Spirituality and science, time to get to know each other ?

Thousands of years of struggling to survive, of conquering new territories and exploring new lands have shaped the way of thinking of a modern-day human being, who is constantly looking for resources of any kind, which can help him to feel more safe and comfortable in this world. Human beings have got used to relying on what is tangible, like things that can be eaten or used to construct a shelter or weapons. But there is another side, and that is we’ve been contemplating within ourselves for as long as we exist, trying to understand who we truly are and what is the purpose of our existence. Thus the duality of external expansion, necessitated by the fact of our physical existence, on the one hand, and the internal quest for comprehension of universal truth, on the other, has always been present. And that is reflected in the concept of scientific West and spiritual East nowadays, since the West has achieved much in understanding of material nature in the last 200 years, but the East for centuries has been more focused on spirituality. But is there really a contradiction of some sort between science and spirituality ? Is one of them more reliable than the other or more beneficial for the humanity ? Let’s try to find out.

Science.

Application of scientific methods, which involves logical operations such as analysis and synthesis, as well as research and experiments, allowed us to push the boundaries of our existence greatly. Now we are exploring the data from all over the Universe and able to observe quantum particles. We have computers and all kinds of powerful machines. But what about us, human beings ?

It looks like all those achievements that serve as a testament to the power of our intellect, haven’t helped us much in our internal quest. But even on material plane modern science faced a lot of difficulties. In certain cases, such as of a very popular now theory of dark matter (and dark energy), it seems to be a blind alley. In spite of the ability to observe very small particles, many of their properties haven’t been fully understood yet. Scientists still unable to find truly reasonable explanation of particle’s behavior in double-slit experiment, which seems to show that we can affect material existence simply by observing it. We understand what gravity is, but we still do not have comprehension of how it works essentially. Quantum entanglement remains a mystery. After all, as for today, we don’t even have a good theory of how the Universe came into existence (unless you consider the theory of big bang out of nowhere a good one of course).

When it comes to the understanding of human mind and even human body (try to remember all those incurable diseases) things don’t get much better. Despite countless experiments with human brain and consciousness we still don’t have clear understanding of how it actually works. For instance, why do we dream when we sleep, why human beings sometimes behave in an irrational manner (like in a case of suicide, for example), what is the role of subconscious mind, how can we define love and its effect on our existence… Those are just a few questions out of many, that are so important and for which we don’t have clear and consistent answers yet, despite the existence of so many scientific theories around them.

However, certain results have been already achieved in sciences related to human mind. As an example, it is very interesting to look at a recent research on a state of human brain during different kinds of activities, including sleep, relaxation and meditation. In a nutshell, it revealed that a brain during the state of meditation produces different kind of brain waves compared to those produced during the state of sleep or simple relaxation. So called Theta waves were very prominent during meditation, and are said to originate presumably in the frontal parts of the brain. They are different from alpha and delta waves which occur during simple relaxation and sleep respectively. And it also was noticed that theta waves can exist simultaneously with beta waves, which occur when we are fully awake and in normal alert consciousness.

As exciting as it is, this experiment still leaves many questions unanswered. What is the meaning of theta waves ? Why do they positively affect human body and mind ? It’s as if we looked at a process, but would still be missing the principles governing it. In that regard the phrase once said by Max Planck comes into my mind: “Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are a part of the mystery that we are trying to solve.”

Spirituality.

For many people spirituality is a vague idea. It is a common belief that in contrast with science spirituality lacks structure, organization, rational approach and that this is something intangible. I think this is a big misconception. Whereas science has been actively developing approximately for the last 4 centuries, the beginning of spiritual pursuit of mankind dates back at least few thousand years, meaning that a significant progress is likely to have been achieved.

You can imagine how in fact well organized, consistent and rational spiritual legacy of humanity is by looking, for instance, at the Vedic culture of India, which includes a collection of hundreds of ancient treatises on different aspects of life, such as birth, physical body, mind, action, structure, death, universe, cause and consequence.

