The Secrets
by Michael Priv
  
CHAPTER ONE
WHY WOULD WE WANT TO KNOW WHO WE ARE AND WHERE WE CAME FROM
            The trajectory of this civilization, let’s call it “Western” just to stay within the familiar boundaries, does not seem to differ from the trajectories of the civilizations before us. They all went by the boards. They kicked the bucket most gruesomely—the Greeks, the Romans, the Sumerians, the Egyptians, the Persians, the Aztecs, the Vikings, the Incas, the Spartans and a multitude of others, all gone. I do mean ALL gone. 100% failure rate. Here is a grim stat if I’ve ever seen one.
            Our civilization does a lot of labored breathing at the moment and has been for a while. It is not healthy. It isn’t just the diminishing resources and the catastrophic pollution and environmental challenges, it isn’t just the ten actively flaring wars and hundreds of armed conflicts festering around the world, it isn’t just the rampant greed and hate, it isn’t just the deterioration of liberty and overpopulation. It is all of these factors combined and many more that prompted Stephen Hawking, arguably the smartest man on Earth, make his prediction about the imminent demise of mankind.
            What is a civilization? Here is a generalized look from a popular science web site http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/civilizations-collapse.htm:
“Historians offer varying lists of criteria for civilization, but most of the lists include the following important factors:
·        A large, centralized population
·        A surplus of food
·        A centralized government
·        Religious unity
·        A complex division of labor
·        Money collected through taxes
         This list hardly covers everything, but it gives us an idea of the various glues holding a civilization together, as well as what can go wrong. From population to religion, a number of factors play into the subsistence of civilization. If enough of them fail, however, things inevitably fall apart.”
         To summarize, the causes for civilizations collapsing presented here are:
                                Wars
                                Economy
                                Environment
                                Religion
          Upon closer examination, religion plays a crucial role in Wars, Economy and the Environment.
          Please note the word “inevitably” in the passage above in regards to civilizations falling apart. That is not an opinion, but a fact, based on the record of 100% failure rate of previous civilizations. Seeing everything that is happening now, we would be foolish to assume that all those who perished under the ruins of their collapsed cultures before us were fools, as opposed to us, who can reverse the statistic by not perpetrating same stupidities because we are smarter. No, we aren’t. We are immeasurably better equipped now to destroy the entire planet and everyone on it, yes, but we are not smarter. We are doing the exact same things that they were doing.
          People always do what they do. They are trying to get along and get ahead and build a life for themselves and their children. There are always rich and poor, greed, love, hate, fun, joy, sorrow, suffering, business, charity, moral vicissitudes, honor, bravery, violence, cowardice, betrayal, self-sacrifice, sense of duty, genius, mediocrity, envy—and all the rest of good and bad that makes us human.
         So far, evidently, doing what we do the way we do it inevitably ends in a monumental tragedy. The past tragedies do not concern me nearly as much as the upcoming one, the one we are careening toward in real time, 24-7.
         Let’s take a closer look at what we do as humans and how we do it. Possibly doing what we always do is not really what we are supposed to be doing by design. Or is it? What is the design? What were we created for? I am not even asking who created us, I just want to know why. What are we supposed to do? I dare putting forth a premise here:

                               BY KNOWING WHERE WE REALLY CAME FROM AND WHY AND WHO WE REALLY ARE,
                               WE COULD POSSIBLY BREAK THE PATTERN OF INEVITABLE FAILURE AND REVERSE
                               THE DANGEROUS COURSE THE MANKIND IS ON.  

CHAPTER TWO
THE COMMON DENOMINATOR
         For many years, my hope was to find THE answers as the common denominator of ancient religions, especially the extinct ones. The earlier religions seemed closer to Source and thus more promising in carrying forward the Truth. What a wonderful journey that had been.  
        Here is a brief overview.
        Over 6000 years ago Vedas gave us Indra, the King of Gods, the God of war, rain and thunder, an intensely interesting character. Indra is probably the oldest known major God in the global pantheon. A heavy drinker, Indra presided over Indian Valhala, called Svarga (by the way the Swedish name of Sweden is Sverige), his heaven in the clouds surrounding the highest peak of the sacred mountain Meru. Slain warriors went to the Great Hall of Svarga after death for a feast and entertainment.
Indra kept losing control of Heaven to the demons, which made him always watchful, always ready to battle the demons. On one such expedition he had to smash ninety-nine fortresses to finally slay the dragon demon who stole all the water in the world. As God, Indra made many blunders and committed many crimes, including a murder of a Brahmin, which was severely frowned upon at the time. He was a highly controversial God.
          Indra appears as a deity in Persian Zoroastrianism, where he was eventually demoted to a demon status for his lust for savagery and war. In Burma Indra was known as Gadza Min, in Thailand as Phra In, in Malaysia as Indera, in other parts of India and Sri Lanka as Indrudu and Inthiran, in China as Dìshìtiān, and in Japanese as Taishakuten. Indra did indeed get around. In the later religion of Buddhism, he is associated with Vajrapani—the Chief Defender and Protector of the Buddha. Buddhism is an interesting anomaly in world religions in that here the raw power and toughness is subordinated to the enlightenment. In other words, the toughest guy around is relegated to the role of a body guard of a wise man unwilling to fight with anybody for any reason.
          Indra was also accepted as one of the four chief gods in Mitanni Kingdom in northern Syria and parts of Turkey around 1500B.C.-1300 B.C., a major player in the world history, affecting the fate of Ancient Egypt, Assyria, Mesopotamia, Persia and the tribes of Israel. 
