Madhya Pradesh Trip

Tent auditorium for the Living the Right Way Conference

Earlier this year, I was invited by Shivraj Singh Chouhan,the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, a state in India, to participate in a conference held in connection with a spiritual festival that was taking place in the town of Ujjain. The name of the festival (mela) is Simhastha Kumbha Mela. Simha means "lion." Simhastha refers to Jupiter being in the sign of Leo (the lion). Kumbha means "pot", and it refers to a celestial pot of nectar. Long ago the demigods and demons fought over this pot for twelve years. On four successive occasions during those twelve years, a drop of nectar fell to earth from the celestial pot. The four places on earth where the drops of nectar fell were Prayag, Hardwar, Nasik, and Ujjain. Millions of people gather at these four cities every twelve years to celebrate the Kumbha Mela, especially by bathing in sacred rivers. The Kumbha Mela at Prayag, at the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers, draws worldwide attention. During the Simhastha Kumbha Mela in Ujjain, which takes place when Jupiter is in Leo, millions of people take bath in the Shipra River there. Huge tent cities spring up, as if by magic, to house and feed the huge numbers of pilgrims. Why was the conference held? Chief Minister Chouhan explained, "In keeping with the age old tradition of holding deliberations during Simhastha on matters relevant to humankind, the Government of Madhya Pradesh organized an international conference on Living the Right Way from 12th May to 14th May, 2016." Chouhan acknowledged the inspiration and support of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, who came and spoke at the conference. Some of the topics for the conference were science and spirituality, sustainable agriculture, climate change, and cottage industry.

Why was I invited to speak at the conference held in connection with the festival? I suppose it is because I have written books that provide scientific evidence in support of the ideas about human origins and antiquity found in the ancient Sanskrit writings of India. It was a honor to be invited. I was provided with air transportation from Los Angeles to Indore, the nearest airport to Ujjain. I was met at the Indore airport by a government officer, who served as my guide during my entire  visit. A driver was also provided. I was taken from the Indore airport to a nice hotel in Indore, where the international conference delegates were housed. The next morning I was taken to the conference venue near Ujjain. The conference was held in a large temporary auditorium. Such temporary structures are called pandals, and in India they are very expert at constructing them. Sometimes they are done on a small scale, with a bamboo superstructure covered by cloth. But the conference auditorium, which accommodated over five thousand specially invited guests (government officials, educators, media, swamis, etc.), was on a more elaborate palatial scale, with air conditioning, which kept the temperature inside at a comfortable 75 degrees Fahrenheit, while outside the temperature reached 105 degrees and more.

I spoke on the first day of the Living the Right Way conference. I was part of a session that included other scholars of Western birth who were through their work promoting various aspects of India's Vedic culture. The session organizer, in introducing me, mentioned my work in documenting archeological evidence consistent with the accounts of extreme human antiquity found in the historical writings of ancient India. I will here summarize my remarks. I first paid my respects to my guru, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Then I said to live in the right way, you have to know the answers to two important questions: "Who am I?" and "Where am I?" Modern science says we are machines made of molecules living in an accidental universe. But Vedanta does not say "aham molecules" ("I am molecules"). Vedanta says "aham brahmasmi" ("I am spirit"). And according to the Upanishads, we do not live in an accidental universe. The Upanishads say ishavasyam idam sarvam ("Everything is God's property"). We are living in a  universe that is created by God. Modern science also says we have come from apes. They say the first humans appeared less than 200,000 years ago. But the Vedas and Puranas say humans have always existed on earth. For example the Bhagavata Purana tells about Dhruva, who lived during the Svayambhuva Manvantara almost 2 billion years ago. There are many sacred places all over India dedicated to the memory of personalities who existed millions of years ago. There is evidence for this kind of human antiquity in my book Forbidden Archeology. So the main point is we have to know who we are and where we are. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna says that we are eternal spirit souls who find ourselves now in the world of matter. Our purpose is to go to the spiritual level of reality. Asato ma, sad gama. We have to go from the temporary to the eternal.