Knowledge is the basis of spirituality, and that includes knowledge of the self and the world as a whole. It appears that what modern science is trying to do now – to understand how everything works, humankind was doing long before. Up until recently scientific vision implied that everything can be measured and understood within the limits of gross matter; that is what I’d call the period of scientific arrogance, which didn’t last long fortunately. Now science is becoming more open-minded, which is a good sign; and we can see that theories such as string theory, and dark energy theory appear as a result of experiencing something that can not be measured by known means so far.

But spirituality is not merely a collection of knowledge of course, but a path. A path beyond the limits of our four-dimensional perception. In fact there are many paths which lead to self-realization, and each of them is a system in itself. Yoga (or astanga-yoga) system is one of them, and it involves much concentration of the mind and sublimation of sensual desires. Among others are logical system (Nyaya), which focuses on using various logical methods to eventually free the mind from the illusions of this world; Vedanta philosophy, which relies on ancient sutras and puranas (treatises), describing in details the nature of this world and Supreme Spirit; Sankhya philosophy, concentrating on exposing the difference between a matter and eternal consciousness.

There is another branch of ancient Vedic philosophy, which I think is very interesting on account of its similarity with a general approach of modern science. It is called Vaisheshika and originated presumably around 2nd century BC. The essence of this philosophy lies in the belief that everything in this universe is comprised of atoms, which are eternal, and knowledge and liberation are possible only after achieving complete understanding of the world. The only two means to knowledge accepted by that school of philosophy, founded by Kanada Kashyapa, are perception and inference. Sounds very much like modern science to me. And it is amazing, considering the fact it dates back more than 2 thousand years.

Science of spirituality.

So, are science and spirituality actually absolutely different ? Or are they just two sides of one holistic process of understanding this world, including ourselves ? Both concepts rely on knowledge as a basis of uncovering mysteries of the Universe. And though they are situated at the different poles of the whole process, eventually they are destined to meet at the equator. Maybe the time for that has come.

And if so, can scientific methods be applied to spiritual pursuit, for instance ? In fact not only they can but have to be applied, because being scientific means being rational and relying on facts, as our mind perceives them. Let’s say you try to meditate. In this case you’d constantly analyze the data that comes from within as to how do you feel before and after a meditation, does that help your mind or physical body in some way, what can you do in order to improve the length of meditation or the quality of it and so on. Being scientific means that not only you are reasonable enough, but also that you are curious, willing to explore inner, as well as the outer world, and open-minded just enough to accept it as it is, and to change existing concepts if necessary.

But, perhaps, what’s even more important is that the principles of spirituality can be applied to scientific concepts. In fact nothing except unnecessary prejudices can hamper that process. In any case science is supposed to be unbiased and seek answers wherever is possible, and spirituality is all-encompassing anyway.

Here is an example of such synthesis of two universal approaches. There is a concept of 3 modes (gunas as they are called usually) of nature – tamas guna (which can be best described as ignorance), rajas guna (associated with passion and activity) and sattva (benevolence). This is a very old concept, whose age possibly is the same as the age of great Vedas themselves. They are extremely important, since, basically, they are one of the principles that constituted the creation of this Universe, in which everything is based on those 3 modes (gunas). For instance, when you are awake and fully conscious, sattva guna is prominent, when you are dreaming, rajas (passion) guna is predominant and when you are in a deep sleep, like during anesthesia, tamas (ignorance) guna takes over. It can be applied practically to anything; people’s behavior is always under the influence of one of these gunas (but usually a mixture of two or all three). It may sound just like some trait of character, but in fact it is a complex and deep principle. You’ll understand it better in a moment.