          As a personification of the warrior, Indra is broadly accepted as the Vedic origin of the Greek God Ares and Roman Mars, although he seems more akin to Zeus and Jupiter, respectively the Ancient Greek and Roman Gods of Thunder, the Kings of Gods. One way or another, Indra is the forerunner of other Indo-European Gods. They are either thunder Gods such as Thor, Perun, and Zeus, or Gods of alcoholic beverages and intoxication, like Dionysus or Bacchus.
           Although, never fully retired, Indra lost his prominence as the top God of the Hindus and was replaced by Shiva and Vishnu, much more complex Gods. Shiva possessed many different aspects, including that of a fearsome warrior slaying demons, and is therefore depicted having three different faces. Vishnu had four arms and was capable of many radically different deeds, including fighting off evil spirits and demons.
          In Ancient Egypt some 4000-4300 years ago the King of Gods was the God of Wind, Amun (meaning “Hidden”), the Protector. Later, after combining forces with the Sun God, Ra (the “Light”), the resultant God Amun-Ra (the Hidden Light) became for a while the only God of the Egyptians and the Nubians, when other Gods started being viewed as different aspects of one and the same Amun-Ra. A curious link seems to exist between Amun and a later Scandinavian God Odin half the world and centuries apart. Amun lost his eye in a battle with the enemies of Egypt. The eye was considered a sacrifice for becoming the Protector of Egypt. The eye was later restored. Many centuries later the Scandinavian King of Gods, Odin, was also missing an eye, which he sacrificed for wisdom. The eye was never restored although there was a sentiment among the Scandinavian pantheon that Odin should have asked for his eye back.
          Canaanites, the Biblical enemies of the Israelis, some 4000-5000 years ago worshipped Baal Hadad, the God of Thunder, and Anat, the virgin Goddess of war. Baal busied himself mainly with punishing the Bad and defending the Good.
Around the same time, the inhabitants of Crete, the Minoans, practiced a matriarchal religion, where the major images were a bull with a sun between his horns, the Earthshaker, a double-axe and a snake. Not much is known about the Minoans, but their images seem to indicate preoccupation with raw force and fertility. A minotaur, a half-horse, half-man creature, was a later invention of the Greeks. It had nothing to do with the Minoans.
          Tengriism of Central Asia is definitely worth a mention, a beautiful five-thousand-year old religion still alive in modern Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, in parts of Russia bordering Mongolia, in Mongolia itself and in parts of Turkey. Tengriism teaches tolerance toward other beliefs and other people. No one is perfect. Everyone deserves another chance. It maintains that Tengri is the only God, all-knowing, all-seeing, omnipresent, the only Judge. A man may be of any religion, station in life or intelligence, but only Tengri is qualified to judge who is righteous and who isn’t. Tengriism sees all humans as weak and preaches tolerance. Tengri, the King of Gods, does in fact judge and punish people as that is His domain. The lesser deities and all the regular people regardless of their wealth and rank in life are prohibited from judging.
          Tengric narrative of the Creation of the World is unique in that it stresses Compassion as the foundation the universe was built upon. The world began with God Tengri and his companion, Kishi, flying leisurely above the primordial Sea, until Kishi decided he wanted to fly higher than Tengri. That didn’t go well, as Tangri was creating the Sea and the Space above it for them to fly through, so there was Nothing above Tengri. Kishi, unable to exist or act in Nothingness, lost his ability to fly and splashed into the Sea. He called out to Tengri to save him. Despite Kishi’s obvious arrogance toward God, Tengri did not hesitate to bring forth earth from under the sea, creating Land for Kishi to stand on.
          From this Land grew the Tree of Life, which eventually produced lesser deities, such as Yer, the earth spirit, Tengri’s future wife. Tengri, the Supreme God, lived in perfect harmony with Yer. They had children, who were the first people. Yer gave us our physical body, while Tengri gave us our soul.
          Two points here: First, the Universe was created by a forgiving and understanding God only as an attempt to help a friend in need, regardless how foolish or disrespectful that friend had been, and, second, people were created from the point of perfect harmony between the Material and the Devine. To me, this is probably as close as any religion ever comes to the true beauty of the Truth. Less judgmental than other religions, Tengriism is an anomaly, it is not the common denominator of the old religions to any degree. Nonetheless, my hat is off to the compassion of Tagriism, one of the oldest still extant religions on Earth, the peer of Judaism, the forerunner of Christianity, Islam, Taoism and Buddhism.  
          Mithraism, a Persian religion later adopted by the Romans, maintained that the Great Trio—Mithra, the Undeceivable, together with Rashnu, the God of Justice, and Sraosha, the God of Obedience—were the three judges at the Bridge of Separation that spirits must cross after death. Interesting that for a soul that was judged to have had more good thoughts and deeds than bad ones, only the God of Obedience was needed to take it across the Bridge. For good people, obedience to laws of Gods and men was enough to ensure their place in the afterlife. Mithra was also the protector of pastures, cattle and water against any enemies and natural disasters. By the way, they celebrated birthday of their God Mithra on December 25th and have other fascinating similarities with Christian traditions.
          Half across the world from Iran, some 2500 years ago, Ancient Finnish people worshiped God Ukko, the hammer-wielding God of Rain and Thunder. Ukko was no slouch with his hammer. He did not fool around. Ukko, the Implacable, was quick to punish bad people. He was also considered nearly unreachable by prayer, so good luck praying to Ukko. Modern people settled in Finland around 11,000 years ago, right after the last Ice Age. Nothing is known about religions that preceded Ukko, but the resemblance between Ukko and the earlier Gods of the Orient is unmistakable.