One afternoon my guide and driver took me into Ujjain to see the Shipra River, the bathing pilgrims, the campsites, and the Mahakaleshwar temple (this Shiva temple is one of the main temples in Ujjain). On the last day of the conference, some concluding resolutions were published. Some of the resolutions were about science and spirituality. For example, "Human existence is not merely physical. Its consciousness and perception has infinite dimensions which permeate the animate and inanimate worlds." And, "Science and spiritualism complement each other." And, "Educational curricula should include study of spiritualism." Other resolutions were about ecology. "Excessive consumerism has to be curbed to protect the ecology." Others were about the need to preserve village life and cottage industries.

World Archeological Congress in Kyoto, Japan

Himeji Castle

From August 28 to September 2, 2016 I was in Kyoto, Japan, where I presented a paper at a meeting of the World Archaeological Congress, one of the world's largest organizations of archeologists. The WAC holds its congresses every four years in a different country. My paper was about my research into archeological evidence in museums that is consistent with the accounts of extreme human antiquity found in the Puranas, the historical writings of ancient India. Most archeologists believe humans like us first appeared less than 200,000 years ago. The Puranas contain histories of a human presence going back millions of years. The hotel I stayed in was just across the street from the old imperial palace and gardens. In the early mornings, before the conference sessions, I would go there to meditate on the Hare Krishna mantra. Luckily the restaurant at my hotel had some dishes that were suitable for my vegetarian diet (no meat, no fish, no eggs).  One day of the conference was dedicated to tours. I went on a tour to an ancient burial mound in Kobe, an archeological museum for Hyogo prefecture, and the Himeji Castle from samurai times (see photo). The tower of the castle is actually all constructed of wood, although the outside is covered with a white plaster. It is amazing that such a huge structure was built only with wood, using huge wooden pillars and beams.

Trip to India and United Kingdom

In early October I flew from Los Angeles to New Delhi. On October 8 and October 9, 2016, I attended the 10th All India Student Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, organized by the Bhaktivedanta Institute of Kolkata at the Hindustan College of Science and Technology near Mathura, India. I was one of the keynote speakers. My paper was titled Puranic Time and the Archeological Record, with Some Thoughts on Knowledge Filtration. The Puranas, the historical and cosmological texts of ancient India, present a cyclical concept of time. Human populations are present throughout these time cycles, going back many millions of years. The Puranic accounts therefore differ from the modern scientific consensus that humans like us first appeared less than 200,000 years ago. However, a detailed study of the scientific literature reveals many reports of discoveries of human bones, human footprints, and human artifacts that are far older than 200,000 years—in some cases going back millions of years. This evidence is consistent with the Puranic accounts of extreme human antiquity. The absence of these reports from current scientific discourse may be explained by a process of knowledge filtration that operates in the world of science. This knowledge filtration can be seen as related to the accounts of the influence of paradigms in science given by Thomas Kuhn in his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Also speaking at the conference was Chandra Wickramsinghe, a British/Sri Lankan astrophysicist. He is favorable to the idea that life comes from life, not from chemicals.

After the conference, on October 10,  the organizers took the participants on a tour of sacred places in Vrindavan, where Lord Krishna appeared five thousand years ago. I enjoyed the tour.  On October 11, I attended the dedication of the samadhi (final resting place) of Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami (Dr. Thoudam Damodar Singh), founding director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute. Dr. Singh, was, like me, a member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and a disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His samadhi is located in the back couttyard of a small temple on the banks of Radhakunda, one of the most sacred places in Vrindavan. On October 12, I came to New Delhi, where I stayed at the ISKCON temple in Punjabi Bagh, giving lectures about my work to groups of students and professionals. While in Delhi, I visited a small Radha Krishna temple in the narrow lanes of the Chippiwada district of Old Delhi. In the early 1960s, my guru Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada stayed there, while preparing to come to the United States. He was finishing his translation of the Bhagavata Purana and arranging for its printing. The Bhagavata Purana, or Shrimad Bhagavatam, is the main inspiration for my work. So it was very meaningful for me to visit the Chippiwada temple. On October 16, I traveled by train from New Delhi north to the town of Roorkee. On October 17, I gave a lecture (Revisiting Human Origins: Archeological Evidence for Extreme Human Antiquity) at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee. The auditorium was full, with students sitting in the aisles. While I was in Roorkee, my hosts took me to Hardwar, to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganges. Hardwar is in the foothills of the Himalayas. After bathing in the Ganges, I felt spiritually refreshed.

