Jeb Bush Should Withdraw to Save the Country from Hillary-5/27 Totally agree. I don't think I can take one more Bush in office. I'll vote Libertarian instead. Editor

China puts weapons on its new artificial islands-5/27

Financial Insanity Grips The World-5/27

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China Stocks Surge, Europe/US Purge, & Portuguese Bonds Are Crashing-5/25

"It's A Coup D'Etat," David Stockman Warns "Central Banks Are Out Of Control"-5/25

IMF fuel subsidies are not what they seem-5/25

Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad-5/25

Still Secret and Secure, Safe Rooms Now Hide in Plain Sight-5/25

Countries pick sides in global fight for the Internet-5/25

Secrets of Osama bin Laden’s library: The mystic, searching book now being misinterpreted as a conspiracy text-5/25 Salon, Manly P. Hall's book is in danger of joining "Helter Skelter" and "Catcher in the Rye." It doesn't deserve to ...

Clinton Foundation took at least $1,250,000 from Qatar and World Cup committee embroiled in soccer bribery scandal - and up to $100,000 from FIFA itself-5/27

Nepal earthquake: People flee as landslide blocks river-5/25

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George Clooney’s Global Warming Shaming-5/25 Daily Beast, George Clooney’s new summer blockbuster shames us for our roles in global warming and a potpourri of other earthly calamities. ... 

Clooney's Tomorrowland underperforming at box office-5/25

‘Politically contrived nonsense': Scientific studies, data and history refute Obama’s climate/national security claims – Climate Depot’s Rebuttal-5/25

EPA’s Amphibious Attack-5/27 WSJ, An expansive new rule lets Washington regulate any creek or pothole  ...

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511. Urusvati knows the many qualities of psychic energy. Its essence remains unchanged, but around this kernel there are quite diverse qualities. As an example, examine the effect of the composition of blood. At present much attention is paid to the various characteristics of nations, whose distinctions can be observed not only in the composition of the blood of the people, but also in the particular properties of their psychic energy.

 

The influence of the thinking of some nations can often be sensed quite strongly, whereas the thinking of other nations has little effect. For this, karmic causes or atavistic tendencies may be responsible, but one must also consider the way in which the composition of blood affects the psychic energy. It is not possible to enumerate all the bonds that exist between people. It is mankind’s shame that it does not study these bonds and learn about such human qualities. Psychology should embrace all those scientific domains that enlighten the future of earthly life.

 

The study of thought, or in other words, psychic energy, has at present no place among the traditional sciences, and psychology is the only haven for its study. Today it is especially important to put these matters on a scientific basis. But for this the cooperation is required of a full range of scientists who have at their disposal the needed laboratories.

 

Is it not appalling that even today the sciences are divided into separate camps, with little connection between them? It is as if some sciences are accepted as authentic, while others are considered to be questionable! Of course, such doubt is based upon ignorance and prejudice.

 

One cannot imagine how strong these prejudices are. This must be repeated, from the loftiest palaces down to the lowliest huts. It is most likely that the strongest prejudices reside in the palaces. Thus one must continually repeat about the true mission of science.

 

The Thinker taught, “Learn to open the door to science. It would be a shame for it to remain in rags, out in the cold. Do you hear the knocking of knowledge at your door?”

Supermundane III, The Inner Life (Agni Yoga, 1938)

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‘Buddha offers fruit to the devil’ from 14th century Persian manuscript ‘The Jāmiʿ al-tawārīkh’ (Compendium of Chronicles).


Persepolis Seal PFS 79 and outline. Seal of Seddha, standing ruler flanked by bird-headed Arya-Sramana priests of Indus-Vedic tradition, linked to Saka tribe (Scythians) royal family of King Suddhodana Gautama, and his son-prince Siddhartha. Seal art courtesy of Oriental Institute, Chicago.