American physician and neuroscientist Paul D. MacLean in 1960s formulated a theory (which was propounded at length later in 1990 in his book) according to which the human brain consists of 3 brains (the concept is called “triune brain”), namely, protoreptilian brain, paleomammalian brain and neomammalian brain. MacLean considered it as the reflection of the vertebrate brain evolution process. Protoreptilian brain is said to be very similar to the anatomy of the brain of the lizards (hence the name) in terms of functioning of autonomous nervous system. Paleomammalian brain goes one step higher and involves behavioral and psychological layers (including all kinds of social emotions), which can be observed in behavior of all mammals. At last neomammalian brain is something that only human beings developed to a significant degree and it allows reasoning, logical thinking and conceptual thinking to exist. The theory has been supported by a significant number of scientists.

And it turns out that this “triune brain” theory and the concept of 3 modes (gunas) of Nature perfectly correlate with each other, the fact that was first noticed by Sam Geppi, the founder of American Academy of Vedic Art and Science. For example, protoreptilian brain operates exclusively in tamas guna, the purpose of which is to keep your body functional and it does it very well, since you don’t even need to control, for instance, you heart beat, temperature and blood pressure, since all those functions are taken care of by this primal part of the brain. So, basically, it ignores everything and focuses on preserving the physical body. Rajas (passion and action) guna has to do with the paleomammalian brain, since our actions are almost always directly or indirectly related to the social environment in which we exist. Sattva guna and neomammalian brain is where the main distinction between human beings and animals lies, since only highly evolved species are able to think abstractly and  form concepts, which give meaning to our lives and inspire our existence. So, both the concept of the modes of material nature described in Vedas and the 20th century “triune brain” theory reflect the same foundational principle.

Examples such as this show that in fact science and spirituality are not different in essence and can work together to help us understand this Universe and ourselves better. From this point of view they complement each other perfectly.  After all, both spirituality and science rely on the mind as the main instrument of knowledge; and the mind creates a reality both within and outside ourselves, which means that our inner world and the external reality that we create or alter are perfectly interconnected. But how we use it, for good or bad, depends entirely on ourselves.

Origin of planets and astrology

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I believe it is very important to clarify the nature of astrology, as many of even those who practice it do not understand what astrology is, how it works and affects us all. And in order to do so we need to advert to the texts, written by those who laid the foundation of this science, because they have given us all the information we need.

In the first chapter (slokas 20 and 21-24) of Brihat Parashara Hora it is said that “Lord Vishnu, coupled with Śrī Shakti, rules over the three worlds. Coupled with Bhoo Shakti, He is Brahma causing the Universe. Coupled with Neel Shakti, He is Shiva, destroying the Universe. The Lord is in all beings and the entire Universe is in Him.

And then in chapter 2 (slokas 3-4) it is said that “The unborn Lord has many incarnations. He has incarnated, as the 9 (Nava) Grahas to bestow on the living beings the results due to their Karmas.”

The importance of the information given in these sentences is invaluable. First of all Sage Parashara (who himself descended from the Sage Bhrigu, who is believed to be the son of Brahma) tells us that not only God created the entire Universe, but it is also situated within him entirely and at the same time he is situated in all beings, that inhabit this Universe in the form of Supersoul.

And then Parashara tells us that the God has incarnated as 9 Grahas (planets), namely: Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. And the purpose of those incarnations is to bestow on the living beings the results according to their Karmas. From this we can infer that the planets in our solar system have a very specific function and they are not just some giant rocks floating on their orbits, but are divine entities, that directly affect our lives.

There are two types of beings: the ones with more Paramatma and the ones with more Jivatma in them. “The beings with more Paramatmāńś are called divine beings. The beings with more Jivatmāńś are (mortal) beings.” (BPHS, ch. 2, slokas 5-13). The latter are mortals. It is said that “The Jivatma portions from the Grahas take births, as human beings and live their lives according to their Karmas and again merge in the Grahas.” So, not only planets affect us, but they also create us and their energy, that constitutes us in this world returns back to them after our death.

