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21 May 2021

What Happens After DEATH? It’s Time To Find Out The Answer

What Happens After DEATH? It’s Time To Find Out The Answer

ALLATRA TV International 

There is a question that every person asked themselves. We address science and religion to find the answer to it. Already for 6 thousand years, we have been trying to find out ... 


For the first time in history! Scientists, physicians, clergymen and eyewitnesses will seek the answer all TOGETHER! 

- Does reincarnation exist? - Fear of death. What is its nature? How do we, alive people, know what death is? 

- Who benefits from hiding facts about a person's after death fate? 

- Human consciousness is outside the body. 

- The prophets knew the truth about the afterlife fate of humans! What does science say? 

- Is the state of Heaven and Hell explained by physics? 

- What are we here for? 

Answers to the most important questions for every person! 

May 22, 2021, International Online Conference “LIFE AFTER DEATH. FICTION AND FACTS” 

Death is not the end. 

We have the right to know the Truth! 

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02 January 2017

Old life, new life: entrances and exits

Dreams come and go. Some are forgotten, others remain. The practical side says, "You must do this, you must do that," but the dreams that hold on say something else:

You can leave an old life and begin a new one.

This is more than hope. It's a kind of vision composed of past moments in which the cup of joy is filled to the brim.

Nothing in this universe can wipe out those memories forever.

They come back.

And when they do, they bring energy, belief, and confidence.

A person can refuse to see the suggestions and the implications, he can pretend he's merely floating in a brief reverie, and he can then trample on through the garden and continue his way to a bleak outpost. But still he doesn't entirely forget.

Because he doesn't want to.

The memories are distillations of the best of the past, and they point to a new future.

The shape of that future may be vague, but the emotions and sensations are vivid.

These feelings can rise again, if one can discover what actions will recover them. Actions, which taken together, create the substance of the years ahead.

For a baby learning what this world is, there is no tangible past. His entire thrust is discovering delight. Which reminds us that the psyche, the spirit, wants joy, naturally---and if unimpeded, will find it. Hour by hour, day by day.

Only much later, when the baby has "grown up," does he realize he has left something behind.

Then, unfortunately, he comes to believe he can't go back. He comes to believe that some rigid set of principles should be his North Star: through this compass setting, the best of what is possible will be his, given that limits are more important than possibilities.

But every human knows, in a part of himself that is often shielded from sight, that possibilities ring more true than limits.

When a small child paints a picture, no matter what it looks like, he can tell you a story about it. And he invests this story with a vision that is more powerful, in some mysterious way, than all of society.

Centuries from now, when historians look back on this time, no matter what they find, they will still need this lesson. They will need to know that in the soul of every person, there are colors of visions which, when acted upon, make new lives, new delight, joy, ecstasy. And the alternative is always less.

The simple compounding of these lessers, without the need for mathematical sophistication, explains the root cause of the decline of civilizations.

December 31, 2016

17 June 2016

Wetiko, the Mind Virus - Collective Shadow of Humanity

Every human alive has a shadow or a kind of mind virus (also called wetiko) which sets up our external life situations while hiding within.

The existence of a mind virus that plagues all of humanity - every man, woman and child - at first may seem like a far out concept, but it's an idea that has been around a long time in a lot of different cultures.

Religion has grappled with the problem of evil for eons.

Deep down the rabbit hole of conspiracy research you will eventually get to the same theme - that there is some dark force coordinating the many nefarious schemes and agendas we witness daily in our world.

Although there are definitely outside beings and forces coordinating these agendas, including the hybrid royal bloodlines, negative ETs such as Greys and Reptilians, discarnate entities such as Djinn or Archons and some kind of self-aware AI, we ultimately have to ask ourselves:

Is this evil actually a real force outside of ourselves, or is it rather the collective unconsciousness of humanity that appears as its own force and entity but is not?

Are we infected with an actual mind virus installation, as the shaman warrior Don Juan of the Castaneda books suggested?

Or are we facing the collective shadow, the disowned, unloved and unacknowledged parts of ourselves, which have been shoved down and repressed so much that they have become twisted and emerged as a monster appearing as its own life-form?

Paul Levy on Wetiko, the Mind Virus of Humanity

It's a big question, and the answer is not necessarily one or the other.

I was recently impressed when watching the book release presentation of Paul Levy, who authored Dispelling Wetiko - Breaking the Curse of Evil. Paul shows a deep understanding of the mind virus theme, and explores it by talking about wetiko. 

Wetiko is a native American Indian term describing evil spirits.

According to Paul, wetiko is a mind virus, but unlike other viruses, it won't mutate itself. It forces us to mutate by tricking us into identifying with it. Like any virus, it needs a host to survive.

As Paul writes in his article The Greatest Epidemic Sickness Known to Humanity:

"Wetiko is a virulent, psychic pathogen that insinuates thought-forms into our mind which, when unconsciously en-acted, feed it, and ultimately kills its host (us).

It doesn't want to kill us too quickly however, for to successfully implement its agenda of reproducing and propagating itself throughout the field, it must let the host live long enough to spread the virus.

If the host dies too soon, the bug would be prematurely evicted and would suffer the inconvenience of having to find a new residence."

This, of course, is virtually identical to what Don Juan had to say about the Mud Shadow Flyers (Archons):

"Indeed we are held prisoner!

This was an energetic fact for the sorcerers of ancient Mexico… We have a companion for life… We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master."

"The predators give us their mind, which becomes our mind… It has rendered us docile, helpless. If we want to protest, it suppresses our protest. If we want to act independently, it demands that we don't do so."

What follows are some direct quotes and approximate paraphrasing from Paul's presentation, along with my commentary beneath the quotes.

What is the Origin of Wetiko?

"The origin of wetiko is the psyche, the collective unconsciousness."

"[Wetiko] synchronistically explicates itself through the medium of the outside world… it's as if this virus that's in the collective unconscious somehow extends itself and actually configures outer events so as to… express something that's happening inside of us."

"It works through the unconscious, the blind spot, the shadow. It acts itself out in life, yet hides itself in the process."

This is a brilliant way of encapsulating the essence of the mind virus.

It is a master of distraction, making us look outside of ourselves and find issues and problems there, rather than looking within. We find people or groups outside of ourselves that match our projections of evil or darkness, then falsely believe the darkness is (only) outside of ourselves.

This becomes a self-perpetuating feedback loop where we become unwitting propagators of wetiko. These ideas are exactly in line with what famous psychologist Carl Jung said about the shadow.

Jung said that,

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate." 

The qualities and aspects that we don't like acknowledge or love in ourselves are the ones we judge, criticize and attack in others.

Yet, on an ultimate level, your world is a reflection of your inner state.

Does the mind virus wetiko really exist?

Does a shadow really exist?

Does Wetiko Actually Exist?

"Wetiko doesn't ultimately exist. It has no intrinsic objective existence, yet it can destroy our species.

Wetiko is a blindness that believes it is sighted, and arrogantly believes it is more sighted than anyone else (in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king)."

Paul believes that wetiko has no fundamental ontological existence of its own.

