and the Third Eye Chakra
the art of man walking on fire has been a part of religious and
mystical ceremonies in many parts of the world. The only part of
the world I have personally seen this is in Sri Lanka.
a concert of local folklore in Kandy, which takes place regularly
and is aimed at tourists. There is no doubt that the fires are real-the
heat from them can be felt more than 30 feet away.
high into the sky and petrol is continuously poured unto the flames
to keep the fire stoked up. It appears that the men dowse themselves
liberally with water before the firewalking. There is no hurried
rush to cross the flames; all appear calm and controlled.
Perahera Festival, the most famous of which is celebrated at the
Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, but which is also enacted in other
parts of Sri Lanka, fire-walking is part of the religious ceremonies.
In July and August, the amazing Kataragama Festival takes place
over a two-week period.
Once a deep
jungle, this has become a place of worship for Hindus as well as
Buddhists, Muslims and, surprisingly some Christians. The major
part of devotees are Hindus, as the festivals honour Skanda, (the
God of War) the main deity of Kataragama.
of self-mortification take place in repayment of vows. Some roll
half-naked in the scorching sand, others skewer their cheeks and
tongues with miniature spears.
The most famous
spectacle is the fire walking. Old men and women, as well as small
children, walk over a bed of burning embers without any visible
sign of discomfort and show no injury to their feet. Originally
holy men enacted these ceremonies. Now it is the local people who
participate with the Holy man directing the ceremony.
It is known
that many walkers have undergone a long religious training and are
able to put themselves into a trance at will.
In this state
of trance they will feel no pain and fear no harm to their person.
However, this reasoning does not seem valid for children. Although
Western scientists have examined these firewalkers and noted that
not even their soles were burnt or blistered, and the person had
normal reactions to sensitivity tests, they cannot offer any rational
explanation as to why firewalkers are not badly burnt.
believe they are in a state of deep self-hypnosis. In the deepest
form of meditation/trance the human body can block out pain. It
has been recorded that many major operations have been undertaken
with the patient in a state of trance. In its own way, firewalking
is comparable with the men of the Philippines who act out the crucifixion
of Christ; by allowing themselves to be crucified each Easter.
For thousands of years man has been credited with having a
third eye. It is known by man as the Eye of Enlightenment.
The more psychic
the person, the more open is this 'eye'. It grants the access of
knowledge through clairvoyant means, which would normally not be
known. This chakra is connected to the pineal gland. The pineal
gland is pea-sized, and buried at the back of the skull.
In the 4th
century BC, the Greek Herophilus stated that the pineal gland was
the valve, which regulates the flow of thought. Some 2,000 years
later the French philosopher Descartes called it the seat of the
A study of
creatures, which have not changed their forms for aeons, reveals
that the pineal gland is sensitive to light.
is allowed through via the Third Eye Chakra. In 1958 Aaron Lerner,
an American scientist discovered a hormone produced by the pineal
gland. He named this Melatonin and it controls the spread of melanin,
the pigment that gives colour to the skin and hair.
a by-product of seratonin, which is found in large quantities in
the pineal gland. When the correct amount of seratonin is present
in the brain, it is thought that man can 'think straight'.
When it is
absent then hallucinations can occur. Those who take mind-altering
drugs upset their seratonin level, which can cause numerous and
horrific side effects, according to the drug taken and the vibrations
of the individual.
Spirits and Soul.'