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4 Hard Truths That Will Jolt You Awake

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By Gary Z McGee – fractalenlightenment

“The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.” –Gloria Steinem

Are you tired of floating around in that pink goop of the Matrix? Are you ready to slough off the illusion like it was an old hat? Has the White Rabbit been too fast for you so far? If you are reading this article, you are here to wake up. Here are five ways to slow that white rabbit down so you can catch up.

1) Money is a hoax

“The Western worldview says, in essence, that technological progress is the highest value and that we were born to consume, to endlessly use and discard natural recourses, other species, gadgets, toys, and often, each other. The most highly prized freedom is the right to shop. It’s a world of commodities, not entities, and economic expansion is the primary measure of progress. Competition, taking, and hoarding are higher values than cooperation, sharing, and gifting. Profits are valued over people, money over meaning, entitlement over justice, “us” over “them.” This is the most dangerous addiction in the world, not only because of its impact on humanity but because it is rapidly undermining the natural systems that sustain the biosphere.” –Bill Plotkin

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Can you see the “Truth”?

It is not the more evolved aspect of ourselves that tricks us into thinking that we need money to survive; it’s the less evolved aspect of ourselves that does the tricking. With our advanced technologies we imagine that we know the way the world works, when, for the most part, we have forgotten how everything is connected.

Until we can relearn “a language older than words,” and once again engage in a healthy dialogue with nature and the cosmos, we will continue to be tricked by the less evolved aspects of ourselves. The more awareness we bring to this extremely complicated cognitive dissonance, the more possible it will be to achieve an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable world.

As it stands, however, the Federal Reserve is a house of cards guarded by a red herring. Money is the opiate of the masses, and the masses are too busy spending it on worthless crap to get to know each other as healthy individuals, let alone as a healthy community. We have become Pavlov Dogs, and money is our dinner bell. But money was never meant to be horded, or even amassed, it was meant to circulate as a way of uplifting the community. And yet here we are, hoarding and amassing, while our communities are in unhealthy disarray. It’s high time we abandoned the force-fed shibboleth that having more money makes us better people. It doesn’t. Being healthy, compassionate and moral is what makes us better people.
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2) Debt is fiction

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.” –John Adams

Unfortunately our nation has been enslaved by debt. Our current system is not an economic system at all, but an ecocidal system; an intrinsic obsolescence of conspicuous consumption. It’s a grave misfortune that efficiency, sustainability, and preservation are the enemies of our socioeconomic system. This has got to be the most bizarre delusion in the history of human thought, a retarded Ponzi scheme en masse.

But it’s difficult to get people to understand something when money, and especially debt, prevents them from understanding it. Instead of ownership, give us strategic access. Instead of equity, give us equality. Instead of one-track-minded profit, give us open-minded people. Instead of unsustainable monetary-based economics, give us a sustainable resource-based economy, which is basically the scientific method applied to ecological and social concerns.

As tough as it is to hear, nature is a dictatorship. We can either listen to it and fall into harmony or deny it and suffer. Ask yourself this question by Fleet & Lasn: “When the economic system fails, will we know how to behave, how to act, how to appreciate, how to value, how to survive, how to be and how to love in a world that no longer defines relations by money?”

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3) Media is manipulation

“Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.” –Noam Chomsky

Media has always been an effective method for manipulating people. We are social creatures who are also psychological creatures. This combination makes us unwittingly vulnerable to the power of suggestion. As it stands, media has been our Achilles Heel. These days the “news” we receive from corporate media is more likely to be disinformation. Skepticism is a must when reading or viewing the information provided by these outlets.

The key: Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. Analyze the Kool Aide before you swallow it. Even then, be prepared to vomit it back up at the first sign of deception. Remain circumspect and question all authority. They don’t have our best interest at heart. They only want our money, and to remain powerful. Like Wendell Berry wrote in the Unsettling of America, “People whose governing habit is the relinquishment of power, competence, and responsibility, make excellent spenders. They are the ideal consumers. By inducing in them little panics of boredom, powerlessness, sexual failure, mortality, paranoia, they can be made to buy virtually anything that is “attractively packaged.””

