part of scientists in other fields, especially
Psychology. The profound effects its acceptance can have on everyone is
self-evident. All fields of scientific research are now upon the brink of a
great chasm, that chasm represents the mysterious and unknown.
- WILLIAM HAMILTON
El Monte Unit # 1
I cornered my husband the other night and asked him what
he thought was wrong with the present conditions and took his notes down in
shorthand; you can read them over, and if you think there is anything worth
while in them, you can write up an article. This isn't in story form, but I
jotted down ideas as he stated them.
As follows: Sincerely get peace and brotherly love
in your hearts. Start living Christ's teachings instead of talking about them.
The majority of people should reverse their ideas and behaviorisms to overcome
The United States alone could feed and clothe the entire
world on a 24-hour basis if use of extraneous energy was controlled right, and
the distribution of food, shelter, and clothing was handled right.
Produce for use-from those according to their
ability and to those according to their need. Everyone function for each
other. Turn loose from the present concept of law, using force.
Understand present situations, facts of life, mental
confusion, separateness, lack of mental oneness. People know themselves, and
really know their inner selves and thoughts; find out what love and peace
really are cooperative system, get-togetherness.
Christ taught Give and you shall receive. Trust
instead of doubt. One of the worst sins of life is lack of appreciation.
Everyone should practice what he preaches for the other fellow to do. False ego
will burst like a balloon if we don't look out. Life is a natural leveler. A
person is soon knocked down who thinks that he is better than other people. One
of the largest obstacles is fear. The hardest thing in the ladder of life is to
teach oneself to tolerate intolerance.
-MRS. HARRY BIENICK
Understanding's Past Accomplishments
THE PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS of Understanding are difficult to
chart, not that the organization hasn't accomplished anything. It has in many
ways accomplished a great deal.
Its mere existence is in itself an accomplishment. From a
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nine members at El Monte, Calif. in 1955, it has grown,
roughly doubling in size every year to where in early 1961 it has some 1200
members in close to 50 units throughout the United States and in Canada.
The members and units have put on hundreds of lectures and
meetings, circulated thousands of books and magazines and reached multitudes of
people in the spirit of "bringing about a greater degree of understanding
among all the people of earth and making available to them more of the higher
understanding of those beings not of earth."
Interest has been stirred all over the world through
letters and tape recordings. An international headquarters office and reading
room has been established in Pasadena, Calif. Through pioneering by some of the
units, workshop discussion activities have been launched in many areas. In
addition to these accomplishments, Understanding itself has been transformed
from the original association into a non-profit corporation and thereby has
become a more permanent and better known entity.
More important, however, are things that Understanding
alone cannot claim credit for, but which have undeniably been influenced by the
organization, particularly through the editorials appearing in Understanding
magazine, which goes to many world leaders.
For the world has gained a degree of understanding. The
planet earth still has a very long way to go as far as this objective is
concerned, but we are alive. It is a fact that cold, scientific calculation
based upon the trend of a decade ago would have had this planet blown up
several years ago. Something has happened. Something has begun to reverse the
trend toward disaster. It has taken the efforts of many groups working for
understanding and compassion in the world. Understanding has played a small yet
not completely insignificant part in bringing about more understanding in the
What Is Understanding?
Understanding, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated
to the propagation of a better understanding among all the peoples of the earth,
and of those who are not of earth.
It is made up of people-people from all walks of life who
have come together to seek better understanding of each other and of the
mysteries of the universe.
The purposes of Understanding, Inc. are as follows:
To search for true and practical solutions to those great
which presently threaten the happiness, the welfare and
existence of humanity upon this Earth;
To promote and encourage a complete and precise
determination of the cause of said problems, which, when achieved, leads
directly to a clear understanding thereof, opening the way to practical
To chart the total area of mutual agreement in the social
science of today, that is, to determine the total number of basic postulates or
tenets designed to guide the behavior of man toward his fellowman, which are
accepted as valid by all races and creeds upon earth today, by which process
results comparable to the phenomenal development achieved by the same process
long practiced in the field of physical science, may also be achieved;
To chart in like manner the area of worldwide agreement in
the spiritual science, by means of which to achieve a rapid advance in the
understanding of the true goal of life, and in the practices of right
To engage in scientific and other research, study,
analysis and investigation of any and all things and in any and all fields in
an endeavor to obtain new, greater and more advanced knowledge, and
To bring about the establishment of truth, all for the
betterment, improvement, encouragement and advancement of mankind.