          About two thousand years ago Ukko was known as Pirgine in neighboring Slavic lands, which eventually around the 5th century A.D. transformed into the Russian god Perun, the God of thunder and lightning, the chief God of the ancient Russian pantheon. Perun’s favorite mode of transportation across the sky was a chariot pulled by a mighty goat. Perun would throw his battle hammer or axe at evil people from that chariot. The weapon would smite the wrongdoers and return to his hand.  All the shrines and statues of Perun were destroyed in Russia in 988 A.D. when Vladimir the Great accepted Christianity.
          Just as a quick aside, Russia accepted Christianity in quite a remarkable manner: one fine day, by Decree, Christianity became the state religion and every citizen was to convert at once and all the images of Pagan Gods were to be destroyed immediately. Due to the affliction historically peculiar to the Russian governments, insufficient care was taken in briefing the population. Most of the explanations and indoctrination was conducted by Greek Orthodox monks, who did not have the manpower or the time to cover the entire domain. So soldiers would wreak havoc by descending on some of the villages, sometimes in the middle of the night, and throwing unsuspecting people into the rivers to be baptized. Some drowned, some escaped and hid into the forests, some openly revolted. Magnificent statues of ancient Gods were toppled and destroyed over massive protests. The uprisings were brutally squashed. Those painful events colored the Russian’s attitude toward Christianity (but for some reason buried deep in psychiatric textbooks, not toward their Government, the real villain of the story) for centuries to come.    
          Ukko was also the forerunner of the Viking god Thor, the hammer-wielding Scandinavian God of storms and thunder. Thor was depicted as fierce-eyed and quick to start a fight, although his wise one-eyed father, King of Gods Odin, did not approve of all that fighting.   
           I mentioned briefly Iranian Zoroastrianism, also known in India as Parsiism, a still functioning religion. It is a more sensitive and complex religion that gave birth to a sophisticated philosophy, mostly preoccupied with Good and Evil and Right and Wrong.
           Around the same time, 200-300 A.D. yet another notable religion originated in Iran, Manicheism, The Teaching of Light, which incorporated elements of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Mahayana Buddhism. It was created by one remarkable man by the name Manes, who died in prison in Iran in 276 A.D. for his beliefs, while his religion flourished in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, the Roman Empire, Armenia, Croatia, Spain, France, Uzbekistan, Turkestan, India and China for up to a thousand years after his death. In the doctrine of Manichaeism, the Universe was originally created as two equally powerful, but irreconcilable realms of Light and Darkness.
           The Realm of Light, ruled by the Father of Greatness, was manifested as Mind, Thought, Prudence, Reflection and Reason. The Realm of Darkness, the “Hile,” was ruled by the Prince of Darkness and was manifested by Five Trees of Darkness with deep roots: the smoke, fire, storm, mud and darkness, combined referred to as Matter. The restless demons of Darkness were always threatening the borders of the Realm of Light but they never approached close enough to actually see the Light. Once, Prince of Darkness saw the Light and became obsessed with its magnificence and consumed by the desire to be the ruler of Light.
           Pressured to take a stand against the advancing demons of Darkness, the Father of Greatness decided to accept the battle. The forces of Light, characterized by Mind, Thought, Prudence, Reflection and Reason, were incapable of fighting as fighting contradicted mindfulness, thoughtfulness, prudence, reflection and reason. There were no other forces in the realm of Light that were capable of inflicting harm on any opponents. Therefore, the Father of Greatness, left to fight alone, called forth three Evocations of Himself, one flowing from the next: first came the "Great Spirit," who then created the "Mother of the Living," who gave birth to the "First Man." The First Man had a Soul, composed of fire, wind, water, light and ether, that made up his weapons and armor. Armed that way, the First Man attacked the invading demons of Darkness.
            In first several battles the First Man managed to sever the roots of the Five Trees of Darkness, preventing the further growth of evil. However, the demons eventually overpowered him and devoured his Soul, leaving the First Man unconscious. Thus the Darkness of Matter engulfed the Domain of Light. Darkness, the Matter, did not extinguish the Light, but it intertwined with the Light, poisoning it, causing confusion and unconsciousness within the Light as to its true nature. Just as the Light was poisoned by Matter, Matter was also poisoned by the Light, losing completely its ability to exist without the Light. In other words, as the result of the collision between Light and Matter, Light lost consciousness of its true nature and purity (which is the Mind, Thought, Prudence, Reflection and Reason), while the Darkness, also referred to as the Matter, lost its ability to exist without the elements of Light being present. 
             Several Christian Emperors, including Justinian and the Manichean convert himself, St. Augustine, declared Manicheism a heresy. In some countries Manichees were prosecuted. Christians considered them dangerous. Why? The Good in Manicheism was the Light and the Evil was Matter. Thus, the Manichees refused to accept the Christian notion of personal sin and salvation through Christ, the Prince of Light. The Manichees felt that suffering was caused not by contemptable lack of willpower and self-discipline, but by being overwhelmed by the onslaught of material things, which is different than being morally-challenged sinners. Evil to them was physical things and people were victims to be educated and helped, not sinners to be shunned and punished.
            In the 7th century, the young religion of Islam was also successfully challenged by Manichean sects in Africa and Asia. Some of these sects survived in parts of China until about the 13th century A.D.
            Countless books and doctorate dissertations have been written about these religions. The subject itself is intensely interesting, the journey is nothing short of magic. 
            Obviously, the purpose of most religions was keeping the society stable and functioning, getting obedience, cooperation and production from the loyal subjects. Creation of a national identity, the pre-requisite to the unity of the nation, was also an objective. Those objectives are true, but the most basic common denominator of these religions (partially excepting only Buddhism and Tao that are a lot more complex) that I was able to isolate was the existence of Good and Evil and a constant struggle between the two. Doesn’t it sound right? Good and Evil—of course, the natural enemies. They fight. Everybody knows that. Let’s take a closer look.
