Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Debate We'd Like to See

Naturally, at this time and place in the B.C. world (Before Confirmation) that will some day give way to the A.D. (After Disclosure) world, UFOs aren't going to be a significant part of any of 2012's presidential debates.
This is too bad. Just imagine for a moment that the topic of what these unidentified flying objects really are and what they mean was as meaningful to candidates as ethanol subsidies was in Iowa. The candidates would still act and talk like themselves, but they'd be talking about life in the Universe and whether or not it has come here and what we should or should not do about it. Wouldn't that just be astonishing to watch?
Debate We'd Like to See

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The ancient Hindu epics are rife with tales of the strange and fantastic. Elements described within consist of elaborate tales of massive wars, superheroes, and gods that walk alongside common mortals. And yet, perhaps no subject hailing from the Sanskrit fables has captured the minds of ancient mystery proponents better than the flying vehicles of ancient India, known today as vimanas.
Vimanas are, without question, mentioned throughout many of the ancient Vedic texts, proving they certainly are not a concept that originates entirely from recent times; but if not sophisticated avionics of the modern variety, what then might they have been? Could it be possible that some elements regarding the vimana mystery–specifically our interpretation of these objects as technologically advanced aircraft that existed in ancient India–could be a result of our own desire to superimpose modern themes and ideas into the framework of the ancient Indian epics?
Before we get to the discussion of flying craft, there are a few things we must look at first with regard to the exact meaning of what a “vimana” is, in order to better unravel why I feel there may be misinterpretation associated with their presence in literature. One thing that we must take into consideration is that “vimana” is a word used to describe a number of things in a variety of different contexts throughout the Vedas. For instance, vimana can translate to mean the innermost sanctuary of a Rama temple (sometimes called an “adytum,” though this word actually has its origins in the Greek, rather than the Sanskrit). A variety of different temples, palaces, shrines, towers, and other structures associated with kings, emperors and divinity were also called “vimanas” in the Vedas, roughly translated to mean “a god’s palace.”

Some scholars assert that from this interpretation of the word, references in the Ramayana to Ravana’s flying palace “Pushpaka” may lend credence to the idea that a vimana is some kind of “floating palace.” From a modern perspective, we might also take this to mean a “flying vehicle,” too… after all, we can’t think of many buildings that float; on the other hand, plenty of different kinds of flying vehicles that exist in modern times come immediately to mind (though interestingly, some of our own modern flying warplanes have been called “fortresses” at various times, too).
The expression “Chariots of the Gods,” popularized by Erich von Daniken, also stems from the Vedas too, in reference to some of the vimana craft described variously as flying carts, seats, or thrones. But again, many of these same descriptions often described the vimanas in question as resembling various kinds of abodes, buildings, palaces, or towers. Some of these were understood to be capable of flying or hovering, and in modern times, their presence has been interpreted by some ancient astronaut proponents as evidence of “space stations” and similar “flying fortresses” that existed in ancient times. While we can’t rule anything out, this may indeed represent a bit of a hypothetical leap to be made; furthermore, here again the modern bias with regard to this interpretation seems rather obvious.
There are still other meanings of the word vimana, however, that should be taken into consideration. In the Vimanavatthu, a token prayer or text used as the inspiration for a Buddhist sermon was once referred to also as a “vimana.” Futhermore, some “vimana” references dealt merely with scientific methods of making precise measurements, as well as a more general meaning that involved medicines used to treat various ailments. But no less, the link between vimanas and aircraft remains a tenet even in the modern Indian languages (sometimes used literally as a term meaning “aircraft”). Vimanapura is also an Indian word synonymous with the Bangalore HAL Airport. What this shows is that, yes, vimana means “flying vehicle,” and certainly, many references within the vedas refer to such things.

But if it is clear that vimanas are indeed mentioned in the ancient Sanskrit texts, and that this term was used, at least on occasion, to describe flying objects, then where is the so-called “controversy” regarding vimanas? In truth, where I think our modern interpretation of such things becomes misleading is when we take “vimana” to mean anything more specific than merely an “ancient flying machine.” In other words, to assert that they were a technological device using highly advanced, anti-gravitic science and engineering that may have involved mercuric engines, etc, is something that, based on my own research, likely stems from constructions or misinterpretations from the earlier part of the last century. The same may not be said entirely of the vimanas themselves however, as one cannot refute their presence in the ancient texts, at least by virtue of their frequent mention, and various descriptions.
And in truth, much of this modern idea of the inner mechanics of vimanas stems from a single manuscript, authored around 1920, called the Vaimanika Shastra. This work is based entirely on information allegedly channeled by the author, Pandit Subbaraya Shastry, and the information contained within has been chalked up by most aeronautics experts in modern times as being pure rubbish, to put it nicely. To illustrate this, the following statement by the late John B. Hare of the Internet Sacred Text Archive discusses the shortcomings in people’s interpretation of the Vaimanika Shastra’s content over the years:
The Vymanika Shastra was first committed to writing between 1918 and 1923, and nobody is claiming that it came from some mysterious antique manuscript. The fact is, there are no manuscripts of this text prior to 1918, and nobody is claiming that there are. So on one level, this is not a hoax. You just have to buy into the assumption that ‘channeling’ works. … there is no exposition of the theory of aviation (let alone antigravity). In plain terms, the VS never directly explains how Vimanas get up in the air. The text is top-heavy with long lists of often bizarre ingredients used to construct various subsystems. … There is nothing here which Jules Verne couldn’t have dreamed up, no mention of exotic elements or advanced construction techniques. The 1923 technical illustration based on the text … are absurdly un-aerodynamic. They look like brutalist wedding cakes, with minarets, huge ornithopter wings and dinky propellers. In other words, they look like typical early 20th century fantasy flying machines with an Indian twist.
Thus, in the absence of much of a justifiable link between the ancient flying vimanas and modern avionics (or even anti-gravitics), we are left to attempt to decipher by peering through the proverbial mists of time as to what, exactly, these “vimanas” actually were. Were there mechanical flying ships buzzing around in ancient India, or were these the chariots of the proverbial gods (or aliens)? Or, just perhaps, could some of our own understanding of the vimana mystery even stem from fanciful elaborations of these myths and legends, filtered through cultural windows that project the world of today onto mysteries of the past?

