The Secret of the Moon & the Nature of War

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By ROBERT BLACK— What is war? It is the result of planetary influence. Somewhere up there two or three planets have approached too near each other: tension results... here, on the Earth, people begin to slaughter one another... They fail to realise to what extent they are pawns in the game... it must be understood that neither... generals, nor ministers, nor parliaments, signify anything or can do anything. – G. I. Gurdjieff War may be understood in many ways. Materialists see it simply as … [Read more...]

Magic & Mysticism in Java

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By VICTORIA LEPAGE— The recent death of ex-President Soeharto of Indonesia at the age of 86 has reminded me that I was present in Jakarta in 1967 during the bloodbath in which the Communist Party was decimated and General Soeharto rose to political power, along with the minority modernist Muslim party that supported him. At that time Indonesia was only nominally Muslim: under the charismatic President Soekarno it was animistic, feudal, steeped in an other-worldly mysticism, and was infested … [Read more...]

Monks & Magic: Buddhism and the Supernatural in Thailand

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BY GWENDOLYN TOYNTON— In August 2008 Bun Rany, the wife of the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, led Buddhist monks and soldiers to the site of the historic Hindu temple Preah Vihear to call upon their ancestors to protect the temple. The site of this temple is located on disputed land, perched atop a cliff on Cambodian soil but with the most accessible entrance to the site located on the Thai side of the border. This 11th century temple is located on the border between the two countries, … [Read more...]