            A world of two oppositely charged terminals, Plus and Minus, Good and Evil, is set up to always be in a state of sizzling tension. It is set up to go through the cycles of destruction and reconstruction—and that applies not only to civilizations but to ALL aspects of life, from business, everyday family affairs and other interpersonal relationships to vast political strategies. Somebody is right and proving to somebody else that they are wrong or punishing them for being wrong, or trying to change them. People do that a whole lot. For some, that is all they do. Some people’s lives are nothing but an inflammatory statement, an extended middle finger to the world—or to their mothers or who knows who else. Make-wrong is King. Some countries, like North Korea, behave pretty much the same way as people in that regard, although the United States indulges into global make-wrong quite a bit as well.
          That makes for one dangerous, unstable and unjust world populated by people most of whom could be classified as neurotic at best (here is the possible root of neurosis—being stuck in the constant “maybe” between Good and Evil). Good vs Evil jumps out as the common denominator of all religions.
          A bit anti-climactic. Underwhelmong. Could this be THE answer I was looking for? Is that what we are supposed to do? If so, we have already been doing that forever.  So far it hadn’t done us or ANY of our civilizations, including the current one, any good whatsoever.
          For all intents and purposes these religions are dead or nearly dead. Those that are extant and thriving, like the Judeo-Christian and Muslim traditions, all share this concept of Good vs. Evil and use it widely to our detriment, as the justifications for discrimination, warfare and genocide. Jews often blame Christians and Muslims; Christians tend to blame Jews and Muslims; Muslims blame Jews and Christians. Behold the psychotic principle of Good and Evil at work. Others are wrong and must be corrected or destroyed.
          All three religions had been engaged in warfare and genocide in the past and even now, occasionally not just Muslim extremists. Remember the lynch mobs of the past and the KKK. Christians are responsible for extermination of hundreds of millions of indigenous people of North and South America, Australia, India and China, plus the Crusades and the two World Wars, plus countless other wars, literally tens of thousands of wars for centuries with hundreds of millions dead.
          The wars are ALWAYS started by a side that feels they are Good against the enemy perceived to be Evil. It is us, the good white people against them, the evil Indians insisting on living on their lands. It is us the good Arians against them, the evil Jews. Good vs. Evil is not just a wrong concept, it is about the wrongest concept possible. It does not get any wronger, this is it, the ultimate wrongness. Yet, spooned in like baby food by their religions, the humanity happily embraces this psychotic concept and has been for many millennia.
          For that reason, let’s consider that Good and Evil either do not exist at all or are not the opposites and not at war and that originally, since antiquity, the purpose for pushing this dichotomy on people has always been the High Priests’ desire to prevent people from finding the real Truth.
          As the common denominator, instead of THE answers, I found what amounts to a conspiracy of the High Priests through millennia and across great oceans to prevent the Truth from ever coming out or being recognized, if it did come out. That is my interpretation of the data I gathered. The evidence is worth the consideration, as some evidence does exist.
          To summarize, instead of finding the Truth by studying world religions, I concluded that
                                        ONE OF THE PURPOSES OF ALL RELIGIONS IS TO PREVENT THE TRUTH
                                        FROM EVER COMING OUT  
          The study of religions may not directly lead to the Truth but it may not be a complete waste of time.  
          Assuming my analysis is true and taking a small step back, in order to start preventing people from finding the Truth, first the High Priests in many different religions, at different time, all over the world must have found it. Allow me to reiterate: Priests of different religions separated by the dogma, oceans and time, may have all found the Truth.  Let that sink in for a minute. If this is true or mostly true, or even partially true, it may well be possible to reach the Truth by traveling ANY or MANY spiritual paths, wherever your spiritual discoveries lead you. All or at least many spiritual roads, travelled honestly, seem to lead to the Truth. It must not be all that difficult to find. What does that tell you? It must have been found but not recognized a gazillion times already.
          The Seekers among us recognize that phenomenon as we see people of many denominations reach the Truth. I personally know spiritually cognizant Jewish people, Christians of several varieties, Muslims, Scientologists and Buddhists. Even atheists reach it but they replace the concept of God with “Universal Consciousness” which works just fine, too. 
We can safely assume, based on this, that the Truth has indeed been found again and again. But it was never given the light of day. We have always been led away from it.
          The entire concept of the constant struggle between Good and Evil, instead of opening any doors to understanding of our origin and purpose, slams those doors shut with a bang right in front of our noses. However, having accepted the premise that true Evil or a separation between Good and Evil did not exist except by consideration of the observer, I had to postulate that the High Priests were not Evil in their attempts to hide the Truth from us. In their treasonous actions, the High Priests must have been motivated not by greed or vanity, but by genuine concern for their flock.
                                         THE HOLLY MEN IN MOST RELIGIONS WERE KEEPING A LID ON A SECRET
                                         THAT THEY CONSIDERED TOO DANGEROUS TO LET OUT


CHAPTER THREE
THE RIGHT QUESTION
          The amount of confusion, the mind-boggling breadth of opinions around the subject of God is beyond bizarre. God exists; God doesn’t exist; God is to be feared; God is Love; God is a cantankerous, judgmental and narcissistic old man; God will smite you for your sins; God loves you unconditionally; there is something up there; there is nothing up there; God is everywhere, God is the Universal consciousness—so the entire Universe is God; there are many Gods; there is one God; we are all Gods; God is unknowable; people talk to God on a regular basis, etc., etc.