Todays Documentary

EBE Award Winner! Best Historical UFO Documentary - International UFO Congress. This film explores the history of our modern technological age, secret advances in science, the question of UFOs, and how our world governments have controlled the flow of information to the public regarding the truth about UFOs. Nikola Tesla, Free Energy and Antigravity Technology are also investigated. Includes a fantastic collection of interviews from top scientists and researchers from around the world, stunning computer graphics and incredible photos and video of UFOs in flight.

Prepare to embark on a mind bending journey through the worlds of science, spirituality, ancient alien cultures and the future of our modern technological age. Along this journey you will visit the most dramatic sacred sites, explore the worlds greatest alien mysteries, and see the future of life on Earth.

Now drawing on shocking new discoveries from the world's greatest scientific minds, The UFOs and Cosmic Dimension Series presents factual proof of UFO and Alien influences today that have shaped history and human evolution for thousands of years. Includes shocking eyewitness accounts, stunning film of UFOs, explosive classified information, incredible statements from major scientists and international experts and is to this day, one of the most complete profiles on UFOs and Exopolitics ever released to the public.

UFO News: Argentina OVNI Footage Enhanced - What Is It? (Video)

By Tom Rose
January 11, 2012 10:55 PM EST

In the latest UFO news, a video of an OVNI filmed in Argentina has been enhanced. What is it?
The unidentified flying object, filmed on January 4, 2011, over the Capital Federal District in Argentina, looks normal enough when first viewed. It's not clear at first why the cameraman decided there was something unusual flying nearby. The OVNI looks like a helicopter over some nearby high-rise buildings.
At one point, however, even in the un-enhanced footage, the object makes a weird dip near one of the building rooftop and flies erratically. Strange, but not unusual.
It's not until the object is viewed in the digitally enhanced sequence in the video below that it becomes clear this UFO is no helicopter or any other type of known aircraft.

It's circular, appears to be spinning and is obviously being controlled by a pilot as it navigates over and past rooftop obstacles. What can it be?
Have a look:

Newly Discovered Exoplanets To Be Searched for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

By Genalyn Corocoto | January 10, 2012 10:54 PM EST

Scientists in search for extraterrestrial intelligence have narrowed their search by using data from newly discovered exoplanets.
Specificically, astronomers searching for signals from intelligent aliens are targeting recently discovered alien planets, now totalling more than 700.

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope have discovered 2,326 exoplanet candidates since it started in march 2009, and most of these are mostly like to be confirmed, reports said.
The study, led by the University of California, Berkeley, involves scientists from the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Va.
Scientists involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) used data from radio telescope observations of Kepler planets, searching for radio signals could represent an extraterrestrial message.
According to astronomers, signals not caused by natural phenomena are likely to be narrow in frequency, as known astrophysical phenomena such as black holes and exploding stars tend to release radio waves across a wider range of frequencies.

Afew signals that fit the description have been found, but according to scientists, these are merely examples of terrestrial radio frequency interference caused by radio signals broadcast here on Earth.
According to researchers, the signals were probably produced locally because they see the same pattern from two different alien planets, called KOI-817 and KOI-812 ("KOI" stands for "Kepler Object of Interest").
"If we see a signal coming from multiple positions on the sky, like the ones below, it is very likely to be interference," the researchers said.
"Even though these signals are interference, detecting events with similar characteristics to what we expect from ET is a good indication that the first steps of our detection algorithms are working properly," the scientists reported.

UFO reports up in 2012

Sighting reports submitted to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in the first week of 2012 could indicate a busy year for UFOs.

Lee Speigel
Lee Speigel (credit: Alejandro Rojas)

According to Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post, 2012 has already seen an increase in UFO activity. MUFON international director Clifford Clift told Speigel, “For the entire month of January 2011, MUFON recorded around 500 reports, and we’re already up to 233 after just the first week of 2012.”

Clifford Clift

MUFON reported increased UFO sightings in the late summer of 2011. Sightings in August 2011 doubled the number of sightings reported during other months. And if the first week of 2012 is any indication, this year’s sighting reports could double the number of reports received in 2011. Clift explained to Speigel, “Last year, we averaged over 6,000 total sightings, and if it continues at this pace, we’ll be up 50 percent, with about 10 percent of those reports ending up as unexplained after our investigation.”
Let the reporting commence.
Both Lee Speigel and Clifford Clift will be speakers this year at the 2012 International UFO Congress. More information is available at the UFO Congress website.


UFO creates cloud and shocks city in Russia, 23 December 2011


SUMMARY: We will be taliing to Noe Torres and Ruben Uriarte about their new book: Aliens in the Forest: The Cisco Grove UFO Encounter. This stranger-than-fiction event took place in the ruggedly scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the Tahoe National Forest. Into this remote wilderness stepped the 26-year-old Shrum, who planned to enjoy a relaxing weekend hunting deer with his bow and arrows. As he entered the forest, joking and laughing with his two hunting buddies, little did Shrum suspect that shortly he would be locked in the midst of a terrifying 12-hour struggle with alien forces. Armed only with his wits and one of mankind’s most primitive weapons, Shrum expended every ounce of his strength in an all-night battle against invaders that seemed bent on overtaking him and carrying him away to a fate worse than death. We will also play clips from the witness himself.