Yet, if this true, we have to be careful not to be lulled into a false sense of security about the mind virus. Just because it may not independently exist does not mean it is not powerful.

Some people get so overtaken by the shadow - falling into depression, addiction, compulsiveness and schizophrenia - that they are driven to suicide.

This mind virus is undoubtedly strong enough to drive some people to kill themselves just in the hope of becoming free of it.

Interestingly, this concept of "the one-eyed man being king in the land of the blind" has also been cropping up lately in the work of David Icke. David uses the metaphor in his latest book The Phantom Self to describe the mind virus as a type of AI computer virus which has hacked life itself.

He also labels it blind, saying that the only way it can gain the upper hand over us is to bring us down to below its level, since if we both operated at maximum capacity, the virus would be no match for us.

The mind virus wetiko, like the Trojan Horse: a trick or a gift?

Wetiko Making Us Look Outside - A Trick or a Gift?

"Is wetiko destroying us or waking us up? It depends on how we dream it. It's a dreamed up virus."

"If we don't recognize what it is showing us, the gift it is giving to us, then it will kill us. It's like a lethal mirage. But once we recognize it, and identify it and its tricks, then it will dissolve into the nothingness from which it arose."

Left unchecked, the mind virus runs rampant, and can destroy your life and bring you untold suffering and misery...

However, if the mind virus has no will or existence of its own, then it is really YOUR life force, trapped and distorted, which is wreaking the havoc. Paul suggests that whether we look at wetiko as a cunning enemy out to destroy us, or a cheeky challenger out to prod and poke us into a fuller awareness, is a matter of perspective.

Obviously, it is more empowering to view the created situations and outcomes of the mind virus as gifts rather than as curses or burdens, because the former view may spur us on to become better people, while the latter may lead us to anger and hate.

We do, at least, have that much choice, but unless we are already a fully awakened or enlightened individual, we do not yet have the choice of whether to invite wetiko into our lives or not.

It's already here, and it's not going away, unless every last speck of shadow is fully acknowledged.

How Do We Defeat Wetiko?

"The only way to defeat wetiko is to find the place inside of yourself which is invulnerable to wetiko. If you fight it, you become it."

"How do you deal with a demon? Find its name. Once you name it, it loses its power."

"Imagine waking in the dream and putting together your dreaming power with other awakened individuals."

The way to defeating wetiko lies in the realization that it only has power when it is hidden. 

The mind virus hides by tricking us into judging and labeling, and by identifying with form/matter not the more real energy/consciousness. The solidity of the world is illusory and is just a product of our consciousness.

We become attached to our identity, but in an ever-changing world where things never remain the same, this is a recipe for suffering. We get tricked into thinking we have to defend some mental position or some idea of ourselves, when in the end it's just a waste of our energy.

We get fooled into thinking that we have to fight something to change it, when the very act of fighting creates a resonance field with that which is being fought, and by doing so we strengthen it and become it.

When Paul talks about "finding the place of invulnerability within" and "naming the demon", he is not saying anything that great spiritual teachers and prophets have not already said.

Many of them have stressed the importance of meditation, inner silence, of becoming the watcher or observer and distancing yourself from that insane voice in your head.

To 'name the demon' is to be the watcher. To be 'find a place of invulnerability' is to remember Who You Are - an individuated but powerful part of All That Is.

Overcoming the shadow is all about integration, not destruction. You can't destroy the "dark side" - it will be always be there as part of the whole in contrast to love, so that we can know what love truly is.

The spiritual path is about healing whatever split we hold within by integrating the disassociated parts of ourselves into a fully aware whole.

Conclusion - Learn to Spot the Wetiko Mind Virus Within Yourself

As Eckhart Tolle writes in his book The Power of Now, it is better to refer to the darkness as unconsciousness rather than evil, because "evil" as a description connotes more separation rather thaninclusion, and therefore decreases the likelihood of integration.

The ultimate solution to the problem of wetiko is to see it in yourself.

It will always be easier to see it in others, but as long as we remain focused on changing others, we neglect the crucial shadow work we must do ourselves. Only you can integrate your own shadow.

Sorry to break the news to all you billionaires out there, but shadow work cannot be outsourced. No one else can do it for you, no matter how rich, persuasive, entrepreneurial, charming, sexy, beautiful or intelligent you are.

In this respect, we are all equal.

Death and the wetiko mind virus, level the human playing field, beyond all categorizations and classes.

Both are an inevitable part of life, and both must be faced without fear if we are to move into our true power and full awareness...

by Makia Freeman
May 30, 2016
from Freedom-Articles Website

06 May 2016

Harvard Studies Proves The Afterlife Exists

Harvard trained brain neurosurgeon of 25 years, Dr. Eben Alexander, encountered an unfortunate incident which sent him into a coma for 7 days. Fortunately, he woke up but brought along a narrative of his experience while he was under a coma and he claims that the afterlife truly exists.

Read on to know more on what he found out about the afterlife and how he defended his surreal claim to the public. This is one compelling read that’s sure to make you a believer.

Dr. Alexander changed his mind after he was in a coma for seven days caused by severe bacterial meningitis. During his coma he experienced a vivid journey into what he knew to be the afterlife, visiting both heavenly and not so heavenly realms.

After returning to his body and experiencing a miraculous healing against all odds, and went on to write the NY Times #1 best selling book “Proof of Heaven.” What Dr. Alexander confirms is that our life here is just a test help our souls evolve and grow, and that the way we succeed in doing so is to proceed with love and compassion. Here are just a few other notable points he made:

– The experience of the afterlife was so “real” and expansive that the experience of living as a human on Earth seemed like an artificial dream by comparison

– The fabric of the afterlife was pure LOVE. Love dominated the afterlife to such a huge degree that the overall presence of evil was infinitesimally small. If you wish to know the Universe, know Love.

– In the afterlife, all communication was telepathic. There was no need for spoken words, nor even any separation between the self and everything else happening around you. All the questions you asked in your mind were immediately answered to you telepathically as well.

When asked what he wants everyone to know about the spiritual realm, he always answers saying that you are precious and infinitely loved more than you can possibly imagine. You are always safe. You are never alone. The unconditional and perfect Love of God neglects not one soul.

“Love is, without a doubt, the basis of everything. Not some abstract, hard-to-fathom kind of love but the day-to-day kind that everyone knows-the kind of love we feel when we look at our spouse and our children, or even our animals. In its purest and most powerful form, this love is not jealous or selfish, but unconditional.

This is the reality of realities, the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist, and no remotely accurate understanding of who and what we are can be achieved by anyone who does not know it, and embody it in all of their actions.”

Now let’s talk credibility for a minute. What makes this experience so much more significant than another NDE account? Eben’s neocortex was completely nonfunctional during the time of his coma do to his severe bacterial meningitis, so there is no scientific account for why he experienced this. In fact, he gives refutations to 9 different possible scientific explanations for his experience in his book.