We are slowly becoming more aware of corporate media lying to us. But they know we know they’re lying to us. And we know they know we know they’re lying to us. With enough inertia, this debacle of a process just continues until we are eventually lying to ourselves. And here we are. Like the great Baruch Spinoza once surmised, “The supreme mystery of despotism, its prop and stay, is to keep men in a state of deception, and cloak the fear by which they must be held in check, so that they will fight for their servitude as if for salvation.” And here we are, unless we decide to wake up.

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For it is seeking you

4) Government is a corporation

“The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations.” –Thomas Jefferson

Here’s the thing: we do not live in a democracy, and we probably never really have. A prestigious Princeton study recently concluded that we live in an oligarchy: rule by a few individuals. And these individuals just so happen to be plutocrats, making this particular flavor of oligarchy a plutocracy: rule by the rich.

The problem is that money itself has become an immoral agent within an otherwise amoral system that praises itself as moral. Ask yourself: do you wish to live out harried lives of nine-to-five slavery, giving up your days to heartless corporations that don’t give a damn about anything except making money, or do you wish to live a happy life of loving compassion, doing what you enjoy, in spite of plutocracy, oligarchy, and tyranny?

The Occupy Movement succeeded in shifting the tenor and shape of debate in the world, but we must not rest on our laurels. Trickle-down economics DOES NOT WORK! Austerity economics DOES NOT WORK! Corporations are NOT people. Money does NOT equal speech. It’s a trap. If we don’t get big money out of politics then everything we want to do will be hopeless. We need to be smarter with our mobilization tactics for the change and allocation of power within our society. So far the security and surveillance state has boxed us in, like the great MLK Jr. said, “Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.”


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Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.

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The End of Kali Yuga in 2025: The dark times, when goodness and virtue almost disappeared from the world

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A number of ancient cultures believed in the Cycle of World Ages, in which we gradually descend from a state of spiritual perfection and material abundance to a state of ignorance and lack.

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In ancient India this was called the Cycles of the South. The doctrine of such Cycles, called “Yugas”, tells us that we are now living in Kali Yuga – the age of darkness, when moral virtue and mental faculties reach their lowest point in the Cycle. 

Indian epic“Mahabharata”describes Kali Yuga as a period when the “World Soul” is black; only one fourth of the virtue remains, which slowly diminishes to zero at the end of Kali Yuga. People turn to evil. Their lives are dominated by illness, apathy, anger, natural disasters, anguish and fear of poverty. Penalties, sacrifices and religious rites are almost never performed. All creatures degrade. Everything changes, without exception.

The Kali Yuga (Iron Age) was preceded by three other Yugas: Satya or Krita Yuga (Golden Age), Treta Yuga (Silver Age) and Dvapara Yuga (Bronze Age). In the Mahabharata Hanuman gives Bhima, the prince of the Pandavas, the following description of the Yuga Cycles:

“Krita Yuga was so named because there was only one faith and all people were perfect: therefore they did not have to perform religious rites … Men did not buy or sell; there were neither poor nor rich; there was no need to work, because everything that people needed was achieved by the power of intention … Krita Yuga was disease-free; there has been no aging over the years; there was no hatred, vanity, evil, sorrow, fear. All humanity could attain supreme bliss. The Universal Soul was White … Identification of oneself with the Universal Soul was the only faith of the perfect age. In the Treta-yuga sacrifices began and the World Soul became Red; virtue has decreased by a quarter. Humanity sought the truth, and carried out religious rites; people got what they wanted through making sacrifices. In Dvapara Yuga, the aspect of the World Soul was Yellow: righteousness was halved. The Veda was divided into four parts, and although some had knowledge of the four Vedas, others knew only three or one. The mental faculties have decreased. Truthfulness diminished, and desires, sickness and distress appeared; because of which people had to repent. It was an age of decadence due to the prevalence of sin.”.

And now we live in the dark times of Kali-yuga, when goodness and virtue have almost disappeared from the world. But when did Kali Yuga begin? And when will it end?

Kali Yuga start date

Despite the complex theological structure that describes the characteristics of this age, the dates of the beginning and end of Kali Yuga remain a secret. The generally accepted date for the beginning of Kali Yuga is 3102 BC, thirty-five years after the completion of the great battle of the Mahabharata. This is surprisingly close to the proposed start of the current Mayan Great Cycle of 3114 BC.

