An era of runaway challenges is upon us. The survival of our species hangs in the balance with our answer to the two most important questions of our time. Can the spirituality of homo sapiens and super advanced technology co-exist and can we migrate into space? These questions are being directly addressed by Transhumanists, who seek to merge our flesh and blood bodies with technology (what I call the Skingularity) so that we can survive the changes to come and it leave earth. It is also being taken head on by ANCIENT ALIENS. In my most recent series of show interviews, we focused on the incredible story of an early 20th century Russian scientist and space prophet, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, who took on these questions. In fact, one could argue that he is the one who asked them in the first place. His theories about ‘Homo Cosmicus’, a new ‘perfect’ or super human who would migrate to space and interact with more advanced extraterrestrial intelligences are truly breathtaking and are worthy of (y)our consideration… if you care about the future of humanity.
Tsiolkovsky was a Cosmist who believed that colonizing space would lead to the perfection of the human race, with immortality and an unlimited existence for all humans as our next step. He also developed ideas of a “radiant mankind”, claiming transformation into pure energy was our ultimate destiny. All these topics get my attention, especially as they address my work on the history or timeline of the ‘perfection’, or ascension, of humanity and our transmutation into light beings, as described in Christian prophecy.
In many ways, the Cosmists were modern gnostics and early Russian equivalents of today’s Transhumanists. In this article I will provide a brief introduction to Cosmist theories and discuss how they are very much alive today in Russia and how they apply to today’s Disclosure, Ascension and Transhumanist ‘movements’.
To begin, we must set the Way Back machine to 1917.
It was one hundred years ago today, July 16, 1917, that Russia witnessed the brutal end of the autocratic Tsarist era with the execution of the Romanovs, the family of Czar Nicholas II, by the Bolsheviks, revolutionaries who sought to return power to the people (the soviets) after the British born Czar dragged 11 million Russians to their graves in World War I. Led by renowned atheist, Vladamir Lenin, ‘Red October’ sought to make Russia great again by returning to its ancient roots. The revolution opened an era of Soviet Communism that had profound effects on the 20th century, and now, the 21st century.
MERGING WITH HIGHER REALITIES
The late teens and early 1920s was also a time of immense activity in occult and esoteric studies in Russia. Spiritual practitioners believed a giant leap into higher consciousness was imminent and that it would lead to a new golden age.
Discussions about higher realities, mysticism, occultism became increasingly popular in Russia. George Gurdjieff, PD Ouspensky, Nicholas and Helena Roerich, and the Romanovs guru, Rasputin, all contributed immensely to the awakening and illumination of the “Russian soul”.
Then there is the inimitable Madame Blavatsky, a Russian exiled in America, who founded “Theosophy”. She famously upheld the notion that special people, usually artists, had privileged access to higher or inner forms of reality. Her theories inspired the modern art movement, and today’s new age mystics, who may be surprised to learn just how in tune they are with the Bolsheviks.
Like the occultists, the Bolsheviks proclaimed that ordinary man must be transformed into a new man, free of the bonds of selfish, material desires and of the oppressive past, in order to freely build the new civilization of the future. The goal was to use ancient sacred knowledge to promote a communal lifestyle based on high moral standards and spirituality and eventually make a better version of human beings.
These righteous Russian occultists saw the Bolsheviks as exemplars working for the cosmic mission of Russia. This mission is hidden in plain sight in the Soviet hammer and sickle logo. These symbols of the blacksmith’s alchemical art foretell the transmutation and transformation of humanity, the metal, by fire, and our molding by hammer (or other technology) into space beings. The sickle, a harvesting tool dating to Neolithic times, and foretells the time when the wheat will be separated from the chaff (as in the parable of Jesus).
Enfolded within the Bolshevik zeitgeist is a seam of thought that stretched back to the Cathars, the Bogomils, Jesus and the Essenes. The Russian occultists and socialists, who called themselves God Builders, even used the same language in calling for a new age of universal brotherhood, justice and peace.
One quite provocative school of thought I will be following up on even says some of the Essenes escaped the extermination by the Romans in 68-70 AD by fleeing to the mountains of Russia where they remained hidden for centuries, occasionally appearing in the world to direct its course.
