Mount Vemon, New York, 1931
There is a widespread legend which has been handed down for many
thousands of years which is called The Golden Age.
This is said to
have been some period in human history when the mass of mankind
showed more intelligence than now. This evening I am going to give
you some of the translations from Books written during this Golden
These show that those who lived then were absolutely superior
to us in sciences; and, although our scientists scoff at such an
idea, and declare the whole thing mythical, the truth and facts
As the Phoenix is pictured rising above the flames of fire; so these
cosmic truths will rise above the scoffing ignorants of today.
I do not know on what definite lines your Society is working, or how
far you have advanced. It is quite questionable whether I know
enough about the subject to be of any value to you. All I can do for
you is to repeat certain conversations that took place many years
ago between a very learned rishi priest and myself.
This priest was
a great Master, the most proficient master that has lived since the
time of Jesus.
Master: Many do not know the actual meaning of Master. In olden
times this title was bestowed on those who had mastered the Cosmic
Sciences and learnt how to control the Cosmic Forces, and had
brought his material body under the absolute control of his inner
This old Master and his two cousins, both older than himself, and he
was over 70 years of age 50 years ago, were the sole survivors of
the Naacal Brotherhood which had existed for 70,000 years.
Brotherhood had been formed in the Motherland, when experts of
religion and the Cosmic Sciences were being sent from Mu to her
These three were the only ones left in India who understood the
language of the Motherland, her symbols, alphabet and forms of
For seven years during all my available time, I diligently studied
under this old rishi, learning the language of Mu, her symbols,
alphabet and writings, with a view of finding out something about
At that time I had no idea of publishing my findings. I
made the study purely to satisfy my curious self. I was the only one
to whom this old rishi ever gave instructions on this subject.
During our many lessons he often touched on the psychic.
conversations and translations from the Books of the Golden Age,
which are the Sacred Inspired Writings of Mu, are what I propose to
bring to your notice this evening. Whether they are in line with
your studies I do not know; but, if not, they are of a character
that will, at least, give you new lines of thought.
On one occasion he told me that there were some written records
about Jesus in certain Himalayan monasteries; and gave me such
letters of introduction to the heads of these monasteries, that on
application I experienced no difficulty in obtaining a sight of
these precious documents. In one monastery I found without question
the original documents.
These documents are written in Pali on Olas
and bound into Patikas. Pali is a dead language corresponding with
Olas is the ----- leaf of the Palmyra Palm prepared for
writing. Patika is a series of these leaves, with holes, sometimes
two, sometimes three, punched through them. They are then strung
upon strings with the ends of the strings fastened to a pair of
boards, which form the cover or binding.
In other monasteries I also found records; all of them, however,
were evidently copies of those I have mentioned. In the great Hemis
monastery at Ley-Cashmir there are copies written in a jumble of
Pali and Tibetan.
I mention this institution, because anyone using
the right sort of persuasion can see all and everything there is in
this monastery. I did not see an original document in the place:
there may be some there, they declared, however I had been shown
everything they had.
On certain subjects, I have found that these old Himalayan monks
have very little respect for the truth.
In the Biblical records of Jesus there is a gap of many years. In
monasteries and Lamasaries in the Himalayas and Tibet there are
records (without question copies) telling how Jesus spent these
mysterious years. There are also many oriental legends about him.
One written record states that:
"When Jesus was a young man, he left
his home country and first went to Egypt. There for two years he
studied the ancient Egyptian Osirian religion. From Egypt he
went to India and at Benares and other religious centers studied
the teachings of Gautama. He then entered a Himalayan monastery
where for 12 years he studied the Sacred Inspired writings of Mu
and her Cosmic Forces and Sciences. At the end of 12 years he
became a master: the most proficient Master that has ever been
His name in this monastery is more
revered today than by any sect of Christian Priesthood, and simply
because these Himalayan monks know him better.
In addition to the foregoing record they had another, also written
in Pali on Olas and bound into a Patika. It is a very significant
legend. The head of the monastery informed me that for many years it
was an oral legend only: then to prevent its being forgotten or
altered, those masters who were witnesses and still survived wrote
down all data to accurately preserve it. The legend runs thus:
"When Jesus was about to leave the
monastery to return to his own land, a controversy arose between
him and the Masters on the subject of reincarnation. Jesus
maintained that The Sacred Inspired Writings of the Motherland
stated that it was not the material body of Man that was
reincarnated out of the original atoms that formed his body, but
the Soul or Spirit only that was reincarnated. The Masters
maintained that it was both the Soul and the original atoms
forming the previous body that were reincarnated-born over
again, and not a fresh combination of elementary atoms."