Exploring Naturalistic Explanations

Let’s take a look at 5 potential explanations he outlines in Appendix B of “Proof of Heaven”. Some are of his explanations would make no sense to us as laymen untrained in neuroscientific terminology, so here are the most common explanations he refutes, all of which are taken verbatim from his book:

1. A primitive brainstem program to ease terminal pain and suffering (“evolutionary argument” – possibly as a remnant of feigned-death strategies from lower mammals?). This did not explain the robust, richly interactive nature of the recollections.

2. The distorted recall of memories from deeper parts of the limbic system (for example, the lateral amygdala) that have enough overlying brain to be relatively protected from the meningitic inflammation, which occurs mainly at the brain’s surface. This did not explain the robust, richly interactive nature of the recollections.

3. DMT dump. DMT, a naturally occurring serotonin agonist causes vivid hallucinations and a dream-like state. I am personally familiar with drug experiences related to serotonin agonist/antagonists (LSD) from my teen years in the early 70s. I have had no personal experience with DMT but have seen patients under its influence. The rich ultra-reality would still require fairly intact auditory and visual neocortex as target regions in which to generate such a rich audiovisual experience as I had in a coma. Prolonged coma due to bacterial meningitis had badly damaged my neocortex, which is where all of the serotonin from the raphe nuclei in my brainstem (or DMT, a serotonin agonist) would have had effects on visual/auditory experiences. But my cortex was off, and the DMT would have no place in the brain to act.
4. A reboot phenomenon – a random dump of bizarre dis-jointed memories due to old memories in the damaged neocortex, which might occur on restarting the cortex into consciousness after a prolonged system-wide failure, as in my diffuse meningitis. Especially given the intricacies of my elaborate recollections, this seems most unlikely.

5. Unusual memory generation through an archaic visual pathway through the midbrain, prominently used in birds but only rarely identifiable in humans. It can be demonstrated in humans who are cortically blind, due to occipital cortex. It provided no clue as to the ultra-reality I witnessed and failed to explain the auditory-visual interleaving.

His NDE account stands as the most credible account of all time, and coming from his materialistic scientific background, we have good reason to believe that he really did have a vivid encounter with something beyond this world.

Here is an interview/feature he did with ABC News about his condition and his experience:

16 April 2016

5 Things That Happen When You Die

Putting Life And Death In Perspective

As an evidential medium, I bridge the gap between the physical and the Spirit world, bringing through detailed messages that prove that life goes on – even after death. A wonderful by-product of my work is the way it puts life and death in perspective, erasing the fear of “what comes next” and illuminating our true path. 

What happens when you die?

When the Spirit is released from the heaviness of the physical shell we call the body, it’s similar to a driver getting out of a broken down car, or even taking off a heavy overcoat and letting it fall to the ground. There is no pain at all associated with exiting the shell. So what DOES death feel like?

For more info see my book, Adventures For Your Soul

Hundreds of thousands of spirits have come back to say they UNIVERSALLY go through the following steps:

1. AWAKENING - The person suddenly experiences an overwhelming sense of PEACE, HAPPINESS and LOVE. 

2. REUNION - No one ever dies alone. Your relatives and loved ones who you have created bonds of love with over your lifetimes will come and greet you. They have prepared for your homecoming - so you can just imagine the incredible sense of joy when you return home.

3. VISITING YOUR MEMORIAL SERVICE, OR FUNERAL - Every soul will be present for their service or funeral. Even if there is no formal ceremony, they will be there - surrounding their family for at least several days after the transition and trying to impress on them that they are ALIVE and feeling healthy and whole.

4. LIFE REVIEW - Upon returning to the spiritual home, each one of us will go through a review - seeing, feeling and living every single experience we lived out on the earth school. We will “relive” every thought, action and word we created about one another and ourselves. If we treated someone unkindly, we will experience it from their point of view.

5. LIVING THEIR JOY - Each soul will get to access what they desire to experience creatively. If they had always wanted to play the piano but were not able to on earth, they will be able to learn and live this expression in heaven. They will be able to have whatever their hearts desire....if someone wanted to have children on earth but were unable to, in the Spirit realms they may find that they are surrogate parents to children in the spirit world who need guidance and wisdom from certain souls.

It’s not surprising that after over 30 years spent talking to dead people, I have become quite an expert on the subject! The more I learn about death, the more I understand that the end of life is an illusion, a transition where the soul – which never dies – leaves its earthly body for its next “assignment.” 

Apr 12, 2016

25 February 2016

Futurist Claims Technology Causing Humans to 'Evolve' Into a New Species

The year 2050 is not so far away, but by then, we may have been replaced by Homo Optimus - a blend of human and computers

Is technology causing us to 'evolve' into a new SPECIES?

Expert believes super humans called Homo optimus will talk to machines and be 'digitally immortal' by 2050.

Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson has predicted how humans will evolve by 2050.

He claims transhumanism will be normal and create Homo optimus species.

New species would be a mix of human and computer with superior senses.

We could also turn our pets into talking 'real-life Furbies'.

If you're under the age of 40, there is a good chance you will achieve 'electronic immortality' during your lifetime.

This is the idea that all of your thoughts and experiences will be uploaded and stored online for future generations.

That's according to a futurologist who not only believes technology will let humans merge with computers, that this will create an entirely new species called Homo optimus.

And, he claims this could occur as soon as 2050.

The predictions were made by Dr Ian Pearson as part of the lead up to The Big Bang Fair 2016. He believes that within the next 35 years, humans will 'live' online, and our pets could even 'talk' to us, like real-life Furbies.

He also claims transhumanism - the idea we can make people technologically better - will be the norm by 2050.

'With optimized genomes and bodies enhanced by links to external technology, people could be more beautiful... more intelligent, more emotionally sophisticated, more physically able, more socially connected, generally healthier and happier all round.'

As humans embrace technological advances and gradually become androids, we could gradually see Homo sapiens being replaced by Homo optimus.

'We can expect our evolutionary process to change in response to technology.'

'What's exciting is that it is no longer nature which is forcing changes on us but our own breakthroughs enabling changes we want, ' Dr Pearson explained.

Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson claims that in the next 35 years, humans will be able to communicate with computers to evolve better senses, memory and even intelligence. Electronic gold skin and tiny implants between cells could enable a direct link with devices, while we could 'wear' muscle too.

As humans embrace technological advances and gradually become androids, we could gradually see Homo sapiens being replaced by Homo optimus. This conceptual image shows four stages of human evolution (left to right) showing Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus and Homo sapiens.


Biotech and nanotech developments will make it possible to develop small brains with far greater capabilities, so the rest of the body could be scaled down accordingly.

There are big advantages in being tiny for space travel, Dr Pearson explained, because it is a lot easier to accommodate and transport tiny people.

'It is not frivolous to suggest that most space travelers will be rather like fairies, and wings would make it easy to get around in zero gravity too,' he said.

'This could give rise to some weird and wonderful future forms and creations - from changing video displays on our faces to controlling our own dreams - our (evolving) imaginations are the only limit.'

Dr Pearson believes that with a full link between the human brain and a computer, people could move their mind into an improved android body.

'This would allow people to have multiple existences and identities, or to carry on living long after their biological death,' he wrote in the 'Future Human Report.'

