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Ancient nuclear blasts and levitating stones of Shivapur

The great ancient Indian epic, the Mahabharata, contains numerous legends about the powerful force of a mysterious weapon. The archaeological expedition, which carried out excavations near the Indian settlement of Mohenjo-Daro in the beginning of the 1900s, uncovered the ruins of a big ancient town. The town belonged to one of the most developed civilizations in the world. The ancient civilization existed for two or three thousand years. However, scientists were a lot more interested in the death of the...

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The levitating stone of Shivapur

I am in India searching for a sarcophagus and a stone. Both objects lie at the heart of a tale about a Moslem Sufi saint who lived six centuries ago in the village of Shivapur, about 180 kilometres east of Mumbai. The story goes that Qamar Ali was born into a family of middle-class Moslems whose men-folk prided themselves on their muscular prowess. Qamar Ali, unlike his aggressive older brothers, was introspective and gentle. When he was scarcely six, he...


A review of the historical appearances of mysticism will serve to show how far the above characteristics are to be found, separately or in combination, in its different phases. In the East, mysticism is not so much a specific phenomenon as a natural deduction from the dominant philosophic systems, and the normal expression of religious feeling in the lands in which it appears. Brahmanic pantheism ~ and Buddhistic nihilism alike teach the unreality of the seeming world, and preach mystical absorption as thf highest goal; in both, the sense of the worth of human person. ality is lost. India consequently...