Pilgrims bathing in the Ganges at Hardwar

On the morning of October 19, I flew from New Delhi to London. From London's Heathrow airport, I traveled to Oxford. I had made a request to examine some stone tools in the Pitt Rivers Museum. The stone tools were collected in the early 20th century by the Belgian geologist A. Rutot at a place called Boncelles, Belgium. What interests me most about Rutot's Boncelles tools is their age. They were found in Oligocene formations. The Oligocene is the geological period that goes from about 23 million to 33 million years ago--impossibly old for most scientists today. Some years ago, I had seen some of the Boncelles artifacts in the archeology department of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. On October 24, I returned to London for my flight back to Los Angeles.


A Visit to India

With faculty at
Maharaja Agrasena Institute of Technology

On February 6, 2017, I flew from Los Angeles to Dubai on Emirates Airline, arriving the morning of February 8. I then took a connecting flight to Kolkata, India. From the airport, I took a taxi to Mayapur, West Bengal. Mayapur is a sacred place on the banks of the Ganges River. About 531 years ago, an avatar of God called Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, appeared there. His mission was to spread the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra to every town and village. In Mayapur, I stayed at the center of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), of which I am a member. I am a disciple of the Society's founding guru, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In Mayapur I attended some meetings. Some of the meetings were connected with the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP), currently being constructed there. I am part of a committee responsible for planning exhibits that will be housed in the museum wing of the TOVP. The exhibits will be related to the Vedic conception of the origin and nature of life and the universe. On February 16, I flew from Kolkata to New Delhi, where I stayed at the ISKCON center in the Punjabhi Bagh district. While in New Delhi, I gave lectures about my book Forbidden Archeology at the Maharaja Agrasena Institute of Technology and the Guru Govind Singh University. Both lectures were well attended. I like speaking about my work in India, which is the source of many of my ideas. My book Forbidden Archeology documents archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity. Modern science says humans like us appeared less than 200,000 years ago. But the Puranas, the historical texts of ancient India, inform us that humans like us have existed for millions of years. There is some archeological evidence consistent with this. One of the principal Puranas is the Bhagavata Purana, or the Shrimad Bhagavatam. The Shrimad Bhagavatam is the record of a conversation that took place five thousand years ago beneath a banyan tree, in which the great sage Shukadeva Goswami answered questions put to him by King Parikshit. One of the topics was human history, which according to the Shrimad Bhagavatam, goes back millions of years. During my time in New Delhi, I took a trip to the spot where the conversation between Shukadeva Goswami and King Parikshit took place. It is called Shukratal, and is located about 120 miles north of New Delhi. There is a large banyan tree there, and also a small temple. It was very meaningful for me to visit this holy place. On February 21, I flew from New Delhi back to Los Angeles.

Panel presentation facilitated by Sean David Morton at 5D Conference

At the 5D "They Are Among Us" Conference

On March 10, 2017, I gave on lecture titled "Forbidden Archeology and the Extraterrestrial Intervention Hypothesis" at a conference held at the LAX Holiday Inn in Los Angeles. My ideas on this topic are inspired by my studies in the ancient Sanskrit writings of India, especially the Puranas, which deal with cosmology and history. Some extraterrestrial researchers believe that life evolved on earth as most scientists now say it happened. They say the first single celled organisms self-organized from chemicals a couple of billion years ago. Then came multicellular organisms, first in the ocean, then on land. Gradually the first apes came into existence, then, a few million years ago, the first apemen (hominins). Around 400,000 years ago, there was the apeman, Homo erectus. Some ET researchers believe that at this point, some extraterrestrials came and manipulated the genes of Homo erectus, thus forming humans like us, Homo sapiens. I disagree with this. Archeological evidence, as documented in my book Forbidden Archeology, shows that humans like us have been present on earth for tens of millions, even hundreds of millions of years, going all the way back to the very beginning of life on this planet. It is crucial to understand that a human being, or any other living thing, is not just a machine made of molecules. The human body, or any other body, is a vehicle for a conscious self, a soul. This conscious self is not produced by molecules in the brain. It exists independently from matter. It is never created, never destroyed. The conscious self comes from a higher, timeless level of reality. So in that sense, as conscious selves, we are all extraterrestrials. We are not from this planet. We are from a higher level or reality, to which we should strive to return. As conscious beings, we have not evolved up from matter, but have devolved, or come down from a higher realm. I have explained this in more detail in my book Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory.

