Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Story of the Evolution of Colored Human Races and the Effect of Varying Contrasts on Earth !

Some time ago I wrote about the history of the origin of human beings on earth. That was an abridged account of the information I got from my favorite book .

If you have not read it you may use this link to find that blog and read it now. [ Click Here!]

Now you know about the Andonites. They were  the first human race on earth who populated earth from just one pair of humans who got evolved by controlled gene mutation from a kind of tree dwelling animals almost a million years ago.

The population of Andonites increased on earth and in later years they spread out in various groups or clans and clan-fighting among them was a common affair.

But the interesting thing is that they were of one race, having perhaps the same blood group.

During the next 500,000 years, the Andonites migrated to various lands many of which were connected together, unlike the continental masses as we know now. The people during this long period developed into many notable cultural groups now identified by our anthropologists by their exploratory research.

These developments occurred during the period what modern scientists identify as the first ice-age [in reality it was the third ice age!]

The primitive men who migrated to the eastern side got mixed with their near-animal cousins residing in the forests. Those where similar to the now identified 'Java men'. Because of this inferior intermixing, much genetic deterioration took place in these peoples.

Those migrating to the north west were not so affected by the inferior inter-breeding. They developed in to the so-called Foxhall peoples, the Heidleberg race, the Eskimos, etc.

Another group that developed in and around the original place where Andon and Fonta originated - the foothills of the north-western highlands of India was the Badonan tribe.

Incidentally, it was this Badonan tribals of North India who were the only descendants of Andon and Fonta, who never practiced human sacrifice as a means of pleasing their primitive gods, out of all the tribal groups that emerged during this period among the Andonites.

About 850,000 years ago, these Badonan tribes engaged long battle extending over 1000 years with their neighboring peoples who were more of animal nature and forced those inferior groups to go south wards to the dense southern jungles.

This long fighting caused a warrior group of Badonan tribes to develop later as the now identified Neanderthal race.

Just about half a million years ago, another important development took place among the same Badonan tribes of India. They were again involved in a great racial battle that raged for over a century. After the battle, only about 100 families survived. But those survived were the most intelligent and desirable humans among the then living descendants of Andon and Fonta.

Among these 100 odd surviving Badonan tribal families of India was the family identified as the Sangik Family. In this family, a couple strangely began to get children who were markedly different in their skin colors. Altogether there were 19 children, boys and girls, but they had six different skin colors, representing the colors of the spectrum of sunlight now we know as VIBGYOR, except the first, namely violet. So the six colors of the children this family had were Indigo, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange and Red.

Truely, these children had some substance in their skin cells that turned to a specific color when exposed to sunlight. Strangely some gene transformation had taken place in the children of the same parents in one family. We may safely assume that these differently colored children had different blood groups as well.

All these six groups of children were intellectually superior to others in the Badonan tribes or other Andonites.

But birds of the same feather flock together! Folks of the same color too flock together ! So, in the subsequent times, six colored races emerged from these colored children of the Sangik family of the Badonan tribe of the North Indian highlands. Their population increased there after and they filled the then known lands on earth together with the descendants of their hairy bodied Andonite forefathers.

Out of the six colored races, the Red, Yellow and the Blue races were superior than the Orange, Green and Indigo races.

Great fighting and intermixing happened in the thousands of years that followed. The orange, green and blue races got almost fully eliminated in the struggles that followed.

The remaining races are a mixture of all these races in varying degrees. Perhaps the least intermixed race would be the yellow race and the red race. Most of the blue genes are absorbed in the present day Europeans. The African races of present day contains most of the Indigo and green races.

The animal origin beings cannot achieve mental, intellectual and spiritual capabilities beyond a certain level through natural evolution over the years. To over come this limitation, the divine creators of the universes normally allow another technique. This technique is known as the biologic uplift. In this method, a superior human race from another superior world is employed to intermix with the native races of the planet concerned.

Adam and Eve of earth were a specimen couple who were natives of another superior world. They had volunteered to be tele-transported to earth using a technique involving de-materialization and materialization. They were brought to a well prepared land (now stand sunk under the Mediterranean sea!) some 38000 years ago. This place was the Garden of Eden No.1. Their skin color was violet and they were indeed superior humans who were nearly 8 feet tall. In their native world, they were practically immortals. They would have remained on earth in the same manner, had they not violated the divine mandate.

Their divine mandate was to train the native animal origin human beings of earth and to give proper leadership on earth. They were also required to develop their own progeny and make them another independent and superior race. The violet colored race of their descendants were required to adopt race intermixing by marriage in the later years in a selective manner when their own population became in the order of a million. It had to be followed in a systematic manner and not in a hurry. The original Adamic couple were not to engage in any race intermixing activities with the native tribals of earth.