In general, the date of the beginning of Kali Yuga is considered to be February 17/18, 3102 BC. – was calculated based on information from the Sanskrit astronomical treatise “Surya Siddhanta”. According to this treatise, at the beginning of Kali Yuga, five “geocentric planets” (that is, planets visible to the naked eye) – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – were in 0 ° of the constellation Aries (near the star zeta Piscium ).

However, modern calculations performed by Richard Thompson show that on February 17/18, 3102 BC, five geocentric planets were in the sky in an arc of about 42 °, and were scattered across the three zodiacal signs – Aries, Pisces and Aquarius. This should in no way be considered a connection. A much more correct “alignment” of the planets took place in the previous and subsequent centuries.

And the most important thing is that Surya Siddhanta does not indicate anywhere that such an alignment of the planets took place at the beginning of Kali-yuga. On the contrary, Surya Siddhanta explicitly states that this conjunction of the planets at 0 ° Aries occurs at the end of the Golden Age (Satya / Krita Yuga). The text says:

“Now, at the end of the Golden Age (Krita Yuga), all the planets, due to their unfavorable movement, except for their nodes and apses, are joined together in the first sign of Aries.” . 

Unfortunately, this simple statement has been misrepresented by some early commentators. In an effort to find an astronomical justification for the date 3102 BC, it was subsequently made public as the fact of the beginning of the Kali Yuga.

In ancient Indian astronomy, it was generally accepted that at the beginning of the present order of things, all the planets begin to move from 0 ° Aries and return to the same position in the heavens at regular intervals. This leads to their universal connection. According to Surya Siddhanta, such a union occurs at the end of the Golden Age.

Similar information about the conjunction of the planets is also present in ancient Greek texts. In the Timaeus, Plato mentions the “Perfect Year”, which ends at the moment when the Sun, Moon and all the planets return to their original position, despite all their movements. 

This idea was supported in the 3rd century by the Roman writer Censorinus. He argued that the orbits of the Sun, the Moon and the five planets pass through one complete “Great Year of Heraclitus”, returning simultaneously to the same sign where they once were . This “Great Year” was known by various names – “Perfect Year”, “Platonic Year”, “Highest Year of Aristotle”, etc. It was variously calculated as 12 954 years (Cicero) or 10 800 years (Heraclitus).

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There is no doubt that the date of the beginning of the Kali Yuga is 3102 BC. not based on information from Surya Siddhanta or other astronomical text. The date almost flies out of nowhere. It is sometimes argued that the date was obtained from the calculations of the famous astronomer Aryabhata in the Sanskrit text Aryabhatia, where he writes:

“When sixty times sixty years (ie 3600 years) or three quarters of the Yuga have passed, twenty-three years have passed since the moment of birth.”.

This means that Aryabhata wrote the text when he was 23 years old, and 3600 years have passed for the yuga in which he lived. The problem here is that we do not know when Aryabhata was born or when he composed Aryabhatia. He does not even mention Kali-yuga, but simply states that 3600 yuga years have passed. 

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The chronology of the Yuga cycle is based on the saptarshi calendar. 

Scholars usually assume that the Kali Yuga began in 3102 BC and then use this phrase to confirm the creation of Aryabhatia in 499 AD. However, we cannot use reverse logic. That is, we cannot say that the Kali Yuga probably began in 3102 BC, since Aryabhatia was compiled in 499 AD, since we do not know when Aryabhata lived or finished his work.

Another source is the inscription in Aikhol from Pulakshin II of Badami, which was carved 3735 years after the battle of the descendants of Bharata or 556 years of the reign of the Saka kings. If we take the beginning of the Saki era as 78 AD, then the Bharat war took place in 3102 BC, and 35 years after the war, the Kali Yuga began in 3067 BC. 

It should be remembered that there is also an old Saka era, the beginning of which is disputed. Various dates have been proposed by scholars ranging from 83 to 383. BC. If the inscription in Aihole refers to the era of Old Saka, then the era of Kali begins several hundred years before 3102 BC.