Speaking Tree

When I was in New Delhi, India, in February 2017, I was interviewed by the editor of The Speaking Tree, a publication of The Times of India. The interview has now been published. Here is the link http://www.speakingtree.in/article/matter-or-spirit

Lecturing at Free Your Mind Conference in Philadelphia

Free Your Mind

April 7-9, 2017 I attended the Free Your Mind Conference in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia. I participated in a panel discussion and spoke about my book Forbidden Archeology to an audience of hundreds. During the conference many people bought copies of my books.

Mt. Shasta Lectures


On Thursday July 6, 2017, I flew from Los Angeles to Medford, Oregon, and from there went to Mt. Shasta, California, to check into my hotel. Snow-covered Mt. Shasta dominates the skyline across the whole region. I was in the Mt. Shasta area to give some lectures at the Gaia Symposium, at which some of the other speakers were Bruce Lipton and Tricia McCannon. My first talk was on Friday night. It was about psychic archeology. I told how a famous archeologist (J. T. Robinson) used a Theosophist psychic (Geoffrey Hodson) to assist him in his research on the fossils of the apeman Australopithecus he excavated in the Sterkfontein Cave in South Africa. Robinson took Hodson into the cave, where Hodson lay on his back on the cave floor, in trance. Robinson would put a fossil of Australopithecus on Hodson's forehead, and Hodson would see how the creature looked and acted when it was alive. This psychic aspect of Robinson's research is not mentioned in textbooks. Then I discussed cases from 16th century India, where saintly devotees of Krishna would use information from dreams and visions to excavate lost sacred images. On Saturday I gave a talk on Forbidden Archeology, archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity. These lectures were given in the auditorium of the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California. On Tuesday, in Mt. Shasta,  I gave a workshop presentation, comparing the Tlingit Indian cosmology with the Vedic cosmology of India, focusing on common features like reincarnation. After the workshop, I went to the airport in Medford, Oregon to get my flight back to Los Angeles. As I was boarding I handed my boarding pass to the gate attendant. As he scanned my boarding pass, I saw his computer screen suddenly turn red, and a message started flashing--Boarding Denied! I was surprised. But then he just said, "You've been upgraded to first class," and handed me a new boarding pass. This was my first time in the Mt. Shasta area, and I am looking forward to going again sometime.

A rushing mountain stream in the Mt. Shasta area

Lecture in Indiana

On Friday, September 22, 2017, I spoke on my book Forbidden Archeology at a meeting organized by the Bhakti Yoga Society at the University of Indiana at Bloomington. I have been a practitioner of bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion, since 1973. One of the principles of bhakti yoga is to use your talents and abilities in the service of the divine. So I regard my forbidden archeology research, writing, and speaking as part of by practice of bhakti yoga. My work is inspired by my studies in the Puranas, the Vedic historical writings, which tell us that humans like us have existed on earth for millions of years, going right back to the beginnings of life on earth. We are not just an accident of evolution. We have been put here for a purpose. By my work, I try to draw the attention of students to the Vedic literature as a source of knowledge about our origins and purpose. The questions and discussion after my talk led from archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity to the nature and purpose of human existence.