But this divine mandate was broken first by Eve and then by Adam. (This story is depicted in the Bible as the original sin of Eve eating the forbidden apple and Adam following her in the act!)

This unplanned and hasty decision of Eve and Adam caused the original tribals (those residing in and around of the first Eden garden) of earth developing a sudden enmity against them, totally disregarding their superior qualities. The majority tribals became enemies to the small minority group of the Adams and the former forced the latter to flee from their garden.

The Adams lost their divine support systems. Many of their own children were taken back to their native world. But some remained with them. They experienced many tragedies in the subsequent life on earth. They established their second residence on earth on a land in the present day Iraq, called the second Eden.

The biologic upliftment as divinely mandated for earth was disturbed and could not be implemented as planned.

Since the Adams are a totally different species of humans not created in the normal controlled evolutionary route, their blood would not contain any animal factors. So they should be the original Rh negative people on earth. On the other hand, those evolved humans, the Andonites, should have blood factor that is found in some animals such as the Rhesus monkeys. They are obviously the Rh positive types.

Any way, in the centuries that followed, the people of earth got some minor Adamic inheritance. It is roughly estimated that around 2-5 percent of the human population on earth now have Rh negative blood. There is a vast variation of this blood group from continent to continent and place to place ranging from 0.02 % to 15%.

So, as on today, earthly humans are a mix of seven basic races having some specific genetic features, a few of which is characterized by the presence and absence  (in varying degrees) of the pigment called melanin or its derivatives in the skin cells. This pigment is believed to protect people from the harmful effects of the ultra violet (UV) rays from the sun in addition to giving color characteristics to the human bodies. The feature is coded in the genes of the people just as the various blood groups.

Additionally, there are people among us who have the genetic features of the original Andonites characterized by a higher growth of hair in their bodies. Such genetic features are also mixed up.

Again there were some other types of humans with entirely different body features (some with some higher physical and mental abilities) who too had intermixed with the locally evolved human races. My favorite book gives some valuable information on that count too. But what is important to be noted is that all these intermixing had taken place in a non uniform manner. So the physical and mental abilities of people in our world varies greatly. Some of the rarest genetic features appear very rarely. It also causes genetic disorders too in some cases.

So every person in this world is perhaps with a unique genetic structure and therefore different in some characteristics from his or her fellow beings while exhibiting many common features at the same time. 

So the understanding capability of every person is different in this world. If I say something, it may not be understood the manner I wanted by all others around me. And such a situation is a cause for misunderstandings. The chances for misunderstandings rises as the communication exchanges increase between the unequal persons. That leads to conflicts among individuals, groups and nations !

But do not be under the impression that such conflicts in our world would remain for ever. In the distant future most of our descendants would progress towards perfection attaining the best of the genetic qualities that humans could possibly have. At that distant future time conflicts would no more be there as every one understands the other in the same manner. As people would have the highest spiritual capacity as well, the manner in which we understand God and worship God also would become uniform. We would know God properly and would be inclined to live according to the will of God. We would know for sure our destinies even after our physical death. We would never be worried of any thing as we would be almost perfect in our knowledge and wisdom! 

Our world has been designed to move from imperfection to perfection ! 

My book says that God could have made a perfect world of perfect people with no conflicts. Such worlds also exist in this vast universe.

But the personalities of such worlds would perhaps lack the experience of knowing the contrasts! How could you know hot and cold or light and darkness if there is no temperature difference or if there is no light or if there is only light?

So worlds of contrasts are essential for certain kinds of experiences. And experience enhances knowledge and wisdom!

And our experiences might even provide valuable inputs to even those who are not involved with our experiences but are mere observers!

Are you getting the logic?

If not, there is nothing to be worried. 

Perhaps you lack the right genetics as of now to understand these the way I intended!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Respect Seniority : A Divine Mandate for Longevity !

In the book of Exodus in the Old Testament Bible, the Ten Commandments that God gave to the descendants of Abraham are given. Out of these ten commandments, only one commandment is with a promise. It is the verse 12 of Chapter 20 of the Book of Exodus. It reads like this:

" Honor your father and mother that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you" 

In the Old and New Testament Bible, this commandment is stressed many times.

It is a divine mandate that each and every one in this world respect and honor their parents. If they obey that divine wish, they would have a long life in this world. That is an assurance from God. 

Thus, for longevity, one of the main requirements is that one should honor his or her parents.

