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The Existence of Other Worlds
By Baruch CrowleyIn the Book of Job (38:31) there is a curious verse which reads: "Canst thou bind the chains of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?" How did Job get hold of this piece of 20th century inter-stellar astronomical information - that the Pleiades is gravitationally bound, and Orion is gravitationally loose? What other knowledge of the cosmos and its many celestial bodies (and their inhabitants) was known to the ancient Hebrews who used the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) and the Oral Tradition given at Mount Sinai for understanding life on all levels?
The fact is that, in Hebrew Scripture and within
the mystical or metaphysical tradition known as Kabbalah,
there are numerous references to worlds other than our own, with
life on them, both corporeal and incorporeal. The problem is
that anyone who is not able to fluently comprehend Hebrew will
not be qualified to plumb the depths of meaning hidden within
the Hebrew Bible, or, for that matter, any of the sacred literature
that supplies the original basis for both Judaism and Christianity.
In the Hebrew language, every single word usually
has more than one meaning. Every single letter - and even the
size and various parts of an individual letter - contains additional
information of profound consequence that may not only add to its
definition an unfolding story, but may also provide essential
keys to hidden Kabbalistic interpretations allied with the separate
Oral Tradition that was handed down verbally by Moses to the Jewish
For the scholar, none of this is too surprising,
as it is known that everything that has happened, is happening,
and will happen, is somewhere, at some level, encoded in a 'divine
formula' within the holy texts. This refers to not only generalities
but to all the particulars of every single species and every single
human being, including everything that will transpire in his or
her lifetime, from the day of birth until the day of death, as
well as all of his reincarnations and all of their particulars
and minute details. This is true as well for every type of animal,
plant and mineral.
Alongside the written Torah, the Oral Tradition is
considered equally valid. Indeed, the exceedingly complex and
comprehensive Talmud can be claimed to deal with almost any given
topic in our physical and metaphysical universe. This is why,
seemingly, in centuries past, and even today, major scholars and
mystics have been able to provide answers to riddles that even
scientists have been unable to solve.
We have already quoted an intriguing passage relating
to a possible advanced knowledge of cosmology in the Book of Job.
In the Book Judges (5:20), within the lines of the song
sung by the Hebrew Judge, Deborah and Baraq son of Avino'am -
on the day Yael drove a tent peg through the head of the wicked
King Sisera - there are a couple of highly intriguing verses with
other worldly connotations. The first of these strange quotations
reads "They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses
fought against Sisera", and the second (5:23), "Curse
Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse bitterly its inhabitants;
because they did not come to the help of the Lord against the
But what does this 'Meroz' reference really
allude to? In his book Sefer HaBrit ('Book of the Covenant'),
Rabbi Pinchas Eliyahu Horowitz, (18th century ) quotes as his
authority a clear Talmud reference when he contends that Meroz
is an inhabited planet somewhere in outer space. Furthermore,
he states emphatically that G-d created an infinite number of
worlds, of physical, spiritual and inter-dimensional nature. This
view is upheld by the Ari'zal (Rabbi Yitzchak Luria), who also
spoke of an 'infinite number of spiritual worlds'. All of this
might even be taken to indicate that the preceding battle described
in Judges may even have extended beyond the boundaries of our
planet's surface, unless, of course, the first reference is merely
Rabbi Horowitz refers specifically to 18,000 physical
planets -- which is also recorded in the Talmud -- and claims
that the stars are really worlds of a kind each with a place of
habitation. Again in the Talmud, there is a reference to something
like 1018 stars in the observable universe, a figure
that is very close to the accepted number that can now be seen.
Commenting on the 18,000 worlds mentioned above, the Oral Tradition
states that each and every true Tzaddik (supremely righteous
person) will eventually become the governor of a planet in outer
space. This interplanetary scenario is all set to occur in the
post-Messianic age, following a general resurrection from the
dead. According to the Talmud, the quote in the Book of Isaiah,
(40:3) "They shall rise like the eagle", refers to the
righteous being able to take off and fly into outer space.