Through the great courtesy of the head
of the monastery, and, as a special favor and great honor, I was
allowed to see and read the tablets over which the controversy had
taken place. I deciphered and translated three, all that was
The first (A) over which the controversy took place reads,
"The Material body returns to mother
earth from whence it came. The elements are then used by Nature
for other bodies."
The Masters insisted that "other bodies"
meant the subsequent bodies of the man. So the question hinged on
the meaning of "other bodies." Did it mean the subsequent bodies of
the reincarnated man or other bodies of Nature's making?
To solve the problem I took the following tablets (B & C),
deciphered and translated them; they read as follows:
"It is-The Man-The Spirit-which
comes into being again. Imperishable man is a-Divine
Spark-around which a house, or an encasing body is built
composed of elements, brought together and joined by the Ziis of
the Life Force. After the usual period, or cycle, this compound
of elements wears out and returns to mother earth, setting the
Divine Spark free."
"At the appointed time (the will of
the Creator) a new set of elementary cells are brought together,
forming a new house, and enclosing the Divine Spark. This house
like the previous one, in due time, also returns to mother
earth. And so it continues on-the Divine Spark occupying one
house after another until its appointed time has come. Then it
has to return whence it came-to the Divine Source."
These translations are from the Sacred
Inspired Writings of Mu-The Books of the Golden Age-and in the
Section on Reincarnation which were brought from Mu by the Naacals.
They are very difficult to translate, as it is impossible to give in
modern language every minute meaning and detail. I do not profess to
have done so. I have done all that can be done; that is to give a
correct general meaning. This I feel confident I have done but the
little fine details are beyond my comprehension.
Anyone who says he
can do more with these very ancient writings has very little respect
for the truth.
In studying the ancient writings I have found that the teachings of
Osiris and Jesus are wonderfully alike.
Many passages being
identically the same, word for word and line for line. This is not
to be wondered at; they were both preaching and teaching the first
and Inspired Religion of Man, which they both learned from the same
school: The Sacred Inspired Writings of Mu.
Both Jesus and Osiris were, unquestionably, inspired instruments of
the Great Nameless, sent on earth to show the children of this world
the paths which lead to happiness.
Many do not know who Osiris was beyond that he was one of the old
Egyptian gods. Even Egyptologists are at loggerheads about who he
was. Some of them say he was a myth, others a symbol only, and yet
others that he was a King who lived somewhere.
In a monastery in
Tibet I found some tablets referring to Atlantis and among them a
history of Osiris: it reads:
''Osiris was born in Atlantis 22,000
years ago (according to reckoning of time). When a young man he
went to the Motherland to study for the Priesthood. When he
became a Master he returned to Atlantis. There he devoted
himself to eliminating the extravagances, superstitions,
misconceptions and inventions that had crept into the Atlantean
Religion. He then installed again the original religion of love
and simplicity. He was then made the High Priest of Atlantis, a
position which he held during a long life. When he passed on the
Religion was called after him The Osirian Religion."
This religion was carried to Egypt by
Thoth and became the Egyptian religion.
BOOKS OF THE
Section: The Creation.
Extract: The 7th Command.
"Let us make man after own fashion,
and let us endow him with powers to rule this earth."
"Then the Creator of all things throughout the Universe created
man, and placed within his body a living -imperishable-spirit.
And man became like the Creator in intellectual powers."
One word was exceedingly hard to
determine in this translation: the name of that which was put into
the body of man making him a special creation.
Soul or Spirit was
the nearest modern words that we could find applicable. The words
living and imperishable are unquestionably correct, but-what does
the phrase "after our own fashion" actually mean?
Certainly not "in
our own image" for in the following tablets we find it distinctly
"The Creator is incomprehensible to
man. Being incomprehensible, He can neither be pictured or
named. He is the Nameless."
If man is in the image of God as the
Bible states, man naturally would be a picture of God: but, as the
Sacred Inspired Writings from which the Biblical legend was taken
say that God cannot be pictured, it clearly shows that Ezra, when
writing the Bible from Moses' records, used the wrong word in his
It is clear however that man was a special Creation receiving
special powers from the Creator, to enable him-man-to rule the
earth. It is these powers which we will consider this evening.