          Just think about the astonishing diversity of rites and beliefs and the role that foreskin or sprinkling water on a newborn play in eternal salvation, or that at the End of Time true believers will be assembled in Jackson County, Missouri, or how the Prophet climbed a mountain to see the entire Earth from the peak—or that exactly 144,000 people will be chosen by you know who to live eternally in Paradise after the End.
          According to the World Christian Encyclopedia: A Comparative Survey of Churches and Religions in the Modern World, currently 19 major religions share the planet. A closer look shows these are further subdivided into 270 large religious groups with many smaller ones. This source identifies 34,000 separate Christian denominations (http://www.wordofhisgrace.org/religions.htm). 
          Look, the consensus is that there was only one Jesus Christ. He said what he said. Isn’t it incredible that there are 34,000 different interpretations of Christianity? What is this if not the definition of utter confusion? I do not mean that each individual person is confused. The individual is usually dead certain in his or her beliefs. But there are so many beliefs and interpretations that we are confused about the nature of reality as a group called “mankind.”
As a mankind, we do not have a grip on reality, because we do not know or understand what the reality is. All we have is a multitude of opinions. I dare considering all of them vastly incomplete or we would have better stats. As discussed in Chapter One, past human civilizations show 100 percent failure rate. Past civilizations are ALL dead, and the extant civilizations are quickly approaching the same old proverbial bucket with an overwhelming impetus to kick the living hell out of it. Need we wonder why?     
            It is probably safe to say that the concepts of God, the Creation, the meaning and purpose of human life, even which direction is up spiritually and which is down is shrouded in layers of mystery miles thick.
            None of this is to make fun of or denigrate people’s beliefs and religions. The only point I am making here is that the amount of confusion and the diversity of opinions on this subject is staggering to the point of being suspicious—at least to me. I simply do not buy it. This cannot be. Something is very wrong with this picture of utter confusion in regards to the most important questions.
            Do other people also find this suspicious, or is it just me? Come on, if we use quantum mechanics, if we discover black matter and 293 different sub-atomic particles, if we successfully shoot a space probe to Pluto nine years and 4.67 billion miles away and receive color pictures of Pluto back at Laurel, Maryland out of all places in the Universe, surely we should be able to find our own origin and nature, right? Wrong. We can’t. Why can’t we? That is the key question. WHY CAN’T WE? We can’t just blame each other or the High Priests. There is a lot more to this. Why can’t we find one answer that would be the Truth, and would bring happiness and help resolve most of our collective life-threatening problems? 
           This question is very different from “Is there God?”
          We have not been asking the right questions. “Does God exist?” is a wrong question and that is why we have always been remarkably unsuccessful in finding any conclusive answers. First of all, the supposition that God either exists or doesn’t is based on the yes/no, 1/0, on/off, black/white Aristotelian logic. Computer programmers love that type of logic, and it is a very valuable logic for our technology, but it is too primitive to see one through even the simplest everyday matters, let alone get the answer to THE questions.
          “Ribs, dear?” “Oh, I don’t know. I heard Filet Mignon here was excellent, but I kind of feel like a good hamburger right now.” “So was that a definite ‘no’ on the ribs then?” “No, I think I’ll have a little bit of your ribs and a salad.” Was it finally a yes or a no on the ribs? It was neither and both at the same time. Based on nothing at all, the ask-er assumed that the answer would be either “yes” or “no,” but at no instant in time had the ask-ee made the same assumption. Just an example.
Here is another one to illustrate this point.
          “Do you love me?” she asked, cradling his face tenderly in her warm, slender fingers.
          “Yes, I do,” he breathed out softly, slobbering a tiny bit and shivering under her touch.
          Here is a clear yes/no situation with a definite “yes” as the answer, right? Unlikely. By her question she might have meant if he wished to dedicate his entire life to making her happy and building something meaningful together. What he could have meant by his answer was that he liked her and her body and he sometimes missed her when she wasn’t around. Most probably, their definitions of “love” did not match. Furthermore, the conversation would have gone very differently if it occurred about an hour earlier, when they had a terrible fight and he was about ready to strangle the bitch, while she was seriously considering throwing the bum out of her life forever. The yes/no logic seldom works in real life.
          The second reason the questions this far seem to be wrong questions (such as “Is there God?”) is precisely the diversity of the answers we get. Obviously, the assumptions and definitions within the questions vary to such an extent from one person to another as to render the questions wrong as instruments of finding THE truth. 
          I see three ways to evaluate the answers we have so far:
          * Everybody is wrong and true answers have not been found;
          * Everybody is right, illuminating different facets of the Truth that yet remains hidden (or known but unrecognized) in its entirety;
          * Some are right, some wrong.
          This far in human history we have usually assumed that there was one correct answer—ours, and everyone else was a fool or worse. That approach speaks to choices #1 and #3, doesn’t it? Either everybody is wrong or possibly some religious views are right and some—wrong.
          Obviously, this Good-Bad, Right-Wrong type of approach all through human history did not improve our long-term survival rate to anywhere above zero or bring us any closer to finding the answers. Furthermore, as discussed earlier, there was an indication in my research, that ALL religions potentially lead to the Truth. 
          Therefore, since so far we had never achieved anything by making others wrong, let’s assume that all religions and viewpoints regarding God, Creation and our origins and purpose are correct, even the contradicting ones. 
To summarize, in our investigation we made three major assumptions so far:
          The question WHY we haven’t found the Truth yet is the exact question to ask.
          The Aristotelian two-valued, yes/no logic is too primitive to see us through on this journey.
