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An Important Message from the Kogi Elders
By Tom J. Kennedy
This message "LET'S Help the Kogi" is to share a few details about the Kogi, Sequoyah Trueblood's mission of 1999 and how LETS can become a part of our commitment to help the Kogi.
In 1991 Alan Ereira, an English filmmaker made an 88 minute film on the Kogi - an enigmatic people who live in an inaccessible mountainous area of Colombia. This intriguing film travels deep into the mountain jungles of Columbia to meet the Kogi, the last remnant of a pre-Colombian people who believe they are the "elder brothers" of the human race. The Kogi believe that their self-imposed mission is to keep the "heartbeat" of planet earth alive through prayer and meditation and with a little help from we - their "younger brothers".
Convinced that modern civilization is on a perilous path to total destruction, the Kogi high priests emerged from centuries of isolation to issue a final warning and permitted Alan Ereira to make this film in 1991. At the end of that film they waved and closed a door and vowed that it would be the last time they would try to communicate with the outside world. The film was shown on BBS in Britian and on PBS in America on some occasions in 1991 but the mainstream media maligned the film and labelled it as a "fake" and "quackery" and the Kogi message never really got delivered to the masses as they had anticipated. Eight years passed and the pain experienced by Mother Earth has intensified.
The Kogi communicate telepathically and they started to communicate in this manner with Sequoyah Trueblood - an internationally known Native American Healer and Teacher who makes his home in Canada - in early 1999 as they saw that we "younger brothers" on planet earth were still moving towards self-destruction and had not heeded their message of 1991. In one last attempt to invite us to use our free will to save ourselves from final self-destruction the Kogi invited Sequoyah Trueblood to take their message of "getting back to our true origins" and "finding out who we really are" to the people of planet earth so that we may change our ways and work to alleviate the pain that we are causing to our Mother Earth.
The Kogi explained in the 1991 video that the "Heart of the World" is being seriously threatened by our continual cutting down of trees and digging minerals from the earth. They point out the seriousness of the problem of the world as it is growing hotter and relate this climate change to our stripping the land of trees which takes away the water from the land causing the sun to heat it and parch it. The Kogi explained that if we do not change our ways immediately the world will cease to be fertile and it will die a rapid death. They do not ask us to be like them but they do ask that we become sensitised to the origin and continuation of life on planet earth for the benefit of ourselves and of the spirits which inhabit our universe. The Kogi ask that we stop taking fossil fuels from the ground and that we stop cutting trees as we do. Though the Kogi asked that we the "younger brothers" take these actions in 1991 to save ourselves but we did not listen for whatever reason(s).
In early January 1999, the Kogi people contacted Sequoyah Trueblood telepathically through dreams of living in a paradise and a few days later he was invited to visit The Heart of the World. On January 10,1999 Sequoyah Trueblood was summoned by a telephone call to go to Colombia with a Mayan elder (woman). He had a friend drive him to Boston where he met the Mayan elder and together they departed by plane for Colombia during the second week of January 1999. He spent 9 days with the Kogi people learning from them and helping to prepare a message for the President of Colombia and his top level politicians.
On the day that the Kogi people came down from the mountains with Sequoyah Trueblood to deliver their statements to the President Of Colombia the earthquake occurred. The Kogi had communicated to Seyquoyah Trueblood that something significant would happen to draw close attention to the information that they were sharing with the President of Colombia in January 1999 so that he could not dismiss their mission as frivolous. The people of Colombia are predominately of the Catholic faith and they regard "earthquakes" as a significant message from God and so the President of Colombia listened and heeded their message.
Sequoyah Trueblood's mission is described as disseminating the Kogi message to the world immediately. He is currently touring Canada and he will return to the "Heart of the Mountain" in April 1999. Sequoyah Trueblood hosted a "Healing Circle" at Kemptville, Ontario, Canada today, February 15, 1999. Late this afternoon he left Kemptville to meditate and pray with some elder native peoples at a reservation near Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He implored that each of us do likewise on a daily basis and send out "love" to heal Mother Earth.