Ancient Persian Inscriptions Link a Babylonian King to the Man Who Became Buddha-5/9 Ancient Origins, Dramatic evidence has revealed the presence of Siddhartha Gautama, the man who became Buddha, as far west as Persia. Family seals and records found at Persepolis, the ancient capital of the fourth Persian Emperor, Darius the Great, have been identified and associated with the names of Siddhartha Gautama and his father, Suddhodana Gautama. The Persepolis Seals identified royals and other important personages within the Persian ruling sphere. Guatama was the name of the royal family of the Saka kingdom. Analysis of Seals PFS 79, PFS 796 and PF 250 found among the collection of important seals in Persepolis, the Persian capital of Emperor Darius I, are purported to be the Gautama family according to an interpretation by Dr. Ranajit Pal (The Dawn of Religions in Afghanistan-Seistan-Gandhara and the Personal Seals of Gotama Buddha and Zoroaster, published in Mithras Reader: An Academic and Religious Journal of Greek, Roman and Persian Studies. Vol. III, London, 2010, pg. 62). The family crest bore the etching of a crown-headed king flanked by two totems, each a standing bird-headed winged lion. The Seal of Sedda depiction of a Sramana (Persepolis Seal PFS 79), a Lion-Sun shaman, is based on information gathered from a number of other seals the name refers to Sedda Arta (Siddhartha), i.e., Siddha (Liberator of) and Arta (Universal Truth). ...

Archive find shows medieval mystic Margery Kempe's autobiography 'doesn't lie'-5/9 The Guardian, Academic says letter written for her son shows that account of pilgrimages and religious visions is better anchored in history than many think -- A 15th-century letter found in an archive in Gdansk and believed to have been prepared for the son of Margery Kempe, who dictated the earliest surviving autobiography written in English, may shed fresh light on the medieval mystic’s remarkable account of her visions and pilgrimages 600 years ago. Only one copy of the manuscript of The Book of Margery Kempe survives today, found in 1934. The extraordinary text tells of the religious visions Kempe experienced after the birth of the first of her 14 children, her failings in business and callings to the spiritual life, and how she persuaded her husband to join her in a vow of chastity before embarking on a series of pilgrimages. Kempe, who lived in Norfolk from 1373 to 1440, recounts in a preface how her story was first recorded by a scribe “who could write neither English nor Dutch”, but was then rewritten by a priest beginning in July 1436. It tells, she declares, of “hyr felyngys and revelacyons and the forme of her levyng”. Now professor Sebastian Sobecki at the University of Groningen has discovered a short Latin letter prepared on 12 June 1431 for a John Kempe, whom he has identified as Margery Kempe’s son. He believes the finding both anchors the narrative in reality, and adds strength to the argument that Kempe was a reliable author. Sobecki, trawling through Gdansk’s archives in search of references to Margery or her son, says he “couldn’t believe [his] eyes” when he found the Kempe reference. The letter gives Kempe’s first name as John, the same as his father and grandfather, “a Kempe family tradition”, said the academic. Written in medieval Latin, so that Lincolnshire and East Anglian authorities could understand it, the letter “permits [Kempe] to recover a substantial security he had paid to a merchant from Boston”, said Sobecki, whose colleague Lena Wahlgren-Smith from the University of Southampton translated the text. It provides, he says, the first external piece of evidence for her son’s existence, and for Kempe’s claim that he visited Lynn at that time. Her son, Kempe recounts in the text, falls into the “synne of letchery” when abroad; on returning home, he is reconciled with his mother, and moves to Danzig, where he marries a German-speaking woman. Years later, the two leave their child with friends and travel to Lynn to meet Margery. Her son is taken ill shortly after arriving, and dies a month later. Sobecki said the debate about Kempe’s reliability, and authorship, centres on the fact that she was a female, and therefore had limited, if any, command of writing. “As a result, she had to dictate her account to a priest. On the one hand, her book often contains quite specific information, on the other, there are plenty of theological aspects and turns of phrase that betray a clerical writer. As a result, feminist critics have quite rightly argued for co-authorship: a woman’s story filtered through a male religious lens. In recent years, the historicity of the book has come under fire, and most current readers treat [it] primarily as literature, fiction even, with no certain basis in history,” he said. The discovery of the letter reveals she was actually “an honest teller of her tale”, he said. “People have argued that the book is allegory, that she’s exaggerating, that she’s a liar – this shows she doesn’t lie. It makes her a reliable and trustworthy author, not just someone who’s dictating, and uneducated, and prone to being manipulated ... What’s important about this is that we see a real historical Margery, not just a character in one of the first novels.” ...

