Notes From the Masters Class 2014-05-11

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This is Chuck Robison. Last summer Karen and my sister Alice Weatherby motored out to Burnet, Texas to meet Pastor Willie Monnet and his wife Claudette who is also a minister in his and their church, which is titled Smoking for Jesus Ministry. That interview appears elsewhere on our webpage, I’ll leave a note right underneath here that tells you that, but here’s what we learned with Pastor Monet.

In 2005 he had a dream in January and the dream was that he was going to have to pack up his church and leave New Orleans. The next day he told his parishioners that he had this dream and he was completely dumbfounded by what could possibly mean. In September 2005, when the great storm hit and the Saturday night before it hit on Sunday. Pastor Monet, who had a large church in New Orleans (it was better than a block long and it had a lot of members) was able to get 200 of them into 40 cars to leave New Orleans.

Among those 200 people was a couple with a brand-new five day old set of twins and older people and many of the entire community that were in his church. They expected to be back in four or five days at the most because they had left New Orleans before windstorms came but when they left New Orleans this time they didn’t realize it would be the last time that any of them would ever live there.

They had to go across Louisiana and then they went into Texas all the way up to Dallas and then they looped back and they spent some time here in Austin and then they began in earnest to figure out what it was that they were supposed to do and it took a long, long time.

In the interview which I know you’re going to enjoy seeing, Pastor Monet said at every point along the way, when there is was a decision to be made, as the leader, he simply stopped and prayed and waited. He didn’t give any commands or take any action until such time as he was sure his prayer had been answered with clear direction as to what to do next.

Now to me this was an incredible lesson in patience. Here was a man who was in his late 50s, he had 200 people following him in cars and they were going all over Texas trying to find a place to live. They were able to find a series of apartments in Marble Falls that was very good for them, and other places, but they were looking for a permanent place. They had to let go of the idea that there would be returning to New Orleans.

So finally thru a very unusual set of circumstances they were entitled to ownership of a 56 acre property in the middle of the Hill Country in Texas close to one of the big lakes. It had a chapel, it had dormitories, it had houses, it had an administration building. It was absolutely perfect and these people in this congregation, who came to Texas because of this hurricane, have improved that land and improved that community, so that when you walk into their church it is totally vibrant and it’s all about trusting in God.

This man and his wife and his followers demonstrated incredible patience in the face of daily frustrations about where they were from, where they were going and why they were here. Yet because they kept their belief that the universe was unfolding exactly as it should, they knew that when the time come from for them to find a permanent place it would be better than at their beginnings.

This is true for you and me as well. If you’re going through a period in your life right now, and I am, where you’re trying to be patient and wait for the right things to come at the right time, there are plenty of examples of people out there who said yeah we’ve got a lot to wait for and I guess all we can do is be patient.

So here’s something for you to think about and this is from a Master in Burnet Texas. When you’re faced with a decision of what to do next, it is wise to say a prayer and say “I know you will show me exactly what to do when the time is right”. Even if you have problems believing that God is going to talk to you, and you shouldn’t because he is, but even if you have problems with that, just stopping long enough to gather patience for yourself and to put yourself in a position where you can hear and listen to what’s coming, you might experience what I’ve experienced a number of times in my life and that is: regardless of what you want, you need to ask for it.

Once you’ve done that you need to add one more sentence at the end of what it is you’ve asked for in that sentence. “This or something better.” Because if you do not get what you’re wishing for then God will see to it that the reason for that is something better is coming along. It might not be something better in terms of what your community sees, it might be something better for your soul and your soul came here to learn some very powerful lessons. As you release all your concerns and your fear, you begin to realize that this is fundamentally the experience of your soul in this third dimensional environment and that you came here to learn.

In your case, in my case and most everybody else’s case, some very powerful difficult lessons are resolved and you can relax and say. “ Okay I came here for that. I know that. Bring it on.” And you will never find that you are given a lesson greater than what you can deal with regardless of the size, regardless of who you are, regardless, your lessons are tailor-made for you, just as mine are tailor-made for me. As you look back over your life you may see one day that there’s a pattern here. It appears as though most of my lessons were developed in dealing with patience or power or love or abandonment, whatever the issues were, those issues have been in your life to help your soul. They were custom-made in your life to help your soul learn the lessons you came here to learn.

And the powerful lesson for me is demonstrated all around us and you’ll see that when you watch Pastor Monet. The lessons that you came here to learn are being brought to you right on time.

This is Chuck this is the Masters Class and I thank you for being with us. We’ll see you next week.

Love….what if it really works?

4x6 B&W Chuck Portrait 6032 Hill Country News, 2014-05-07

By Chuck Robison

We hear a lot about LOVE, from Valentine’s Day to the description of God. We hear so much about love, especially from Churches, that it seems to have lost its usefulness as a life principle or even as a power word.