Since parents are seniors to us by a generation, I would extrapolate that commandment a bit further. I would say, that the divine mandate to us is that we should respect all our seniors for receiving divine blessings.

I have been privileged to read and know about the divine organization that governs the whole of the Universe. The revealed knowledge provided in my favorite book of life guidance (The Urantia Book: about which I have written many times in my previous blogs) has been the source of that privilege.

In this book too, I remember reading a divine mandate that is given to the celestial or spiritual personalities who exist and work in different capacities in the Universal Administration of God. 

There are innumerable orders of personalities who are normally invisible to us humans, but are doing innumerable tasks in the innumerable worlds in the vast universe. They talk of the divine injunctions that the higher orders of spiritual personalities have. 

They talk about just three such injunctions that they have from God and the following are the first two:

1. They should always show adequate respect for the experience and endowments (God given powers) of their seniors and superiors.

2. They should always be considerate of the limitations and inexperience of their juniors and subordinates.

The above are applicable to each and every living being in this universe.

From the above, I presume that it is God's will that we give due respect to our seniors and superiors. 

It is also God's will that we give due consideration to the limitations and inexperience of our juniors and subordinates.

Every one of us is either a child or a parent or both. Similarly, we are bosses and subordinates at the same time. We are both seniors and juniors at the same time. We are all either elder brothers or sisters or younger brothers or sisters to some others.

So, if we wish to lead a good life and want to ensure longevity, it is necessary that we follow the divine mandate of respecting and honoring the seniors and being considerate to the juniors. 

If this simple rule is followed in the simplest organizational unit of the human society-the family-then we are bound to have happy and prosperous families. Starting from the family, this rule should be extending to our immediate neighborhood and to the whole fraternity of human groups and organizations. 

When we keep this simple divine mandate in our minds and act accordingly, our society would be happy and prosperous. 

In turn our nation would be happy and prosperous. Our business and governmental organizations would have long existence. They are bound to perform well. 

Now, those thinking of the other way are perhaps going against the divine mandate.

Many of our corporate business leaders and management experts think of making quick returns and results by going against this mandate. 

They think it is better bypass seniority in the organizational ladders with dynamic juniors for getting quick benefits. 

Quick benefits they might get. But then longevity of the organization would be the casualty. 

Would it be wise to make the son the head of the family in place of the father just because the former has acquired a university degree the latter did not have ? 

Would it be wise for the son to disrespect his father in such a case? 

In our world today, such things are happening. 

Juniors, sons and daughters are getting too impatient. They want to occupy the seniors' position in the shortest time. 

Respecting the seniors is not an important thing for a good number of people. 

At the same time a good number of seniors do not consider it as important to be considerate to their juniors. 

Same is the case with many parents with regard to their attitude towards their children.

When we do and act this way, we are violating the divine will. 

When we deviate from the divine mandate, we start losing the divine blessings. 

Without that blessing, our life would become more and more difficult. 

We may lose our longevity and the goodness of life!

In my opinion, it is very beneficial to give respect to elders regardless of their social status or position. Similarly, elders too need to learn the art of respecting their juniors. And when this is done, it has to be a sincere effort and not an artificial act.

Those who sincerely know how to respect others reflect a kind of divine aura that envolope them always as an invisible protection.

In reality, respect is nothing but a sincere fraternal love and consideration that is mandated by God.

Blessed and happy are those who know this secret of life!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Unreasoned Fear is a Master Intellectual Fraud Practised Upon the Evolving Human!

Today let me take up the second statement of the twenty eight philosophical truths that I discussed from my favorite book earlier. This is the statement:

Few persons live up to the faith which they really have. Unreasoned fear is a master intellectual fraud practiced upon the evolving mortal soul. 

In my opinion this statement is concerning the faith of people in God. 

Many people say they have faith in God. But is it real ? What is the degree of your faith? How much you trust in God? Is your faith going to shatter under difficult life situations?

Even when we know that God is there to protect and and provide us, there are occasions when we all get shaky and doubt about it. 

True, only very few persons live up to the faith they really have! For most of us it is difficult to trust God fully.

We are not able to live up to our faith due to our fears and anxieties.

If God is the creator and provider of the worlds, why should we have any doubt about that when things appear for a short while as not proceeding according to our wish?

Wise men have found out that such fears are uncalled for. 

There is no basis for our un-reasoned fears. Why should we lock ourselves and hide when the solar eclipse happen? Millions of people had done that out of great fear and millions perhaps are doing that even in the present times. 

