Different religions have emerged at various times in various places around the globe, seeking an answer for the meaning of life, the mystery of death, and to know the identity of the creator of this universe. No one has ever deciphered any of these; humanity continues to be as ignorant as its remote ancestors, on all these enigmas. Despite 800,000 years of humanity’s existence on this Planet, no one has been able to shed light on these questions that have constantly occupied the thoughts of philosophers, priests and scientists. All that has been conjured up are wild fantasies about an abstract heaven and hell, unproven beliefs in rebirth, reincarnation and transmigration of souls. In the whole process, we have also self-glorified and self-certified as the best of God’s creations!
Luckily, scientists are constantly hunting distant galaxies and vast superspace for the presence of any form of life. Many scientists believe that there are living civilizations in the distant frontiers of space. Most NASA astronauts also believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life. We have the brazen effrontery to call them “Extra Terrestrial”, are they extra? That except for the day we discover the existence of a cosmic brother or sister, everything will undergo cataclysmic change forever. Our notions of death and religion will all be forced to radically change. Scientists are confident that within the next decade mankind will come into contact with some form of cosmic life. But, many believe the contact has already happened and some governments are afraid to reveal the truth, fearing large-scale social and religious upheavals that prevent the news from entering the public domain.
The Rig Veda, the oldest of all human documents, has an interesting light to shed on this subject. The term ‘Vimana’ is widely known and frequently mentioned in many Hindu scriptures. The rough translation would mean a “flying machine”. Another common reference is the existence of 14 parallel universes in the cosmos. But it wasn’t until 2018 that Stephen Hawking came up with the idea of a multiverse theory – the idea that our universe is just one of an infinite number of coexisting universes. There is no God, but life on other planets is not such a foreign concept, Professor Hawking has revealed. He said it was entirely rational to assume that there was intelligent life elsewhere; but if they visit us, it may not go so well for us. “The idea of us being alone in the universe seems completely implausible and arrogant to me,” he said. “Given the number of planets and stars we know exist, it is extremely unlikely that we are the only evolved life form.”
Hindu scriptures are replete with references to supernatural beings like Gandharvas, Yakshas and many others, and their unique qualities included the ability to appear and disappear at will, deep knowledge of the secrets of flight and knowledge of other areas of the universe where life exists. The Interdimensional Hypothesis (IDH or IH) is a hypothesis advanced by ufologists such as Jacques Vallée, which states that Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and related events involve visitations from other “realities” or “dimensions” that coexist separately alongside ours. IDH also argues that UFOs are a modern manifestation of a phenomenon that has occurred throughout recorded human history, which in earlier eras has been misinterpreted as mythological or supernatural.
Astronomer Carl Sagan believed that the Milky Way is home to a million societies. A more conservative claim is that the number is closer to 10,000. The famous formula, introduced by astronomer Frank Drake in 1961, proposes the existence of countless civilizations.
Aliens spying on us from interstellar space is a classic sci-fi trope. No one would have believed in the last years of the 19th century that this world was watched with acuity and attention by intelligences superior to that of man. But the Hindu Puranas speak of 400,000 races of human beings living on various planets and 8,000,000 other life forms including lower plants and animals. Of the 400,000 human forms, human beings are said to be among the least powerful.
The Mahabharata War was a catastrophic war that engulfed the entire world and depicted the use of highly destructive weapons that look a lot like modern nuclear weapons. One of the highlights of this war is the participation of extraterrestrial beings and a powerful spacecraft called ‘Saubha’, mentioned in detail in the Drona Parva which caused great havoc on the Pandava forces. The destruction of this spaceship by Lord Krishna using the invincible Sudarshan Chakra, is the culmination of the Mahabharata war. Amazingly, after the end of the Mahabharata War, visitations by extraterrestrials or extraterrestrials become totally absent. All we have are vague, sketchy descriptions of fast-moving flying objects, unexplained extraterrestrial encounters, and unverified eyewitness accounts, all the way back to 1947.
A dramatic incident similar to the Saubha is the mystery of the Roswell flying saucer crash in New Mexico, USA. More than 75 years ago, arguably the world’s most notorious UFO mystery began after an “object” crashed near a desert ranch on the outskirts of Roswell, New Mexico. Despite countless alien investigators poring over “evidence” of the alleged UFO crash that allegedly included aliens, both living and dead inside the wreckage, the riddle has never been solved. On July 7, 1947, rancher WW Brazel told Sheriff George Wilcox that he had found “something strange” on his sheep ranch on the outskirts of Roswell. The sheriff alerted the nearby military base airfield. Major Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer, was sent to investigate. Mr. Marcel was apparently convinced that the breeder had found the world’s first evidence of extraterrestrials and what they were looking at was the remains of a flying saucer. He, in turn, reported this on the channel, prompting duty press secretary Walter Haut, at the now notorious base in Nevada’s Area 51, to send it in a press release.
The next day’s edition of the local newspaper, the Roswell Daily Record, unsurprisingly had the dreamy headline: “RAAF CAPTURES FLYING SAUCER ON RANCH IN ROSWELL REGION.” found were described as parts of a downed weather balloon! Reports indicate that US Army and Air Force personnel came to the site and took all the debris and remains to an unknown destination believed to be the Area 51 military base in Nevada. But by Now, the snowball had started, and it was accelerating. No one was interested in the follow-up story, and the original first went national, then global, even without the internet, and in Roswell, USA, the UFO capital of the world was born.
The American magazine Time did a published investigation of the Roswell incident – as it became known – on the 50th anniversary in July 1997. It stated that Stanton Friedman, a former nuclear physicist turned ufologist, learned in 1978 that a now retired M. Marcel had “once handled the wreckage of a UFO”. Mr. Friedman reportedly met Mr. Marcel, who remained convinced that the debris was a flying saucer. This prompted him to investigate the 31-year-old’s case, seeking other witnesses from the time. His book – The Roswell Incident, co-authored by Charles Berlitz and published in 1980 – has seen the mystery revisited several times. It has remained one of the biggest conspiracy theories and UFO cases in the world.
On the alien-ufo-research.com website today under the special Roswell section, the site says, “Was there a government cover-up of a UFO or aliens in the Roswell crash?” What exactly happened in Area 51?
But the US government has kept the issue secret, despite requests from various groups to make the facts and recoveries of the site public. There is much speculation that the highest secrecy is being maintained, fearing massive religious and social upheaval across the world. The Paradigm Research Group, a campaign organization created by Steve Bassett, the only registered UFO lobbyist in the United States, has called for an end to a so-called “truth embargo” that he and other enthusiasts of UFOs believed to have been set up. by world governments to hide from the public the truth about extraterrestrials visiting Earth since the infamous 1947 Roswell UFO incident in New Mexico.
The mysterious Area 51 military base in Nevada is believed to be where UFO enthusiasts believe evidence of alien technology is hidden. Billionaire Laurence Rockefeller launched the “Rockefeller Initiative” to get all previously classified UFO files released. In 2007, Mrs. Clinton acknowledged that among the top freedom of information (FOI) requests received by her husband as president were requests related to UFO and alien disclosures.
As many nations face the specter of religious terrorism, the world needs a jolt that we are just one of many, not an exclusive creation. Even if no UFOs have crashed, let us pray fervently that a UFO will be tracked, contacted and new life forms discovered, so that humanity can explore new frontiers of knowledge and new dimensions of the existence. Such an eye-opening – and humbling – experience is exactly what the human race needs today if peace is to reign on Earth.
(The author is former director general of the National Academy of Customs, Excise and Narcotics.)