We also know that “The high degree of Paramatmāńś from the Grahas, viz. Sūrya etc. did incarnate, as Ram, Krishn etc. After completing the mission, the Paramatmāńśas (of the respective) Grahas again merge (in the respective) Grahas”. The Sun incarnated as Lord Rama, and the Moon as Lord Krishna. Thus, the great incarnations of Lord Vishnu in this world transpired also through grahas. However such incarnations are different from those of ordinary human beings in many ways. Further, Parashara informs us that “at the time of Great Destruction the Grahas as well merge in Lord Vishnu.” So, all creation emanates from Lord Vishnu and merges into him when the time of this Universe is over.

By knowing this we can better understand what is Universe and what is our place in it. Thus step by step we will come out of the darkness of ignorance, which has fallen upon us in this age of Kali Yuga.

Beginning of the World War II from astrological point of view

I’ve come across a very interesting information recently and would like to share my thoughts with you. I’m talking about the beginning of the second World War, the most bloody conflict in the known history of humankind in relation to the position of stars and planets. I believe it can serve as a great example of planetary influence on our lives.

Surely there must have been some extraordinary planetary combinations when it all started on September 1st 1939. And yes there were such combinations. First of all let’s look on Saturn, Jupiter and the nodes of the Moon (Rahu and Ketu), as nothing big can happen without influence of those giants (yes, nodes are actually invisible, but nothing can match the level of their influence on human lives, as they are karmic shadow planets).

The most important combination that caused the beginning of the WW2 was the position of Saturn in the sign of Aries, the sign in which Saturn feels most uncomfortable (the sign of his debilitation). The major things that Saturn signifies are boundaries in our lives, structure and order. And what is Aries ? Aries is the first zodiac sign, royal and fiery, ruled by Mars. Whereas Scorpio, ruled by Mars is more about inner wars and conflicts, Aries signifies external conquest, be it pioneering, exploration of the unknown or a war if a need be. Here Saturn loses his power to set boundaries, provide structure and limit that which is needed to be limited in our lives. But there is much more.

Saturn is in close conjunction (about 1 degree) with south node of the Moon, Ketu. Rahu and Ketu had a lot of power during that time, as they were transiting nakshatras (ancient constellations in Vedic astrology) belonging to them: Rahu was in Swati and Ketu in Ashwini nakshatra. So, “weak” Saturn conjoined “strong” Ketu. Actually combination of the nodes and Saturn is considered among the most malefic influences in any sign and house, but with debilitated Saturn such close conjunction is extremely significant. Under this influence, humanity and particularly those who defined the policy of the nations at that period of time lost the ability to discern what is right and what is wrong, boundaries on the level of collective subconscious became rather blurred. And if it wasn’t enough, Uranus energized this combination, being also in Aries sign (wherever 3 outer planets exert their influence, they energize those signs and houses to a great extent[1]).

Jupiter, another giant of our system was transiting the sign of Pisces at the beginning of WW2. Here I want to mention that Jupiter is the only planet capable of pacifying malefic planets to a great extent when it casts its aspect on them, or conjoins them. This wasn’t the case on Sept. 1st 1939 though. And Jupiter was in the nakshatra of Uttara Bhadrapada, ruled by Saturn, who was in quite miserable position at that time, which couldn’t leave Jupiter unaffected. In other words, the great benefic planet, Jupiter, could not save the day unfortunately.

 

Furthermore, the Sun was very powerful at that time, being at the middle of Leo sign. When the Sun is in Leo, it’s like a King is sitting on his throne. So the ambitions related to power and rulership were amplified at that time significantly. The Sun was aspected by Mars with its 8th aspect, showing that such ambitions were likely to have militaristic shade.