From various legends handed down to us, and experiences of our own
during our own time, it has been definitely shown that when man has
learned how to use and control the Cosmic Forces which have been
given to him, he is not only capable of controlling and governing
elementary matter, but the forces coming from the earth also.
The special powers of man are shown in the use of his Cosmic Forces,
which Forces emanate from his inner Self.
All Forces are carried in waves. These waves in turn are formed by
vibrations; therefore all Forces are vibratory.
Man's cosmic Forces are carried in waves formed in the essence in
which our atmosphere floats-a substance so thin and elusive that it
cannot be analyzed by any of our known chemical methods.
Our scientists call this essence ether. They also call that which
fills space ether. They are however, totally different substances.
The earth's Central Magnet controls the essence in which our
atmosphere floats, but it has no control over that which fills
This great error had its origin in the deciphering of two symbols in
the Sacred Inspired Writings, and the error has been carried down
for over 3000 years.
One day I told the rishi of having read accounts of savages being
able to overcome the Force of Gravity, and asked him if this could
be done by man? His answer was:
"Yes, man has the power to overcome
with his body what you call the Force of Gravity: which however
is the attraction of the Cold Division of the earth's Central
Magnet, which has power and control over elementary matter only.
This attraction is a Magnetic Force, and man has the power to
control all earthly forces, when he learns how to use and
control his own greater force. Man can cause his own vibrations
to rise above the vibrations of the earth's Cold Magnetic Force,
and thus, either nullify or repel them.
When nullified man's body has no
weight; for, weight is only the registration of the measurement
of the power or volume of the Cold Magnetic Force: thus, when
the Cold Magnetic Force is nullified man can float his body
anywhere. Throughout space nothing has weight, the most
ponderous of the great celestial bodies, millions of times
larger than our Sun, does not represent the weight of a
thistledown in space."
Jesus the great Master gave an
exposition of this when he walked upon the water. He used a science
which was developed over a hundred thousand years ago;
One gloriously bright tropical moming, very early, I wandered down
to the Temple to gain some pearl of wisdom from the rishi.
been sitting in silence on our favorite bench in the Temple gardens
for some time when suddenly he turned his face to me and said: "My
son, it is strange how little your people understand their own
Bible. Take for instance the legend which relates how Moses' serpent
swallowed up the serpents of the Priests before Pharaoh. This is
regarded as miracle, whereas both Moses and the Priests were only
practicing one, of the ancient sciences.
You will better understand
it if I call it mass hypnotism.
"Moses had the power of raising his
inner vibrations higher than those of the Priests so could bring
their brains under the control of his own. The Priests had their
vibrations raised to a point where they had the audience under
control, and then they cast their staffs on the ground
concentrating on the vision of their transformation into
serpents. Consequently, the people saw them as serpents.
But Moses raised his vibrations to a
higher pitch, gaining control both of priests and people, and
was thus able to cast his own staff to the ground and make them
all see it turn into a serpent and swallow up the other
But you, my son, never see clearly without a practical
demonstration, so I must give you one. Give me your hand, so
that your vibrations are attuned to mine. This will prevent your
coming under the influence I am about to send forth,"
About 50 feet away two coolies were
sweeping up the Temple compound and just beyond were some dead
branches which had fallen from a tree during the night.
"Watch them drop those branches as soon as they
When the coolies came to those branches and started to
pick them up, they dropped them, shouting, "Snakes Snakes Poison
They then ran off and brought back two long bamboos and
began thrashing the branches for dear life; after a moment the rishi
lowered his vibrations. The coolies stopped their exertions and
The rishi called them over and asked them:
"What have you been drinking?"
"Arak," they said. "But we only took two drinks, master!"
The rishi shook his head reprovingly;
with profound salaams they returned to their work, declaring loudly
"never again would they ever take more than one drink of Arak
at a time."
Thus, as an object for me, was enacted the scene of
Moses, the Egyptian Priests, and the serpents.
The rishi then told
me that in ancient times, when India was divided into small kingdoms
constantly at war with one another, mass hypnotism was used by the
Priesthood to protect their temples and colleges.