At today's encounter with Sequoyah Trueblood I passed along to him a file containing detailed information which I have researched and collected over the past 16 years about the development and evolution of the LETS (Local Employment Trading System) software and how it can deliver a usury-free currency to everyone all around planet earth with ease. Sequoyah Trueblood expressed appreciation to me for sharing the LETS information with him. He noted that "barter" was a part of the heritage of Native North American culture. He indicated that he would carefully review the information and discuss the concept of "barter" in general and "LETS" specifically with other Native American elders and with the Kogi people when he returns to communicate with them in April 1999.
Sequoya Trueblood believes that the concept of barter has a definite place in the creation and evolution of the "balance" needed here on planet earth at this critical time but he had not yet heard about the development of the popular, worldwide LETS software which is now positioned to deliver "usury-free" economics to the whole world with ease. Intuitively, I know that spirit led me to share the LETS information with him today and I know that Sequoyah Trueblood will tell people everywhere about LETS - the perfect model of a "usury-free" banking system. It is exciting to know that a Global LETS is within the realm of possibility and potentially it can happen very quickly.
I have just searched the web and found that the video "From The Heart Of The World" is available from this URL for Mystic Fire: http://www.levity.com/mysticfire/NPKogi.html Here is a brief descrition of the video "From The Heart of the World" as described at the Mysticfire website:
"The Kogi Indians are the descendants of the ancient Tairona civilization of pre-Columbian America that vanished 400 years ago. For four centuries the Kogis have watched us from their mountain fastness. They call themselves the Elder Brothers of the human race, and are convinced that we, the Younger Brothers, will soon destroy the balance of life on earth. They believe that the only hope is for us to change our ways, and have set out to teach us what they know about nature and the spiritual world. Aluna is the Mother, whose law is harmony and balance. The whole of Kogi life revolves around this life force that shapes the world and makes it flower."
Today's "Healing Circle" was videotaped and is available for a donation of $10.00 (plus $5.00 postage and handling) from The Cyberclass Network. ($5.00 from each video goes directly to support Sequoyah Trueblood's mission to spread the Kogi message.) Sequoyah Trueblood explained that it is unusual for an elder like himself to permit a "Healing Circle" ceremony to be videotaped but that he deemed it necessary to use the available technology to help network this critical information far and wide as quickly as possible.
Working with you for "peace and plenty" by 2020
I AM Tom J. Kennedy
The Cyberclass Network
P. O. Box 9333
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
By Raymond Rugland
Our love of truth is evinced by our ability to discover and appropriate what is good wherever we come upon it. -- J. W. von Goethe
The Elder Brothers by Alan Ereira (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1992; 243 pages, ISBN 0-679-40618-2, cloth $23.00), tucked among the new books on display, caught my eye. Its subtitle, "A lost South American people and their message about the fate of the earth," clinched the matter. The dustjacket portrayed Indians of unknown genre, dressed in neat cotton garments and wearing conical hats, against a backdrop of mist-shrouded mountain slopes. Alan Ereira, historian and film director/producer, was chosen by the Kogi Indians of Colombia to bring their message to the world. This he was able to do with his TV film From the Heart of the World (British Broadcasting Corporation, London) and with his book The Elder Brothers.
Many of us were moved in the '30s by James Hilton's Lost Horizon with its Shangri-La, a city deep in the Himalayas ruled by a wise lama, where peace and harmony prevailed. The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is no fiction. Its two peaks, nearly 19,000 feet high, seem to rise out of the sea in Colombia, and are home to the Kogi. They have lived in harmony with the Great Mother with great fidelity for Millennia, following an ancient wisdom which affirms all things are rooted in divinity. All things, they believe, exist in the mind of the Creator before they finally become manifest. Spirit permeates every thing.