The truth is that there are no texts or inscriptions that give an unambiguous date for the beginning of Kali Yuga. There is no astronomical basis for it, and we have no evidence that Aryabhata or any other astronomer calculated this date. Until the 6th century AD the date does not appear in any Sanskrit text or inscription. 

It could have been invented or taken from another calendar by later astronomers. The uncertainty surrounding the origin of this very important chronological milestone makes its authenticity highly questionable.

Yuga Cycle Duration

However, the task of finding out this date on the basis of ancient Sanskrit texts is fraught with difficulties. The reason is that the information about Cycles South contains a number of inaccuracies. In many Sanskrit texts, the Cycle of 12,000 years was artificially overstated. An abnormally high value of 4,320,000 years was obtained due to the introduction of a multiplication factor of “360”. 

The coefficient denoted the number of “human years” making up one “divine year”. The famous Sanskrit scholar and national leader of India B.G. Tilak mentioned in his book The Arctic House in the Vedas (1903):

“The authors of most of the Puranas written in the first centuries of the Christian era naturally did not believe that Kali Yuga was over … Therefore, an attempt was made to extend the duration of Kali Yuga by converting 1000 (or 1200) ordinary human years into the same number of divine years. One divine year or the year of the gods is equal to 360 human years …

This solution to the problem was accepted everywhere. With this original technique, the age of Kali turned from 1200 ordinary years into a majestic Cycle of the same divine years or 360 × 1200 = 432,000 Earth years”.

However, some important Sanskrit texts such as the Mahabharata and the Laws of Manu, compiled, according to scientists, earlier than the Puranas, still retain the original duration of the Cycle of the Yuga as 12,000 years. 

The Mahabharata explicitly mentions that the duration of the Yuga Cycle is based on people’s days and nights. 

The Zoroastrians also believed in a Cycle of times of 12,000 years. The Great Year or Perfect Year of the Greeks was variously represented as 12 954 years (Cicero) or 10 800 years (Heraclitus). Of course, the Cycle South cannot be of different lengths for different cultures.

In the book Holy Science (1894), Sri Yukteswar explained that the complete Yuga Cycle lasts 24,000 years, and consists of an upward Cycle of 12,000 years, when virtue gradually increases, and a downward Cycle of another 12,000 years, when virtue gradually decreases.

Therefore, after we complete the 12,000-year descending Cycle of Satya-yuga -> Kali-yuga, the sequence changes itself, the ascending Cycle of 12,000 years Kali-yuga -> Satya-yuga begins. Yukteswar states that “Each of the periods of 12,000 years produces radical changes both in the outer, gross material, world, and in the inner, intellectual, or electrical world. This period is called Daiva-Yuga (electric pair)”.

The 24,000 year duration of a complete Yuga Cycle is approximately equal to the Precessional Year of 25,765 years. The Precession Year is the time required for the Sun to “precess”, i.e. backward movement through the 12 zodiacal constellations.

 Interestingly, Surya Sidhanta indicates 54 arc seconds per year for precession, as opposed to the current value of 50.29 arc seconds per year. This translates into a precessional year of 24,000 years! Thus, there is a high probability that the current precession value may simply be a temporary deviation from the mean.

The concept of the upward and downward Cycle South was not taken out of thin air by Yukteswar. This idea is still prevalent among the Jains of India, who are one of the country’s oldest religious sects. Jains believe that the complete Cycle of Time (Kalachakra) has progressive and regressive halves. 

During the progressive half of the Cycle (Utsarpini), there is a gradual increase in knowledge, happiness, health, ethics and spirituality, while during the regressive half (Avasarpini) there is a gradual decrease in these qualities. 

Each half cycle consists of six smaller periods, and together the two halves of the Cycle make up a complete circle of time. These two half-Cycles eternally follow each other in a continuous sequence, like the Cycles of day and night, or the rising and falling moon.

The ancient Greeks also seem to have believed in the ascending and descending Cycles of the ages. In the poem Works and Days, the Greek poet Hesiod (c. 750 – 650 BC) speaks of the World Ages and introduces a fifth century between the Bronze and Iron Ages, called the Age of Heroes. In The Cosmos of Hesiod, Jenny Strauss Clay writes:

“Based on the myth in Plato’s The Politician, the Hellenist Vernant also argued that the temporal structure of the Hesiodic myth, that is, the sequence of races, is not linear, but Cyclical. At the end of the Iron Age, which he divides into two, the Race Cycle begins again with a new Golden Age or, more likely, the Age of Heroes, as the sequence changes itself … Vernant himself offers a solution, noting that “in fact there is no one Iron Age, except for two typeshuman existence”.