Lecturing at Bloomington, Indiana

AAPS Meeting, Harris, Michigan

On Friday October 6, 2017, I gave a talk (Forbidden Archeology: Evidence for Extreme Human Antiquity in the Americas) at the meeting of the Ancient Artifact Preservation Society (AAPS)  in Harris Michigan. One of the more recent cases I talked about was the case of the incised mastodon bones found in San Diego. An official scientific report was published this year, giving the cut bones an age of a bit over 100,000 years, but I pointed out that the bones were originally discovered in 1992 and that a private report submitted to the California Department of Transportation gave the bones an age of about 300,000 years. I also reviewed some of the classic cases of archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity in the Americas, such as the 19th century California gold mine discoveries, which go back about 50 million years. My talk was well received. I was also part of a panel of speakers, where the audience had a chance to ask questions. Many of the questions were directed to me. One person asked if I had considered possible geological phenomena that could explain how human bones or artifacts, apparently of extreme antiquity, were actually quite recent. I replied that, yes, I had considered such possibilities. But just because something is "possible" does not mean it is actually true. For example, it might be possible that a stone tool slipped through a crevice or fissure from some higher, more recent level, into some very ancient level. But unless the person proposing that could show that in the particular location in question, there really was such a fissure, and that there were really stone tools of the right kind at the top of the fissure, this objection is not convincing. Actually, one could dismiss any archeological discovery by proposing some imaginary possible counterexplanation.  I related how once, in response to a similar question put to me by an archeologist at one of my lectures, I had replied by telling the archeologist, "Yes, anything is possible, but it does not mean it is true. It is possible, for example, that you are a holographic projection from Mars." The conference venue was in an isolated part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, in the Island Resort hotel/casino/convention center operated by an Indian tribe.. A few years ago I spoke for the AAPS, again in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan there are ancient copper mines. Some researchers believe the copper was exported to Europe during the Bronze Age. During the last AAPS conference, we went on an excursion to see a massive piece of pure copper, weighing many tons. It was resting in a park. I was surprised to learn from Glenn DeVlaminck, the president of the AAPS, that the huge mass of copper is now in China, having been acquired by the owners of a Chinese mineral company. Many people purchased copies of my books, and I had some interesting conversations with them at my book table.

AAPS Panel Discussion

Origins Conference

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, I flew from Los Angeles to London's Heathrow Airport, arriving Thursday afternoon. I traveled from Heathrow by the Underground into London on the Picadilly line to Picadilly Circus, changing there to the Bakerloo line, which I took north to the Baker Street station. From there I walked to my hotel. I was in London to speak at the Origins Conference, organized by Hugh Newman and Andrew Collins. After getting settled in my hotel, I took the Underground from Baker Street to Oxford Circus. I walked along very crowded Oxford Street to Soho Square. There I had dinner at Govinda's Restaurant, on the ground floor of the Radha-Krishna temple of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, of which I am a member. I had a vegetarian lasagna, salad, and cheesecake for desert. Then it was back to the hotel. On Friday morning, I had breakfast at the hotel (whole wheat toast with butter and jam, yogurt, an apple, hot chocolate). Then I went for a japa meditation walk in nearby Regents Park. Japa is the quiet chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra on beads. I do this every morning. Returning to the hotel, I met with Ryan Bissett, a biologist, member of the Hare Krishna movement, and member of the Science and Philosophy Initiative (www.s-pi.org). He was interested in my work, and I was also interested in his. Later we went to Govinda's Restaurant and had a late lunch and long meeting with Akhandadhi Dasa, a BBC broadcaster, member of the Hare Krishna movement, and president of the Science and Philosophy Initiative. Then I returned to my hotel, where I ran into author Hugh Newman, who was just arriving with his partner J.J. and author Jim Vieira, host of the History Channel series Search for the Lost Giants. Hugh and Jim are coauthors of the book Giants on Record. We all went out for dinner to a sushi place on Baker Street. The next day, Saturday, was the day of the Origins

Conference, which was held in the Rudolf Steiner House.  I was the keynote speaker that evening. I spoke about my forbidden archeology work, presenting new developments along with some of the classic cases of archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity. After the conference, the organizers and speakers had dinner at an Indian restaurant called Mumtaz. The next day, Sunday, Andrew Collins led a tour of the British Museum. One of the highlights for me was the Sutton Hoo treasures, from the 7th century AD, which include a famous gold helmet and mask. The treasures were excavated from a mound on the estate of a British lady, who had visions about a funeral procession of an ancient king. She employed an archeologist to dig at the place that had been revealed to her. So there was a paranormal element to the discovery. On Sunday evening, Hugh Newman and J.J. drove me to their house near Stonehenge. Actually, the cottage-like house, with its thatched roof, had once been the residence of some of the caretakers at Stonehenge. On Monday, Hugh took me on a tour of Stonehenge. His friend, Simon Barton, a Stonehenge expert, served as our guide. That evening Hugh took me to dinner at a pub near Stonehenge, where I had a vegetarian version of a pub classic--sausage, mashed potatoes, gravy, and peas. On Tuesday it was back to Heathrow for my British Airways flight to LA.

Touring Stonehenge with Hugh Newman and Simon Barton


South Africa lectures

On Monday April 9, 2018 I took an overnight flight from Los Angeles to Zurich, Switzerland. From there I took another overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, arriving the morning of Wednesday, April 11. I was going to South Africa to give a talk at the Ubuntu Festival, organized by Michael Tellinger, who has done archeological research showing there was an advanced human presence in South Africa hundreds of thousands of years ago. Ubuntu is a Bantu word that refers to the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.