So perhaps a different slant on the possible meaning of LOVE as a power word is in order. Generally speaking, today’s Christianity does not allow for the possibility that each soul lives many times here on Earth. Prize winning Christianity says that you win the prize for a good life only once….and then you disappear into heaven, plain and simple. Prize losers, of course, after one chance, go straight to hell for all eternity.

The early church had no such understanding. In the early church, many things were espoused that the later church, say after 325 AD and the Council in Nicaea, rejected and prosecuted believers for even discussing. Reincarnation is one of those ideas that was excluded by the 325 AD Nicene Counsel.

Reincarnation, like rabbits biting at your heels, still bites at the ankles of the church, so early on they tried to put a stop to it. The idea that you had more than one chance to win the prize diluted the authority of the church……something that, to this very day, is never permitted. Fact is, the Christian Church, in all its manifestations, wants to be judge, jury and executioner of its follower’s lives. Preaching Hell and Damnation is still on the agenda in many Christian Churches.

Reincarnation, on the other hand, reveals that each soul is eternal, exists at all times, is a cell in God’s body, and arrives on earth to live multiple lives that will eventually result in spiritual growth, also expressed as creating good Karma. This is the big schoolhouse we’re living in and we come here from someplace else and we will return there and come back again and again, until we have learned the lessons and passed the exams.

Karma is understood to be either good or bad, or like deposits and withdrawals in the spiritual bank of life. Kindness, good deeds and compassionate acts toward other souls result in deposits to your Karma account. Meanness, destruction and attacks on other souls results in a withdrawal from your Karma account. At the end of your life, you go through a review and God balances your account and the resulting balance or deficit determines the agenda for your next life.

Those in the know realize that kindness toward all other souls, is a sure way to build up your Karma credits.

Now here is where LOVE comes in. As we realize that every other soul is on the same journey toward learning about Kindness, Love and Good Karma as we are, it begins to determine how we will treat each other. Jesus said, “Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You”……because, not only are you in the exact same boat as they are, but you are ONE with all souls. What we do to another, we do also to ourselves. This is not just a good idea….it’s the law.

With that as an understanding, would we continue to do some of the destructive and mean things we do to each other? Would we allow states to war on each other, build nuclear bombs, or even execute prisoners for crimes that already have an eternal result in the bank of Karma? No. Would we go out of our way to help each other, to be kind to each other, to forgive each other, regardless of the crime, offense or provocation in question? The answer is Yes.

This is the ultimate win-win approach to life. Treating others as you would like to be treated adds to your karma while allowing the other person to see beyond the pain they have created and it opens the door to more positive spiritual growth. We are the each other’s teachers.

Of course, this is not easy and it is made harder still when our Church leaders do not allow us to think about reincarnation or Karma.

However, as Christians we do not have to go along with the crowd. We can show love to every soul with whom we come in contact, because whatever we do to others, we do to ourselves. And a positive Karmic balance in this life, will make the next life so much better.

Notes From the Masters Class 2014-04-29

Chuck discusses some of what he is learning as he and Karen meet weekly with the Ascended Masters and the Archangels for an interview which is then presented on Karen’s Angel Readings by Karen website. (See tab above on right side.)

These audio interviews challenge most of our beliefs and ways of seeing things……and they ALWAYS provide a different way of seeing life and current events…..and one walks away from listening with a deeper appreciation about what is possible in other dimensions.

Marcus Borg and 21st Century Christianity

Here is the story of the man we interviewed on April 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. You will find this highly acclaimed theologian to be real, funny, relaxed and brilliant…….and so did we !

Here is Marcus Borg’s official bio:

Marcus J. Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Internationally known in both academic and church circles as a biblical and Jesus scholar, he was Hundere Chair of Religion and Culture in the Philosophy Department at Oregon State University until his retirement in 2007.

He is the author of nineteen books, including Jesus: A New Vision (1987) and the best-seller Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994); The God We Never Knew (1997); The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions (1999); Reading the Bible Again for the First Time (2001), and The Heart of Christianity (2003), both best-sellers.

His newest books are Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary (2006), a New York Times Best-Seller; Conversations with Scripture: Mark (2009), and three books co-authored with John Dominic Crossan, The Last Week (2006), The First Christmas (2007), and The First Paul (2009).

His novel, Putting Away Childish Things, was published in April, 2010.

Described by The New York Times as “a leading figure in his generation of Jesus scholars,” he has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and “Dateline,” PBS’s “Newshour,” ABC’s “Evening News” and “Prime Time” with Peter Jennings, NPR’s “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross, and several National Geographic programs. A Fellow of the Jesus Seminar, he has been national chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature and co-chair of its International New Testament Program Committee, and is past president of the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars.

His work has been translated into eleven languages: German, Dutch, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and French. His doctor’s degree is from Oxford University, and he has lectured widely overseas (England, Scotland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Israel and South Africa) and in North America, including the Chautauqua and Smithsonian Institutions.