It is very interesting. Jean-Pierre Vernant, a recognized expert on ancient Greek culture, believes that the sequence of the Cycle of the Ages is reversed, according to Hesiod’s calculations. 

Moreover, he claims that the Iron Age consists of two parts, which exactly corresponds to the interpretation of Yukteswar, in which the descending Kali-yuga is replaced by the ascending Kali-yuga. In this context, it can be assumed that the “Age of Heroes”, which immediately followed the Bronze Age in Hesiod’s calculations, corresponds to the descending Kali Yuga.

Testimonies from various sources prove that the duration of a complete Yuga Cycle is 24,000 years. A complete Cycle consists of ascending and descending Cycles of 12,000 years each. This brings us to the question of the relative duration of the various Yugas in a Complete Cycle. There are also transitional periods at the beginning and end of each Yuga called Sandhya (dawn) and Sandhyansa (dusk). The Sanskrit texts provide the following meanings for the duration of the Yugas with their dawns and dusk.

  • Satya Yuga (Golden Age): 4000 years + 400 years of dawn + 400 years of twilight = 4800 years
  • Treta Yuga (Silver Age): 3000 years + 300 years of dawn + 300 years of twilight = 3600 years
  • Dvapara Yuga (Bronze Age): 2000 years + 200 years of dawn + 200 years of twilight = 2400 years
  • Kali Yuga (Iron Age): 1000 years + 100 years of dawn + 100 years of twilight = 1200 years

Yukteswar and Tilak point to many inaccuracies in the doctrine of the South Cycle. Therefore, the question should also be raised about the accuracy of the relative duration of the Yugas mentioned in the Sanskrit texts.

Yugi of equal length

About thirty ancient cultures mention the Cycle of the South in mythical tales, as reported by Giorgio de Santillana, professor of the history of science at MIT, in Hamlet’s Mill (1969). However, we have very little information about the duration of the different Ages in this Cycle. 

It’s pretty amazing. Almost all stories tell us that virtue and righteousness diminish as we move from the Golden Age to the succeeding Ages. Some of them mention that Virtue is reduced by a quarter in each Age. However, there is little information about the duration of the centuries themselves. If the duration of each subsequent Yuga decreases in relation to the previous Yuga, shouldn’t this important point be noted in the legends?

In those few sources where the duration of the Yugas is indicated, we find that all the Ages of the Cycle have the same duration. For example, Zoroastrians believe that the world lasts 12,000 years, which are divided into four equal Eras of 3,000 years each. 

A Mexican source known as Codex Rios (also called Codex 3738 and Vatican Codex A) states that each Era is 4008, 4010, 4801, and 5042 respectively, for a total of 17,861 years. We see that in this case the duration of each Age is almost the same.

Therefore, the duration of the four Yugas in Sanskrit texts (i.e. 4800, 3600, 2400 and 1200 years) deviates from the norm. The duration of each Yuga in this sequence is reduced by 1200 years compared to the previous one. It is an arithmetic progression that is rarely seen in Natural Cycles. 

The unnaturalness of this sequence raises the question of whether the duration of the Yugas was changed at some point in the past. Perhaps in order to create the impression that the duration of each Yuga decreases in tandem with a decrease in virtue from one Yuga to the next.

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Brahmagupta

Here is the most startling fact: two of the most famous astronomers of ancient India, Aryabhata and Paulis, both believed that the South Cycle was composed of the South of the same duration! In the 11th century, the medieval scholar Al-Biruni traveled throughout India for 13 years, interviewing and interviewing scholars, reading Sanskrit texts, observing religious rites and customs. 