Rabbi Horowitz was of the opinion that many planets
are inhabited and that just as sea creatures differ from land
creatures, because of their different environments, so too will
natives of other worlds differ from human beings.
Based on a statement in the Talmud, these extraterrestrial
individuals - who are rather strangely known in Kabbalistic literature
as 'masters of intelligence and science' - might well differ from
humans in one principle respect, namely the ability to exercise
'free will' in exactly the same way as we human terrestrials can.
It is certain that within the infinite number spiritual dimensions,
of which ours is but one, there are certainly beings who are superior
to us in many ways and who must exercise some form of personal
choice. A full denotation of free will in the terrestrial religious/mystical
concept might not only refer to the normally understood exercise
over choice of good or evil, but may read something like: 'The
ability to spiritually raise one's consciousness beyond the control
of the mundane forces of space and time through an act of will.'
For the record, however, the Talmud reference noted above reads:
"All stars are created for the sake of Israel", which
has been interpreted as meaning 'for Divine service only in this
world', and which may indicate that free will - using the spiritual
sense - may not exist on other worlds.
In an extensive article entitled 'UFOs and Aliens',
Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok, Chicago, puts forward the proposition
that this aspect of 'free will' may well explain why many of
the extraterrestrial 'contactees' on our planet are presented
by their interlocutors with spiritual systems which either overlook
or even deny the existence of a caring, personal Supreme Creator,
referring instead to impersonal natural forces behind creation.
Perhaps the beings making telepathic or other contact
- because of their perceived lack of the 'free spiritual will'
ability - just do not know any better, despite any perceived
superiority over us in terms of physical technology. It may also
explain the seeming obsession with some kind of interbreeding
program involving our species amongst those 'extra'-terrestrials
who have been reported to abduct humans. Perhaps they are envious
of the human being's inherent capability and are seeking to 'manufacture'
an ability for themselves to ascend spiritually into higher dimensions?
Although this is to a certain extent speculation, there is certainly
some confirming foundation in Talmudic literature relating to
'angels and demons', which can not be dealt here.
An interesting side association with the above is
that, according to Genesis, the universe, seen and unseen,
was created by G-d with the Divine Name Elohim, a pluralized
title meaning 'Master over all forces' (The first verse in the
Torah reads, 'In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens
and the earth'). As the great medieval commentator Nachmanides
(1194-1270) writes: "Elohim is the Master over all
forces of creation. For the word itself is a compound construction.
'El' means Ruling or Master Power, and 'Him' [like
the Hebrew 'Hema', 'these'] alludes to all the forces [i.e.
laws and constants that He uses to run His universe]. 'Elohim'
thus 'Master Power over all forces'. Kabbalistically, Elohim
denotes an 'impersonal' aspect of G-d's supervision over the
universe, one that expresses only the outermost qualities of
the Creator. Elohim is also known as the 'left hand of
G-d' representing the concept of justice and law. Interestingly,
in Hebrew numerology (or Gematria), the numerical value
of the letters of the word Elohim add up to 86, which is
the same number as for HaTeva, the word denoting 'Nature'
and/or 'Laws of Nature'.
YHWH, the four-lettered
Name of G-d (also known as the Tetragrammaton), as given in the
Torah, denotes a level as far removed from Elohim as the
highest Heavens are from us lowly mortals on Earth. No person
is ever permitted to pronounce the Tetragrammaton, due to its
sacred nature, always substituting the appellation HaShem,
'The Name' - other than in formal prayer, when the title Adonai
is used. The power behind The Name is associated to the 'right
hand of G-d' and thus the quality of mercy and compassion that
overrides strict justice, including, on occasion, the laws of
Nature. This Tetragrammaton power is believed to be manifested
within our physical realm in the form of the Torah.