Why do we get scared when that fraudulent astrologer predicted an imminent danger ? Is he above God ? Why do we change the spelling of our names to remove the fraudulently predicted evils ?

Imagine the kind of un-reasoned fears that you have !

It would be a good idea to list out all your fears and categorize them in two classes: reasonable and unreasonable!

Those unreasoned and illogical fears are to be removed. 

That is possible only when you have absolute faith in the goodness and supremacy of God!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Are You Just Living to be Laughed and Clapped for a While Displaying Your Skills and Talents ?

Yesterday I have brought to your notice a list of twenty eight philosophical statements which the authors of my favorite book want us to give some special attention. Today, I want to discuss about the first statement from this list.

This statement in full is like this : A display of specialized skill does not signify possession of spiritual capacity; cleverness is not a substitute for true character !

It is not very difficult to digest the universal truth that this philosophical declaration contains. But just as there are people who can understand truths fully, there are people who do not get it so easily. Forget those people who do not try to understand or those who are with bloated egos and self pride that do not allow them to listen and tune to any other truths other than what they feel like agreeing. Forget also those who do not have any mind capacity or basic intellect to understand philosophical truths.

Now coming to the statement as above. It is not so difficult to understand that we humans exist in this world with varying levels of skills and abilities. We all have varying levels of abilities or talents. It could be physical, intellectual or philosophical. 

Some are extremely good in some sports and games. Some have much greater physical strength than many others. Some have much superior and beautiful bodies. Some are with high intellectual abilities in mathematics, physics and such other sciences. Some are very good inventors and may be owners of many patents. Some have acute business knacks and might have amassed money and wealth even they cannot measure or know.

During my school days, I used to wonder about the mathematical ability of a lady hailing from my neighboring state, Karnataka, in India. She is no more now, and her name is Shakuntala Devi. She never had any formal education, but she possessed a brain that was even faster than modern computers in arithmetical calculations. Indeed her ability even made our renowned physiologists wondering!

I watch those Karate black-belts break tiles and bricks with their bare hands, in awe. How is it that their hands become harder than rocks in a fraction of a second? How do their soft tissues change their softness to such awesome strengths? 

I had a lovely pet dog named, Sonu. She was a pure white Pomeranian  , though not as pure in her breed. She was our faithful companion and ferocious protector of our home for more than a decade! While her body and paws used to feel like soft cotton to us always, I used to marvel at her extra ordinary steel like strength her soft body acquired when need arose. She used to kill rats, house lizards and also some clever crows in just one blow with her otherwise soft paws. Is it not something exciting our curiosities? 

No doubt,  these abilities could be some extra ordinary gifts from the various agencies of God for enabling humans (and animals) not only to facilitate their material living, but also to make a few of us to think, explore and wonder about the supreme designs in the Nature that are presented to us by the agencies of God.  

But a mere possession of some of these extra ordinary gifts does not make any human being any special one for God. Because, such special gifts and abilities are abundantly provided in varying degrees to animals and humans. In the case of animals, the special abilities are for their natural survival and existence. But for human beings these abilities are not only for their own survival, but for them to care for others and also for realizing the existence of God from whom these talents come, with utmost humility.  

If the individual who possesses the special gift, instead of using it for his own selfish satisfaction, tries to find out what God wants him or her to do with that gift, he or she is making an effort towards enhancing his or her spiritual capacity. The person is aspiring to find out the unseen spiritual existence and desire of God!

Such persons would recognize the need for living according to the desire of God. The most essential feature of this recognition is the desire to love and serve other human beings, without the desire for gaining some personal benefits.

But a good majority of people forget this. Their special gifts soon transform and get augmented with cleverness. Cleverness is that special ability to cheat or hoodwink others. In that process they lose their spiritual capacity to love and serve others.

If our world appear as a world of partiality, injustice, envy, hatred and exploitation, it is because of the clever acts of such people. 

A mere possession of some special talent does not automatically ensure possession of a desirable and good nature that is known as character. Remember, most animals have some special abilities that are not found in humans. Many of these animals may pose a threat to our lives if we are not careful. They need not have a character that is too good for us! But humans are not to be like the unthinking animals. That is the reason why we are different. Character is what make us different from animals. But yet we find many human beings who are similar to animals. They are the characterless people. They just live like animals without using their superior abilities of mind which are not in animals. They refuse to recognize the existence of God and give reverence to Him, just as the animals. Many of them take undue pride in their abilities and the pride ultimately becomes the cause for their fall and destruction. How sad!

They have been privileged persons. But they refuse to realize the existence of the spiritual force that maintains every thing material and physical in this world. 