While this technology could be available as soon as in 2050, it may become cheap enough to be widespread by 2070.

Plus, by the end of the century, there will likely be several types of humans, including human-machine hybrids, and people living in android bodies, as well as 'smart creatures'.

Dr Pearson continued that anyone under the age of 40 today will have a good chance of electronic immortality, meaning they could essentially 'upload' their personality so it can continue posting after their death. In the film Transcendence (pictured) the character played by Johnny Depp uploads his consciousness onto a computer.

Research from academics and experts, collated by Dr Pearson for The Big Bang Fair, suggests humans will be able to directly communicate with electronics and we could clone teeth, fix surfaces and edit genes to make them self-replace.


Research from academics and experts collated by Dr Pearson for The Big Bang Fair suggests:

We will be able to connect directly with technology through 'electronic skin' or tiny implants between our skin cells.

Electronic 'support tights' will boost leg strength with wearable polymer gel muscles 1cm thick.

Smudged make-up will be a thing of the past with smart make-up applied on top of a membrane on the skin surface to give a flawless, changeable look.

Nanotechnology will monitor and repair our bodies from the inside, making self-replacing teeth a possibility.

Technology will be used to enhance pets and wildlife, with the potential to hear our pets talk or to increase their IQ, and to create real versions of kids-craze Furbies.

The predictions mean futuristic characters such as Dug the talking dog in Pixar's Up and the human-robot hybrids popular in hit TV shows like Humans could be a reality.

The Big Bang Fair - the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) for young people - will give access to technologies shaping these developments, from a sensor placed on the skin that allows people to hear music using bone conduction, to robot orchestras.

'We will certainly technologically advance some of our pets and even wildlife too and we might create entirely new species such as real Furbies,' Dr Pearson continued.

'It's the young people who come to the fair who will help drive through the innovations our experts are predicting,' said Paul Jackson, chief executive of EngineeringUK, organizers of The Big Bang Fair.

'Today's young people will not only get to experience 'wearing' muscles or owning smart-pets, they will decide what these look like.'

The Big Bang Fair is free and runs from 16 to 19 March at the Birmingham NEC.


Futuristic ideas about how humans could one day cheat death have been proposed since the 1950s.

The book 'Death and the Afterlife' by Clifford A. Pickover charts futuristic ideas about how humans could one day cheat death.

It includes the idea of transhumanism, proposed in 1957, and is considered to involve the use of technology to enhance human mental and physical capabilities. This could gradually make people 'posthuman' and means we could become immortal.

Cryonics, invented in 1962 offers hope that someone could be brought back to life, after being frozen. The idea is that technology will advance to a point where people could be revived and cured of diseases that may have killed them to have a second chance at life.

The mind-boggling idea of quantum immortality was first devised in 1987 and relies on the 'many worlds interpretation' of quantum mechanics.

The theory holds when the universe is confronted with a choice of paths at a quantum level, it follows the possibilities, splitting into multiple universes. This means if we die, in most parallel universes we will be dead, but in a handful, you will be alive.

Quantum resurrection is the idea that in an infinite amount of time, anything is possible and that we will reappear, according to physicist Katherine Freese.

It's possible it could take the form of Boltzmann brains - self-aware brains floating through space.


08 June 2015

The Elite Have a Great Fear of Death

by Michael Snyder
May 25, 2015
from EndOfTheAmericanDream Website

If there is one thing that the elite of the world fear more than anything else, it is death.

They spend an extraordinary amount of time and energy attempting to shield themselves from potential threats, to separate themselves from the general population and to do whatever they can to extend their life-spans.

They travel with multiple bodyguards, they install "safe rooms" in their homes, they buy private islands on the other side of the world and they invest huge amounts of money into life extension technologies and research. They do all of these things in a desperate attempt to battle an enemy that they have never been able to defeat - death.

And in this day and age, the elite are becoming more paranoid than ever.

They know that as the gap between the wealthy and the poor has exploded that they have become bigger targets than ever. So firms that provide private security, "safe rooms" and high tech "security bunkers" for the elite are doing a booming business these days.

Many of the elite live in constant fear and absolutely crave security, and they are willing to pay big bucks to get it.

On Monday, the New York Times ran an article entitled "Still Secret and Secure - Safe Rooms Now Hide in Plain Sight" which discussed how "safe rooms" are becoming much more common among the elite living in New York City…

For centuries, the best way for the wealthy to feel protected, or at least give the impression, was from behind a moat, a gate or an army.

Such options are impractical in Manhattan, even for those who can afford them, yet a number of these property owners are finding ways to feel safe even in the event of a home invasion.

When an alarm or a doorman is not enough, advances in designs and materials have made it possible to enjoy the safety of Fort Knox amid the comfort of a Four Seasons suite.

"The world is a very scary place right now, especially for people of means; they feel cornered and threatened," said Tom Gaffney, the president of Gaffco Ballistics, which has installed a number of safe rooms around New York City.

"When you have so much to lose, and you can afford to, you put a premium on your safety."

Most Americans tend to view the elite as people that have it all together.

But that is not really the case. Most of them spend much of their time living in fear. Sometimes the threats are real, and sometimes the threats are imagined.

And as anger toward "the one percent" has surged in recent years, so has the fear of the ultra-wealthy. In fact, many of them have gone so far as to purchase "survival properties" and "bug out locations" on the other side of the planet.

If you do not believe this, just consider what the president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, Robert Johnson, told a packed audience in Davos, Switzerland

With growing inequality and the civil unrest from Ferguson and the Occupy protests fresh in people's mind, the world's super rich are already preparing for the consequences.

At a packed session in Davos, former hedge fund director Robert Johnson revealed that worried hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

"I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway," he said.

But even if the elite are able to shield themselves from the rest of us for their entire lives, they know that eventually the aging process is going to catch up with them and they are going to die.

Despite all of their wealth and influence, death is something that they cannot escape.

That is why the elite have always been obsessed with the latest medical technologies. Anything that can extend their time in this world is greatly desired by them.

And now, thanks to the massive technological explosion that we have seen in recent years, many of them hope that new radical life extension technologies will enable them to live far longer than humans have been able to live before.

The elite are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into these kinds of technologies, and many of them seem quite promising.

The following is an excerpt from an article about these new technologies that appeared in The Week

The entrepreneurs are driven by a certitude that rebuilding, regenerating, and reprogramming patients' organs, limbs, cells, and DNA will enable people to live longer and better.

The work they are funding includes,

-hunting for the secrets of living organisms with insanely long lives

-engineering microscopic nanobots that can fix your body from the inside out

-figuring out how to reprogram the DNA you were born with

-exploring ways to digitize your brain based on the theory that your mind could live long after your body expires

That sounds like stuff you would find in a science fiction movie.

But it doesn't stop there. Many among the elite believe that the "transhumanism" movement will eventually allow them to completely merge with technology and essentially become part-human/part-machine cyborgs which will have indefinite life-spans.

This may sound quite bizarre to you, but there are lots and lots of scientists that take this stuff extremely seriously.