Margery Kempe-5/9 Wikipedia, Margery Kempe (c. 1373 – after 1438) was an English Christian mystic, known for dictating The Book of Margery Kempe, a work considered by some to be the first autobiography in the English language. Her book chronicles her domestic tribulations, her extensive pilgrimages to holy sites in Europe and the Holy Land, as well as her mystical conversations with God. She is now honoured in the Anglican Communion, but was never made a Roman Catholic saint. ...

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Glastonbury Isle of Light: Journey of the Grail (2016)-5/9 film-entreprise-78.com, A sweeping epic chronicling the legends of Joseph of Arimathea as he escapes peril in Jerusalem only to find himself on the other side of the globe facing a more extreme enemy. Upon arrival in Britain, which is on the edge of war with Rome, he implores the help of the warrior-prince Caractacus in an effort to defend their sacred customs and ancient ways. - Written by Mark England


Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur Set Photos Reveal a First Look at the Film-5/9

Guy Ritchie is the latest filmmaker to tackle King Arthur - one of our most versatile heroes-5/9 Independent (UK), by Raluca Radulescu-- King Arthur is back at his mythical home – Wales. Guy Ritchie's Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur is being filmed in Snowdonia, starring Charlie Hunnam opposite villain Jude Law. This in the same week that Bangor University's rare books collection boasts the extension of its Arthurian archive after a generous donation from Flintshire County Library. Ritchie's Hollywood blockbuster is due to be released in the summer of 2016, and there are early reports that it could be the first of up to six films. Yet another film about King Arthur, possibly six? You might have thought that there have been enough renditions of the Arthurian legend to occupy anyone remotely interested. In just the past 15 years we've had the BBC's Merlin. Joseph Fiennes starred in another TV series, Camelot. Then there was King Arthur, the 2004 film starring Clive Owen and Keira Knightley. The more gritty historical version in 2007's The Last Legion. The list goes on. By choosing to shoot parts of the film in North Wales, Ritchie signals that he's taking the legend back home, where some of the stories – and our obsession – originated. We know that Jude Law's villain is the warlord Vortigern, which hints that Ritchie is returning to one of the first legends about Merlin. ... The story goes that Vortigern, fleeing from the Anglo-Saxons, was trying to build a fort at Dinas Emrys, but the tower his men built kept on collapsing. A young Merlin (in the legend, Ambrosius – Emrys in Welsh) reveals that this was happening because two dragons, one red, one white, were fighting in a pool underground and so toppling Vortigern's tower. Merlin prophesied that the red Welsh dragon was to overcome the white Saxon dragon. This legend of Dinas Emrys reaches back to the Welsh Dark Ages. So our fascination with all things Arthur is far from new. Arthur's roots are in the historical record and have seen innumerable incarnations over the centuries. He first appears in the 6th century, when the Welsh monk Gildas states in his De excidio et conquestu Britanniae (Of the ruin and conquest of Britain) that he lived within 45 years of the battle of Mount Badon, where the Britons were victorious. Gildas does not mention Arthur by name, but in the 9th century Nennius, another Welsh monk, writes that Arthur led and was victorious against the Saxons in 12 battles. ...