It has been argued that Bolshevik spirituality is easily identified as Gnostic Christian in orientation. Russian Gnostics rejected the autocratic world order of the Tsars (from ‘Caesar’) and strove to live by the first, or original, Christian’s apostolic precept to hold all things in common (as did the Essenes).
In the perfect world no one owns anything, but everyone has everything.
The Book of Acts tells us that in Jerusalem the first converts to the risen Christ affirmed their new faith by living in a single dwelling, selling their possessions, redistributing their wealth “as each needed” and owning all possessions communally. This was, after all, a pattern Jesus himself had established: “Each of you who does not give up all he possesses is incapable of being my disciple” (Luke 14:33).
“If you want to be perfect,” said Jesus even more directly, “go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21).
I have long proposed that Jesus is saying that if we wish to enter the higher dimensional realms where the Risen dwells we must get rid of our earthly shit, because it ain’t going with us.
Ultimately, what I have proposed Jesus meant by “perfection” is the transmutation of our bodies into light, ala the Tibetan (actually, cosmic) Rainbow Light Body teaching in which the human body is dissolved into light and resurrects, or is reborn, as a luminous, humanoid being of light.
Tsliolovsky is saying exactly the same thing when he predicts humanity will transform into radiant cosmic beings.
It is conceivable that Russia in the early 1920s was well on its way to becoming a full-fledged fulfillment of this New Age ideal civilization.
Then came the Reign of Terror of the late 1920s when Josef Stalin ruthlessly shut down Russia’s new age revolution, destroyed the Russian Orthodox Church, and packed the spiritual practitioners of the Way on to trains and off to concentration camps. Beginning in the 1930s, he killed millions of what he called “socially harmful units” who opposed his goal of the creation of a communist militaristic super state that could challenge the west.
Into this milieu stepped Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), the man who, long before the beginning of the space era, dreamed of humanity’s transformation and colonization of space.
Modern scientists are still surprised by Tsiolkovsky’s astounding far-sightedness. His imagination was so ‘out there’ it was as if he dropped in from another planet (or took his inspiration from Jules Verne, who he avidly read).
He is widely honored for being the first person to develop the theoretical basis of spaceflight and is considered the grandfather of Soviet rocket science. Tisolkovsky published a landmark article in 1903 titled “The Investigation of Space by Means of Reactive Devices,” in which he presented the mathematical equation that later put the Sputnik rocket in space. These equations were given to him, it is claimed he said, by light beings.
The great scientist even predicted modern lock chambers and space suits for space walks.
Tsiolovsky was also an early ancient astronaut theorist. His discussions in essays about Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI) are as relevant today as they were in 1903. They have become integral to present day debates about the existence of ETI.
Foremost, Tsiolkovsky declared that humans must migrate into space. This is best exemplified by his catch phrase, “The planet is the cradle of intelligence, but it is impossible to live forever in the cradle.”
A COMMUNIST UNIVERSE
Tsiolokovsky envisioned a ‘new’ human who would colonize the local planets in our solar system and move beyond into deep space. Our descendants, he believed, would be cosmic beings who had the ability to control nature…all of it.
This would bring the end of all human suffering, including mortality. This blissed out human would not only be truly cosmic, but truly perfect and free, too. Free of gravity and death.
Living in space, he thought, would allow humans to evolve biologically into a new species, an immortal one he called ‘Homo Cosmicus’, the Cosmic Human. He believed that humanity would ultimately transform into energy.
Tsiolokovsky further believed that once we achieved this perfection that we would meet other, even more advanced and more perfect, beings in the cosmos. They populate many of the millions of planets in the cosmos. He wrote that they are probably visiting one another and, one day, will visit us, too. He doesn’t mention Pythagoras, but he, too, believed advanced beings of light inhabited the Milky Way.
As biographer George Young observes in Russian Cosmists, Tsiolkovsky viewed the entire universe as a living being and that life was everywhere. The purpose of the scientific paradigm was to unite us with infinity. Lower life forms, consisting mainly of matter in which spirit is dormant, evolve into higher ones, in which the spirit is awakened and more dominant, and eventually as we approach perfection we will outgrow our material envelopes and join the rays of cosmic energy.