When a city had been taken by the enemy
and was being burned and sacked by the soldiers, the Priests would
assemble on the Temple steps, and as the plunderers approached,
would cast a spell over them, sending demons to frighten them off.
These, legend says, often took the form of huge serpents. One
serpent in particular was very effective, of immense length and
thickness, hissing and spitting fire it would wiggle towards the
At the sight of him the bravest of the soldiers dropped
their plunder and fled. The rishi smilingly said,
"I should not wonder if it was
something of this sort that sent the soldiers of Alexander the
Great back from India to their own country."
Another graphic illustration of the serpent "miracle" was staged for
me on a certain morning when a tall, lanky European walked into the
Temple Compound, and asked to see the High Priest, announcing
himself as Professor X of - University, England.
He said he was
writing a book on the history of India, and wanted to get all
possible information. He had been told that the High Priest of this
temple knew more about ancient India than any other man.
to the rishi a letter of introduction, which the rishi smilingly
took but did not open. The rishi told him he would gladly tell him
anything that was contained in the Temple Records. The rishi then
ordered a table and chair to be brought for the professor's
convenience and comfort.
The scene that followed is etched on my memory, The professor laid
his hat, cane and umbrella on the table; a coolie deposited beside
them a large pad of paper and many sharpened pencils.
The professor then sat down and said:
"Now go ahead, old man, I'm ready to
hear all you know."
The rishi quietly answered, "I think
it would be better for you to put such questions as you wish
Professor: "Well then, tell me about so-and-so."
Rishi: "Our temple records say so-and-so."
Professor: "That's all wrong. In Professor Y's History of India
it says so-and-so.
Rishi: "Professor Y may be right, and our Temple records wrong.
I only know what the Temple Records say."
Professor: "Well then, I next want to know so-and-so.
The rishi answered as before, quoting
the Temple records, and again the professor told him he was wrong,
quoting another "authority" on the subject in question.
This went on
through about a dozen questions, all ending with the same result; at
last, the professor banged his papers together and said,
"Here I have come these many miles
to gain information, it has been a sheer waste of my time; why,
old man, you know absolutely nothing, I could find out ten times
as much as you know in an hour at any library."
At this I saw the rishi's brows slightly
contract, he reached out and took my hand.
From this I knew
something was going to happen. The professor slammed on his hat,
opened his umbrella, and took up his cane-which, with an awful yell,
he threw across the compound, shouting, "Great heavens, it's a
One of the coolies picked up the cane and brought it back to the
professor, who backed away from it in horror. The rishi said kindly,
"Why, Professor, you must have a
touch of the sun." He then placed his hand on the professor's
forehead, who groaned and writhed and sank into the chair. The
rishi then sent for a coconut of water which he gave to the
professor to drink, saying, "This will no doubt straighten you
When the professor had swallowed the
water he became normal; he held his hand out to the rishi, saying:
"Although you know nothing about
history, old man, you certainly are an adept at curing
He then went away. The rishi watched him
leaving the temple grounds, then with a sigh said,
"Soon, my son, we shall have another
wonderful history of India. Come, let us walk in the gardens,
this is all too childish."
I kept close watch for the new and
wonderful history of India.
It appeared about a year later amid a
wonderful flourish of scientific trumpets. I do not think there is a
page in the book that is accurate; most of it consists of the most
In it, the professor, however, gave the rishi
credit for being a wonderful physician, and suggested that the
medical faculty had much to learn from the High Priests of India!
The rishi was thoroughly familiar with our Bible: much of the
earlier part he knew by heart, particularly those chapters dealing
with the Cosmic Sciences.
One evening he said: "I have been
thinking, my son, about the great Biblical Miracle which relates
that Shadrech, Meshech and Abed Nego walked through the fiery
furnace and were not touched by the fire.
As I have often told you, Man has the
power to raise his vibrations--the forces of his soul--above the
vibrations of the earthly forces. Heat, which produces fire, is an
earthly force, therefore man is able to raise his own vibrations
above those of heat so that the heat force is repelled or nullified,
forming a neutral zone through which the heat cannot pass. The man's
clothing partakes of his vibrations, so that even his garments
cannot be touched.
Those who have attained the knowledge which
enables them to control these inner vibrations are termed Masters.
"Shadrech, Meshech and Abed Nego
were Masters. It was by the use of this method of raising
vibrations that they were able to walk through the fire without
I asked how these Israelites had gained
the necessary knowledge to become Masters.
