Monday, August 11, 2008
CHANNELERS - Jose Arguelles/Valum Votan - Continued
I've continued to explore the various involvements of Arguelles. Perhaps for anyone following the development of the New Age Movement, the most significant was The World Summit on Peace and Time, an Arguelles event which took place at the UN affiliated University for Peace in Costa Rica in 1999. The purpose of the event was "concluding the matter of Calendar Reform" according to Philologos.org. The website tells us:
The Summit was called on behalf of the people of the Earth to ratify the Declaration of Calendar Reform, and, organized as Seven Commissions, to prepare the 8 articles of Resolution to accompany the Declaration. Over 100 people attended the Summit, including some 50 invited Commissioners and at least an equal number of planetary kin, followers of the World 13 Moon Calendar Change Peace Movement.
Letters of acknowledgement were sent on behalf of Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the UN; Federigo Mayer Zaragoza, Secretary General of UNESCO; HH the Dalai Lama; and by Jonathan Granoff of the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. Though they were not able to attend, both Dr. Alfredo Sfeir-Younis, World Bank Special Environmental Representative to the UN, and Lama Gangchen of the UN Spiritual Forum contributed relevant documents and statements of support. The Summit opened with a prayer ceremony by Rev. Yusen Yamato, followed by the opening address of Dr. Rodrigo Carazo, former president of Costa Rica and founder of the University for Peace. In attendance with Dr. Carazo was Gerardo Budowski, acting Rector and representative of the newly appointed President of the University for Peace, Maurice Strong.
Following her welcoming remarks, Mrs. Lloydine Argüelles introduced her husband, Dr. José Argüelles, who formally convened the Summit with a prepared statement, "Calendar Reform and the Future of Civilization," outlining the Summit's purposes and objectives. Finally, Dr. Ashok Gangadean, of the Global Dialogue Institute, the Summit's On-site Coordinator, laid out the ground rules for the Seven Commissions.
Ashok Gangadean of the Global Dialogue Institute was a surprise to this Catholic given his association with Leonard Swidler, a proponent of Catholic dissidence in various forms.
More excerpts from the website:
* On the morning of the 3rd day, Roberto Poz, Day Keeper and priest of the Quiche Maya, from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, offered a ceremony to all the participants, who now also included long-time Chancellor of the University for Peace, and former assistant Secretary-General of the UN, Robert Muller. Before returning to their work on the Commissions, the participants were given a personally guided tour by Robert Muller of the archeology and history of the site of the University of Peace, concluded by a walk to his near-by residence.
* The final and 6th day of the Summit was the largely ceremonial conclusion and the only part of the event that did not occur at the University for Peace. Beginning with a performance by the Aztec Dancers in the patio outside, the remainder of the ceremonies occurred inside the historic Fanal Theater in downtown San José, the capital of Costa Rica. Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris, who facilitated the Commission on the Biosphere, gave the opening address, which elaborated on biological metaphors for the current planetary rite of passage, marked by the World Summit on Peace and Time.
Following Dr. Sahtouris' Address, Mrs. Lloydine Argüelles formally read the Declaration of Calendar Reform which was ratified by common consent of all the participants. Dr. José Argüelles called forth the self-selected Leaders of the 2 Peace Emissary Teams, Mr. Martin Zoller of Bolivia, for the mission to the UN, and Mr. Vandir Natal Casagrande of Brazil, to head the mission to the Vatican. These 2 were joined by a 3rd special Emissary to Libya, Mr. Reinhart Ruge Co-President of the World Parliament Association.
The "People's Declaration of Calendar Reform & Moral Referendum World Summit on Peace & Time" is reproduced at the website.
Among the claims made in the declaration is that "in 1962, the Vatican II Council issued a "Declaration of Calendar Reform". I've attempted to find this online without success. What I suspect is that the "calendar reform" being discussed at Vatican II was a reform of the liturgical calendar, not a reform of the common calendar the world uses to keep order.
An Arguelles webpage is also dedicated to the Summit.
Here I discovered among the list of seven commissions that the Commission on Education wants to "Mandate the promulgation of a new "HomeSchool educational model." What model would that be, one wonders, and is it intended to be mandatory?
Notice that the webpage is "signed" by Valum Voltan and Bolon Ik, not by the persons who channel these entities, Jose Arguelles and Lloydine Arguelles.
In yet another webpage on the World Summit we are told:
The point of the Proclamation of the Calendar of Peace is to arouse the consciousness of a critical mass - 20 % of the human population - to the possibility of a fundamental change: the calendar.
Imagine the confusion if such a calendar were given official status. Some nations would probably adopt it. Others would not. Order would be sacrificed as people tried to coordinate activities while having to accommodate more than one system of ordering time.
Chaos magick? It has me thinking about it...
There is much talk about "evolution" of time. Under the heading "Dynamic" there would seem to be an affirmation of monism in numbers 2 and 3. No. 13 talks about "egoic confusion mentally separating time from space" which the calendar change proposes to address. No. 16 talks about terminating "the Earth Culture of history" and establishing "the new culture of harmony." This presumably would be brought about, according to No. 19 "By means of the Earth-Consciousness Shaft" by which "the new culture is established as the telepathic community for the harmonic construction of the future." Chaos magick?
I'm not at all sure what the last two sentences in the website mean, but take a look at them anyway:
As fourth-dimensional psychogenetic pattern of third-dimensional entity, holon receives messages and instructions from two purely fourth-dimensional entities, commonly known as - guides - or - angels - totally inperceptible and unknown to the third-dimensional ego.
Sixth Year of Prophecy, Victory Purifies.
I'll break off at this point and pick it up here tomorrow.