Did Jesus Visit India


It appears to be a subject that no Christian wishes to discuss. Priests, bishops, ministers and laymen alike avoid it like the plague. Why? Because they have no answers. And yet, it is a simple and important question—where was Jesus between the ages of 13 and 30? Are we to understand that he spent those years laboring as a carpenter in his father’s shop? Would this have been an appropriate endeavor for a young man whose birth was heralded by angels and who was debating…

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The Will to Disbelieve

By Michael Tymn

In his 1989 presidential address to the Society for Psychical Research (SPR), the late Professor Ian Stevenson pointed out that between 1910 and 1980 at least six presidents of the SPR asserted that telepathy had been proved, or nearly so. He wondered why, if telepathy had been proved by 1910, later presidents found it necessary to reiterate the claim. Dr. Stevenson speculated that each generation of researchers tends to believe its methods superior to those of its predecessors and therefore they may have seen the…

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Return Engagements


Do you believe in reincarnation? Have you lived before? Will you come to live again in another physical body after you die? Several of the major world religions and cultures around the world have some belief in reincarnation. By some estimates, as many as a quarter of people worldwide hold such beliefs. How would you respond if your child began telling you a story about who he had been ‘before’ and included a list of very specific details, including names and places, about his previous…

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Even More News

New Age Religions Growing Rapidly in America Eastern and New Age beliefs are widespread in America says a new poll. Released in December of  2009, the study from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life does not bode well for the future of orthodox relig­ious belief. The religious beliefs and practices of Americans do not fit neatly into conventional categories. The new poll finds that large numbers of Americans engage in multiple religious practices, mixing elements of diverse traditions. Many also blend…

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Happy Birthday, Charlie

By Michael Cremo

This year, 2009, is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, credited with founding the theory of evolu­tion by natural selection. It is also the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book The Origin of Species. Darwin was a theology student who never graduated from university, never got a Ph.D., and never worked as a professional scientist. He was an amateur naturalist. Nevertheless, his books and papers came to the attention of the scientific world, and became quite influential. I spent Darwin’s…

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On Knowing God & More


It’s 1970 and a young Deepak Chopra sits in front of a slot machine in Las Vegas. He’s just arrived from India to com­plete a medical residency and has brought all of $8 with him; enough, he decides, to warrant a gamble. Perhaps in a preview of how America would receive him, Lady Luck smiled, transforming the sum into $1,500. “It felt great!” re­members the now-famous author whom Time named as one of the top 100 heroes / icons of the twenty-first century. “But in…

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Meeting the Karmc Challenge


Do you have good karma? If you live a happy life, with wealth, health, abundance, then maybe you do. In the West we’ve taken the concept of karma and simplified it to be a kind of fate—that which we have ended up with. If you’ve been cursed with ill health, disease, and misfortune, then using simplified Western standards, perhaps you have bad karma. But the concept of karma from the Eastern traditions is much more complex, encompassing at its essence ideas about intentionality, life decisions,…

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How Modern Is Modern Science?


You might think that since quantum physics is a relatively new branch of science, this burgeoning “new science” phi­losophy is also new. It is not. These new insights into nature and reality are very old but have been masked by mod­ern attempts to characterize the ancient Egyptian culture and religion as primitive. The concepts of mind and con­sciousness, as well as reincarnation and evolution, were expressed long ago in what historians have labeled the “ancient mystery school”—what Schwaller de Lubicz termed “sacred science.” Although shrouded…

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When is Coincidence Something Else?


Much of modern science seems to rest on a foundation of dogmatic (and unproven) philosophical materialism, a be­lief that matter (mass/energy/space/time), which the scientists cannot even define, is the prime reality and that mind/ thought/spirit/consciousness is a secondary manifestation. Aside from the fact that people who pride themselves on questioning every hypothesis should not accept materialism on faith, a little reflection should make it clear to anyone that none of us can be absolutely certain of the independent existence of that material universe out there….

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War and Reincarnation

By John Chambers

The eight-year-old boy had been sobbing into his mother’s lap for fifteen minutes. Now he straightened up. He and his mother and father stood on the gently rocking deck of an oceangoing fishing boat that was moored some distance offshore in Chichi-Ima’s Futami-Ko harbor. Around them rose up the green mountains of this Pacific island that is close to Iwo Jima and 650 miles from Tokyo, Japan. It was September 4, 2006. As the crew watched in rapt, awed silence, the boy picked up a…

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