For example, the following is an excerpt from an article that appeared just this week in The Telegraph

Wealthy humans are likely to become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.

Yuval Noah Harari, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said the amalgamation of man and machine will be the 'biggest evolution in biology' since the emergence of life four billion years ago.

Prof Harari, who has written a landmark book charting the history of humanity, said mankind would evolve to become like gods with the power over death, and be as different from humans of today as we are from chimpanzees.

He argued that humans as a race were driven by dissatisfaction and that we would not be able to resist the temptation to 'upgrade' ourselves, whether by genetic engineering or technology.


-So these "transhumans" will become as different from us as we are from chimpanzees?

-And this technology will only be for the wealthy?

When I first read that, it reminded me of this quote from Charles Darwin:

"At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.

At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated.

The break will then be rendered wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilized state as we may hope, than the Caucasian and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as at present between the negro or Australian and the gorilla."

This is how the elite of the world have always approached things.

They see themselves as the very top of the pyramid. In fact, once technology has advanced far enough they believe that they won't even need any "god" anymore because they will be "gods" that can live indefinitely...

Just consider the words of Professor Yuval Noah Harari…

"But what we see in the last few centuries is humans becoming more powerful and they no longer need the crutches of the Gods. Now we are saying we do not need God, just technology."

Others in the transhumanist movement hold similar views.

The following is a quote from a prominent transhumanist named Mark Pesce that I included in a previous article

"Men die, planets die, even stars die. We know all this.

Because we know it, we seek something more - a transcendence of transience, translation to incorruptible form. An escape if you will, a stop to the wheel.

We seek, therefore, to bless ourselves with perfect knowledge and perfect will; To become as gods, take the universe in hand, and transform it in our image - for our own delight.

As it is on Earth, so it shall be in the heavens. The inevitable result of incredible improbability, the arrow of evolution is lipping us into the transhuman - an apotheosis to reason, salvation - attained by good works."

So what about the rest of us?

Well, the truth is that the elite certainly do not intend for all of us to live indefinitely. In fact, most of them are absolutely convinced that there are far too many people living on the planet already.

This is something that I covered in my previous article entitled "46 Population Control Quotes that Show How Badly the Elite Want to Wipe Us All Out".

If everyone was allowed to radically extend their life-spans, that would make our "overpopulation" problem far worse according to them. So no, the amazing new technologies talked about in this article won't be for the rest of us. It will only be for those among the elite with lots and lots of money.

The global elite look forward to a glorious new age in which the population of the planet will be stabilized around 500 million people (which represents a more than 90 percent reduction from today).

They believe that new technologies will usher in a time when poverty, disease and sickness will be eradicated and when people will be able to live indefinitely.

It will be a world shaped and molded by them, and there will be no more war or conflict. Instead, everyone will share the same common values and the same common goals.

They believe that it will literally be "heaven on earth" and the elite will not need any "gods" because they will be gods.

25 May 2015

Acceptance of Death

“If you are afraid of death, be afraid. The point is to get with it, to let it take over – fear, ghosts, pains, transience, dissolution, and all. And then comes the hitherto unbelievable surprise; you don’t die because you were never born. You had just forgotten who you are.” -Alan Watts

10 April 2015

Black Holes and the Journey of the Soul

Bibhu Dev Misra,
Waking Times

The annals of world mythology contain a number of references to the Milky Way galaxy. A few accounts try to explain how the Milky Way came to appear as a faint band of milky-white glow arching across the night sky, while some others are more mysterious. They talk of the presence of a “Spirit Trail” or a “Road of Souls” in our galaxy, along which the souls of dead people travel to a mystical underworld. Many ancient cultures subscribed to such beliefs, but the true meanings and origins of these cosmic tales remain a mystery.
The Spirit Trail to the Otherworld

In the book Star Gods of the Maya: Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and Calendars, Susan Milbrath of the University of Florida has mentioned a number of indigenous Maya tribes in whose folklore associations to the Milky Way galaxy have been detected.1 For instance, the Lacandon Maya say that the Milky Way is the “White Way of our true lord”, Hachakyum, who is the lord of heaven where the Lacandon go when they die. The Yucatec Maya call the Milky Way “White Road” (Sak Be), the same name given to ancient roads. The Chorti refer to the Milky Way as the “Road of Santiago”, their god of thunder and lightning – an association which is also present amongst the people of Peru in Southern America. The overarching idea seems to be that the Milky Way is the White Road traversed by the gods.

Another related belief was that the Milky Way was the pathway traveled by the spirits of the dead, with its countless stars representing the souls of the dead. In Peru, as well as in the Polynesian islands, the Milky Way is called the “Road of Souls”2. Amongst the American Indian tribes, the Milky Way is known by various names: the “Spirit Trail”, the “Pathway of Dead Warriors”3 or the “Path to the otherworld”. According to the Apache Indians of Southwestern America, the souls of the dead travel along this “Spirit Trail” for four days, before they reach a place of peace and plenty where there is no disease or death.4 The Lakota Indians, who live in the Great Plains of North America, believe that the spirit, on its journey to the otherworld, must pass by an old woman who inspects their spirit bodies for the proper markings. Only if they possess the correct markings, are they allowed into the peace and plenty of the otherworld, the land of many lodges, where all one’s ancestors pitched their tipis and buffalo roamed in unending abundance.5 The Pueblo Indians of Southwestern America share the belief that the deceased returns to the underworld through an entrance. Underworld is not only the place from which the race emerged and the place to which its individuals return, but it is as well the storehouse of all life-giving crops which are in season drawn up to nourish the living.6

So, there was a widespread belief across the Americas that a road or a pathway exists in our galaxy which is traversed by the gods and by the souls of the dead. This “Spirit Trail” or the “Road of Souls” leads from our galaxy to a mystical underworld of unknown location, where the ancestors live in perpetual peace and happiness. Are these ancient folklores telling us of an unknown cosmic pathway leading from the Milky Way galaxy to an alternate realm of existence? Is this alternate realm a different galaxy, or is it a star system within our own galaxy? Could it be that these age-old myths are not mere figments of imagination, but encode an advanced knowledge of our galaxy?

The Quiche Maya of the highlands of Guatemala actually have a very specific location for this pathway to the otherworld, which indicates that there is a physical reality underlying these intriguing beliefs. They point to the region of the Galactic Center as being the location of Xibalba Be – the dark road that leads to the underworld. For someone living in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be difficult to identify the Galactic Center with the naked eye, since the Milky Way appears as an extremely faint band of milky-white glow arching across the night sky. The Galactic Center lies low in the southern sky during the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere, and is hard to locate precisely. However, in the Southern Hemisphere, the skies are very dark, and the light pollution is much lower. On a moonless night, away from the city lights, the Milky Way comes into prominent view. Even a small binocular can resolve this band of light into thousands of stars.

During the winter months in the Southern Hemisphere, the Galactic Center is almost overhead, and the bright band of light sweeps across prominently from the northeastern horizon (NE) to the southwestern horizon (SW). The Galactic Center is located at the center of a dense bulge of stars (the central bulge), and its exact position lies in the direction of theSagittarius constellation. It is here that the Quiche Mayans believe, is present, a “sky cleft” or a “hole in the sky”, from where a dark road leads to the underworld.