Israelites were captives in Babylonia, where there were many
colleges for the teaching of the language of the Motherland, the
First Inspired Religion and the Cosmic Sciences."
These colleges were
It is from this name that the Semitic conquerors of
Babylonia took their name Chaldeans and rechristened the country
"The Chaldi were open and free to
all who wished to come to them for learning. There was no
expense to the student, and the slave was as welcome as the
prince. Directly the threshold of the Chaldi was passed,
everyone was on an equality. They were symbolically at the feet
of the Heavenly Father, and became in fact brothers in truth.
These Israelites, although in bondage, attended the Chaldi and
After finishing his discourse, the old
rishi looked at me and smiled, and said,
"Now, I suppose, I must as
usual make all plain to you by giving you a physical example."
with that he called to an attendant to bring him a large live coal.
When the coal was brought in a chattie, he took my hand,
deliberately picked up the red-hot coal with his fingers and placed
it in the palm of my hand.
He then asked me if I felt any heat from
the coal. I did not. He then told me to light a cigar from it. I
tried but the cigar would not light. He smiled and turned my hand
over. The coal fell to the ground. He then withdrew his hand from
mine and told me to pick the coal up. I innocently attempted to do
so-and although I dropped it hastily, my fingers carried burns and
blisters for many days.
He then picked the coal up himself, put it
back into the chattie, and said to me,
"Now light your cigar from
I did so with no difficulty. The demonstration was complete.
The rishi had so often mentioned the necessity of concentration that
one day I asked him what was the best way to practice concentration,
so as to become efficient.
His answer was:
"Relieve your brain of all material
work, then concentrate on the spiritual."
I then asked him which was the best way
to do this. He answered,
"Recline your body in such a
position that all muscles relax. This relieves your brain from
any call from or care of your muscular system. Do not eat to
overload your stomach, or too little to cause gnawing hunger.
Both are bad and make calls on the brain for relief, which
breaks the line of spiritual concentration. When in
concentration it is well to shade the eyes so that no outside
object can disturb your thoughts, by advancing material objects
through the sense of vision."
He then strongly emphasized that,
"concentration alone without
absolute faith attending it, will not advance one very far."
"Concentration and faith are twin
sisters, two flowers on a single stem."
He was always very emphatic when
speaking of faith, and always impressed me that the faith was not
"to make oneself believe that he had the faith, but it must be
conviction added to the faith-spiritual conviction."
At this point
he would refer to the teachings of Jesus, quoting the moving of a
mountain through faith.
"This teaching of Jesus was
symbolical. He was not referring to a mountain composed of earth
and rocks, that is material, he was referring spiritually to
spiritual obstructions that loomed up like mountains. These
obstructive spiritual mountains are swept aside through faith."
He then referred to the healings by
"Many cases where Jesus is
accredited with healing, were healed by the faith of the
patient. Jesus was the agent that sprung that faith into life
Many people are today healed by faith
but do not know it. They attribute it to some sacred object, whereas
the object is only the agent that brings the faith into life.
The material body in itself is incapable of creating this faith.
Absolute faith emanates only from the inner or spiritual self.
THOSE WHO HAVE PASSED ON
During the 7 years while I had the great privilege of being the only
pupil of the greatest Master who has lived for the last 1900 years
(and yet he was unknown to the world generally) he would gladly and
willingly explain to me the laws behind the various phenomena that
we call "mystic" or "cosmic."
But I could never induce him to teach
me how to perform any of the bigger tasks along certain lines.
Whenever I appealed to him to do so, he
would invariably answer:
"My son, I am teaching you how to
understand the ancient history of man. I cannot go beyond that,
with you, for you have not been pre pared for it."
As I have shown, he gave me frequent
practical demonstrations of his teachings, with full explanations of
the phenomena, but further than this he would not go.
One day I
"Is it really possible to see beings
who have long since passed on through death? Do they actually
appear before us, or are such visions a mirage of the brain?"
"MY son, these things do not come
from imagination, nor from mirage of the brain. It is an actual
fact that some people, at times, do receive visitors from the
world beyond. All people have not the faculty of seeing them,
for this faculty depends the quality of their inner vibrations.
Again, it may be that some are never visited at all."