And Mars, the ruler of the Aries, had just entered the sign of Capricorn, where he is exalted, denoting a rise of determination and willpower. But here is an important thing to keep in mind, a planet’s behavior is very much dependant not only on the sign it is in, but also on the conditions of the lord of that sign. So, Saturn (as the lord of Capricorn) was very weak at the time under consideration, thus depriving Mars of strength considerably also. But the most important thing is that Mars and Saturn were in a very close relationship, because not only they aspected each other with their 4th and 10th aspects respectively, but were positioned in each other signs. When two planets exchange signs, they form very close relationship. However Mars and Saturn are inimical towards each other, which exacerbates the situation further, with Saturn being affected much more, due to its debilitation and conjunction with Ketu. Mars was in the nakshatra, ruled by Sun, emphasizing themes of ambitions and leadership even further.

 

Mercury, the planet of intelligence was transiting the sign of Cancer, which denotes that logic and reasonable approach could be overwhelmed by emotions at that time, because Mercury doesn’t like to be in that sign and sees the Moon as his enemy, which can be easily understood, as emotions more often than not twist our mind and intellect so we are unable to make a weighted decision. Direct aspect of Mars made the chances that those emotions were likely to be related to anger quite high.

The last, but not the least thing to mention speaking of planetary influence is that both giants – Jupiter and Saturn were in retrograde motion at the time under consideration, meaning they were moving backwards as it appears when observed from the Earth. In astrology the retrogression phenomena is given much importance, though no consensus about its exact meaning has been reached so far. Though we can certainly say that planets in retrogression influence us even more for good or bad, amplifying and twisting the effects of a sign and house they are posited in.

 

Now you might have a question – could this disaster have been avoided or prevented somehow, if such powerful influence existed in heavens ? Well, that’s a difficult one to answer. In my opinion we must take time when it happened into consideration. Because you should keep in mind that we are still living in Kali yuga, which commenced few thousand years ago. This is the worst (if we apply that dualistic terminology of good and bad) of the 4 ages, namely Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali. It is called iron age sometimes. Moral and righteous principles are at their low in this Kali yuga. Humanity as a whole is sleeping and unconscious, which makes wars and other disasters a common occurrence. In this context, I believe it was very hard if not impossible to avoid this war, and perhaps in some sense it was predestined. But now we must learn from mistakes of the past and awake and help others to awake until it’s too late; otherwise we may witness a third world war.

 

 

 

[1] Point of view held by astrologer Ernst Wilhelm

Short poem

Just wrote this short poem, which i dedicate to all future mothers and particularly my teacher and friend who is about to give birth to a son very soon =)

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Time… the time has come for destiny to be fulfilled

And you will make a gift soon that nothing can exceed,

A gift of life itself, an essence upon which the world is build

You’ll give birth along with selfless love; for love is all we need.

 

A mother you will be, an embodiment of tenderness and care

You’ll be a light and hope for your kid, a goddess to embrace;

Yet for the trials that might await ahead, you must yourself prepare

But all the hurdles fade away, when a smile shines on child’s face.

 

Artyom Shalamov [August 2015]

 

Some observations regarding relationships

I’ve been facing a lot of disappointment in relationships of various kinds recently, when people behaved in  a way I, myself, wouldn’t. And that made me to ponder this issue, as to why is this happening and what my reaction should be. My approach towards relationships in general is that I always try to be sincere with people no matter what (this is just feels natural to me). But in response often times I get the opposite – dishonesty, mendacity and what not…

Of course it is painful to be deceived in some way or another, especially if this is some close type of relationship, but I believe it’s important to understand that often it is we ourselves who deceive us in the first place. It happens because sometimes we see people as we want them to be, not what they really are, and thus all  sorts of illusions and false expectations come into play, leading to disappointments eventually.

Having realized that, what would the best course of actions be as far as such painful relationships concerned ? Perhaps the best thing to do is to stay yourself. After all, the only person you are responsible for is yourself, meaning that you can’t control what others do or think, neither you need it. All you need is to be sincere with yourself, and when this is the case you automatically treat people with sincerity, because it’s just painful for you to do otherwise. And even if you’ve faced ignorance, dishonesty and have been treated badly in one way or another, don’t let disappointment, anger or hate to take over you. This is very important. Contemplate these feelings as they arise within you, but don’t let them take the lead. We must learn to forgive.

