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The Mahatmas and Their Letters

By Patrick Marsolek

The Sanskrit word “mahatma” means great soul. The term has been applied to recent historical figures, such as Mohandas Ghandi, due to his public work and apparent spiritual development. Such great souls have been part of the founding of many of the worlds wisdom and spiritual traditions. In the 1880’s, the two mahatmas Morya and Koot Hoomi are supposed to have communicated a whole body of esoteric knowledge to the early founders of the Theosophical Society through a large collection of “transmitted” letters. There has…

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The Marian Apparition Enigma

By Patrick Marsolek

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Confucius in Manhattan

By Michael E. Tymn

Dr. Neville Whymant, a British professor of linguistics, was surprised when he found out the real reason he was invited to a dinner party at the New York City, Park Avenue home of Judge and Mrs. William Cannon. But what he experienced that night during October 1926 went far beyond mere surprise. It left him awestruck. Some believe it is perhaps the most intriguing contact with the spirit world on record. As related by Whymant, first to the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) and…

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Shroud of Turin

Patrick Marsolek

The Shroud of Turin is a controversial and enigmatic Christian artifact that may be the only physical object remaining from Jesus’ life. The Shroud was on display in the cathedral in Turin, Italy in 2015 for the first time in five years. At its last showing in 2010, more than two million people personally viewed it, and images were broadcast worldwide. According to Christians, this fourteen-foot-long, linen shroud is direct evidence of a central tenant of Christianity, the resurrection. Photos of the image on the…

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Coping with Death Anxiety

By Michael E. Tymn

In his 2010 book, The Undying Soul, Stephen J. Iacoboni, an oncologist who has witnessed thousands of deaths over some three decades of medical practice, states that the real enemy facing terminal patients is not death, but the fear of death. He observed that many of his cancer patients had unrealistic expectations and didn’t want their hopes dashed. They pleaded for or demanded a cure. While trying not to extinguish what little hope there might have been, Iacoboni tried to be more honest with them…

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Cats that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and More

By Frank Joseph

While walking my Norwegian Forest Cat last September, I wondered why he had not climbed a single tree all summer. The thought had no sooner crossed my mind, than Sammy suddenly sprang up the nearest oak. Coincidence, telepathy, or something else? Many, if not most, feline fanciers have experienced similar occurrences, but few fully appreciate their pets’ broad range of extraordinary abilities. Scientifically investigated as long ago as the 1930s by Dr. J.B. Rhine, an American botanist and founder of scientific research in parapsychology as…

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Secrets of the Oracles

By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.

I have long been fascinated by reports of paranormal phenomena, and I believe there is strong scientific evidence for various types of psychic occurrences, including telepathy and precognition. Studying the past has peaked my interest in such topics, as the ancients record phenomena similar to those seen today. The classical Greco-Romans did not have words exactly equivalent to the modern terms “telepathy” (direct mind-to-mind communication by means other than through the normal senses) and “clairvoyance” (literally “clear vision”; the reception of information about objects, persons,…

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Graduating from Kindergarten

By Cynthia Logan

During a recent debate about the nature of consciousness on National Public Radio’s popular forum, ‘Intelligence Squared,’ Harvard neurosurgeon Dr. Eben Alexander asked Yale School of Medicine Academic Neurologist, Dr. Steven Novella to state the first sentence that might explain how the physical brain creates consciousness (‘the Hard Problem of Consciousness’). “You can’t,” said Alexander triumphantly; “no one can.” (Though the live audience voted Novella and physicist Sean Carroll of the California Institute of Technology winners of the debate, subsequent polling of a larger group…

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The Shroud of Turin

Steven Sora

CAPTIONS: 19th century Russian depiction of “The Icon-not-made-by-hands,” from the Edessa story (a nineteenth-century Russian depiction). The Interrogation of Jacques de Molay Max Frei takes sticky-tape samples of pollen and dust from the Shroud in 1978, with STURP’s Ray Rogers looking on. (Courtesy of Shroud.com) The taking of Constantinople in 1204 (Palma Le Jeune)   The Shroud and its dating has presented the Roman Catholic Church with many problems, political and otherwise. Problems with dating the burial cloth of Jesus may be one reason the…

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Physics and the Unconscious

By John Chambers

A strange phenomenon stalked the ground-breaking, Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli, who won the Nobel Prize in 1945 for his discovery of the exclusion principle: often, when Pauli appeared, catastrophes, such as mechanical breakdowns, took place in his vicinity—though they always excluded Pauli himself. On the same afternoon that Pauli visited the astronomical observatory at Bergesdorf, Germany, the staff found out that a terrible accident had rendered the refractor telescope useless. Once, when Pauli was thought to be in Switzerland, a massive equipment failure took place…

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