          All existing religious and philosophical viewpoints on the matter are correct in describing small aspects of the Truth, even if they contradict each other.
          Well, let’s start with the right question: WHY ARE WE INCAPABLE OF FINDING OR RECOGNIZING THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR ORIGIN AND PURPOSE?
          Based on our admittedly circumstantial evidence earlier, the supposition was that the truth was too dangerous. Why? Here is the premise to examine:
          WE HAVE NOT RECOGNIZED THE TRUTH THIS FAR BECAUSE AS A PART OF OUR CREATION WE WERE PROGRAMMED TO VIEW THE TRUTH AS REPULSIVE, DUE TO THE DANGER OF THAT KNOWLEDGE UNRAVELING THE ENTIRE CREATION.
          I am saying that the reason we seem unable to find the Truth is because we are wired not to find it. And if we by chance do find it, the Truth would seem to us repulsive and highly suspect as total lunacy.
          In this regard, two words come to mind: cognitive dissonance—the ultimate thereof. As a general rule, humans cannot overcome it. Why not? What causes cognitive dissonance?
          To remind what we are talking about here, cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors that produce a feeling of discomfort, leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance.
          According to Barbara Stuart, a Professor at MIT cognitive dissonance is caused by (http://www.mediate.com/articles/stuart.cfm#bio):
·        Life events, especially confusing, traumatic or disappointing
·        Making wrong decisions
·        Cultural beliefs (created or supported by religion)
·        Environment
·        Disequilibrium resulting from needs
·        Transitions, such as starting anew or immigration
·        Betrayal
·        The Society
·        The Church
          Religious dogma insidiously finds its way into all of these factors, as it determines how we view the world and molds the very world we live in. In a predominantly Christian society, for example, even the Atheists among us believe in the psychotic principle of Good and Evil and the constant struggle between the two. We absorb religious viewpoints with the mother’s milk. Religious views insidiously saturate our entire makeover. They lay so deep that we cannot adequately examine them. Thus, they exist as the basic truths, unchecked and unexamined. We make decisions and take action based on these unexamined “truths.” Good and Evil is one example. Another example is “what goes around comes around.” We believe that any action on any plane of existence brings about, must bring about, a counter-action. Every misdeed must be retaliated against—or even the future perpetrators struck down preemptively, which makes a whole lot of sense. That concept justifies punishment widely used on all levels of our society. 
          We also worship force. Force is a religious concept: God allegedly strikes sinners with lightning bolts or condemns them to burn FOREVER in hellfire. Who had ever experienced a burn, even a small burn, while trying to get something out of the oven? How would we even begin to describe what burning in fire FOREVER, or ENDLESSLY, or WITH NOT THE SLIGHTEST HOPE would feel like? Can we even conceive of such horror? Can we even conceive of force this mighty all-powerful God is capable of unleashing on tiny little you? A worm has a much better chance against a steam roller. God’s force is utterly overwhelming; it is an absolute superiority by force.
          Thus, we worship force, even the Atheists. We are overwhelmed by force. We are mesmerized by force. We are so preoccupied with force that we keep on inventing new deities, new lesser Gods, who command force, such as the Superman, Superwoman, the Incredible Hulk, the Spiderman, Captain America, the Iron Man and even the entire family of the Incredibles. We keep building bigger and more powerful, more orgasmic weapons--oh, yeah, we gasp at the sight of a new aircraft carrier that could obliterate half a continent--yeah! Force wields the ultimate hypnotic power over us. 
          All of these concepts are of religious nature and are the building blocks of the society. They give us the Justice System which is the system of punishments for our sins, the governments that enforce moral principles, police, the military, the endless wars where we, the Good, fight against them, the Evil, authoritative schooling, etc. The entire civilization is rooted in religious concepts.
          But we have already assumed, based on the evidence, earlier in this book that religions exist first and foremost to hide the Truth from us.  
          What have the High Priests been hiding since time immemorial? What could be worse than the destruction of every single civilization we build? What data was capable of unraveling the creation if enough people subscribed to it? Can we use this data constructively? Or should we keep on hiding it?


CHAPTER FOUR
WHAT DO WE KNOW?
            We know we are immortal spirits residing in bodies. Some people, brainwashed by schooling and mass media, do not know that. They think of themselves as animals who only live once, and then they die and stay dead. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. However, all the religions I researched teach differently. Be it the Viking Valhalla, Muslim Paradise or Christian Heaven, the general consensus is against the one-life animal theory. The evidence of our immortal spiritual nature abounds. The evidence is mostly, but not exclusively, subjective.
            Here are some excerpts from the book “Soul Proof” by Dr. Mark Pitstick:

            "Physicist Chester Carlson, inventor of the Xerox machine, received key ideas in his laboratory when he heard voices that explained the principles of making copies. Science magazine reported that Carlson left millions in his will to psychical research because, ‘He felt that science should try to reach into the mystery of survival after death.'” Renowned reincarnation researcher Ian Stevenson, M.D., is one such beneficiary of Carlson’s donations.
          "Webster’s primary definition of ‘science’ is: “possession of knowledge as distinguished from ignorance or misunderstanding; accumulated and accepted knowledge that has been systematized and formulated with reference to the discovery of general truths.” There is a wealth of diverse scientific evidence that strongly supports the existence of a spiritual reality.
           "In my radio interview with Jeffrey Mishlove, Ph.D., author of The Roots of Consciousness, he stated:
“Today, the conventional scientific view is that consciousness is sort of a product of the brain but there are some very serious problems with that position. This view, known technically as epiphenomenalism, is that somehow consciousness emerges from something that is not conscious, that is purely physical. It doesn’t satisfy anyone, philosophically speaking.