They refuse to enhance their spiritual capacities of coming near to God, a pre-requisite to progress in life even after their material existence in this world for some years. 

They become too pre-occupied with their special skills during their material existence that they forget to board the ship that could have taken them to the other shores of abundant life and everlasting adventure!

Character development while living a material life is essential for enhancing spiritual capacity. 

Spiritual capacity means the degree of nearness to God. Nearness to God provides the much desired potential for overcoming the dangers of personality destruction after material death. 

Material abilities and skills, though good while living in this world, do not ensure spiritual capacity or possession of a good character. Physical and mental abilities and skills do not make a person special for God. But spiritual nature makes a person special for God; a special feature that enhances the bond of love between man and God. The higher the spiritual ability, the more the person becomes humble! Because, with spiritual nature developing, the person begins to develop character and recognizes his or her insignificance before the Supreme existence of God. Selfishness and ego begin to vanish in such persons. In other words, animal nature begins to fade and the human becomes more like real humans instead of being like animals. 

More and more people with good character make this world transformed to a world with divine presence. Just as the heavenly worlds !

If you have some special material skills or abilities, you also have some additional responsibilities to use those in the manner in which they should be utilized. 

Mere possession of those special skills and abilities does not make you a desirable person for God. It has no significance in the long run !

So, if you think that you are a very clever person, beware of the dangers. Your cleverness for you would earn you only short term gains in this world. After all, your life span of a few decades is not at all a long term!

It would be preferable to discard that cleverness for character. But building a good character together with the possession of those skills and special abilities would make you not only desirable for the people of this world but also for God.

But when you are not very sure of the afterlife, you are bound to become anxious of getting the maximum and enjoying the maximum during the short span of life in this world. 

Let us drink and enjoy, you might think! Let me take advantage of my skills and my cleverness to the full, you might reason with your soul!

But when you are in your clever act, what could be the feeling of others who watch you from all around ?  

No doubt, the spectators might laugh and clap just as they do while watching those skillful circus clowns.

But are you living just to be laughed and clapped for a while ?

Are we living to show off our skills and talents for getting clapping from our fellows?

Do you want to be like a circus clown during the entire life span?

Is it not worth to think seriously?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Twenty Eight Supreme Philosophical Statements Over Which You May Think Over for Acceptance !

Some time ago, in one of my blogs I shared with my readers about some concepts of human progress that I learnt from my favorite book. In that blog I had reproduced the twenty eight highest concepts of human philosophy that advanced human minds could appreciate well. Let me reproduce it once again:

1. A display of specialized skill does not signify possession of spiritual capacity. Cleverness is not a substitute for true character.

2. Few persons live up to the faith which they really have. Unreasoned fear is a master intellectual fraud practiced upon the evolving mortal soul. 

3. Inherent capacities cannot be exceeded; a pint can never hold a quart. The spirit concept cannot be mechanically forced into the material memory mold.

4. Few mortals ever dare to draw anything like the sum of personality credits established by the combined ministries of nature and grace. The majority of impoverished souls are truly rich, but they refuse to believe it.

5. Difficulties may challenge mediocrity and defeat the fearful, but they only stimulate the true children of the Most Highs.

6. To enjoy privilege without abuse, to have liberty without license, to possess power and steadfastly refuse to use it for self-aggrandizement—these are the marks of high civilization.

7. Blind and unforeseen accidents do not occur in the cosmos. Neither do the celestial beings assist the lower being who refuses to act upon his light of truth.

8. Effort does not always produce joy, but there is no happiness without intelligent effort.

9. Action achieves strength; moderation eventuates in charm.

10. Righteousness strikes the harmony chords of truth, and the melody vibrates throughout the cosmos, even to the recognition of the Infinite.

11. The weak indulge in resolutions, but the strong act. Life is but a day’s work—do it well. The act is ours; the consequences God's.

12. The greatest affliction of the cosmos is never to have been afflicted. Mortals only learn wisdom by experiencing tribulation.

13. Stars are best discerned from the lonely isolation of experiential depths, not from the illuminated and ecstatic mountain tops.

14. Whet the appetites of your associates for truth; give advice only when it is asked for.

15. Affectation is the ridiculous effort of the ignorant to appear wise, the attempt of the barren soul to appear rich.

16. You cannot perceive spiritual truth until you feelingly experience it, and many truths are not really felt except in adversity.

17. Ambition is dangerous until it is fully socialized. You have not truly acquired any virtue until your acts make you worthy of it.