He has compiled a comprehensive commentary on Indian philosophy, science and culture. In his work “India” Al-Biruni mentions that the doctrine of the Cycle of the South was based on the findings of the Indian astronomer Brahmagupta, who, in turn, received knowledge from the Sanskrit texts of the smriti. He makes an interesting statement in this regard:

“Further, Brahmagupta says that“ Aryabhata regards the four Yugas as four equal parts of the Yuga Cycle. Thus, he presents a doctrine different from the one mentioned in the smrti books. And the one who is different from us is the enemy “.

Aryabhata believed that the four Yugas are of the same duration. The fact is extremely pertinent! Al-Biruni unambiguously confirms this: “Therefore, according to Aryabhata, the Kali Yuga lasts 3,000 years …

Saptarishi Calendar

The original doctrine of the Yuga Cycle appears to be very simple: the duration of the Yuga Cycle is 12,000 years, with each Yuga lasting 3,000 years. This Cycle is encoded in the Saptarishi Calendar that has been used in India for thousands of years. The calendar was widely used during the Mauryan period (4th century BC), and is still used in parts of India today. 

The term “Saptarishi” refers to the “Seven Rishis” or “Seven Sages” representing the seven stars of the Big Dipper. They are revered as enlightened rishis who appear at the beginning of each Yuga to spread the laws for civilization.

 In the Saptarishi calendar, the Cycle is 2700 years. The Big Dipper is said to have been in each of the 27 Nakshatras (lunar constellations) for 100 years, which is a Cycle of 2700 years. The 2700-year Cycle is also referred to as the “Era of Saptarishi” or “Saptarishi Yuga”.

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Throughout the year, the constellation Ursa Major is clearly visible in the northern hemisphere. The seven stars represent the Seven Sages (Saptarishis). The constellation Ursa Major is prominent in the mythology of many cultures.

If in the Saptarishi Calendar 2,700 years represent the actual duration of the Yuga, then the remaining 300 years out of the total duration of the Yuga of 3,000 years (which is a tenth of the duration of the Yuga) automatically become a “transition period” before the properties of the subsequent Yuga fully manifest themselves. Accordingly, this intermediate period can be divided into two separate periods of 150 years each. One of them occurs at the beginning of the Yuga and is called Sandhya (that is, dawn), and the other, at its completion, is called Sandhyansa (that is, twilight).

The total duration of the Cycle of the South, excluding the transition periods, is 10,800 years (2,700 x 4), which coincides with the duration of the “Great Year of Heraclitus” in the Greek tradition! This clearly shows that the basis of the Cycle of World Ages in India and Greece was the 2700-year Cycle of Saptarishi …

Obviously, the Yuga Cycle is used in the Saptarishi Calendar. It is 12,000 years out of four Yugas of equal duration, 2,700 years each, separated by transition periods of 300 years. The complete Yuga Cycle of 24,000 years consists of an upward and downward Cycle of the Yugas, which follow each other for eternity, like a change of day and night. For the last 2,700 years we have been going through an ascending Kali Yuga, and this Yuga is coming to an end in 2025.

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The Path to Repentance: The world is on the verge of the most terrible events

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Elder Ephraim of Philotheou, who lived as an ascetic in Arizona, appeared to a woman in Northern Greece, a long-time spiritual daughter of the elder. At the time of the appearance she was with her daughter-in-law; she was not asleep but actually in a state of alertness.

At one point the woman was unresponsive, as if in ecstasy,* and this lasted for about 10 minutes, according to her daughter-in-law who was watching her. She did not realize or comprehend the time duration — i.e., for how long the vision lasted.

It was something new for her (the content of the conversation) because she has seen the Elder before, after his repose, both in her sleep as well while she was awake. Due to all this (her shock), she contacted her spiritual father and asked whether this experience was real or a deception by the evil one.

She saw Elder Ephraim and he was very sad and was imploring Christ that the ongoing [direction of] events be averted (all this, of course, is in agreement with what the elder said to many while he was alive).

And he told her:

‘Repentance repentance repentance. Christ is very angry…
We, modern people, should not be in such a deplorable spiritual state…
Huge disasters are coming, you cannot even imagine what scale..

Alas to all of you for what awaits you; you must repent as long as there is time…
You need to kneel and cry, to shed tears of repentance, that Christ soften…
This has to do with what is happening in America as well.
Many people will depart through all that is to come, many people will depart (they will die).
You are ruthless towards each other; you have no mercy.
You are so cruel that you are ready to devour each other….
Tell all of this to your spiritual father and to others….’

