The Urantia Book
June 20, 2012 4 Comments
As a researcher of all things mystical, I have come across many different schools of thought and interesting written works. One book that I have found, however, stands alone as the most intriguing and interesting overall conceptual writing I have been exposed to, and that book is called “The Urantia Book”.
In the preface, the authors claim to be of extra-terrestrial origin, and tell us that the book was written as a spiritual guide to help earthlings on their way to enlightenment. It is called “The Urantia Book”, because “Urantia”, apparently, is the name that their civilization has given our planet.
The origin of the book, which consists of 196 papers, or essays, amounting to a grand total of 2,097 pages, is quite difficult to discern. According to Wikipedia, it “surfaced” between 1924 and 1955, so there is a roughly 31 year area of uncertainty as to when it was written. It was published in October of 1955 in English by “The Urantia Foundation” (which is a non-profit organization), and has since been translated into 14 different languages.
When attempting to piece together the puzzle of how this book came to be, there are a few “facts” that can be assimilated in order to get some idea of how it all took place;
Around 1911, William Sadler and his wife Lena, had been asked a personal favor from a fellow resident of their community. This resident’s husband was apparently having strange episodes of abnormal breathing at night, and because the Sadlers where both respected physicians, she asked them to take a look at him. During one of these episodes, the man, while in a deep trance, reportedly claimed to be receiving communications with an extraterrestrial/ spiritually advanced being.
William Sadler was not only a respected physician, but was also a successful author and paranormal debunker. In his bestselling book “The Mind at Mischief”, he discusses the technique used by psychics and clairvoyants to trick people into believing in them. At the end of this book, however, he discusses the case I have written about, as being the one case which he could not adequately explain.
He says that he was present at over 250 sessions with this man, who he has agreed to not release the identity of, and that there was usually a stenographer present to write down the dialogue. He also reports that the trance of this man was unique to anything that he had seen in all his years. He claims that the man was utterly unaware of what had happened when he awoke, and that he showed an incredible lack of interest in the whole matter.
He then went on to explain that 18 years of studying this case had failed to reveal the origin of the messages this man received, and that all of his psychoanalysis, hypnotism, and intensive comparison failed to show that the messages had originated in his own mind. He also says, that not only did the material seem to be contrary to this man’s entire philosophy, but that it was something that seemed to be incredibly intelligent, and original philosophic content, not found anywhere in any human works to date.
In 1924, when William Sadler and many friends and colleagues began meeting once a week for intellectual discussion, this case was brought up many times. After sharing some of the writings, notes, and essays gathered from this case, the group was apparently communicated with, and told that they would be able to devise questions and that all of the questions devised would be answered. They apparently thought of hundreds of questions, and these questions were answered one by one, and were eventually collected and arranged into “The Urantia Book”.
How were these answers provided exactly?
William Sadler and his colleagues, (who called these meetings “The Forum”), claim that they were materialized in the form of fully written papers from 1925 to 1935.
The “Urantia Foundation” was formed in 1950 as a tax-exempt educational society in Chicago, Illinois, where this all took place.
At first I was skeptical of all of this. To tell you the truth, I still am… however, I have read through parts of this book and am utterly blown away by the incredible profundity and intelligence exhibited through the articulately written words and concepts present in this book. When reading it, I try not to get caught up on the farfetched origins, and instead, just interpret and attempt to understand the content, which is really the important part.
It is also important to note, that all of the money generated went to this non-profit organization, and that no credit was taken by any human. Each paper is purportedly authored by a certain group or being not-of-this-planet.
Having said that, It is truly an amazing, present day religious revelation. It speaks plainly and takes a very straight forward approach to explaining the mysteries of God, The Universe, and Creation.
This book is not for the lazy or ignorant, and will undoubtedly only be comprehended by the most intellectually advanced of our race.
I will not begin discussing the content of the book in this post, but will make sure to do so in a future post.
Oh ya, and in case you are curious, (which you should be), here is the link to a FREE COPY OF THE ENTIRE BOOK!
Peace and love to all!