In addition to the nineteen books he has authored or co-authored, he is the editor or co-editor of: The Lost Gospel Q (1996) Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings (1997) God at 2000, co-edited with Ross Mackenzie (2000).

Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time (1994) is the single best-selling book by a contemporary Jesus scholar.

The God We Never Knew was named “one of the ten best books in religion in 1997″ by Publishers Weekly.

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions
, co-authored with N. Thomas Wright, a well-known British New Testament scholar from the conservative side of the spectrum. It won the “Best General Interest Book of 1999” award from the Association of Theological Booksellers.
Reading The Bible Again for the First Time (2001) has made Publishers Weekly “ten best selling books in religion.”

The Heart of Christianity (2003) has been a group study book in hundreds of churches.

Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary is a New York Times best-selling book.

A very useful study guide for The Heart of Christianity is published by HarperOne and authored by Tim Scorer. 160 pages long, it teaches “Heart” in twelve sessions, with suggestions for small group formation and activities, a DVD that includes handouts, visuals, and some video. Similar study guides for Reading the Bible Again for the First Time and Jesus are also available from Wood Lake Books.

Lo Anne Mayer and Celestial Conversations

Lo Anne Mayer is a long time student of healing and spirituality. After her mother’s death, as Lo Anne describes in this interview, she wanted to deal with much unfinished business with her mother. She found a way to communicate with her mother and this book is about that and it will also lead you to similar solutions if you have a questions about a loved one who has made his or her transition.

This is an opportunity to see first hand what you have long suspected. There is not only life after death, there is relationship on both sides of the veil.

Lo Anne and her book will move you to action.

The Great Emeregence: Hill Country News Faith Roundtable

Round Table Discussion: The Bible as Literal or as Allegory                 

By Chuck Robison

The Question about the Bible as being literal is a valid one and deserves the responses at this Round Table discussion. However for me, the issue is not about the Bible as history or story….these questions are a sub-set of a larger discussion dealing with the issue of Authority.

Our history for the past 2000 years reveals the efficacy of the myth of the Phoenix…..a bird who flies about for 500 years and then is consumed in a fire of cinnamon twigs. From the ashes of that fire, a new Phoenix is born and flies off for another 500 years.

Two things happened around 500 hundred years ago that perfectly illustrate the truth of this myth. First, the printing press enabled some in the church to make the Bible available to a larger audience. Prior to that, the teachings of the Bible were on handwritten documents, which were the domain of the Catholic Church. The average Christian got his Bible knowledge from the priest. This resulted in the Church being the culture’s authority on life and how it should be lived.

Second, Luther used this availability of the Bible as a means to undermine the rule of the Catholic Church as the culture’s sole authority. The Reformation was based on the Bible as the ultimate authority. The Protestors deemed the Bible as having the history of the faith and the clear rule for the society; and they attempted to take it literally.

Then in the mid-1800’s Biblical scholars began trying to understand what was literal and what was a story of some kind. This caused a division between those who wanted the Bible to be literally true as a condition of its authority and the allegory side of the division said that the Bible is both literal and allegorical.

So here in the past 160 years we have seen a path leading up to the Return of the Phoenix. Today, the old Phoenix has been consumed in the fire of time and a new Phoenix is with us. Described by Phyllis Tickle and other scholars, this next 500 years will become known as the Great Emergence. This period is already moving past the Bible as the cultural authority and a new authority is coming forward.

Trouble is, we do not know exactly what this new authority will be. This creates doubt, confusion and most importantly, uncertainty for those souls who need absolute certainty in order to live their lives. These Bible literalists are able to gloss over the unworkable rules and conflicts of the Bible, like the Book of Leviticus and all the old Jewish rules that are no longer observed, and believe that their version of the Bible is historically correct……like the earth being created in six 24 hour days. The conflict in the recognition of these contradictions and irreconcilable differences is a sure sign that the Bible is no longer the cultural authority.

Something new this way comes. The Great Emergence is riding on the back of our global electronic experience, just as the Reformation of the Protestors rode the newly available Bible as the authority for the next 500 years. We have entered a period of confusion and conflict in almost every one of our past cultural norms. As the old paradigm leaves time’s stage, our welcoming the New Paradigm, The Great Emergence, is a powerful and difficult experience. But it is happening.

For my part I see The New Authority of the Great Emergence as the common understanding that what we experience as we attempt to live in higher levels of consciousness and new dimensions of reality is becoming the cultural authority. In these higher experiences we understand that all is one, there is only one God with many many names, one eternity and one rule that cancels out the duality of the past and becomes the oneness-glue of all experience.

That rule is love. God is love and he creates us in his image…..we, too, are love.
Now that our global vision is instantly electronic and we see life as it is happening all over the world, our new understanding of our oneness of life makes it possible to accept the authority of love and oneness as the cultural norm.

Funny thing. Even though we are experiencing this massive upheaval in the Great Emergence, one rule seems to follow us wherever the Phoenix flies. And that rule is this: DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU.