What Is Understanding Attempting To Do?
We are attempting to build a gigantic new age organization
that will make "Understanding" a household word in every nation on
We have no particular course of study to hand out or
special teaching to distribute. Rather, we are constructing a vast body of new
age individuals, so that persons may affiliate with it to give themselves
strength, a sense of purpose and direction in the days to come.
Our Purpose is to help bring in a new age. Every member of
Understanding can act as a silent salesman in his neighborhood, his community,
his nation, and in the world-quietly selling the new age way of life by
attempting to live it in full view of his friends and neighbors.
Every unit can be a silent salesman as a group by taking
steps to make its community more in tune with the new age way of life. This can
be done through the efforts of every member in becoming active in civic
affairs, being of as much help to the community as possible and disseminating
information through lectures and literature.
What is the new age way of life? It is love, honesty,
open-mindedness, fair-mindedness, and the ability to eliminate prejudice and
bigotry, to investigate
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rather than to ridicule and to examine all things and
subsequently cling to that which is good.
The idea is not "What can I get out of
Understanding?" It is "What can I contribute to mankind on the planet
earth at this time?" The purpose of having a large organization like Understanding,
is to band ourselves together and make our cause known throughout the world.
What Can The Individual Do To Bring About More
There are a number of specific projects that every member
of Understanding and anyone interested in working for better understanding in
the world can undertake:
1. Get out into your community and participate in its
civic life. Join your chamber of commerce, join a service club, attend your
city council or school board meetings. Take an active interest in the area in
which you live. Make yourself known and speak out for those principles in which
you believe. Let's be silent salesmen on a person-to-person level.
2. Engage in correspondence with citizens of other countries
on earth. Write letters and send tape recordings abroad. Communicate back and
forth with people in other nations, letting them know what you feel about
understanding, life on other planets, outer space, etc. Give them your ideas
and tell them about your way of life, your family and daily activities. Write
Understanding, Inc., Box 22, Station C, Pasadena, Calif. for names of persons
to correspond with.
3. Send good magazines to other countries. Vast numbers of
the earth's population do not have good reading material. You can send them
copies of good magazines published in your country. Why not send back issues of
Understanding? A number of free back issues can be sent to you for distribution
abroad upon request. Write Understanding, Box 22, Station C, Pasadena, Calif.
for magazines and for names of foreign libraries, newspaper editors, etc. to
send the magazines to. World opinion is molded by just a relatively few people.
Let's get our message to those people in each country.
4. Write letters to those who are doing the world a
service. If a TV station is putting on a particularly constructive program, let
them know that you appreciate it. If a world leader does something fine, let
him know that you are behind him. There are two immediate letters you can write
in this respect: TV station KCDA-TV in Douglas, Arizona is putting on a
series of programs featuring Dan Fry, leader of
Understanding. Write that station care of the Gadsden Hotel, Douglas, Ariz. and
express your appreciation. ABC television has for some time telecast a weekly
series called "Alcoa Presents" which depicts stories involving
extra-sensory perception, telepathy and flying saucers. This program may go off
the air soon unless you let the producers know that you want this type of
program on television. Write to Alcoa Presents, TV Guide Viewer Service, Box
800, Radnor, Pa.
5. Start a youth movement in your area. Many young people
are interested in Understanding. Their natural interest in science-fiction
draws them to it, also their curiosity and desire to explore. Perhaps you
yourself have teenagers who could start it.
EL MONTE UNIT #1: This unit has adopted the
"Magazines For Friendship" program, outlined elsewhere in this issue,
as a unit project. Unit members are sending Understanding magazines and other
good publications to foreign countries. The unit also reports growing response
to its correspondence with other countries program and tape respondence with
other units. Letters have been received recently from Hungary, Cuba, Nigeria, India
and Pakistan. Tapes have been received from New Zealand and from the Grants
Pass, Buffalo, Douglas, Riverside and Medford Understanding Units. The El
Monte Unit also has decided to join the El Monte Coordinating Council.
SAN MATEO UNIT #2: Mr. Frank Spiva recently spoke on
"BIBLICAL AUTHENTICATION OF THE PRESENT DAY PHENOMENA," A dance
workshop, under the direction of Mrs. Dorothy Collins,
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meets at 6:45 to 7:45, immediately preceding the regular
meetings. Good work !