That binding thread of spirit, called aluna, is central to the Kogi philosophy. An enlightened teacher, Mama Valencia, explains:
Everything we do is an event not only in the physical world but also in the spirit world. We live in a world shaped in spirit. Every tree, every stone, every river, has a spirit form, invisible to the Younger Brother. This is the world of aluna, the world of thought and spirit. Aluna embraces intelligence, soul and fertility: it is the stuff of life, the essence of reality. The material world is underpinned, shaped, given life and generative power in aluna, and the Mama's work is carried out in aluna. -- p. 63
Because Kogi elders or Mamas are seers, graduates of a mystery school, they have the natural ability to penetrate higher planes of existence and hidden causes. They understand the vital truth of the maxim "as above, so below." When the Younger Brother in his vanity, urged by his greed and ambition, thinks that he is "running things," that is when the planet and our existence on it become endangered. The expression of the law of the Great Mother is interfered with.
The Kogi way of life -- being content with the ways of old -- is a deliberate choice on their part, rooted in a profound sense of duty for carrying out the will of the Great Mother and insuring the well-being of this living planet. Other peoples of the New World were not so much conquered by the invader as they were seduced into believing that they were inferior to the race that identified "progress" with self-fulfillment in a limited sense. Many became Christians, assured that they would be considered more civilized. The Kogi have adopted the Spanish word civilizados ("civilized"), but when applied to the Younger Brother it expresses a contempt for the Western understanding of that word. The word civilization is an invention of the seventeenth century, but was, in fact, excluded by Dr. Samuel Johnson from his Dictionary on the basis that it merely duplicated "civility." Since then civilization has been used to refer to almost anything that distinguishes man from the animal. Almost every culture regards its way of life as the supreme achievement of the ages.
Though much of the Kogi philosophy is unfamiliar, that should not deter us from opening "new doors" and widening our horizons. The end-product is the strong conviction of brotherhood and respect for the earth. But how will the sophisticated "man of the world" react to it? Possibly millions of TV viewers saw From the Heart of the World; far fewer will read the book. The film permits a glimpse into the pure hearts and minds of this people, but to share in Alan Ereira's adventure fully one should read the book. Every paragraph is worthy of note and calls for response. In this writer's opinion, Ereira's commitment to the Kogi, their elders or Mamas, is well taken. The message they bring indicates -- as the evidence is totaled from many sources -- that there is a sunrise of spiritual awareness in the world, and in response to that awareness the "gods come out of hiding" and allow their voices to be heard once again.
Was there ever a time when humankind was not encouraged to come up higher -- to truly evolve forth its inner capabilities to bring it to a higher moral, mental, and spiritual level than it has ever known? The proof is obvious: it resides in the existence of great souls who, history records, shone like beacons and, because they were once ordinary humans like ourselves, could identify with the masses and inspire them. How many more left no record of themselves? The Kogi have told us repeatedly the Highest dwells within us. They modestly consider themselves "a simple people" while striving to work ever more perfectly in harmony with the Great Mother. Few outsiders would have the grasp or the stamina to take instruction from the Mamas.
Does not the Kogi Genesis sound familiar?
In the beginning, there was blackness.
Only the sea.
In the beginning there was no sun, no moon, no people.
In the beginning there were no animals, no plants.
Only the sea.
The sea was the Mother.
The Mother was not people, she was not anything.
Nothing at all.
She was when she was, darkly.
She was memory and potential.
She was aluna. -- p. 115
Mama is the name the Kogi give to the Great Mother, to the sun, or to a wise or enlightened teacher (male or female). In the Inca pantheon Mama Ocllo corresponds to the Egyptian Isis (A Land of Mystery," by H. P. Blavatsky, The Theosophist, March, 1880, p. 160). Even if we call this Mother "Space," no matter how universal, it is not an emptiness but an existence, a manifestation, of something. The wisest of the wise gave it no name. The Hindu calls it Parabrahman, "beyond Brahman" or limitless. Unnamed, this power is nonetheless real and no thing exists but what is derived, supported, and sustained by it.