Several speakers and musicians who would be participating in the conference were arriving that morning at the airport. We were met by Emma, Michael Tellinger's fiance. Emma took me to the veranda of the airport hotel, where I hung out with other speakers and musicians, conversing until we had all arrived. Then we piled into a chartered small bus, about 20 of us, for the four hour ride to Mbombela, the town where the Ubuntu Festival was held, at a sports stadium. The festival featured music on a stage, vendor booths, and lectures in meeting rooms. My lecture was titled Human Antiquity, Origins, and Purpose. In the first part of the lecture, I presented archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity, as documented in my book Forbidden Archeology. This evidence, which shows humans like us existed millions of years ago, going back to the very beginnings of life on earth, is consistent with the accounts of extreme human antiquity found in the Puranas, the historical writings of ancient India. The evidence suggests the need for a new explanation of human origins, which I presented in the second part of my talk. Briefly, we are not machines made of matter. Originally we are beings of pure consciousness, from a higher level of reality. We did not evolve up from matter; instead we have devolved, or come down from the level of pure consciousness. Matter does not produce consciousness, but consciousness can become associated with matter. I presented some of the scientific evidence for this, from my book Human Devolution. In the third part of my talk, I proposed that the real purpose of human life is to restore consciousness to its original pure state, while satisfying our material needs in the most simple, efficient, and fair way possible.

It was good meeting some of the other researchers, such as Sam Osmanagic, head of the Bosnian pyramid project, and Robert Salas, a former United States Air Force officer, who, while serving as part of a launch crew for several nuclear missiles, experienced a UFO incident that temporarily disabled the missiles.

On Monday April 16 it was time for me to get on another chartered bus with a group of conference speakers and musicians for the ride back to Johannesburg and my return flight, by way of Zurich, to LA.

Seattle Visit

Speaking at the Phinney Center in Seattle

On August 24, 2018 I gave a talk about my book My Science, My Religion at the Phinney Community Center in Seattle, Washington. My Science, My Religion is a collection of 24 papers I have presented about my work at major international scientific conferences. In these papers I integrate my spirituality, rooted in the philosophy and cosmology of ancient India, with my research into the science of human origins and antiquity. Some people, who are convinced that science and religion must be kept completely separate, are surprised I have been able to do this. Most of the papers are related to archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity. Most scientists believe humans like us first appeared about 200,000 years ago. But the Puranas, the historical writings of ancient India, say that humans have existed for many millions of years, going back to the very beginnings of life on earth. The event began with some bhajan (singing of mantras to musical accompaniment). Beforehand, I met with some local supporters at Cafe Flora, a Seattle vegan restaurant. I always like coming to Seattle. I gave one of my very first public lectures on my work at the Seattle Metaphysical Library.

Lectures in the St. Louis Area

On Tuesday September 11, 2018, I flew from Los Angeles to St. Louis. During my visit, I stayed at the center of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), of which I am a member. My main purpose in St. Louis was to give lectures at universities on my book Forbidden Archeology, which documents archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity. This evidence consists of scientific reports of discoveries of human bones, human artifacts, and human footprints older than allowed by the now dominant evolutionary conceptions. This evidence is consistent with the Puranas, the historical writings of ancient India, which contain accounts of humans existing in the distant past, many millions of years ago. I spoke at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and the Washington University in St. Louis. I also spoke about Forbidden Archeology at the Hindu Temple of St. Louis. During my stay, I gave some talks on the philosophy of Bhagavad-Gita at the ISKCON center in St. Louis. I lectured there on the occasion of Radhastami, a festival marking the appearance of Radha. According to the spiritual tradition to which I belong, God exists with both a male (Krishna) and female aspect (Radha). Radha is considered to be the personification of love for God. On Monday September 17, I flew back to Los Angeles.


Consciousness in Science Conference

In January 2019, I went to the conference “Consciousness in Science” in Gainesville, Florida. The conference was organized by the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies. The conference opened on the evening of January 18, with lectures by consciousness researchers Stuart Hameroff and Brenda Dunne, in the auditorium of the Harn Museum at the University of Florida.