18. Impatience is a spirit poison; anger is like a stone hurled into a hornet’s nest.

19. Anxiety must be abandoned. The disappointments hardest to bear are those which never come.

20. Only a poet can discern poetry in the commonplace prose of routine existence.

21. The high mission of any art is, by its illusions, to foreshadow a higher universe reality, to crystallize the emotions of time into the thought of eternity.

22. The evolving soul is not made divine by what it does, but by what it strives to do.

23.  Death added nothing to the intellectual possession or to the spiritual endowment, but it did add to the experiential status the consciousness of survival.

24. The destiny of eternity is determined moment by moment by the achievements of the day by day living. The acts of today are the destiny of tomorrow.

25. Greatness lies not so much in possessing strength as in making a wise and divine use of such strength.

26. Knowledge is possessed only by sharing; it is safeguarded by wisdom and socialized by love.

27. Progress demands development of individuality; mediocrity seeks perpetuation in standardization.

28. The argumentative defense of any proposition is inversely proportional to the truth contained.

In the coming days, I propose to write a few explanatory blogs on a few of the above philosophical statements that I consider very important for everyone.[Please click the statement above if it is hyper-linked! Else you may use the blog search facility on the left column top to find blogs that contain an idea or key word, instantly.]

By the way, think it over. If you find success in finding its deeper meanings it would be nice.

If those meanings are fully acceptable to your mind, then it would be nicer.

Read and try yourself !
















Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Why and How of Jesus Bringing Dead Lazarus to Life: What is not Written in the Bible !

Very late on Sunday night, February 26, [ AD 30 ] a runner from Bethany arrived at Philadelphia,bringing a message from Martha and Mary which said, 

“Lord, he whom you love is very sick.” 

This message reached Jesus at the close of the evening conference and just as he was taking leave of the apostles for the night. 

At first Jesus made no reply. There occurred one of those strange interludes, a time when he appeared to be in communication with something outside of, and beyond, himself. 

And then, looking up, he addressed the messenger in the hearing of the apostles, saying: 

“This sickness is really not to the death. Doubt not that it may be used to glorify God and exalt the Son.”

Jesus was very fond of Martha, Mary, and their brother, Lazarus; he loved them with a fervent affection. 

His first and human thought was to go to their assistance at once, but another idea came into his combined mind. He had almost given up hope that the Jewish leaders at Jerusalem would ever accept the kingdom, but he still loved his people, and there now occurred to him a plan whereby the scribes and Pharisees of Jerusalem might have one more chance to accept his teachings; and he decided, his Father willing, to make this last appeal to Jerusalem the most profound and stupendous outward working of his entire earth career. The Jews clung to the idea of a wonder-working deliverer. And though he refused to stoop to the performance of material wonders or to the enactment of temporal exhibitions of political power, he did now ask the Father’s consent for the manifestation of his hitherto unexhibited power over life and death.

Accordingly, early on Wednesday morning he said to his apostles: 

“Let us prepare at once to go into Judea again.” 

And when the apostles heard their Master say this, they drew off by themselves for a time to take counsel of one another. James assumed the direction of the conference, and they all agreed that it was only folly to allow Jesus to go again into Judea, and they came back as one man and so informed him. 

Said James: 

“Master, you were in Jerusalem a few weeks back, and the leaders sought your death, while the people were minded to stone you. At that time you gave these men their chance to receive the truth, and we will not permit you to go again into Judea.”

When they could not persuade him to refrain from going into Judea, and when some of the apostles were loath even to accompany him,Thomas addressed his fellows, saying: 

“We have told the Master our fears, but he is determined to go to Bethany. I am satisfied it means the end; they will surely kill him, but if that is the Master’s choice, then let us acquit ourselves like men of courage; let us go also that we may die with him.” 

And it was ever so; in matters requiring deliberate and sustained courage, Thomas was always the mainstay of the twelve apostles.

On the way to Judea Jesus was followed by a company of almost fifty of his friends and enemies.

It was shortly after noon when Martha started out to meet Jesus as he came over the brow of the hill near Bethany. 

Her brother, Lazarus, had been dead four days and had been laid away in their private tomb at the far end of the garden late on Sunday afternoon. The stone at the entrance of the tomb had been rolled in place on the morning of this day, Thursday.

When Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus concerning Lazarus’s illness, they were confident the Master would do something about it. They knew that their brother was desperately sick, and though they hardly dared hope that Jesus would leave his work of teaching and preaching to come to their assistance, they had such confidence in his power to heal disease that they thought he would just speak the curative words, and Lazarus would immediately be made whole. And when Lazarus died a few hours after the messenger left Bethany for Philadelphia, they reasoned that it was because the Master did not learn of their brother’s illness until it was too late, until he had already been dead for several hours.