While most native Americans left no written records, there is no doubt they identified with nature and the Great Spirit. The first invaders from Europe took slaves, gold, silver, and jewels. Full of missionary zeal, priests used every means to make converts. They had no sympathy for native cultures and did their best to eradicate them. The little we know about many early American cultures is derived from Spanish accounts. Alexander Humboldt, a man of universal interests, came to Colombia in the early nineteenth century. He visited the famed sacred lake of El Dorado ("The Golden Man") that had proved such a magnet to the Spaniards. He brought back to Europe descriptions and drawings of Inca and Maya temples.
In 1915 Hiram Bingham, an American, made the first excavations at Machu Picchu, the sacred Incan city. On his team was O. F. Cook, botanist, a man of open mind. Because of our proclivity to regard ancients as uncivilized, their structures are usually labeled sacrificial altars, fortresses, or temples dedicated to gods and goddesses -- all an expression of barbarism. Cook changed all that. He showed that the prehistoric walls and terraces were built to convert rocky hillsides and canyons to tillable land. Behind them, in every case, Mr. Cook found that selected soils had been brought in from afar and then placed in layers to achieve the ideal mix for agriculture. This unknown people was dedicated to the art of farming and, hence, to the well-being of the community. What was done there on a grand scale has never been equaled in any other place and must have taken millennia.
The Kogi, today's custodians of the Tairona civilization, have managed to cling to their mountain refuge against great odds. In four hundred years they have had to contend with slavers, land-grabbers and plunderers, fanatic missionaries and, in our own time, hostile drug traffickers, warring politicians, and murderers. Realizing that this reclusive people had "stuck their neck out" by allowing themselves to be publicized, Ereira set up a trust fund to help them regain their rights and reclaim some of the coastal land which formerly was theirs. The Kogi learned from bitter experience they had nothing to gain from hospitality. Their first words to a stranger are: "When are you leaving?" Alan Ereira proved to be a rare "gringo" who treated the Kogi with respect, put his skills as a publicist at their disposal, and consented to take instruction from the Mamas for a period of one year.
Why did the tribe finally decide that now is the time for their message, and why is it important in their efforts to save the planet? They point out that the world was made by Serankua, the Son of the Mother, before we humans were. A long time ago all humanity held a common belief: there were no Younger Brothers. All recognized an indebtedness to the Creator for their worldly blessings. Understandably, payment has to be made for everything -- game taken for food, air that we breathe, and all that we require in order to live.
When the Younger Brother was given knowledge of mechanical things, it became apparent that its application would prove destructive to Mother Earth. There was no place for him in the sacred land. Serankua, recognizing the danger, declared: "Let us send them away to the other side and, so that they respect us and so that they do not pass, I make a division -- the sea" (p. 74).
The Kogi message, delivered by the Mamas in the Chibcha language in the nuhue (ceremonial house), was translated into Spanish, and finally into English. The English conveys some of its primitive majesty.
After centuries and centuries of years
the Younger Brother passed from the other country,
says the Mama.
Senor Christopher Columbus* came to this land
and immediately saw the riches
and killed, shot, many natives (*The symbolic name for all invaders).
He took the gold which had been here.
Sacred gold, gold of masks,
all kinds of gold.
They took so much.
So much. -- p. 59
Younger Brother thinks
"Yes! Here I am! I know much about the universe!"
But this knowing is learning to destroy the world,
to destroy everything,
all humanity. -- p. 197
Because Younger Brother is among us,
Younger Brother is violating
the basic foundation of the world's law.
A total violation.
minerals. -- p. 196
If all the Kogi die, do you, Younger Brother,
think that you will also go on living?
Many stories have been heard that the sun will go out,
the world will come to an end.
But if we all act well and think well it will not end.