Tsiolkovsky considered the macrocosm and microcosm to be structured upon the same organic principles, and the perfection of the inner man and the outer world to be mutually interdependent.
Russian communistic thought places the interests of the collective above the interests of the individual, and defines the individual’s interest as realizable only through the collective.
As noted, these ideas are rooted in Gnostic Christianity and its prophecies about a new human who would live in Christ like bodies of light in a new kingdom of heaven spread out on the earth. In this place the streets have no names and no one owns anything. (Unlike the Gnostics, Tsiolkovsky had a dark vision for those who could not develop their light bodies. They would be eliminated.)
On ANCIENT ALIENS we discussed the possibility that Russian Cosmism is not just a turn of the 20th century curiosity, it is the driving force of today’s Russian space program and the Russian drive to beat the US and China in the race to dominate the world with Artificial Intelligence.
Russia has an active transhumanist community, an immortality movement where liquid nitrogen is flowing, a Singularity movement, and a president, Vladamir Putin, who understands that whoever rules Artificial Intelligence will rule this world…and the future worlds in space.
As Young observes, Cosmist philosophy — or theology — is centered on the belief that Russia will rule the world. This aim is now regarded as a main tendency in Russian culture and thought. The sooner the world wakes up to this the better.
So, will the next human will be ‘made’ in Russia?
It is quite possible.
In fact, one may even go so far as to propose that this ‘new’ being will be called Federov.
This is because Cosmism was the brain child of an utterly fascinating Russian, Nikolai Federov (1828-1903). A brilliant and innovative Moscow librarian by day, and Christian mystic by night, he lit the fires of Russian intellectuals including Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, who believed Fedorov was a saint. Tsilolkovsky was his disciple. If you think the great rocket scientist had some amazing ideas, wait till you meet his, and Cosmism’s, prophet.
A devout Orthodox Christian, Fedorov supported the Czar and longed for a time when all Earth would be under the control of a single autocrat and a single “Orthodox” Church. This is more than ironic as many of the original Cosmists were sent to the gulag or executed by Stalin’s evil regime!
A central tenet of Cosmism, as proposed by Federov, is that everything in the universe from the tiniest grain of matter to the massive suns to the 2 trillion galaxies that make up the known universe is alive and has some degree of consciousness. Many in today’s New Age circles, especially disciples of the Law of One, take such a notion for granted. Back in the early 20th century it was revolutionary.
Federov proposed that as beings of the highest consciousness, humans have a special ability and responsibility to bring order to the chaotic workings of nature. Once we ‘fixed’ things here on earth our mandate was to fix the entire cosmos.
Like the Cathars, Gnostics and Essenes before them, Fedorov viewed “progress” as a return to our original state of perfection, back to Adam and Eve in a fully restored universal Eden (that far away place of pure light and love, to the Gnostics). The Gnostics believed when Adam and Eve dwelled in this space they possessed bodies of light or Perfect bodies. After the Fall recorded in Genesis, chapter 3, we lost our garments of light and were given coats of skin. Ever since then we have. been trying to return to our original state of being.
Unlike the Cathars, Gnostics and Essenes, who believed Perfection was a spiritual state of being, Fedorov believed this would be accomplished through an advanced technology.
The return to perfection via technology is the subject of my book, “The Skingularity is Near”. Readers will know that Federov is in company with a line of scholar/prophets, including Sir Francis Bacon, who believed we could accelerate our return to perfection via technology over spirituality.
As early as the 1860s Fyodorov was proposing things like what we now call cloning, genetic engineering, artificial organs, space travel, and colonization.
All of these technologies could be, and should be, directed at actively evolving humanity into a higher state of being; one capable of colonizing the cosmos. It shifts our focus from earth-centered to cosmos-centered.
This is a key tenet of today’s ascension theology.
In Cosmist thought, humanity is the “great perfector”. Our destiny is to be active agents in cosmic evolution, which is directed at the creation of a more whole and complete version of humanity.
If we fail in this endeavor, we fail not only ourselves, but all life on earth (and the destiny of the planet itself). We are to become a single organism, with a single mind, infused with a higher, emergent and sentient “planetary consciousness”, say the Cosmists.