The rishi went on:
"There are various ranks of beings
who may reveal themselves to your vision: First, those who had
attained the rank of Master here on earth before passing on to
the world beyond.
Such a one can come before you, because he has
the power of lowering his vibrations to a plane where they can
be tuned in with yours, and you, by vision, become aware of his
presence. More often the one who appears to you is a near and
dear relative or friend, with whom you have been intimately
associated on earth.
The reason for this is that your
inner vibrations and theirs were attuned together in the earth
life, and the returning visitant can easily adjust his
vibrations to yours as before, and become visible to your eyes.
These visitations are not infrequent when two hearts have been
united as one on earth, which shows you, my son, that Love is
the great ruler both on this earth and in the worlds beyond.
is Love, God rules the universe, therefore Love rules the
universe. The great reflection of Love is embodied in man."
I then said to him,
"Have you not told
me that by and by these visitors may cease to come? Where do they
"Where they have gone, I cannot say.
I do not know. It may be that they have gone to other worlds;
they may be reincarnated here on earth, or it may be they have
returned to the Great Source. This is a closed book we cannot
After waiting and meditating a little
while he continued,
"It is more common for people to
feel the presence of visitors from the world beyond without
seeing them. Occasionally they seem so close that you feel like
extending your hand to welcome them."
I asked him what prevented our seeing
these invisible guests. He answered,
"Because their vibrations, although
so closely in tune with yours, are neither close enough or
powerful enough to produce vision, and sometimes it would almost
appear as if they did not wish to be seen.
Personally I have
come to the conclusion that those who are approaching you thus
are those who were great Masters, and that they wish to use you
as an instrument for communication and information from the
world beyond to this world."
I asked him if there were any examples
or illustrations. He answered:
"Yes, it occurs among writers,
artists, sculptors and musicians, but specially writers.
Master, or whoever it may be, keys his vibrations, or tunes in
on the writer's brain, and by means of these vibrations
expresses his desire, or command, as to what shall be written.
The brain of the writer, receiving them, while under this
control, can produce nothing else.
If he tries to break off, and
to follow his own mundane reasoning, he pens only nonsense. He
is under a spell, governed by the unseen Master. This is what
the ancients termed inspired writings, which are merely writings
from the world beyond, expressed through a selected agent."
On another occasion I asked the rishi if
it were actually possible for a man to so far advance himself in
this ancient science as to separate the inner man from the corporeal
body and send the inner man on long journeys to bring back
"Yes, it is perfectly easy to do
this, for one who has mastered the Sciences, but to one not
perfectly accomplished it is more than dangerous. For, not being
perfected in the learning, the inner man might possibly fail to
find his way back to the body.
Then the body would have to
return to mother earth. It takes a lifetime to become thoroughly
proficient in this part of the Sciences."
I again asked him to teach me this
science. He very emphatically refused to do so, saying: "Your time
with me wlll not be long enough to do so."
Quietly and at unexpected times, he gave me many practical
exhibitions of the ancient Sciences.
One evening, when I was
preparing to leave India, he addressed me, saying: "Would you like
to take a long journey with me tonight?" I quickly accepted, and at
the appointed time (8 p.m.) I arrived at the Temple. One of the
attendants received me and took me directly to his sanctum. The room
was dimly lit; some incense burners were sending their pungent smoke
through the room.
On my entering, he rose from a divan, came forward
and took my hand. Dismissing the attendant, he gave orders
that we were not to be disturbed until morning call.
When the door
closed he took me to the divan where he had been sitting and said:
"My son, we are going back to look
at ourselves during our last incarnation."
This was the first intimation I had
received from him that we had ever been on earth together before.
He held my hand in his as we sat there. He told me to concentrate on
him and pick up his vibrations. Gradually consciousness appeared to
leave me, and suddenly he and I were floating across a great flat
land with many large cities.
To what appeared to be the principal
one we floated. Here we came to earth and walked through its crowded
Days, weeks, months and years seemed to pass. I seemed to see myself
all this time on one quest or another. My whole life appeared to
pass like a panorama.
On many occasions, the rishi who was a
high official appeared as my father.
At last I came out of my trance or whatever it may have been, and
shortly became my usual self. I shall make no comment on this
Each of you must make up your own minds for yourselves as
to whether my inner self was actually separated from my material
body and went back to my last incarnation or whether the whole thing
was a mesmeric or hypnotic trance.