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The seven ways to have a near-death experience-3/22 BBC, by Rachel Nuwer -- Seeing a light and a tunnel may be the popular perception of death, but as Rachel Nuwer discovers, reports are emerging of many other strange experiences. -- In 2011, Mr A, a 57-year-old social worker from England, was admitted to Southampton General Hospital after collapsing at work. Medical personnel were in the middle of inserting a catheter into his groin when he went into cardiac arrest. With oxygen cut off, his brain immediately flat-lined. Mr A died. Despite this, he remembers what happened next. The staff grabbed an automated external defibrillator (AED), a shock-delivery machine used to try to reactivate the heart. Mr A heard a mechanical voice twice say, “Shock the patient.” In between those orders, he looked up to see a strange woman beckoning to him from the back corner of the room, near the ceiling. He joined her, leaving his inert body behind. “I felt that she knew me, I felt that I could trust her, and I felt she was there for a reason [but] I didn’t know what that was,” Mr A later recalled. “The next second, I was up there, looking down at me, the nurse and another man who had a bald head.” Hospital records later verified the AED’s two verbal commands. Mr A’s descriptions of the people in the room – people he had not seen before he lost consciousness – and their actions were also accurate. He was describing things that happened during a three-minute window of time that, according to what we know about biology, he should not have had any awareness of. Mr A’s story – described in a paper in the journal Resuscitation – is one of a number of reports that challenge accepted wisdom on near-death experiences. Until now, researchers assumed that when the heart ceases to beat and stops sending vital blood to a person’s brain, all awareness immediately ends. At this point, the person is technically dead – although as we learn more about the science of death, we are beginning to understand that, in some cases, the condition can be reversible. For years, those who have come back from that inscrutable place have often reported memories of the event. Doctors mostly dismissed such anecdotal evidence as hallucinations, and researchers have been reluctant to delve into the study of near-death experiences, predominantly because it was viewed as something outside of the reach of scientific exploration. But Sam Parnia, a critical care physician and director of resuscitation research at Stony Brook University School of Medicine in New York, along with colleagues from 17 institutions in the US and UK, wanted to do away with assumptions about what people did or did not experience on their deathbeds. It is possible, they believe, to collect scientific data about those would-be final moments. So for four years, they analysed more than 2,000 cardiac arrest events – moments when a patient’s heart stops and they are officially dead. Of those patients, doctors were able to bring 16% back from the dead, and Parnia and his colleagues were able to interview 101 of them, or about a third. “The goal was to try to understand, first of all, what is the mental and cognitive experience of death?” Parnia says. “And then, if we got people who claimed auditory and visual awareness at the time of death, to see if we are able to determine if they really were aware.” ...


Proof Of Reincarnation? This Boy Can Remember Specific Details About His Previous Life As A Woman, Named Pam-2/28

Reincarnation – The Ghost Inside My Child-10/19

Editor: I'm not a huge fan of the genre "Thrillers," Lee Child and Daniel Silva are my favorites. Not interested in reading more than that. However, I just read my favorite thriller of all time: "I Am Pilgrim." There may not be a
better book of its type out there. Many reviewers consider it the best book of 2014. I certainly do. It has probably the best spy the U.S. has to offer in a top secret branch and a diabolical Saudi who is almost as clever. I found myself pausing many times wondering how the author came up with such unique descriptive phrasing. After awhile I was so caught up in the story, there was no time for pauses, I couldn't put it down.

Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream-3/13 Author: David McGowan; Publisher's description at Amazon: Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. Members of bands like the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, the Monkees, the Beach Boys, the Mamas and the Papas, the Turtles, the Eagles, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, Steppenwolf, Captain Beefheart, CSN, Three Dog Night, Alice Cooper, the Doors, and Love with Arthur Lee, along with such singer/songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Browne, Judi Sill and David Blue, lived together and jammed together in the bucolic community nestled in the Hollywood Hills. But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn't make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day. Far more integrated into the scene than most would care to admit was a guy by the name of Charles Manson, along with his murderous entourage. Also floating about the periphery were various political operatives, up-and-coming politicians, and intelligence personnel - the same sort of people who just happened to give birth to many of the rock stars populating the canyon. And all of the canyon's colorful characters - rock stars, hippies, murderers, and politicos - happily coexisted alongside a covert military installation. Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon is the very strange, but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a hippie utopia.
Editor: This is a disturbing book mainly because there are way too many coincidences. There are lots of plausible conspiracies for those who look for such things but that is only because the author is not aware of other factors that are invovled i.e. karma, reincarnation and sinister forces at astral levels who choose certain times in history to pull out all the stops and control events in the physical plane. Definately worth the read.