In fact, the idea of collective ascension of humanity is a theme that links Russian Cosmism to the ‘new age’ movement, especially those who believe the ascension of humanity is not a spontaneous event, but rather, will be the product of collaborative human spiritual initiative.
The hope (or hype) of the Cosmists and Federov is that humanity can metamorphose forward, a goal that is now being actively pursued by Transhumanists world wide. It is also backed by the United Nations, whose Agenda 21 lays the groundwork for the fulfillment of the Cosmist’s dream.
RESURRECTION : OUR COMMON TASK
Incredibly, Federov prophesied that scientists, and technology, would discover a way to physically resurrect all those who had lived before and achieve perfection through immortality.
According to Fedorov, humanity’s ultimate goal, our “common task,” is to use technology to overcome death and resurrect everyone who has already died.
As stated in his collected works, The Philosophy of the Common Task, published posthumously in 1903, Federov believed that all human problems have a single root in the problem of death, and that no solution to any social, economic, political, or philosophical problems will prove adequate until we have solved the problem of our body’s mortality. But if a solution to the problem of death can be found, then solutions to any and all other problems will follow.
The “common task” of humanity is to restore wholeness and integrity to whatever nature disintegrates, whether on a cosmic, a social, or a personal scale.
What we need, in other words, is a society based on resurrection. I mean, just imagine, a world in which billions of people spent every moment of their daily lives dedicated to resurrection, instead of wasting time waiting to die.
Federov, the Orthodox Christian, is clearly in spiritual alignment with the first or Pure Christians and today’s Ascension advocates.
For Fedorov, the project of resurrection would solve the problem of divisiveness and enmity among religious creeds. By participating in the act of resurrecting their ancestors, everyone would be following Christ in deed, actively, truly Christian, regardless of creed.
As Young points out, Federov believed that spiritual development alone, without scientific technology, could also lead only to a dead end. “Active evolution” and eternal progress could only be achieved through super-technology. This is the question that drives our times. Can human spirituality co-exist with technology?
According to Federov, death, for the individual, is the disintegration of the person into particles. He calls these particles “ancestral dust.”
“The common task” is driven by a moral obligation to identify and collect the dust of its ancestors; this was a duty every son owed to his forefathers. The hunt for these lost particles was to be an act of gigantic filial labour and “positive chastity”. Motivated by piety, sons and daughters were to devote themselves fully to scientific discoveries that would make the task of resurrection possible. (Is this the driver of the Russian space program?)
More, notes Young, the resurrected ancestors would have new bodies engineered to live in places throughout the universe currently unable to support life.
A hundred years before R. Buckminster Fuller, Fyodorov proposed that we become “captain and crew of spaceship earth.”
He speculated that someday, by erecting great cones on the earth’s surface, people might be able to control the earth’s electromagnetic field in such a way as to turn the whole planet into a spaceship under human control. We would no longer slavishly have to orbit our sun but could freely steer our planet wherever we wished, as, in the phrase he used as early as the 1870S, “captain and crew of spaceship earth:’
Then, humanity could travel the cosmos in search of particles of our ancestors to resurrect.
In Federov’s view, humans were compelled to develop a means of traveling into space to be able to gather for resurrection all the dispersed atoms of long deceased human beings, as well as to colonize the planets so that all the resurrected beings would have a place to call home.
As Brown observes, Fedorov was convinced that his project was practical and realizable. To the objection that all human knowledge and effort could never be directed toward a single goal, he simply said: look around. “At the present time every- thing serves war; there is not one discovery which the military does not study with the aim of applying it to warfare, not one invention which they do not attempt to turn to military use.” A world order and economy pointed toward a single goal already exists-all we have to do is to change our present orientation and goal.
This is what the Transhumanist movement believes it is doing with its singular goal of transforming us into machines so that we can leave the earth.
Our eventual descendants, and our resurrected selves, Fedorov suggests, may be as different from what we are today as we now are from our prehuman ancestors.
But, as Brown says, what is most essential in Fedorov’s transmutation is that we shall be both the transmuters and the transmuted.
The question remains for us to answer. Will we effect this transmutation by spiritual means or by technological means? Our answer will affect humanity from here to eternity.