By the way, those relationship themes have been very prominent since November last year, when Saturn moved into the sign of Scorpio, because the sign of Libra (which represents relationships with others) has been hemmed since then between Saturn and Rahu (north node of the Moon). Such configuration has been given much importance in vedic astrology because the sign (and house) that is hemmed between malefic planets (like Saturn and Rahu) experiences distress, as a result of painful lessons we have to learn. But this is a general theme, of course, and whether or not you experience such things would depend on what house Libra falls in your birth chart. For example, if you are Aries rising, Libra is in your 7th house of other people, and in that case relationship theme must have been strong in your life for quite some time now.

My impressions from reading Darth Bane trilogy

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I’ve finished reading The Darth Bane trilogy recently. It was written by Drew Karpyshyn and includes three books: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, Dynasty of Evil. I had read more than half a dozen books about Star Wars universe before that. The first thing I must tell you to set up the overall tone of this review is that I liked this trilogy more than any other Star Wars book I had read before and Darth Bane has become my absolute favorite character in the universe of Star Wars.

Now I’ll try to explain you why this trilogy worth reading (even if you are not a huge fan of Star Wars and probably just watched few classical movies) while trying not to spoil any major plot events. As i didn’t find any big flaws in this trilogy, I’ll focus on what I liked the most.

The first thing I’d like to mention is how dynamically events flow during the whole story, at the same time all being connected (sometimes in unexpected ways). When reading you’ll find yourself travelling across the universe in time and space: from dusty forgotten industrial world of Apatros, where it all starts, to the inhospitable Sith home world of Korriban, and then to forest covered Ruusan, where a great war between Sith and Jedi is waging, and later to desert Ambria… There are many more worlds where action takes place, of course, including forsaken Rakata-Prime.

The story itself is exceptionally captivating. The author managed to create several stories, complementing each other and converging eventually. Every story could serve as a complete narrative by itself. For me the most memorizing stories are the ones related to Korriban and the Sith Academy and the story about Ruusan. You’ll notice how meticulously characters in these stories are portrayed and how authentic they look. Young sith Githany, who betrayed the teachings of Jedi Order, Lord commander of Jedi army of light Hoth and Jedi master Farfalla, the Huntress and Zannah are just a few examples of brilliant and memorizing characters.

But the central figure of the whole trilogy is Darth Bane himself, of course. He is the only character who you follow from the start to the end. His entire story is filled with reversals, transformations and sudden events, which makes it so interesting to follow. There is something in the personality of Dessel, who became dark lord of the Sith later, that makes you sympathize with him despite of those evil deeds he commits. For me personally the most admired trait of his character is his determination to achieve his ultimate goal, no matter the cost. His thirst for ancient knowledge, which he tried to quench during his days in the Sith Academy on Korriban by studying ancient texts looks very appealing to me. Both Bane and his apprentice, Zannah, despised attachments to material comforts and looked at wealth only as a tool to achieve their universal goals. In fact Darth Bane was an ascetic, and that is what I respect in him.

While reading I couldn’t help but ask myself what Darth Bane was seeking, what was his ultimate goal. It is the last part of the main Sith Code verse, he followed unflinchingly, that hints at the answer: “…through power I gain victory, through victory my chains are broken”. Perhaps, Bane was seeking freedom after all. Something, that he, probably, valued above everything else, given his childhood and youth on Apatros. I believe it makes him quite different from most of the other sith lords, who were driven mostly by corrupted desire to rule, but the line is very thin here, I must admit.