The Science of Near-Death Experiences-3/22 The Atlantic, By Gideon Lichfield -- Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife -- Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie Heaven Is for Real, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United States. The book it was based on, published in 2010, has sold some 10 million copies and spent 206 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Two recent books by doctors—Proof of Heaven, by Eben Alexander, who writes about a near-death experience he had while in a week-long coma brought on by meningitis, and To Heaven and Back, by Mary C. Neal, who had her NDE while submerged in a river after a kayaking accident—have spent 94 and 36 weeks, respectively, on the list. (The subject of The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, published in 2010, recently admitted that he made it all up.) Their stories are similar to those told in dozens if not hundreds of books and in thousands of interviews with “NDErs,” or “experiencers,” as they call themselves, in the past few decades. Though details and descriptions vary across cultures, the overall tenor of the experience is remarkably similar. ...

Jim Anderson: Heaven Can Wait-3/29 CBN, ... "As I prayed it got darker ‘til the point it went black," Jim said. "The next thing I knew, off in the distance, I saw a white light. It was beautiful. It just wasn’t blinding, but pure and perfect. As I started to go towards the light, I could see the out; the outer edge of it begins to spiral. And I couldn’t figure out what that was. But as I got closer, I could see it was the words of prayers revolving. The words broke off, going into the light. And I followed into the light." "The next thing I felt was being embraced ... safe and secure. It felt wonderful. It felt like total love," Jim said. "Next thing I knew, I was looking down at the room where my body was. I could see everyone working on me. I could hear what they were saying. There were two nurses outside of the room looking in. One said to the other, 'Why are they working so hard? He’s gone. If they do bring him back, he’ll be a vegetable.' I later on told her what she said. She about passed out." ...

'Return To Life': How some children have memories of reincarnation-3/21 NBC

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Meet the 10-year-old son of Baptist parents who has baffled experts with his vivid and accurate accounts of a past life dancing on Broadway and acting opposite Mae West-3/21 Daily Mail,
• Ryan, 10, a boy from Muskogee, Oklahoma, with Baptist parents claims he has been reincarnated and was an actor and agent in a past life
• He claimed he was Marty Martin, who was in the Mae West film 'Night After Night' and performed on Broadway, after seeing him in a movie still
• Ryan began seeing Dr. Jim Tucker soon after, a highly respected child psychiatrist who works with children who remember past lives
• Even Dr. Tucker was amazed by Ryan's story, and found that 55 of his details match perfectly with Martin's life
• What's more, Martin is such an obscure actor that there were no articles of pieces about him at all, and it took a film archivist to even learn his name
• Ryan also knew the year Martin was born, even though it was listed incorrectly on his public death certificate ...

John Dee was the 16th century's real-life Gandalf-2/27 Boing Boing, By Jason Louv -- Queen Elizabeth I’s court advisor was the foremost scientific genius of the 16th century, laying the foundation of modern science. Then teamed up with a disreputable, criminal psychic and things really got rolling. --
Dr. John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s court astrologer, is a footnote in English history—remembered as a deluded man who believed in angels, an embarrassing relic of a pre-scientific time. Thanks to an academic renaissance in Dee studies, however, a very different portrait has emerged of Elizabeth’s confidant. Underneath centuries of slander, initiated by the fundamentalists who took power after Elizabeth, may be one of the greatest geniuses in European intellectual history—a man responsible, it seems, for the modern world itself. ...

Cognitive scientists are becoming increasingly aware that a metaphysical outlook may be so deeply ingrained in human thought processes that it cannot be expunged-10/22