Fig 1: This image of the night sky in the Southern Hemisphere shows the Milky Way band, along with the constellations. The Galactic Center is identified by the Sagittarius constellation. Source: NASA APOD 2009 May 9.

This sky cleft was the center of the Mayan cosmos, located at the intersection of four cosmic roads.7 According to Roberta and Peter Markmann, “it is through this hole that the gods descend to earth and the dead to the subterranean regions; it is through the same hole that the soul of the shaman in ecstasy can fly up or down in the course of his celestial or infernal journeys.”8 The entrance to the underworld was also depicted in certain Classic Period Maya art as the “mouth of a water monster”; while in certain Late Postclassic Central Mexican art, the entrance is represented as a cave. Both deities and human ancestors are born out of this cave, and after death they enter into this cave and descend to the underworld.

The sky-cleft was therefore, a portal of communication with the mystical world of the spirits, through which it was possible for both deities as well as the souls of the dead to journey to the underworld. And as per the Quiche Maya, this sky-cleft was present near the Galactic Center, in the direction of the Sagittarius constellation. Is it a mere coincidence that astronomers have recently discovered that a supermassive black hole is present at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, in exactly the same region where the Mayans believe is present a hole in the sky that leads to the underworld?
Journey through a Black Hole

In the year 1998, scientists confirmed that an enormous black hole, which appears as a very strong, radio-source in our radio telescopes, is present in a tiny region of space termed as Sgr A* (pronounced Sagittarius A star) near the center of our galaxy, in the direction of the Sagittarius constellation. Further studies since then have shown that this black hole is nearly 4.3 million times the mass of the sun, and is squeezed into a tiny space, which is only ten times bigger than the sun and is slightly less than the orbital distance of Mercury from the Sun (i.e. 46 million kilometers).

A black hole is believed to be formed when a large star expends all its fuel and collapses under its own gravitation force into a singularity i.e. an infinitesimally small space. The black hole, however, still retains its original mass, and thereby attracts nearby objects. Its gravitational pull is so intense that nothing, not even light, can escape from it once it falls within the boundary of the black hole called the event horizon. Since a black hole does not emit any light, it is very difficult to see it, especially if it floats alone in space. However, if a black hole passes through a cloud of interstellar matter, it can accrete matter into itself by its gravitational attraction. Thus, a black hole will be surrounded by superheated rings of hot gas, dust and stars which rotate around it at extremely high speeds, spiraling towards the event horizon. This ring of gas, dust and stars around a black hole is called the accretion disk, which contains the event horizon at its center. The accretion disk is a prolific source of radiation at all frequencies – from radio waves to visible light to X-ray light.

Fig 2: A supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy blasting out radiation and ultra-fast winds. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The presence of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy raises important questions about the cosmic knowledge of our ancestors. Were the Mayans were aware of the existence of this black hole, thousands of years before it was discovered by modern scientists? Their usage of the term “mouth of a water monster” to refer to this sky-cleft is very pertinent. A black hole does appear like a cosmic mouth which violently consumes anything in its vicinity. Some of the material swirling into the black hole does not fall in but rather is spit out at incredibly fast speeds, close to the speed of light. Scientists sometimes compare this to a messy eater who is trying to eat too much food at once and has food falling from his mouth.9

An interesting aspect of a black hole was hypothesized way back in 1940 by Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen. Einstein and Rosen had put forward a theory that there may be a bridge or a passage which connects a black hole to a white hole, existing in different parts of the universe. A white hole is just the reverse of a black hole. Just as a black hole swallows things irretrievably, so a white hole spits them out. This bridge connecting a black hole – white hole pair came to be known as the Einstein – Rosen Bridge and was subsequently simply referred to as a wormhole. Scientists have speculated that a spaceship may be able to enter a black hole, travel through a wormhole, and emerge through a white hole in another part of the universe, travelling faster than the speed of light. Stephen Hawking once quipped: “Wormholes, if they exist, would be ideal for rapid space travel. You might go through a wormhole to the other side of the galaxy and be back in time for dinner”.10

In the Einstein-Rosen theory, however, the idea of objects larger than electrons being able to pass through a wormhole was not considered, since the tremendous gravitational pressure existing inside a black hole is likely to disintegrate everything into the most fundamental particles. The atoms will get ripped apart, and even the nuclei would get stretched and elongated. However, if the black hole is spinning, its opening may remain stable, and it may be possible for an object to enter a black hole. This theory was proposed in 1962, by the New Zealand mathematician Roy Kerr. Accordingly, rotating black holes with stable gateways are known as Kerr black holes. It has now been found that all the black holes discovered till date are rotating very rapidly, some as fast as a million miles per hour. Kerr black holes, therefore, may be the most realistic and abundant form of black holes in the universe! There are doubts, still, regarding how stable the black hole entrance is, and how safe it may be to travel through the wormhole. Physicists argue that the very presence of an object, even light, will destabilize the wormhole, and it will collapse and evaporate before anything passes through it. 11 In order to send something through a wormhole, there would need to be some kind of scaffolding made from “exotic matter” to hold the wormhole open.
Fig 3: This diagram shows a wormhole connecting a black hole and a white hole. Source:

Recently, astrophysicists from the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy, have claimed that it is mathematically possible for a wormhole to exist in the middle of the Milky Way galaxy. Professor Paulo Salucci said that, “we could even travel through this tunnel, since, based on our calculations, it could be navigable.” Other spiral galaxies like the Milky Way may also contain wormholes at their cores. In their paper, the scientists wrote:

“Our result is very important because it confirms the possible existence of wormholes in most of the spiral galaxies…Dark matter may supply the fuel for constructing and sustaining a wormhole. Hence, wormholes could be found in nature and our study may encourage scientists to seek observational evidence for wormholes in the galactic halo region.”12

It is interesting that current scientific thought regarding black holes and wormhole travel is very similar to the Mayan cosmic conception that a dark road leads from the sky-cleft at the Galactic Center to a mystical underworld. There is a definite correlation here, which simply cannot be ignored. Although the possibility of travel through a black hole is still subject to debate, we should remember that as per the ancient traditions of the Americas, it is not a spaceship which journeys through this hole in the sky. Rather, it is the soul of a dead person which takes this route to the underworld. The soul being an entity not yet understood by modern science, its effect on the stability of the black hole gateway cannot be ascertained as yet.