Darth Bane was a man of a great vision, that only people chosen by destiny to reshape the world and redefine the rules according to which it exists, have. He managed to bring down the entire Sith Order by subtle manipulations, performed at the right time, in the right place, and established the rule of two. And this is one of the most interesting things to ponder, because traditionally the Sith are considered extremely selfish and ambitious, whereas the Jedi are known for their compassionate and sacrificial attitude in general. But the rule of two, that Bane had established, implies that both master and apprentice must sacrifice themselves at some point for the future of the Sith. Master teaches apprentice everything he knows only to face that apprentice in a deadly combat once, in which only one survives to continue Sith lineage. There is a strong sacrificial element in this, in my opinion.

Every part of Darth Bane journey is interesting in its own way, reflecting transformation of his personality. My personal favorite parts include the days of Bane in the Academy on Korriban and his service in the army of the Sith before he became a Sith. If you are familiar with the story of the Sith lords to some extent you’ll probably notice that Darth Bane is quite different from the rest and, I believe, it is what makes his storyline so unique.

I wish this trilogy was turned into the movie one day. I can even see someone like Vin Diesel as Darth Bane in the main role ! That would be amazing.

Drawing the line I’d like to point out that Darth Bane trilogy would be a very interesting reading not only for those who have been much into the universe of Star Wars, but also for those who like sci-fi stories with intricate plot and deep characters in general. But for Star Wars fans this is a must-read. It can reveal you so much about the nature of the Sith and one the most magnificent sith lords of all times – Darth Bane.

Thoughts about modern cosmology

I’ve had a discussion with my farther recently. It was about the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life. He is quite concerned with the space and all those modern scientific theories, you can so often come across on scientific TV channels. So I just asked him why is he, like many others, is so eager to know that there is life somewhere in space, outside of our planet and what that would mean for him personally if extraterrestrial life was actually discovered. He said that would be the greatest moment in human history, indescribable experience and it would reinvigorate him; he also wondered how is that I don’t understand that myself.

But the thing is I rather understand what is this all about. And I want to share my thoughts with you. Humanity seems to be quite obsessed with space exploration nowadays and more so with the finding clues that life exists somewhere apart from our planet. Scientists tell us how unbelievable and important that would be if some microorganisms were found beneath the ice of Europe, Jupiter’s satellite, or signs of ever-existed life were discovered on Mars and what not…

I see this obsession as a sign of weakness and unwillingness to face our greatest challenges here on Earth. Scientists mislead people (and pop culture facilitate this greatly) into thinking that there is something of great importance out there that has yet to be discovered. In fact there is nothing more important than our current existence here on earth. We have so much to do here. Why there are wars, almost constantly waging here, why the majority of people are not happy living here and forced to survive, why do we persistently contaminate the planet, and so many other whys exist. How discovering of any sort of life on some remote planet going to help us to evolve and resolve all those problems, make us better or happier ?

Besides what do we have to offer another world or even another planetary civilization ? I believe in our current state – nothing, except moral degradation, wars for resources (extremely popular theme in modern movies and games by the way) and contamination. We have to evolve in order to make the next step. It may take some time of course, but there is no other way.

Ironically, once we have evolved and elevated our miserable existence into higher level, we may find out that we don’t need to go anywhere, since those who had been coming in contact with us in the times past, might start doing that again. There are many references to the visitors from another planets in ancient texts, who were coming to share their wisdom with us, to guide us. But now it is all gone and all we have are numerous reports of  unidentified flying objects in our atmosphere and beyond. They don’t come into direct contact anymore, preferring to observe. Why ? Because we’ve become ignorant and weak, so “they” most likely consider it is no use to help us right now. We must overcome our weakness ourselves, not the other way around.

Science must serve our greatest needs, especially now, when we have so many challenges to confront. And finding “little green men” somewhere in the space is certainly not one of them.

Our goal now is to cast aside everything that hampers our progress as spiritual living-beings and utterly focus on resolving our problems, creating qualitatively new civilization.