“40” Faith Article for 2014-03-20 in Hill Country News

20120220-_MG_Small6032 By Chuck Robison

It’s remarkable how we Christians have narrowed our view about the past. The farther back we look, the less we see….even though it is right there before us.

Take the number 40. To our species this number is critical and everywhere you see it, it translates to its’ original meaning.

That meaning is this: When our species was quite young, all births were Virgin Births. The reason for that is we did not know the process of conception. The whole affair was a woman’s issue. Women conceived, bore, raised and guided all the children in the tribe. And, of course, women were in charge. A matriarchy.

And then one day a very bright ancestor of ours discovered that 40 weeks after he had mated with one of the women, a baby arrived! Walla! Now the man was clearly involved in the women’s domain and he wasted no time in tearing down some of the old myths. Babies were named after the father. The end of virgin births came to pass and religion sealed the deal when the baby was consecrated in the name of the father. Now we had a patriarchy.

All of a sudden 40 weeks takes on a symbolic meaning much greater than we thought. Forty is the universal signal for growth and birth, and when it is used in history, the story is usually about that. Noah prepares for 40 days of difficult change and then a new genetic strain of man and animals species survive the flood and life begins again.

The Jews wandered for 40 years before being given the lands they considered as God’s gift to them.

Jesus spent 40 days alone in the wilderness before he began his life’s work. He returned to that work when his life was fully directed and fully empowered.

It’s an interesting point that many plants in the deserts are hallucinogenic. It is possible that Jesus was about to gather more of his powers through a process that other indigenousness cultures still use today.

So the church fathers may or may not have known this long history of 40 or the importance of that number to our species’ history, but by making Lent begin 40 days before Easter, they followed the real meaning of this original pagan rite of spring.

It is our understanding that in the 40 days prior to Easter we are being prepared for a new experience. And of course we need to make room for that. Thus this 40 day period is a preparation for our new life and a cleaning-up of the things that have hindered our lives in the past.

Because this naturally timed season has been around since before recorded time, you can be certain that your observance of Lent and Easter is supported not only by Christian Tradition, but also by the genetic memory of our species.

Your use of this time before Easter can be a powerful spiritual tool to use in raising your consciousness and in speeding up your spiritual experience. There is new life energy coming to this hemisphere within a month. It is open to all and the story of Jesus’ resurrection is there to demonstrate to you to have no fear of death nor massive change.

As we let go of the harm we have done to others, and ourselves and realize that God is Love and Life is Eternal, we free ourselves from the guilt of the past and the fear of the future.

We were put in this garden to grow and be happy. To do that requires one main thing: Every day, as often as you can, just think about God, and God will take care of everything else. That’s the big secret.

It is simple beyond measure and powerful beyond out wildest dreams. Come and see.

Opinion: The Sheep Look Up / 2014-03-05

20120220-_MG_6032By Chuck Robison 

The Sheep Look Up is a science fiction novel by British author John Brunner published in 1972.  Reading it in 1975 seared my memory with the awful thought that this same story could happen here.  The plot is centered on the rise of a corporation-sponsored government, pollution in big cities has reached extreme levels and most (if not all) people’s health has been affected in some way.

By the end of the book, rioting and civil unrest sweep the United States, due to a combination of poor health, poor sanitation, lack of food, lack of services, ineffectiveness of services (medical, policing), disillusionment with government/companies, oppressive government, high incidence of birth defects (pollution-induced), and other factors; all services (military, government, private, infrastructure) break down.

 The people cause this destruction by acting like sheep, going along with the crowd and not paying attention to what is happening right before their eyes, until it is too late for positive action.

Something like this is happening in America now.  We have begun to think of ourselves as well informed by the 24 hour news cycle, yet we  know nothing other than what the various propaganda machines tell us.  And they are telling us two huge lies.

The first lie is that there is no global warming and people who contest that are using that as an excuse to make money.  Remember the Inconvenient Truth of Al Gore?  Fox News convinced a lot of people that the global warming issue was just Gore’s way to make money.

For some reason at least 55% of the American population does not accept what is clearly obvious.  From bee colony collapse to radiation from Japan lapping at the West Coast beaches to dramatic shifts in weather patterns and the melting of the polar ice caps, we are confronted with all the evidence needed to prove there is a problem, or problems. Yet we are not willing to solve or even look at this evidence.  Not surprisingly, 97% of the world’s climate scientists have closed the debate and accepted the fact that we are polluting and heating up our world.

The second lie is also a product of the anti-intellectualism of the American character.  Right now more than 46% of our population claims not to believe in evolution.  They consider themselves supported by God in their beliefs.  Yet by denying evolution and insisting it be stomped out, they are closing the door on the real solution that could take us through this global crisis.

God built us to evolve.  It makes no difference where we came from; the issue is where are we going.  There is a target for evolution’s process.  We are meant to become much, much more in the future than we are today as individuals and as a species.