There is a very real possibility, therefore, that the native cultures of the Americas knew that the core of our galaxy contains a black hole through which the souls of the dead were transported to a different dimension. The ancient Indians possessed a similar kind of understanding as well. In a few passages of the Indian spiritual poem, the Bhagavad Gita, one can find vivid descriptions of what could be a black hole sucking in the souls of dead warriors.
The Flaming Mouths of Krishna

The Bhagavad Gita was recited by Lord Krishna to the warrior-prince Arjuna, just before the commencement of the epic battle of the Mahabharata. Arjuna, inspite of being a formidable warrior, had become reluctant to take part in this battle against his old friends and relatives for defending the rightful claim of his elder brother to the kingdom of the Kurus. In order to rouse his spirits and dispel his confusion, Krishna then launched into an extensive sermon of the subject of duty and dharma, laying particular stress on the principles of selfless action and non-attachment to results. At a certain point during this philosophical and spiritual discourse, Krishna, who has been uniformly regarded in the Indian tradition as a mortal incarnation of the Creator Vishnu, displays his “universal form” to Arjuna. Since this form cannot be seen with the naked eyes, Krishna grants the necessary “divine eyes” to Arjuna to view his cosmic form.

What these divine eyes represent in reality is subject to interpretation. In the Eastern traditions there is a widespread concept of an invisible third eye being located in the middle of the forehead, between the two eyes. The third eye is regarded as the gateway to the mystical realms and to higher states of consciousness. It is believed that the activation of the third eye produces visions, extrasensory perceptions, and mental images having deep psychological or spiritual significance for the viewer. Traditionally, the activation of the third eye was achieved through yogic exercises and meditative practices. However, in many shamanic cultures of Asia, Africa and America, an altered state of consciousness was produced temporarily by consuming a psychoactive substance such as psylocybin, peyote, amanita muscaria etc. The Amazonian shamans still drink a jungle brew called ayahuasca, meaning “the Vine of the Soul”. Ayahuasca has been the subject of much research over the past few decades, and many anthropologists and enthusiasts who have partaken of this visionary plant, have been overwhelmed by its effects. Ayahuasca transports the mind to a fantastic world of breathtaking visual tapestries, populated by colorful serpents, fearsome jaguars, and anthromorphic beings. At the same time, the brew induces feelings of love, empathy, and oneness with the universe. Some of the accounts of the ayahuasca experiences of the early explorers are very intriguing. Anthropologist Geraldo Reichel-Dolmatoff said that, to drink yage (ayahuasca), is to return to the cosmic uterus and be reborn.13 Poet Allen Ginsberg wrote in the The Yage Letters that, “the only image I can come up with is of a big black hole of God-Nose through which I peered into a mystery — and the black hole surrounded by all creation — particularly colored snakes — all real.”14 Is it possible that ayahuasca and other psychoactive substances may, somehow, be transporting the mind through the black hole at the Galactic Center Center to the mystical underworld – the same place where our ancestors believed the soul journeys after death?

We may presume that the divine eyes granted by Krishna was an activation of Arjuna’s third eye by some means. This led to a series of extraordinary visions for Arjuna. At one point, he describes seeing the “blazing, flaming, all-consuming mouths of Krishna”, into which the souls of the dead warriors in the battlefield rushed in, like moths rushing towards a flame. Here are some of the relevant passages from the text15:

I see You with infinite power, without beginning, middle, or end; with many arms, with the sun and the moon as Your eyes, with Your mouth as a blazing fire scorching the entire universe with Your radiance. (11.19)

I lose my sense of direction and find no comfort after seeing Your mouths with fearful tusks glowing like the fires of cosmic dissolution. Have mercy on me! O Lord of celestial rulers, and refuge of the universe. (11.25)

All my cousin brothers, along with the hosts of other kings and warriors of the other side, together with chief warriors on our side, are also quickly entering into Your fearful mouths with terrible tusks. Some are seen caught in between the tusks with their heads crushed. (11.26-27)

All these people are rapidly rushing into Your mouths for destruction as moths rush with great speed into the blazing flame for destruction. (11.29)

Since the vision seen by Arjuna was the universal form of Krishna, it is possible that the blazing, cosmic mouths of Krishna that he sees in the vision are nothing but black holes. Just as a black hole sucks in everything due to its intense gravitational attraction, Arjuna saw all the dead warriors of the battle entering into Krishna’s flaming mouths like moths rushing towards a fire for destruction. A black hole can be extraordinarily luminescent, since it is typically surrounded by a superheated accretion disk which radiates intense light at all frequencies. This could be why Arjuna says that the cosmic mouths of Krishna appear to him as a “blazing fire, scorching the entire universe”.

Another noteworthy aspect of these visions is that Arjuna frequently refers to Krishna’s mouths in the plural, thereby indicating the presence of many such blazing, cosmic mouths. This agrees with what we know about our universe today. Scientists believe that a supermassive black hole exists at the core of every galaxy in the universe.

There is an interesting section in the text which states that as the warriors of the mortal world enter into the flaming mouths of Krishna, “some are seen caught in between the tusks with their heads crushed”. This is exactly the kind of effect that a black hole would have on any star that it happens to gobble up. The black hole would stretch the star due to its intense gravitational force, and practically rip it apart, such that one part of the star would go crashing inside the unknown depths of the black hole, while the other part would be emitted as matter and high-power X-ray radiation. These brilliant, white, jets of gas and X-ray light emitted by a black hole appears to have been described in the text as the fearful tusks guarding the cosmic mouths of Krishna.

So, there are a number of clear parallels between Arjuna’s vision of the cosmic mouths of Krishna and our current knowledge of a black hole. There is no other cosmic entity in our universe, apart from a black hole, which can be described as a “blazing, cosmic mouth, guarded by fearful tusks, which sucks in dead warriors and crushes their heads”. It appears that the sage Veda Vyasa was not indulging in mere flights of fancy by incorporating these extraordinary descriptions within the text of the Bhagavad Gita. Instead, he was imparting to us a highly advanced knowledge of the universe.
The Field of Hetep

The knowledge of the black hole in the Milky Way, and the role played by it in transporting the souls of the dead to an alternate realm, seems to have been known to many ancient cultures. In ancient Greece, people believed that a cave on the earth was the gateway to Hades, the Greek underworld (an idea that is also found in Late Postclassic Mexican art where the entrance to the underworld is represented as a cave). One of the caves was believed to be not only larger than the rest, but pierces right through from one side to the other. Homer probably refers to this cavity when he says, “far, far away, where lies earth’s deepest chasm”.16 Recently, in 2013, a group of Italian archaeologists discovered that a cave in the ancient city of Hierapolis (now Pamukkale) in southwestern Turkey was once the site of extensive rituals where priests would sacrifice bulls to the god of the underworld, Hades (known as Plutoto the Romans). Ordinary people could watch these sacred rites from a distance, but only the priest stood in front of the portal.17

According to the Greek legends, the underworld was the location of the Elysian Fields, the resting place of the virtuous. It was a land of perpetual spring and shady groves, lit by its own stars. Pindar names Kronos as the Lord of the underworld, and the clean and the pure are taken to his palace where, soothing breezes off the ocean flow over the “Isle of the Blessed”, and all around flowers are blazing with a dazzling light, some springing from the shining trees and others nourished by the water from the sea.