Although it is the popular view among modern academics, it is seriously flawed. We now have leading edge biologists, physicists, and neurophysiologists saying maybe consciousness is something elemental. Maybe it’s just as fundamental as space and time or maybe it’s even more fundamental.”
           Given the depth and breadth of the collective evidence, I and many scientists and doctors ARE SURE that consciousness or spirit are the ground of all being and, ultimately, all that is. With faith and knowledge of our immortal spiritual natures, we can let our inner lights shine, even amidst life’s greatest challenges."

            Just as Dr. Pitstick and great many others, I have full certainty that we are immortal spiritual beings. Literally thousands of accounts of communicating with the dead are readily available on the internet. I have personally helped many spirits move on after the body death. If I can do it, anybody can. You wish to talk to your dead mother? Talk. Just do it. The only difficult part is hearting the answers and separating them from your own thoughts. That takes some practice and understanding. But anyone can do it. I will cover this type of communication in more detail later in this book. Suffice it to say for now is that there is absolutely no doubt that we are indeed immortal spirits who do not and cannot die. Death is simply not an option. Bodies die. We are not bodies. Being inorganic and even immaterial by nature, we simply cannot die in any conventional sense of the word.
           Furthermore, existing only marginally within the time stream and mostly outside of it, we cannot even get old, except by our own consideration. Most people would agree that they feel much younger than they look. Our approximation of death is forgetting that we lived before. We have our reasons to want to forget, about which later. Those memory lapses are our ephemeral defense against immortality. The vail of amnesia is easily penetrated through regression therapy, meditations or as a routine practice of religious rites in some religions. Past lives can be more or less easily regained through meditations by anybody, and I do mean every single person reasonably intact physically and mentally, using very simple meditation techniques, described later in this book or elsewhere. All it takes is intention and a little bit of persistence. If you have doubts that you lived before and it is important to you, try these techniques and find out for yourself. If you have doubts and it is important but you refuse to try any techniques to find anything out, then this book is probably not for you. Watching the Kardashians may well be time better spent for you.   
            A lot more material is to follow. At this juncture, I am simply declaring that you are a spirit who lived before and will live again. You will not die. You get to walk away from the worst travesties you can imagine—always. It is never too late for anything. You always get another chance.
            Taking our immortal spiritual nature as a given, the question remains: where do we come from, who or what created us and why and what the hell is a spirit. Spirits, ghosts—what are they?
            From Merriam-Webster:
spirit -
1:  an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms
2:  a supernatural being or essence: as a capitalized :  holy spirit b :  soul 2ac :  an often malevolent being that is bodiless but can become visible; specifically :  ghost 2d :  a malevolent being that enters and possesses a human being
3:  temper or disposition of mind or outlook especially when vigorous or animated 
4:  the immaterial intelligent or sentient part of a person

           Dictionaries always seem to have deep insights into things, even things outside of the prevailing viewpoint. Just one short correction here, no offence to good old Merriam-Webster, but so far I have not found a malevolent being. There is such thing as a very pissed off spirit who is willing and fully capable of inflicting harm and actually does inflict harm, but per my observations the spirit is never malevolent by nature. I put it here way ahead of myself due to the importance of this point. A spirit is a person. Being upset is very different from being evil. You may try to destroy evil, subdue evil, render it powerless but you do not get anywhere treating spirits (or people) that way because spirits (people) never give up. Why should they? Outside of the common display of some superficial unity with others, the hustle and bustle, the spirits are immortal and indestructible—and we all know that on some level of consciousness. So why would a spirit give up under any pressure? You make enemies that way but you don’t solve any problems long-term. 
          Contentious, hateful attitude is also exactly the wrong way to exorcise an upset spirit, the exact opposite. How do you treat people? “Do onto others as you want them to do onto you” will do wonderfully as the rule of thumb. All religions I know and even the Atheists all subscribe to this simple rule of happy living. Screaming and yelling and sticking a cross in somebody’s face is not how you would want to be treated.
          The entire secret of the art of exorcism is ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. It is that simple. A little love, a little attention, a little communication, a simple thank you—that’s all we need, that‘s all they need. I am not kidding, that’s the entire art of exorcism.
An example of saving the life of an elderly client dying at the time in a hospital from a heart condition, right after a heart valve replacement surgery, faced with complications and very unhappy prognosis from the doctors. He was being literally killed by a “malevolent” spirit. In my attempts to save my client’s life, I “looked” through his body, trying to re-establish energy flows through blocked passages and getting the energy tori (“tori” is plural for “torus”—who knew?) of several affected organs rotating clockwise and locating points of blackness to probe through the “phantom” technique about which later. I was dismayed at not getting any results. Somebody or something seemed to have been immediately undoing everything I was doing to help.
          I was startled to have located a dark, menacing presence in my client’s body, strong and waiting. Anger always comes across as menacing strength and dark power but it really isn’t a strength, far from it. Anger is a weakness, not a strength. The spirit was angry and dejected, and absolutely unwilling to talk to me.
“Hello,” I communicated, “I see you. Thank you very much for doing what you are doing, taking care of this man, helping best you can.”
          “He is old and feeble,” was the contemptuous and hateful response. “He must die.”
          “Thanks for your response, I understand you. That is probably true and you are right and his death would be perfectly okay, except I don’t want him to die right now. I want him to live through this. I say, he will NOT die.”
          “He wants to die,” the curt reply and a wave of black resentment.
          “What he wants is irrelevant to me. What I want is for him to keep on living right now. I need your help on that. Please help me keep him alive. We work together. What is your name?”