But they, with all of their believing friends, were greatly puzzled by the message which the runner brought back Tuesday forenoon when he reached Bethany. The messenger insisted that he heard Jesus say,“...this sickness is really not to the death.” 

Neither could they understand why he sent no word to them nor otherwise proffered assistance.

Many friends from near-by hamlets and others from Jerusalem came over to comfort the sorrow-stricken sisters. Lazarus and his sisters were the children of a well-to-do and honorable Jew, one who had been the leading resident of the little village of Bethany. 

And notwithstanding that all three had long been ardent followers of Jesus, they were highly respected by all who knew them. They had inherited extensive vineyards and olive orchards in this vicinity, and that they were wealthy was further attested by the fact that they could afford a private burial tomb on their own premises. Both of their parents had already been laid away in this tomb.

Mary had given up the thought of Jesus’ coming and was abandoned to her grief, but Martha clung to the hope that Jesus would come, even up to the time on that very morning when they rolled the stone in front of the tomb and sealed the entrance. Even then she instructed a neighbor lad to keep watch down the Jericho road from the brow of the hill to the east of Bethany; and it was this lad who brought tidings to Martha that Jesus and his friends were approaching.

When Martha met Jesus, she fell at his feet, exclaiming, 

“Master, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!” 

Many fears were passing through Martha’s mind, but she gave expression to no doubt, nor did she venture to criticize or question the Master’s conduct as related to Lazarus’s death. When she had spoken, Jesus reached down and, lifting her upon her feet, said,

“Only have faith, Martha, and your brother shall rise again.” 

Then answered Martha: 

“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection of the last day; and even now I believe that whatever you shall ask of God, our Father will give you.”

Then said Jesus, looking straight into the eyes of Martha: 

“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live. In truth, whosoever lives and believes in me shall never really die. Martha, do you believe this?” 

And Martha answered the Master: 

“Yes, I have long believed that you are the Deliverer, the Son of the living God, even he who should come to this world.”

Many of those present were Jesus’ bitter enemies. That is why Martha had come out to meet him alone, and also why she went in secretly to inform Mary that he had asked for her. Martha, while craving to see Jesus, desired to avoid any possible unpleasantness which might be caused by his coming suddenly into the midst of a large group of his Jerusalem enemies. It had been Martha’s intention to remain in the house with their friends while Mary went to greet Jesus, but in this she failed, for they all followed Mary and so found themselves unexpectedly in the presence of the Master.

Martha led Mary to Jesus, and when she saw him, she fell at his feet, exclaiming, 

“If you had only been here, my brother would not have died!” 

And when Jesus saw how they all grieved over the death of Lazarus, his soul was moved with compassion.

The human mind of Jesus was mightily moved by the contention between his love for Lazarus and the bereaved sisters and his disdain and contempt for the outward show of affection manifested by some of these unbelieving and murderously intentioned Jews. Jesus indignantly resented the show of forced and outward mourning for Lazarus by some of these professed friends inasmuch as such false sorrow was associated in their hearts with so much bitter enmity toward himself. 

Some of these Jews, however, were sincere in their mourning, for they were real friends of the family.

After Jesus had spent a few moments in comforting Martha and Mary, apart from the mourners, he asked them, 

“Where have you laid him?” 

Then Martha said, 

“Come and see.” 

And as the Master followed on in silence with the two sorrowing sisters, he wept. When the friendly Jews who followed after them saw his tears, one of them said: 

“Behold how he loved him. Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind have kept this man from dying?” 

By this time they were standing before the family tomb, a small natural cave, or declivity, in the ledge of rock which rose up some thirty feet at the far end of the garden plot.

It is difficult to explain to human minds just why Jesus wept. While we have access to the registration of the combined human emotions and divine thoughts, we are not altogether certain about the real cause of these emotional manifestations. We are inclined to believe that Jesus wept because of a number of thoughts and feelings which were going through his mind at this time.

Did the divine mind of Jesus know, even before Lazarus died, that he would raise him from the dead? We do not know. We know only what we are herewith placing on record.

And so, on this Thursday afternoon at about half past two o’clock, was the stage all set in this little hamlet of Bethany for the enactment of the greatest of all works connected with the earth ministry of Michael of Nebadon, the greatest manifestation of divine power during his incarnation in the flesh, since his own resurrection occurred after he had been liberated from the bonds of mortal habitation.

The small group assembled before Lazarus’s tomb little realized the presence near at hand of a vast concourse of all orders of celestial beings assembled under the leadership of Gabriel and now in waiting, vibrating with expectancy and ready to execute the bidding of their beloved Sovereign.