Denying evolution’s process and target is a way to block our progress and insure our demise.

Nevertheless, the people telling us these two lies are using them to control us and to make money.

But there is change ahead.  As one era ends it must necessarily share the stage of time with the beginning of a new era.  We see the truth of our situation being revealed daily….from the NSA files to the GMO foods poisoning our bodies. It is the end of the world as we know it.  The New Era, now being born, will arrive bringing with it the new man, Homo Luminous, the man of light.

Daily we are given the opportunity to find new solutions and paths.  But too many seem more empowered by defending the lies we have accepted for so long.

If knowing the truth is the gatekeeper to living in freedom, then it is mandatory that we be willing to tell the truth to each other and ourselves.  And the truth is this:  we have reached the end of an era, and if we want to enter the new era, we must take responsibility for the unfinished business of the past and prepare ourselves and our planet for a totally new understanding of why we are here.

As we do that, we will demonstrate to our brothers and sisters that in bringing light to all the dark caves of consciousness we have been living in, we are creating a new world for evolution’s next step, Homo Luminous.

Of course, I could be wrong.

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This article first appeared in the March 6, 2014 Hill Country News in Cedar Park, Texas

Photo: David Saenz

 

The Door is Open – Faith Column

20120220-_MG_Small6032 By Chuck Robison

It’s time for Darwin to retire. In 1859 Darwin published the Origin of the Species and from that point forward, Christians have been threatened by the implications of what he proposed. When I say Christians, I mean that portion of Christians who feel called upon to defend the Almighty. Imagine that……defending God!

That, however, is the crux of the problem. God’s defenders are currently composed of about 46 % of the American population, more in Texas, of course, and they have so misconstrued the issues in our evolution, that it is time to walk away from it and into a future given us through our own experience of personal evolution. Here are some examples.

Darwin did not propose the survival of the fittest. He proposed the survival of the least weak. That’s why you see in the animal kingdom that the sick, the infirm and the damaged animals are the food target of predators. This natural process strengthens the herd. And yet even Darwin’s most ardent detractors actually believe in the survival of the fittest. It is a key component of our current crisis of greed.

Einstein said that God does not play dice….which seems to contradict Darwin, but Darwin was trying to explain a complex system that had no seemingly workable explanation in 1859. Had he been writing today, he would have had a mountain of scientific issues to prove his case, from chaos theory to quantum biology. But the idea that this is a random crapshoot does not work in our world.

Finally, when asked about where did the first cell come from that was dropped into the pond, he replied, “God”.

God’s defenders feel it important to view the Bible as literal, despite the fact that it is filled with one allegory after another, and the meaning of these allegories changes over time, as does our understanding of everything else. But seeing the Bible as literal makes good sense if you are trying to connect with something totally currently invisible and available only through Faith, and you are looking for absolute certainty.

With this short summary, it can be said that Darwin has been so misunderstood that it is time to put him back on the shelf for a while.

But here is the main reason. Science is going to go on regardless of what Christians believe. In a free country, it is perfectly fine to raise children with a belief that the entire world is less than 10,000 years old and was created in 6 days. But not all parents want their children to enter a highly scientific and technical world hobbled from their beginning by a lack of understanding about how things work, and a fear of science.

When we believe that man showed up less than 10,000 years ago, fully developed and fixed for all time, we slam the door in God’s face by saying the creation is all done. By defending God against Darwin, we are not concerned with the past, we are actually trying to control the future. The very idea that man has no more growth or development ahead is dangerous. By losing sight of the fact that the human brain is still in the process of evolution towards a more perfect state in which a still-superior pattern of consciousness is possible, we tell God that He cannot move beyond where we are right now.

Evolution says that there are worlds and states that we cannot even imagine now,
because we are not sufficiently evolved to sense, perceive or understand these worlds. But as our bodies unfold and grow slowly over time, as God intends through an evolutionary process, we will experience new levels of consciousness and understanding that will require new skills and attributes not currently available to us now.

To become that future human, we need to conform our lives to a more simple lifestyle, reject the greed that our society breeds in us and be willing to be open to how God is working today in our world to bring us to a higher level of understanding and consciousness. And Peace.

Gopi Krishna and The Hopi Elders at the UN, October 1983

Gopi Krishna, October 1983, Untied Nations in New YorkGopi Krishna and the Hopi Elders present their similar prophesies to a special gathering at the United Nations in October 1983.

Gopi Krishna was asked to speak to a gathering of Native Americans of many tribes. This request was made due to the parallels drawn between his prophesies and the Hopi prophesies. They called him the “Red Man From the East.” He traveled from India in October of 1983 to present this speech to them in the United Nations, known as the “House of Glass.”

I was invited by Gene Kieffer to attend this event which was held in the main lobby of the United Nations building because the nations of the UN would not permit the indigenous nations to present their prophesies to the UN. The Hopi’s had tried two times before this night to present their important information to the UN.  They decided to try one more time to wake up the UN.  They invited Pandit Gopi Krishna  to address the UN along with them.