          “Stanley,” the name appeared in my mind, the spirit no longer a black presence, but still kind of gray.
          “Hi Stanley. What happened to you? Can I help?”
          He responded with a strong grief flow and a quick succession of mental pictures adding up to a death. I felt his grief.
“I’m sorry for your loss, Stanley, I feel your grief. I grieve with you,” and I really meant it.
          His “Thank you,” was the last concept from Stanley. I acknowledged and asked him again if I could help but realized that the space was empty, Stanley was gone. This type of communication is nearly instantaneous so the entire exchange took mere seconds.
          Miraculous quick recovery of my client followed. He got a full night of restful sleep and was out of the hospital next day and still doing okay now over two years later, which is over two years longer than doctors predicted. At almost 80 now he is not as frisky as he possibly once was, but he enjoys full mobility and a reasonably good health. True story that can be corroborated by several witnesses and medical records.
          Now that I am done proving conclusively that evil beings do not exist and that they are simply upset and can ALWAYS be turned into friends with a little love and understanding, I have to backtrack a bit—quite a bit, actually. Here is the inconvenient truth: demons do exist. Trust me when I tell you, that I would much prefer to keep this information to myself. Damn! Everything was going so well. I must have been making a pretty good impression on at least some of you readers, if you kept on reading this far, but now—bam! The demons. I apologize, but demons do exist.
          Any spiritual seeker sooner or later runs into this embarrassing phenomenon of shape-shifting, quick and flighty, mischievous entities that exude mean-spirited, implacable desire to harm, and who do not get in communication with you and do not respond to your love and attention and so CONNOT be exorcised. They are nasty, true. But they are not spirits. They are a different category of things, they are not like you and me. They are not “alive” like you and me. They have no intelligence. That is precisely why you can’t communicate with them and they are indifferent to your feelings, to the sign of the Holy Cross, wonderful Latin incantations or anything else. Since these constructs can be very harmful and they do need to be delt with, demons merit their own chapter, so we will get back to them later in this book.
          So we know a very important fact about ourselves. We know that by nature we are immortal spirits. What we don’t know is who created us and for what purpose. Neither do we know the way we are constructed. What is the spirit made of?
What else do we know? We know that our bodies are animal bodies of primate origin, immensely complicated energetic creations. Are these bodies ours? No, they aren’t really “ours.” They would be ours if we built them or purchased them, like a car. We haven’t. We just came in and grabbed the controls. We occupy bodies because we want to, usually to their detriment. The body is unable to repel us or get rid of us in any way, even if it wanted to, but that is not the way a body thinks. Want us or not want us is simply not the thinking process that occurs in the body. Body is completely 100% preoccupied with dealing with conditions existing in that body and in its immediate vicinity right that very second. It is busy full time dealing with production, distribution and balance of substances within itself that very instant. In other words, when you consume alcohol or drugs, or use Roundup or any Monsanto products at your home or garden, you introduce poison into the body, but its response is not to get rid of you, the spirit, before you kill it, but rather “How do I cope with this poison this very instant?”
           We know that the body is your means to obtaining pleasure, your home, your image and your business card but it isn’t really yours. It doesn’t mind your presence; it tolerates you no matter what you do to it. So it makes sense on multiple levels to treat your body with respect and gratitude it merits.
          As spirits we can also heal the body. There are many ways a spirit can very effectively heal a body, especially his or her own. We will come back to that later. 


CHAPTER FIVE
PARAMETERS OF THE TRUTH
                    This far we isolated the following parameters of the Truth:
                    The Truth is already known by many but not accepted.
                    The Truth would agree with all religious views and life events, even the contradicting ones.
          For example, the viewpoint that Good and Evil exist would be correct. The viewpoint that the separation between Good and Evil does not exist would also be right, just as the concept of Good and Evil being man-made concepts with no basis in truth, and God creating both Good and Evil, or the concept that Good always wins or that Good is losing to the forces of Evil. All of these viewpoints would be correct.
          The viewpoint that women are equal to men or superior to men in many ways would agree with the Truth. The viewpoint that women are inferior and subordinate to men would not contradict the Truth either. The Russian viewpoint that men are basically helpless without a women would not make a ripple in the Truth. The Buddhist viewpoint that every person must possess a balance of both male and female qualities to be complete and to achieve happiness, as depicted in the symbol of Yin-Yang, would also be fully correct.
          The Golden Rule, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (as well as it’s corollary “do not treat others as you do not want to be treated yourself”) is true. The opposite of that is not a rarity in life and would also find its place in the Truth.
          Burning witches at the stake or killing the infidels would be a part of the Truth. Compassion or at least not being brutal, ignorant idiots would also be correct per the Truth.
          A little girl being happy and cheerful would fully agree with the Truth. A little girl suffering terribly while dying of cancer would also fully agree with the Truth.
          Jews considering themselves chosen by God would be the Truth. Others considering Jews as not chosen by God would also be the Truth.
                    When first viewed, the Truth would seem repulsive and simply crazy.
                    The Truth could be dangerous as it could unravel the Creation, if enough people knew it and subscribed to it—or at least were interested in it, which does not seem to be the case. Vast majority of people simply do not care. So no reason for concern, we are safe.
                    The Truth would answer the question if there is God and who or what it basically is.
                    The Truth would answer the question what are the spirits and how they were created in the first place and for what reason.
          Ready for the Truth?

                                                                                                                      TO BE CONTINUED


CHAPTER SIX
THE TRUTH



CHAPTER SEVEN
DEMONS

"Within you there is a stillness, a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time, and be yourself."
Herman Hesse