A similar belief was prevalent in ancient Egypt where the underworld, which was presided over by Osiris, was often referred to as the “Field of Hetep” (Hetep meaning “peace” or “offerings”), where the deceased may continue to serve Osiris, the “god of those who are there”. This was the “Land of Osiris” and was the nearest thing to an Egyptian Elysian Fields.Coffin Text spells and the Book of the Dead describe the Field of Hetep as a well-watered place, irrigated by channels, with abundant grain and all kinds of fruit trees, where the dead could indulge any desire, doing what they had enjoyed on earth.18 Cosmologically, the underworld was thought of as situated beneath the earth or below the western horizon. In early times, Osiris, the Lord of the underworld, was often worshipped in a subterranean chamber, constructed below a mound or tumuli, which was reached by a winding descending passage.19 Interestingly, one of the terms associated with the otherworld was Rosetau, which literally means “passage of dragging”. It initially referred to the sloping entranceway of a tomb, although it was later extended to the entire necropolis. The term suggests that the soul of the deceased was dragged through a descending passage to the underworld.

Fig 4: The Field of Hetep depicted in the Papyrus of Ani. It shows Ani interacting with the gods, and performing activities similar to those on earth such as sailing, ploughing, reaping etc. Source:

Therefore, the essential concept of the afterlife was similar across diverse cultures: the entrance of the soul into a cave, it’s the descent along a dark passage, and the arrival at a paradise-like land of the ancestors. In the context of our modern scientific understanding of the cosmos, it means that after death, the soul is transported through the black hole at the Galactic Center to different realm of existence. Needless to say, this would be quite a cosmic voyage! To journey 26,000 light years across the Milky Way to the Galactic Center, to enter a blazing, ferocious, black hole, and then to finally arrive at a Blessed Land – this would be a journey which would undoubtedly require much courage and fortitude. Our ancestors were aware of this long and hazardous journey that the soul has to undertake after leaving the material body, which is why they instituted so many elaborate rituals and customs, (generally known as Transition Rituals), to ensure the safe passage of the soul to the underworld. Every religion has its own set of complicated rituals, but perhaps the most elaborate of these were those practiced by the ancient Egyptians.

In ancient Egypt, the soul was known as the ba, which gave each person his own individual personality. Upon a person’s death, the ba had to embark on a perilous journey, overcoming various trials, before it could be reunited with its ka i.e. the “life force” or “vital force” which animates the ba. The union of the ba and the ka in the afterlife resulted in the formation of the akh, which is the most complete form of existence to which every Egyptian aspired. The Egyptians believed that the dead body had to be mummified and preserved in a pristine condition, so that the ba could successfully unify with the ka in the afterlife. The journey to the afterlife was considered as no mean feat – all manners of demons and other hazardous obstacles had to be overcome. The funerary texts provided elaborate maps of the heavens, including the Field of Hetep and the Mansion of Osiris, along with the directions for the routes to be taken. They also contained spells and recitations to be uttered at the appropriate time. The deceased was equipped protective amulets, which were placed in the bandages surrounding the corpse. Many personal goods and objects of daily life such as pots, tools, and weapons were also placed within the tomb, since they may be required by the soul during its journey, and possibly in the afterlife.20 Ultimately, after a long voyage, the soul arrived at the Hall of Judgement where Osiris sat on his throne.

Many such elaborate and complex traditions were followed by the people of the ancient times, and some are still practiced in different parts of the world even today. The time, expenses and effort that our ancestors expended for honoring the dead and for ensuring conformity to these rituals, was truly extraordinary. Needless to say, they were extremely concerned about the safe passage of the soul to the underworld, and they tried to ensure that the soul received all the help that it could get for undertaking this cosmic journey.

How the people of the ancient times became aware of the existence of the black hole at the Galactic Center, or of a wormhole connecting this black hole to a different realm of existence, is a mystery. Did they figure this out through their cosmic voyages undertaken in deep states of meditation or in altered states of consciousness? Or could there be any merit in the stories of extraterrestrial contacts, which is mentioned in countless legends from around the world? Whatever be the method, the correlations between these ancient beliefs and our modern scientific understanding of the cosmos are quite remarkable. Of course, there is much we do not understand. It is not clear, for instance, how the soul undertakes the immense across the galaxy to the black hole, or where the wormhole which originates from the black hole leads. But, our ancestors have left behind a plethora of cryptic symbols and mysterious legends, whose real meanings still remain undeciphered. Perhaps the answers to the questions confronting us lie encoded in this legacy of intriguing artifacts and doctrines? As we probe the furthest reaches of the universe with our telescopes and satellites, it may be the right time to take a fresh look at the cosmic wisdom of the ancients.

End Notes

1 Susan Milbrath, Star Gods of the Maya: Astronomy in Art, Folklore, and Calendars (University of Texas Press, 1999) 41.

2 Steve Mizrach, “The Mayan Sacbe System Analyzed as an Information Web”,

3 Songs of the Tewa, trans. Herbert Joseph Spinden, 1933, Internet Sacred Texts Archive < >

4 Edward S. Curtis, The North American Indian, vol. 1 (Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1907) 134.

5 Royal B. Hassrick, The Sioux, Life and Customs of a Warrior Society (University of Oklahoma Press, 1964) 297.

6 Hamilton A. Tyler, Pueblo Gods and Myths (University of Oklahoma Press, 1964) 3.

7 John Major Jenkins, “Maya Shamanism and 2012: A Psychedelic Cosmology”, Reality Sandwich Magazine

8 Roberta H. Markman and Peter T. Markman, Masks of the Spirit: Image and Metaphor in Mesoamerica (University of California Press, 1990) 121.

9 “Black holes”, ed. Susan Watanabe, 2007, <>

10 Michio Kaku, Parallel Worlds (New York: Anchor Books, 2005) 21.

11 Ibid 121-122.

12 Sarah Knapton, “Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way”, The Telegraph 21 Jan. 2015

13 Wade Davis, The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evan Schultes (2004) taken from Typtamine Palace

14 Allen Ginsberg, The Yage Letters (1962) taken from Typtamine Palace

15 Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, The Bhagavad Gita, trans. Eknath Easwaran (New Delhi: Penguin Books India, 1996) Chapter 11.

16 Plato, Phaedo (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1979) 175.

17 Michael Walsh, “Gateway to Hades said to be uncovered by Italian archaeologists in southwestern Turkey: Is it hell on Earth?” New York Daily News 4 Apr. 2013

18 Byron Esely Shafer, Leonard H. Lesko, David P. Silverman, Religion in Ancient Egypt: Gods, Myths, and Personal Practice (Cornell University Press, 1991) 120.

19 R.T. Rundle Clark, Myth and Symbol in Ancient Egypt (London: Thames and Hudson, 1978) 108.

20 Lorna Oakes and Lucia Gahlin, Ancient Egypt (London: Hermes House, 2007) 390-391.

About the Author

Bibhu Dev Misra is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Management and has been working as an Information Technology consultant for more than 14 years. He is also an independent researcher and writer on topics related to ancient civilizations, myths, symbols, science and religion. His research has taken him to many places of historical interest across the globe. His articles have appeared in different journals, magazines, and websites including the New Dawn, Science to Sage,Comsomath, Graham Hancock Forum, Viewzone, Esamskriti and others. He can be contacted at and via his personal blog:

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