I spoke on January 20, about how my work on archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity relates to consciousness studies. If, as the archeological evidence documented in my book Forbidden Archeology suggests, humans like us have existed for many millions of years, going all the way back to the very beginnings of life on earth, this contradicts the currently dominant theory of human origins in the scientific world. We therefore need to consider alternative explanations for human origins. But before we ask the question “what is the origin of human beings?” we should first ask “what is a human being?” 

Today, many scientists will say that a human being, or any other living thing, is just a machine made of molecules. As far as consciousness is concerned, they say it is produced by molecules in the brain.  I do not accept that. I accept the view expressed in the Puranas, the cosmological texts of ancient India, that the conscious self always exists—it has no beginning, no end. There are several kinds of scientific evidence consistent with the idea that the conscious self exists independently from matter. I have reviewed that evidence in my book Human Devolution.

In my Gainesville talk, I explained how I have been able to communicate these ideas at mainstream scientific conferences and in scientific publications. Examples can be found in my book My Science, My Religion, which is a collection of 24 papers I have presented at mainstream academic and scientific conferences.

Later on January 20, I gave a talk about the exhibits being planned (by a committee of which I am a member) for the museum wing of the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium, currently under construction in Mayapur, West Bengal, India. The exhibits will present various aspects of the consciousness-based Vedic cosmology.

On the evening of January 20, I was invited to a dinner at the home of one of the Gainesville conference organizers. There I met Brenda Dunne, who was manager of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) laboratory, set up in 1979 by Robert Jahn, dean of the engineering department of Princeton University. PEAR (dissolved in 2007) is most well known for a series of experiments on the effect of conscious intention on random number generators.  Dunne and Jahn found that subjects were able, by conscious intention, to influence the output of the random number generators to a statistically significant degree. This is evidence for psychokinesis (PK), i.e., that consciousness can operate on matter in ways not explained by our current understanding of physics. PEAR also did experiments in remote viewing. I told Dunne I had included her research in my book Human Devolution.

The conference was a good opportunity to meet like-minded researchers.

Ratha Yatra parade at Venables Valley - Sharanagati, British Columbia

Northwest Visit

On Thursday June 27, 2019, I arrived at the Seattle airport. That evening I gave a lecture on the Vedic time cycles for the Seattle Bhakti Yoga Circle at the West Seattle Public Library. The basic point is that in different cycles, different processes of self-realization are recommended. In the present cycle, the Kali Yuga, the congregational chanting of the names of God is the recommended process. Over the weekend I attended the Rathayatra Festival at the Sharanagati rural community of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in British Columbia. On Saturday night I gave a talk at my host's house. I spoke about the exhibit plans for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium now being constructed in Mayapur, (West Bengal) India. The exhibits will focus on key aspects of the Vedic cosmology, giving us a true picture of who we are, where we are, and where we should be going. Essentially, we are spirit souls who now find ourselves in the world of matter. And we have two choices: we can remain in the world of matter, in the cycle of birth and death, or we can qualify ourselves to enter the eternal spiritual world. On Sunday, I participated in the Rathayatra festival. In this festival deities of Lord Jagannatha are taken in procession on a canopied chariot. After the procession I gave a talk on the history of the festival, which goes back to very remote times. My guru, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, would enact the festival during his childhood in India, and when he came to the West in the 1960s, he asked his followers to introduce Rathayatra in the west, starting in San Francisco.

Wales Consultation

On Thursday July 10, I flew from Los Angeles to London, arriving  Friday morning. I spent Friday night at Bhaktivedanta Manor, which was donated to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness by George Harrison in the 1970s. On Saturday morning I was taken by car to Buckland Hall, a retreat center in the hills of Wales. I attended a meeting of young scientists connected with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In India, the Society is constructing the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) at Mayapur, West Bengal, which will include a museum wing, with exhibits related to Vedic ideas about the origin of life and the universe. The TOVP Exhibits committee, of which I am a member, had arranged the Buckland Hall meeting to receive scientific advice on exhibits.