That is why we are still looking after
the sun and the moon and the land. -- pp. 166-7
The civilization we boast of does not embody what spiritual man is capable of. G. de Purucker in his Studies in Occult Philosophy states the kernel of the problem -- so difficult for our dominant culture, which permeates the whole world, to grasp: "That which sins in man is his intelligence. Sin lies in choice, in action" (p. 72). Now it becomes apparent what H. P. Blavatsky meant in The Secret Doctrine when she gives the reason for a "select number of fragments" of the ancient wisdom making an appearance again, after millennia of silence: "The world of to-day. . . is rapidly progressing on the reverse, material plane of spirituality" (1:xxii). Modern man has been largely persuaded that he is not born of spirit. Whether he is aware of his divine origin or not, he exercises, as a matter of course, a sacred gift: his freedom to make choices, guided by his intelligence. When we use this gift solely for our own ends -- more plainly, selfishly -- we do it in the face of nature's examples all around us of selflessness. This, in my opinion, is what is meant by proceeding on the "reverse, material plane of spirituality."
In our heart of hearts -- for all our declared beliefs and good intentions -- we know better. The Kogi Mamas see clearly; they are not naive. They are unmoved by pious declarations, alibis, excuses, and the down-deep conviction that nobody is looking and we can get away with it. If what we are doing is destructive to other humans, the lower kingdoms, and a living planet which provides home for mankind, is it too much to ask us to consider changing our direction -- say 180°?
Gloom and doom are not what we like to convey. Neither can the strength of good intentions undo the harm that has already been done. Good intentions are not enough. The bottom line is that there are those who will not stop plundering the earth for the dollar bill until they are compelled to do so by a rising tide of public indignation. Apparently nothing is sacred to those who are determined to plunder the planet of its riches. There is no thought for the generations to follow. The exploitation of other human beings did not end with the abolition of slavery and serfdom. Our ingenuity never ceases. The Kogi Mamas see us for what we are: very Younger Brothers.
The last resort of the "intellectual" is: "What are your proofs that the Kogi initiates have more insight than our Ph.D.s in the universities in preparing students for life?" Compare the practicality of the Kogi with our own: possessing few of the gadgets we regard as necessities they, nevertheless, have no homeless or starving, no gangs, no banks, no "working mothers"; whatever urban renewal they need, they do themselves. They do not feel disadvantaged because they have no shopping malls.
A Mama was assigned to Alan Ereira to instruct him in basic teachings and make him welcome in the ceremonial lodge. At one point the pupil asked the teacher about creation. He was told there was no time for it: just to run through the chapter headings would take nine nights. The details would require nine times nine nights. "We will tell you what you need to know." From this we may deduce that The Elder Brothers is based on the same logic. The Kogi message is limited to what the Younger Brother can receive.
Present-day scientists are beginning to investigate the world of sleep, in which we spend a third of our lives, but do they really understand about death or the causes of birth? The Kogi Mama knows that it is only in recognition of the reality of soul and spirit that the divine side of human nature can be cultivated.
Over the next days, Javier (Rodriguez) was a mine of information about the Kogi. He told me that Mamas are educated from infancy in the dark, and only allowed into the light when their education is complete, after two periods of nine years. Nine is the number required for completeness, as a foetus spends nine lunar months in the womb, and there are nine worlds. There are also characters called moros, he said, whose education continues for two more periods of nine years. These I would never meet; they live high in the Sierra, and speak only with Mamas. These are the oracles who determine ultimate policy. These creatures are the ones who have seen the approach of the end of the world. I later discovered that moro is the word for any pupil studying to be a Mama. It does seem quite possible that some students are not released into the light until they are over thirty. . . . The Kogi are profoundly ascetic, and prepare themselves for important moments by fasting, meditation and sexual abstinence; contact with anyone who is still locked into the gross physical world can, they believe, render this preparation useless. Javier's moras would be in this heightened state all their lives, and it would therefore be impossible for me ever to set eyes on them, but he suggested that they would have their eyes on me. -- pp. 77-8
Anyone who can discern the pure virtues of the bushman, the Australian aborigine, the Athapascan, Seminole, or the Hopi, should have no problem with the Kogi. They wear the seal of majesty: the recognition of the divinity in the heart of all. That gold insignia shows in their concern for their very Younger Brother.
(Reprinted from Sunrise magazine, April/May 1993. Copyright © 1993 by Theosophical University Press)
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