We were taught in school, that time is finite, and time lost will never return. Each moment was meant to be treasured, relished and applied correctly to learn. Till we were introduced to H.G. Wells, who brought time travel into the realm of public discussion, with his book, “The Time Machine”, published in 1895. It is a work of science fiction, but it set human imagination on fire.
Space travel has been hailed as time travel, as the person is cutting across the fourth dimension of time, along with the 3-D reality of space that we live in. The following link gives interesting information on time travel, through the lens of a scientist no less than Albert Einstein.
A possibility would be to move a ship rapidly around a black hole, or to artificially create that condition with a huge, rotating structure.
“Around and around they’d go, experiencing just half the time of everyone far away from the black hole. The ship and its crew would be traveling through time,” physicist Stephen Hawking wrote in the Daily Mail in 2010.
“Imagine they circled the black hole for five of their years. Ten years would pass elsewhere. When they got home, everyone on Earth would have aged five years more than they had.”
The detractors have been equally emphatic in their retorts asking
‘If Time Travel was real, where are the tourists from the Future?’
PLR and OBE
The concepts of Past Life Regression (PLR) and Out-of-Body experience (OBE) have been around for some time, but the idea of travelling back and forth in the same body is fascinating.
PLR just awakens the memories of past lives, which the soul is believed to carry. The person physically remains rooted in the present life.
OBE was the experience narrated by people on the brink of death, who claimed to have transgressed to another realm of existence, and tell the story. The body is usually in a state of coma, and the person may be medically declared dead, when this experience occurs. Anita Moorjani, author of “Dying to be Me”, is the latest to tell her tale of cancer survival, and returning from the jaws of death.
The Politics of Experience
This is the title of a book by R.D.Laing, written in 1967. He challenges all notions of personality and beliefs. The crux of his argument is that human beings are compelled to pass through several imposed filters and moulds, to turn them into — whatever they believe to be their authentic personality.
Towards the end of the book, the author narrates the story of a naval officer, who had a psychotic episode of about 10 days, and was hospitalized for that. The naval officer, Jesse Watkins, himself describes it as a spiritual travel through time, while he was being treated for lunacy, in a mental hospital.
Gist of the story
He distinctly felt that Time was going back, and the clock had stopped moving. The backward movement was easier than going forward. He felt himself separated from his wife, through aeons, or a distance between different worlds/ages, and felt helpless that he could not reach her. He developed supernatural powers, and could cure a cut in his finger within a day, without any dressing or medicine. He could sedate other patients in hyper states, and make them lie down, without using force, tools or medicine. Jesse describes the need to have ‘some sort of sheet anchor which is holding on to the present – and to himself as he is – to be able to experience even a little bit of what he’s got to experience.’ He was lucky to have that anchor in the form of his own body, and life here on this planet. The subjects undergoing OBE do not have that clutch.
He describes having vaguely sensed three different worlds – the lowest one is an anteroom, where people just wait. Another is a central universe, and the third is in a higher domain.
Many Lives, Many Masters by Dr. Brian Weiss
This pulled me back to another book on past life regression by Dr. Brian Weiss – ‘Many Lives, Many Masters’. Here, the patients undergoing regression, reported hearing voices in between two lives, and seeing more than one Master. The messages are about cultivating forgiveness and not taking the liberty to kill people. Murder is interference with Providence, as every soul is destined to live out their role. The voices said that they will suffer more if they are allowed to live, they will suffer in the other world, and again in their future lives, till they have paid back the wronged souls.
An account by Catherine, as described in the book :
“Oh, yes… many spirits. They only come when they want to. We are all spirits. But others.. some are in physical state, and others are in a period of renewal. And others are guardians. But we all go there. We have been guardians, too.”
“Why do we have to come back to learn? Why can’t we learn as spirits?”
“Those are different levels of learning, and we must learn some of them in the flesh. We must feel the pain. When you are a spirit, we feel no pain. It is a period of renewal. Your soul is being renewed. When you are in the physical state in flesh, you can feel pain; you can hurt. In spiritual form you do not feel. There is only happiness, a sense of well being. But it is a renewal period of us. The interaction between people in spiritual form is different. When you are in physical state, you can experience relationships.”
Does this coincide with Jesse’s description of the waiting room ?
The Karma Theory
Now, the needle moved to the Bhagvad Gita, where Lord Krishna gives these messages to Arjun in the Kurukshetra battlefield. Hinduism has for long, believed in the Karma theory, and also, in multiple deities and Gods. I do agree that a large number of deities are symbols of the precious elements in Nature, and cults have been built around them. The Sun, Fire, Wind or certain rivers are depicted as Gods, and their value to human life cannot be denied. The same goes around certain animals and trees, which needed to be preserved, given their value in the prevailing economy, or as a gesture of kindness. Creating a cult or belief ensured that these trees, birds and animals were fed and cared for, and nature was allowed to thrive and survive.
However, broadly, the accounts of Dr. Weiss describing multiple Masters can be seen as a confirmation of the beliefs.
WHY DO WE DENIGRATE THESE THEORIES?
Coming back to Jesse Watkins, R.D. Laing beautifully sums up the experience as follows :
‘They have no orientation in the geography of inner space and time, and are likely to get lost very quickly without a guide. In this particular journey, the direction we have to take is ‘back’ and ‘in’, because it was the way back that we started to go down and out. They will say that we are regressed and withdrawn and out of contact with them. True enough, we have a long, long way to go back to contact the reality we have all long lost contact with.”
And this explains why we have not succeeded with vindication of time travel, or past life regression. We lack the knowhow of the right methods to be used, or to validate the experience. As they say,
There is no future in time travel.