Bern EAA, Princeton, New Jersey Lecture and New England Field Trip

On September 28, 2019, I gave a talk  (titled Human Origins and Antiquity: A Vedic Perspective) at a meeting organized by the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) in Princeton, New Jersey. The ICRL, headed by Brenda Dunne, is a successor to the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) group, which had been set up at Princeton University by Robert Jahn, head of the engineering department at Princeton, and Brenda Dunne. The PEAR group did groundbreaking research showing that mind can influence matter in ways that cannot be explained by our current laws of physics. For example, they did extensive experiments with random number generators (RNGs). These devices generate a random series of zeroes and ones. If you let the devices run by themselves, they generate 50 percent zeroes, 50 percent ones. But Jahn and Dunne had students and other subjects sit in front of the devices, and will, mentally, that they produce more ones than zeroes, or more zeroes than ones. They found that they were able to do it. They were able to cause the output of the random number generators to deviate, to a statistically significant degree, from the expected 50 percent zeroes, 50 percent ones. After some years, the PEAR group was closed down by the university.  So Jahn and Dunne set up the ICRL to continue their research. After Jahn died, Dunne has carried on.

Speaking at ICRL in Princeton

In January of 2019, I met Brenda Dunne at a conference on consciousness studies organized by the Bhaktivedanta Institute of Higher Studies in Gainesville, Florida. I told her that I had included the work done by her and Robert Jahn in my book Human Devolution: A Vedic Alternative to Darwin's Theory. The basic idea of the book is that there is archeological evidence showing that humans like us existed many millions of years ago. This evidence contradicts the modern evolutionary ideas about human origins. This suggests the need for new explanations for human origins. I proposed that before we even ask, "How did humans come into existence?" we should first ask, "What is a human being?". Most modern scientists say we are just a combination of the material elements. But to me the evidence suggests that we are composed of three things: gross matter, a subtle material mind element, and nonmaterial conscious self, which can exist independently, apart from matter and mind. Matter does not produce consciousness, but consciousness can come into association with matter. In other words, as conscious selves, we do not evolve up from matter; we devolve, or come down, from the realm of pure consciousness. In Florida, Dunne invited me to speak for her group in Princeton. I happily agreed to do it, and the lecture was scheduled for September 28.

In early September, a couple of weeks before my Princeton lecture, I was in Bern, Switzerland, where I spoke at a meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA), in a session organized by the EAA's president. Early in the twentieth century, Albert Einstein lived in Bern, where he was working in the customs department of the government. I visited the Einstein House in Bern, where Einstein was living when he wrote his famous papers establishing his theory of relativity. Later he accepted a scientific position in Germany, but when the Nazis rose to power, he emigrated to the United States, spending many years in Princeton, New Jersey, at the Institute for Advanced Studies. On the day of my Princeton lecture, one of the ICRL people drove me from my hotel to the lecture venue. In the car, I mentioned that my last event had been in Bern, where Einstein had lived, and now my next event was in Princeton, where Einstein had also lived. My driver said she could take me see the house where Einstein lived and the Institute where he worked. These places were right on the way to the lecture venue. So we stopped by those places.

At the lecture hall, I met Brenda Dunne. I gave my talk, beginning with archeological evidence for extreme human antiquity, and moving on to the scientific evidence showing that the conscious self exists apart from matter, and can act on matter in ways modern science cannot explain. In that connection, I spoke about the relevance of the work done by Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne, which I found to be compatible with the Vedic ideas that inspire my work. The lecture was well attended, and there were lots of questions after the talk.

Investigating an anomalous megalithic rock formation in New England

After the Princeton lecture, I went on an archeological field trip in Connecticut. Over the past couple of years, my research assistant has been in touch with an alternative archeology researcher there, Geoffrey Whittam. He has extensive knowledge of mysterious dolmens, standing stones, stone walls, stone chambers, and stacked stones all over Connecticut and other places in New England. He regards them as evidence for a lost civilization, preceding the European settlers and native American tribes.  My research assistant, who attended the Princeton lecture, along with a film producer friend, suggested that the three us should take up Geoffrey's offer to show us some of his finds. So we spent a day with Geoffrey, driving all over the state of Connecticut, and hiking deep into forests, up and down hills, to view the standing stones, etc., at many different sites. Although skeptics will certainly have explanations for some of these objects, I am keeping an open mind about them. Certainly, I accept the idea that humans have existed in the Americas for much longer periods of time than those accepted by modern science (about 30,000 years). In my book Forbidden Archeology, I have documented archeological evidence showing that humans have existed for millions of years in the Americas. One of the questions I have about the New England objects, if they are accepted as the work of humans, is "how old are they?"


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