When Jesus spoke those words of command, 

“Take away the stone,” the assembled celestial hosts made ready to enact the drama of the resurrection of Lazarus in the likeness of his mortal flesh. 

Such a form of resurrection involves difficulties of execution which far transcend the usual technique of the resurrection of mortal creatures in morontia form and requires far more celestial personalities and a far greater organization of universe facilities.

When Martha and Mary heard this command of Jesus directing that the stone in front of the tomb be rolled away, they were filled with conflicting emotions. Mary hoped that Lazarus was to be raised from the dead, but Martha, while to some extent sharing her sister’s faith, was more exercised by the fear that Lazarus would not be presentable, in his appearance, to Jesus, the apostles, and their friends. 

Said Martha: 

“Must we roll away the stone? My brother has now been dead four days, so that by this time decay of the body has begun.” 

Martha also said this because she was not certain as to why the Master had requested that the stone be removed; she thought maybe Jesus wanted only to take one last look at Lazarus. She was not settled and constant in her attitude. As they hesitated to roll away the stone, Jesus said: 

“Did I not tell you at the first that this sickness was not to the death? Have I not come to fulfill my promise? And after I came to you, did I not say that, if you would only believe, you should see the glory of God? Wherefore do you doubt? How long before you will believe and obey?”

When Jesus had finished speaking, his apostles, with the assistance of willing neighbors, laid hold upon the stone and rolled it away from the entrance to the tomb.

As this company of some forty-five mortals stood before the tomb, they could dimly see the form of Lazarus, wrapped in linen bandages, resting on the right lower niche of the burial cave. 

While these earth creatures stood there in almost breathless silence, a vast host of celestial beings had swung into their places preparatory to answering the signal for action when it should be given by Gabriel, their commander.

Jesus lifted up his eyes and said:

“Father, I am thankful that you heard and granted my request. I know that you always hear me, but because of those who stand here with me, I thus speak with you, that they may believe that you have sent me into the world, and that they may know that you are working with me in that which we are about to do.” 

And when he had prayed, he cried with a loud voice, 

“Lazarus, come forth!”

Though these human observers remained motionless, the vast celestial host was all astir in unified action in obedience to the Creator’s word. In just twelve seconds of earth time the hitherto lifeless form of Lazarus began to move and presently sat up on the edge of the stone shelf whereon it had rested. His body was bound about with grave cloths, and his face was covered with a napkin. 

And as he stood up before them—alive—Jesus said, 

“Loose him and let him go.”

All, save the apostles, with Martha and Mary, fled to the house. They were pale with fright and overcome with astonishment. While some tarried, many hastened to their homes.

Lazarus greeted Jesus and the apostles and asked the meaning of the grave cloths and why he had awakened in the garden. Jesus and the apostles drew to one side while Martha told Lazarus of his death, burial, and resurrection. She had to explain to him that he had died on Sunday and was now brought back to life on Thursday, inasmuch as he had had no consciousness of time since falling asleep in death.

As they walked toward the house, Gabriel dismissed the extra groups of the assembled heavenly host while he made record of the first instance on earth, and the last, where a mortal creature had been resurrected in the likeness of the physical body of death.

Lazarus could hardly comprehend what had occurred. He knew he had been very sick, but he could recall only that he had fallen asleep and been awakened. He was never able to tell anything about these four days in the tomb because he was wholly unconscious. Time is nonexistent to those who sleep the sleep of death.

Though many believed in Jesus as a result of this mighty work, others only hardened their hearts the more to reject him. By noon the next day this story had spread over all Jerusalem. Scores of men and women went to Bethany to look upon Lazarus and talk with him, and the alarmed and disconcerted Pharisees hastily called a meeting of the Sanhedrin that they might determine what should be done about these new developments.

Lazarus remained at the Bethany home, being the center of great interest to many sincere believers and to numerous curious individuals, until the week of the crucifixion of Jesus, when he received warning that the Sanhedrin had decreed his death. The rulers of the Jews were determined to put a stop to the further spread of the teachings of Jesus, and they well judged that it would be useless to put Jesus to death if they permitted Lazarus, who represented the very peak of his wonder-working, to live and bear testimony to the fact that Jesus had raised him from the dead. Already had Lazarus suffered bitter persecution from them.

Soon after this Martha and Mary disposed of their lands at Bethany and joined their brother in Perea.

He ultimately died, when 67 years old, of the same sickness that carried him off when he was a younger man at Bethany.

[Adapted from the Urantia Book]