And as the elder said – so it will be.

The woman who saw this was a spiritual daughter of Elder Ephraim and was in communication with him often up until his repose.

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The ABC of Yoga: Opening the Sixth Ajna Chakra

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From Sanskrit “ajna” is translated as “order”. The fact is that the sixth chakra in the human body is a kind of command post in relation to other chakras. It is also called the “third eye” chakra, as it is located between the eyebrows. 

Ajna is responsible for memory, intuition, wisdom, objectivity, clairvoyance, willpower. Thanks to the sixth chakra, the right and left hemispheres of our brain, mind and logic, intuition and mysticism are balanced.

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Ajna’s color is indigo. Its symbol is an eye-shaped two-petalled lotus.
Stones that contribute to the opening of the sixth chakra are sapphire, amethyst, labradorite, lapis lazuli, blue aventurine. But the third eye chakra has no aroma and taste. Moreover, it is often associated with the cold light of the autumn and winter full moon.

Ajna is responsible for the functioning of the brain, nervous system, nose, eyes, ears, the main gland of our body – the pituitary gland. Therefore, if you have problems in these areas, they will first of all indicate a closed sixth chakra.

Also, about violations and blocking in Ajna will be prompted by such states as a lack of understanding of the goals and meaning of life, anxiety, fears, anxiety, illusions, pride, unwillingness to take responsibility, blaming others for their own failures, a sense of their own superiority or, conversely, a sense of their own failure , timidity, suicidal mood. 

Frequent satellites of the closed sixth chakra are headaches, insomnia, nervous disorders, alcoholism, staying in an illusory fantasy world, far from reality. The devastation of energy in Ajna can lead to such sad consequences as blindness, loss of hearing, smell, memory, brain tumors, etc.

If Ajna is harmoniously developed, then a person is psychologically stable, has wisdom and good intuition, has a good memory, knows how to live in the flow, in the present moment, without dwelling on the past and not worrying about the future. 

People with strong Ajna tend to have psychic skills and the gift of clairvoyance. They manage to break the karmic connections of past lives and get out of the wheel of Samsara. It is often possible to hear from such people that they felt an enlightenment, that they received their knowledge from above, without ever learning it.

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Full opening of the sixth chakra gives an understanding of all the processes taking place in the Universe, acceptance of any life situations without anger and suffering. This is a kind of enlightenment, the highest wisdom, unconditional love for all living things, which, unfortunately, is given to a few. 

A striking example of the opening of Ajna is the Saints in all religions. Unfortunately, the majority of people with an undeveloped or poorly developed sixth chakra, a person with an open Ajna may seem strange, “out of this world”. These features can even make communication difficult.

It is no coincidence that the Ajna chakra is considered to be the link between the divine spirit and the human ego. Above Ajna, only the seventh chakra is Sahasrara. But the opening of the latter is impossible without a developed third eye chakra. However, it is also impossible to deal with the harmonization of Ajna in isolation. 

First, you should open the five lower chakras – Vishuddhi, Anahata, Manipura, Svadhisthana and Muladhara, which we have already considered on the previous yoga pages of our magazine.

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Why is Ajna blocked?

First , chakra clogs up when you stray too far from your true purpose. To get back to normal, ask yourself if you like what you do in life. If the answer is no, constantly ask yourself what you really want that would make you truly happy.

Secondly , Ajna blockage happens when you look at the world “through rose-colored glasses” and constantly live with illusions. Try to focus on the present moment and learn to be happy in it. Various meditations will help this. At the same time, you should not take other people’s negative emotions at your own expense, blame others for bad mood and failures. One should look at the present a little distantly, taking the position of an observer.

Thirdly , the sixth chakra enters into dissonance, when a person cannot accept some life circumstances, constantly scrolls in his head another potential scenario for the development of events, which is no longer destined to come true.

Fourthly , pride is a great evil for the development of Ajna. When a person thinks himself better or higher than others, falls into a star fever, spiritual knowledge is automatically closed to him.

The chakra of the third eye is activated by chanting the mantra AUM.

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