Over and above the many instances of worlds in outer
space noted in the Talmud, Zohar and elsewhere, there is, even
more surprisingly, abundant reference to a hollow planet earth,
with multi-layered worlds existing right beneath our feet. In
fact, it's a case of, 'as above, so below' -- echoing the Kabbalistic
'unified theory of knowledge'. Just as there are said to be 'seven
Heavens', so too is it recorded that there are seven nether worlds,
one above the other, each inhabited by its own species. Indeed,
one notable source, the 17th century Kabbalistic classic, Hesed
L'Avraham by Rabbi Avraham Azulai, tells us that there are
as many as 365 different species of beings living under the earth's
surface. These are said to be half human and half animal, perhaps
something like the legendary centaur.
The Zohar tells us, for one example, of an amazing
encounter by Rabbi Hiya and Rabbi Yosi with one of the residents
of an underground realm called Arka, who are human-like but have
two heads! The two sages apparently stumbled upon this alien individual
when he came up from an underground cave. The venerable Rabbis
Hiya and Yosi actually conversed with him, the subject of what
must have been a most intriguing conversation being the strange
being's desire to know all about conditions in our surface world.
Kabbalists believe that the underground worlds are
also the domain of the so-called mazikim, the troublemakers
or demons, and of a category of being known as the 'fallen angels'.
According to the Zohar, Adam, the original forefather
of the human species, visited all of the subterranean worlds,
and left progeny in each. It was not revealed as to who his female
partners were. Moreover, one reference in the Zohar even places
the Garden of Eden at the center of these underground worlds,
without identifying which. Perhaps it was at the second level,
known as Adamah, where Cain and Abel are said to have been
born. What is also apparent from a number of sources is that these
underground realms may not be quite as physical as is our own
surface world. Nor may all of the inhabitants possess material
bodies quite like our own, but possibly a mix of physical and
ethereal or astral. In the sacred literature, Adam is said to
have had a 'body of light' before the 'Fall', prior to taking
on a garment of skin, or more correctly, a fully physical body.
Tradition also maintains that Adam was of immense stature before
the fall and carried within his bodily cells all the souls of
Gehinnom (Hell) is identified
as being at the fourth level called Gey, while, at the
fifth level, in a world called Nishiyah, there lives a
small statured race who are said to be all male (perhaps, androgynous),who
have no noses, but only two slits through which they breathe.
Sound familiar? Furthermore, a translation of the word Nishiyah
means something like 'dreamlike' or 'amnesiac'. Earth, itself,
is, of course, at the seventh level, and is known in the Zohar
It may surprise some readers to know that over 700
years ago, a great Kabbalist put forward a new interpretation
of the age of the earth and the universe which coincides almost
exactly with current calculations related to the Big Bang theory.
Rabbi Yitzchak of Akko was something of a controversial
character who did not, for example, approve very much of some
of his Kabbalistic colleagues' extensive use of Divine Names in
their meditative practices. He was also alive at the time of
publication of the Zohar, and was one of the foremost personalities
of his day to investigate and verify its authenticity. In the
present context, however, it is Rabbi Yitzchak's work Otzar
haHaim, "Treasury of Life", which is of most interest.
In Otzar haHaim, Rabbi Yitzchak puts forward
a very profound argument relating to the concept of Sabbatical
cycles that contradicts the popular fundamentalist interpretation
of the six days of creation and a six thousand year old earth.
Referring to an ancient Kabbalistic work, Sefer
haTemunah, the work of the first century Rabbi Nehunya Ben
haKanah, Rabbi Yitzchak works out a chronology using as his base
calculation figure the 'divine year' taken from Psalms 90:4 (a
'divine day' equals 1000 earth years; a 'divine year' is thus
365,250 earth years) . The Talmud states that the world will exist
for seven 7,000 year 'Sabbatical' or Shemita cycles, each
one different than its predecessor. Moreover, it will become desolated
during every seven-thousandth year. Rabbi Yitzchak concludes that,
as there are seven Sabbatical cycles in a Jubilee, the world will
exist for 49,000 years. Human civilizations will thus also rise
and fall seven times during this period.
