I love science fiction and fantasy novels. The reason is because they are about other realities and worlds that are so very unlike my own. I am endlessly intrigued about alternate realities, new ideas and different perspectives than the ones I normally entertain. Perhaps it reflects my own inner knowing of another perspective available with which to perceive the universe, other than the one that I am used to. We are all very familiar with our worlds, because we live in them, breathe them and think about them every day. But, what if there was another way of perceiving the world? What if the world seems a certain way not because it really is that way, but because of my beliefs and thoughts about certain things? Then, it would follow that if I thought differently, my world would transform.
When I read sci-fi books and fantasy novels of off-planet civilizations or realms with elves and magic, I appreciate what I see as the author’s attempt at expressing the imagination and the wider realities that perhaps the conscious mind is not even aware of. There exists within us all deeper knowledge that may be unconscious, but that can be accessed none-the-less. Different states of consciousness (and hence different definitions of reality) that are beyond the ones that we are used to, are available to us.
That is why MSI’s Second Thunder book is so fascinating. He writes from a state of full human consciousness and thus has access to the kinds of knowledge and worlds and ideas that are beyond the ‘normal’, waking-state perceptions. He seems to fully explore these realms and display them for all of his readers, thus opening up ideas that may be lying dormant inside all of us. The following excerpt is an example of this kind of knowledge and the wonderful worlds and characters that he portrays in this novel.
‘“The rajanya suddenly leapt across the four strides that separated them and, striking the shara with full force on his chest, shouted, “Hrai!”
Mars’ protest abruptly ended as his mind re-opened to itself. He floated again inside the formless infinity the Etan had revealed to him.
“I don’t understand-“ he began, but then stopped in confusion, for his own voice sounded equally distant, as if his words were coming from the other side of the valley.
“Of course you do,” retorted Maitreya. “But you don’t want to believe it. Now we begin your real training. This world you see with your eyes is a dream, shara, nothing more. The only truth is that which you are now experiencing: infinite, always the same, never-changing formlessness beyond all light and all darkness. That is your one true Self. The other self, the one in which you so adamantly believe, is nothing but a particularly cunning lie, created by your dreaming ego.”
“You think you understand your Universe. You think you are the heir-apparent of Tala, son of Julius, descendant of Gana. And you think you know exactly what that means. But you have already met several who do not fit into your neat little highly-structured world. Joab. Myself. ‘Srvasa. Think, Mars! How could Joab have lived for nearly two thousand years? Even of the most cautious of your forebears never saw their fourth century. How could a few words from the Etan have given you this experience? How could I have re-begun it by simply striking your breastbone? Can’t you accept, even for an instant, that your world of space and time is only an illusion? A particularly odd dream? You have created it by your beliefs; you maintain it by your continual judgments; you will end it when you no longer accept this reality! Wake up, Mars! The Universe will be yours to do with as you wish if you but understand this for an instant.”’ (MSI, Second Thunder: Seeking the Black Ishayas, p. 113-114).
The Truth needs to be accessed only once to know that there is more to life and existence than we have ever imagined.
Written by Surya Ishaya