SANTA CRUZ UNIT #9: The following officers were elected
for the coming year at a recent meeting. Bernard McGuire, President; Herman
Hanna, Jr., Vice President; Eve Blakeman, Recording Secretary; Helen Anderson,
Treasurer; Perle Johnson, Membership Secretary; and Ruby Strong, Corresponding
INGLEWOOD UNIT #15: F. Amadeo Giannini lectured at the
March meeting and Riley Crabb spoke at the April session.
RIVERSIDE UNIT #22: The subject of F. Amadeo Giannini's
lecture in April was, "INTO THE UNIVERSE ABOUT US". Gerald Lowry,
Unit Vice President, recently made an extensive trip to many foreign countries
and spread the influence of Peace and Goodwill, and especially Love.
SAN JOSE UNIT #25: Mr. Frank Spiva lectured on "THE
AUTHENTICATION OF THE UFO'S" in March.
TURLOCK UNIT #30: The new officers for 1961 are Dr.
Margaret McKinnon, President; Mrs. Mabel Robinson, Vice President; Mrs. Eugenia
Garrison, Secretary-Treasurer. Riley Crabb and Dana Howard were the most recent
speakers. A Library has been started of metaphysical and saucer books. Mrs.
Robinson is Chairman.
MARIN COUNTY UNIT #31: The First Anniversary of the Marin
County Unit was celebrated April 7th and 8th. Dan Fry spoke on "SPACE
CRAFT AND SPACE TRAVEL" on the 7th and "THE RELATIVITY OF REALITY"
on the 8th. Dr. Fry's books are to be presented to the local library.
TACOMA UNIT #35: The officers elected for the coming year
are, Lee Corp, President; Herb Blankenship, Vice President, and C. L. Butcher,
Secretary-Treasurer. Rev. Bernice Nichol recently spoke on
TWIN CITY UNIT #41: Meetings are held on the second and
fourth Friday of each month. At a recent meeting "THE WORK OF THE SAUCER
GROUPS" by Dan Fry was read, which created much interest. '
Do you have a tape recorder? If you do, would you like to
start "talking" with people around the United States and the rest of
the world? Below is a list of individuals who have tape recorders and who would
like to hear from you on tape. If you'd like to get into
tape "circulation" why don't you send us your name and address and
we'll list you here too.
John F. Maxfield, 2217 Manchester Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan,
M. A. Saxton, 3228 N. Syracuse, Baldwin Park, Calif., U.S.A.
Mrs. Alta Simpson, R. 2, Box 194, Perris, Calif., U.S.A.
Conny Tanasale, 2122 S. Curtis Ave., Alhambra, Calif., U.S.A.
Cleve Twitchell, 4318 N. Muscatel Ave., Rosemead, Calif., U.S.A.
ESSAY RESULTS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON
The judges in Understanding's essay contest are now
considering the many fine entries sent in during February and March. The
response to the contest was extremely good.
The winners will be announced soon. First prize is $50,
second prize, $25. Five additional prizes of $5 each will also be awarded.
Judges in the contest are Dan Fry, editor of Understanding
magazine and founder of Understanding; John Barnes, president of the San Mateo,
Calif. Unit of Understanding, and Bernard McGuire, president of the Santa Cruz,
Calif., Unit of Understanding.
Can you type? Do you have some spare time you are
wondering what to do with? Understanding is in need of Volunteer help. Whether
you live in Southern California or not, you can be of assistance. If you do
live with in easy traveling distance of the Pasadena office, your efforts there
would be greatly appreciated. If you cannot travel to the office, there is
typing work which can be mailed to you. In either case please telephone the office
at SY 2-7386 or write to Understanding, Inc., 313 East Orange Grove Avenue, Pasadena,
BACK ISSUES AVAILABLE
UNDERSTANDING MAGAZINES are available for those who want
them in a complete form. These YEARBOOKS are for 1958, 1959, and 1960. They
sell for $2.50. No tax for out-of-state orders; in California, add .10¢ tax.
ALSO available are single back issues of UNDERSTANDING
MAGAZINE from 1956 through 1960 for those who would like to complete any
missing numbers for the years above. These copies are limited and not all
months are available. (UNDERSTANDING UNITS may have these single copies for
postage costs!-A REAL BARGAIN!)
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