The next day I spent an hour with Gopi Krishna, alone, in Gene Kieffer’s in-town apartment in the Fertile Cresent on east 36th Street taking roll after roll of portraits of this fully enlightened soul. One of these portraits accompanies this article.

I never dreamed this would be such a formative event in my life.  The portraits I took that day are slowly being released, and one of them is the only portrait of Gopi Krishna appearing in his Autobiography, Living with Kundalini.

At the end of the hour, as I was about to pack up my gear, I asked Gopi Krishna what I needed to do to become enlightened.  I was open to anything he might direct, including wearing a hat all the time, repeating a phrase, wearing a certain color garment, changing my diet or whatever.  After I asked the question, he looked me directly in the eye and said:

                “Just this:  Every day, as often as you can,  just think about God,                                                                               and God will take care of everything else.” 

For the past thirty years this has been my main spiritual practice, and I can say without reservation that this is a true path to great spiritual growth.  Jesus said it as follows:  Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all else will be added to you.

Here, then, is the text of the presentation Pandit Gopi Krishna made that night.  He was introduced by Associate Secretary General Robert Mueller.  There were about 500 people in attendance. There were no chairs in the hall and everyone stood for the entire speech.

First Robert Muller introduces Gopi Krishna. Robert Muller (born 1923 in Belgium, died September 20, 2010) was an international civil servant with the United Nations. Assistant Secretary-General for 40 years, his ideas about world government, world peace and spirituality led to the increased representation of religions in the UN, especially of the New Age Movement. He became known as the “Philosopher” of the UN. “…They also say what Secretary General Uthant, our first Buddhist Secretary General, always repeated to us namely, that it is only spirituality that can help us out of the present quandary. I am very happy to give the floor to Gopi Krishna whom I met today for the first time.”

Pandit Gopi Krishna: “Dear friends, there is a prayer in the Rig Veda dating to two thousand years before the birth of Christ. “From darkness lead me to light, from the unreal lead me to the real, from death lead me to immortality.” This prayer is perhaps more appropriate to the conditions existing on the earth at this time than it was ever in the past. On the one side, we have achieved conquest of the wind, of the oceans, of space and have landed on the moon. And we have ambitious projects for landing on other planets in space. On the other, we are nearer to extinction than we were at anytime in the history of the human race. This is a paradox, which no one has been able to explain.

Why should the foremost nations of the earth with vast knowledge and unprecedented technological skill be acting in a way which would not only destroy the enemy, but themselves too? The reason for this is not political as might be supposed but psychological, brought about by certain factors about which we are in the dark.

During the past seven thousand years, no less than sixteen civilizations rose and fell, never to rise again, the first for thousands of years and the last for hundreds. But the present civilization, the present glamorous age, will perhaps be the shortest lived of them all, ending with all its relics in less than a hundred years. The reason is that man prides himself on his intellect and has completely ignored and disregarded spiritual traditions of the past.

There is no treasure, which the human race has guarded so jealously and so faithfully as the revealed scriptures of mankind. For fifty centuries, fifty generations, the Vedas, which have a large volume, were transmitted orally from one generation to the other, so that not a single syllable has been lost. And the Vedas existing today are the same as they were four thousand years ago. Similarly, the Bible, the Koran, the discourses of the Buddha, have been jealously guarded and preserved as the greatest treasures of the race. I wonder if it has struck you, why should the race honor and respect its religious leaders who have prescribed austerity, humility and such disciplines which are often disagreeable to us, rather than the great scientists who have prescribed the hedonistic way of life?

Have you ever considered the issue, why the birth or death days of the great spiritual leaders are celebrated by millions of people all over the earth while the multitudes are not even aware of the birthdays of the greatest scientists the earth has produced? The reason is that the religious scriptures of man contain a secret on which the survival of the race depends. It is because we have overlooked the importance of spiritual knowledge and religious discipline that the human race is threatened as it has never been threatened before.

In two centuries of the reign of reason we have created a situation, which is leading, day-by-day, to the degeneration rather than evolution of the mind. After eighteen hundred years of the sovereignty of Christianity, Europe was able to produce a galaxy of geniuses that transformed the earth. But only after two centuries of the rule of reason the same earth, the same soil of Europe, has produced minds, which caused the two bloodiest wars in history and threaten now with a third one, which may destroy the whole of the race. What is the reason for this paradox?

In two centuries, the mineral resources of the earth have been exhausted and the planet has been poisoned to an extent that, even if a nuclear war is not fought, there is every danger that the race will not be able to survive in the poisoned conditions of the environment. The reasons, which are mentioned even in the religious scriptures of mankind, are that mankind has adopted a completely hedonistic lifestyle and ignored the spiritual laws of nature.