Rabbi Moshe Ben-Yehudah, a modern Kabbalist living
in Jerusalem, sums this up very succinctly: "With the completion
of each succeeding cycle of 6,000 years, the entire creation is
brought one step higher in its (never ending) process of Tikun
(Rectification), Birrur (Purification) and Aliyah
(Elevation). This occurs in such a way that each particular level
is elevated to the position of the one above it."
There is some dispute as to which cycle we are now
in - some Kabbalistic sources maintain that it is the second cycle,
while others believe we are already in the seventh and final cycle.
Rabbi Yitzchak's calculations made over 700 years ago are based
on the notion that we are already in the seventh cycle, and that
Adam would thus have been born when the earth was 42,000 years
old. However, he writes further that, according to Sefer haTemunah,
the first 42,000 years - before the creation of our present human
race - should be taken as divine years, i.e. 365,250 earth years.
The universe can then be calculated to be 42,000 x 365,250 years
old, which equals 15,340,500,000 years, a figure uncannily close
to the 15 billion years postulated by today's cosmologists as
the elapsed time since the Big Bang occurred! Moreover, only before
Adam was created do we 'count' in 'divine years; whereas since
Adam we count regular 'human' years.
Was the author of Sefer haTemunah (and Rabbi Yitzchak)
perhaps privy to some arcane cosmological knowledge that has become
lost in time? Moreover, it is clear from all this that the full
teachings of the Torah tradition in no way contradict the findings
of modern science, including the presence in the earth of palaeontological
findings of dinosaur bones and the like, which may well have been
produced during one of the previous cycles of time.
Moreover, this hugely extended viewpoint -- that
takes us so far beyond the regular fundamentalist religious approach
-- also opens up the way for another hard look at evidence for
past civilizations that abounds all around our truly ancient planet,
particularly in the Middle East and in South America. Not all
of what remains must by necessity be considered as having been
constructed during our own immediate 7,year cycle. Many ancient
ruins and artifacts may well have originated from long lost
cultures during other rounds of existence, and about which we
now know very little, or nothing at all. A more open viewpoint
may also allow for easier acceptance for what looks like (from
NASA photographs) evidence for some sort of previous construction
activity on the planet Mars, on the Moon, and by latest reports,
even on the moons of Jupiter.
The concept of pre-Adam civilizations was well accepted
by early sages. Also in support of the notion of lost civilizations,
we read in Psalms (105:8) the words: "He remembered His
covenant forever - the Word he commanded for a thousand generations
..."The Talmud reveals that this verse indicates that G-d's
Law, the Torah, was given to Moses and all the Hebrews at Mount
Sinai after the elapse of 1,000 human generations. Since Moses
was of the 26th generation following the first progenitor of the
human race, this indicates some 974 generations before Adam.
There is a notable Biblical passage that may provide further evidence for pre-Adam races. Genesis 36: 31-39 gives the names of the kings who "...reigned in the land of Edom before a king reigned over the Children of Israel". With Adam, himself, being considered the first 'King of Israel', the hidden Kabbalistic explanation of this listing relates to the seven one thousand year rounds of the previous world, with the eighth king mentioned representing our current world -- he is the only one of the eight not to have died, and whose wife's name is also given. In Kabbalistic literature, the world of the Edomite kings who pre-dated Adam, is known as Olam HaTohu, literally, "world of emptiness", which is referred to at the beginning of the Bible, in Genesis 1:2: "...when the earth was empty...". (The word 'chaos' has also been taken as being a direct translation of Tohu.) This 'empty world' notion coincides very neatly with the Shemitah scenario which postulates a thousand year period of desolation at the close of each Sabbatical cycle.
Copyright © 1997 Brian Crowley PO Box 651 Telze-Stone Israel 90838
Baruch (Brian) Crowley is the author of
two books dealing with strange anomolies in NASA photographs of
Mars that show what could be pyramids and what looks like a huge
carved face staring out into space. Evidence for a former civilization...?
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