One of the basic requirements of yoga is said to be discrimination, the ability to distinguish what is permanent from what is transitory, what is right from what is wrong. It is mainly for this purpose that religious disciplines are indispensable to keep the intellect on the true path. It is the light divine which shows us the way. We may have knowledge a thousand times that which we have at present. We might have intelligence ten times what it is now, but without the guidance of the light divine the race cannot survive a day. There is something more than temporal knowledge, than the knowledge of science, which is necessary to allow the race to live in peace and happiness.

If we examine the religious scriptures of mankind, the real testament of Christianity, Buddhism, Shintoism, Islam, Judaism, indigenous teachings and all of the faiths and creeds, we find a basic similarity in the tenets of these creeds. What the Sermon on the Mount says is said in other words in the Gita, in the discourses of the Buddha, in the Ten Commandments and in the Koran. The basic directions are all the same and these basic directions prescribe humility, love of thy neighbor, compassion, truth and faith in God. Machiavelli, the famous writer of the Renaissance, criticizes Christ for his teachings that “if someone gives a blow on your cheek present the other cheek to him”. Had Machiavelli lived in this age, at this time, he would have been a different man. What Christ has said, what Buddha has said, what Moses has said, is perennial wisdom, as true at that time as it is in the nuclear age. Without this wisdom and without putting this wisdom into practice the race cannot survive. The threatening situation of the world is due to the fact that we have departed from the path.

We have overlooked that as human beings we live in two worlds, the spiritual and the material, and that the whole attention must also be divided in two directions, the material and the spiritual both. All of us devote many hours of the day to feeding ourselves, to bathing, to cleaning ourselves, to dressing, in fact so many things are connected to the body. But how many of us devote even a fourth of this time to our souls? The race is not threatened just because certain political leaders have a thirst for power. it is because nature is against us. The situation has developed because nature itself is against us, that is the reason. That’s why we live in constant fear of instant annihilation. I am not making this statement by any intellectual study of the conditions of the world or by philosophy. I am making this statement on the basis of an experience which has lasted more than fifty years now.

The situation that exists at this time was revealed to me first in 1949 in the words that came, not through my mind, but from the Intelligence surrounding me. All that I have received as communications from the Unseen, I have faithfully recorded in my books. The crux of what has been written is this — that the human race has not been created to live in comfort and luxury, that man has not been made the supreme ruler of the organic kingdom of the earth and a whole planet has not been placed at his disposal, to do as he likes, to spend resources in any thing he thinks proper, to find ease and comfort for himself, but that he has a great destiny in front of him and that the earth is a cradle of a race, of a species, that might even affect people of all the planets of the solar system. We should understand that, during the last only 200 years, the human intellect has taken a leap that even the great philosophers of the past could never have dreamt of, that no one living in the fifteenth century could, even in the least, imagine the condition of the human race in the twentieth. Similarly, we who live in the twentieth century can not imagine what man will be like in the twenty-fifth century.

We are misled by the intellect because there are potentialities in the human brain which are likely to come into play if we obey the spiritual laws. In fact, from what has been revealed to me, all religious communication, all religious inspired scriptures have come from the collective consciousness of the race to tell man that he is destined for a glorious future and that it is necessary for him to follow the direction, the teachings contained in the revealed documents of the earth. For this reason, they have been preserved and miraculously guarded, so that not a single direction is lost. It should not be a matter of great surprise to us how, hundreds and thousands of years before, the Hopi prophecies could see what was to happen in this age.

Strangely, what was revealed to me corresponds with it, the Hopi prophecy, in a surprising way. What was revealed to me in 1949… this was the beginning of the sentence, Oh people of the world unite And pave the way to peace sublime, Divided you yourselves invite Disastrous wars, unrest and crime. At that time there was no fear of a nuclear war and this message came to me in several languages. All that has happened since then has been stated word for word. After that I wrote two books, one of them in the early 60s, The Shape of Events to Come, and then recently, The Present Crisis. The last paragraph of The Present Crisis is this, Do not forget, when in fear of this war That hope is ne’er away from human hearts, And blank despair is ne’er the only course For those beleaguered by an adverse Fate, As Grace of God is always near at hand To fill the darkest day with bright sunshine. For this reason, I never fear that this war will be enacted. It will only be a buffet given by nature to put us back on the path. Not a single ounce of damage more than is absolutely necessary will be done, to teach a solitary lesson to us.

In fact, it is amazing that we should never stop to think that, if this universe has an intelligent Creator, then man cannot be the master of all that he sees around him and that he has to live in submission and obedience to the laws revealed to him in the religious scriptures of the human race. The reason I am drawing attention to the scriptures again and again is that the human brain is already oriented for the expression of a new channel of perception, that is, all the religious teachers of mankind, whether of the East or the West, whether or the new or old world, had in them a certain region of the brain, awakened, through which they could communicate with other elements of nature which are denied to us. The universe is not only composed of mind and matter. Even modern science has come to the conclusion that matter is not what we thought it to be.

The world is wheels within wheels, planets within planets, planes within planes. And once the mind transcends the limitation of the senses, a glorious world of consciousness opens before our eyes. This is what Christ meant by the Kingdom of Heaven. This is what Buddha meant by Nirvana. This is what the Vedas mean by Brahma and this is what the Koran means by Firdaws. What we see, the world which we have constructed, the buildings, the skyscrapers, the airplanes, the ships and everything that we know, they are only in the form of toys. They are not at all comparable to the kingdom in the heart of man.

With one change in the brain, all the people who are now interested in yoga, and there are millions around the earth, can know this. The aim is the opening of this center in the brain. The aim is not, as is supposed by modern psychologists, to reach the subconscious, for the subconscious is only a hidden part of our conscious mind.

But there is a potential in the human brain which springs to activity with the practices prescribed in yoga and this is clearly mentioned in the scriptures of mankind. When this dormant region in the brain springs to activity the world loses its reality. It becomes the shadow on the surface of a Sun, of which everyone of us is a distant being. You do not then see the world as you see it now. You do not see yourself as small, puny human beings, one out of four billion other people, surrounded by tall mountains and oceans, living in a house. You do not see yourself like that. Then you yourself will see yourself as the wind, as the thunder, as the lightning, as the ocean, as one with all the elements and forces of nature. Then you at once perceive that death is a mockery, that the aims of human beings to collect money, to have cars and to have planes is only a futile pursuit.

Remember that the great geniuses, the greatest spiritual teachers of mankind were born before the age of science. Imagine that Buddha, Plato, Socrates, Rama, Mohammed, Moses and the other leaders and the other geniuses were born when there was no science. Nature is not so small and so shallow as we perceive it to be. A simple shelter, clothes, a simple diet, but the right way of life are needed to make the human being a captain of all he sees, to open the inner kingdom and to enjoy a life of happiness and peace which is beyond the dreams of the most intelligent and the most powerful people on the earth. Nature, by creating the present impasse, the present dilemma, is trying to save the race from degeneration, from losing forever the possibility of gaining to the kingdom of heaven and to divert it into right channels to win what it can never gain by material means.

I don’t believe that this war or this paradoxical situation is of the Creator, but of human beings themselves. If they could solve the dilemma, they could defuse the crisis… but they are not able to do so. They are helpless. Even scientists are submitting petition after petition, but the situation begins to grow more acute every day. The reason is that we have departed from the laws of the Spirit. I am proposing, with all the emphasis at my command, experiments on the brain, on this center, which is known as Brahmarendra and has been known as such for thousands of years. Its location is precisely described — above the palate and below the crown of the head.

We need to make it known and to show that the human brain is still in a state of evolution and that it needs this type of environment, this type of lifestyle, this type of behavior to be able to bloom in the shortest amount of time. You see, what is happening in our interior is evolution of the brain and we, by living a materialistic life, are creating a conflict between what is happening inside and what we do by our actions and thought. This is the reason that religion was revered thousands of years ago, to show man that he should obey the spiritual laws, in order to reap the greatest benefit.

The incentive of Heaven or the threat of Hell, which is shown in every religious scripture of mankind means, in other words, what is happening today, progress on the one hand and degeneration and horror on the other. There is nothing wrong in the religious scriptures of mankind, only the time has come when, just as science has proved the laws of matter, we also have to prove that nature has already provided in us the potential to reach those higher dimensions of consciousness where a fuller understanding of the universe is possible. As examples, we have already had individuals in the course of history, perhaps hundreds in numbers, known as prophets, mystics and sages, in whom this center was operative, generally from birth.

Most of the mystics, most of the prophets, most of the saviors were religious geniuses from birth. We know about Christ, that at the age of twelve or thirteen he was able to defeat the greatest wise men in debate. The same is true of Guru Nanak, the same is true of Shankaracharya. There have been several child prodigies in India who were religious geniuses from the very start. Unfortunately, the last two centuries have been devoid of true religious genius with the result that the materialistic tendencies, the materialistic sciences, have gained ascendancy with the result we see today.

I am therefore urging, with all the emphasis at my command, that research should be done on the brain to find out the spiritual potential that brought a Buddha, or a Socrates, or a Gandhi on the earth. If there were even two figures in the modern world comparable to any of them, the situation would be quite different. It is this potential in the human brain that has been behind the Hopi Prophecy, behind all the prophecies, predictions and wisdom contained in the Scriptures. It is not possible to do it with the intellect.

My time is up and the subject is so vast. So, with thanks to those who organized this meeting and to the United Nations organization, represented by Mr. Muller, I close my speech.”

As a result of attending this speech, I further studied the Hopi Prophesy and it became one of the central messages in the book Karen and I wrote in 2008 titled:  The Quantum Conspiracy, which is still available at Amazon.  In time, this event and this speech will be recognized as one of the most important events ever happening at the UN.