HOW I SHARE THE URANTIA BOOK –
article from Urantia International Association. April 2013.
By Jean Ascher
[We are told in the Publication Mandate that The Urantia Book was given to this world ahead of its time of wide acceptance. It’s a tribute to the steadfastness of readers who promote it without seeing quick results. Our faith informs us that some seeds will sprout good fruit. – Editor]
Because of my support for UAI, I was recently asked about my activities here in Denmark. I can elaborate on the ideas but truly this is what I do. When I see, read, or hear someone speaking about an issue in radio, TV, or the newspaper, and if I find it can be related to some text within The Urantia Book, I simply write a little note of 3-10 sentences, enclose it within a new book and send it to the person. I send the book with my name as sender and as a free gift. I explain that the book is given as an offer to expand the person’s knowledge on whatever issue he/she was talking about that led me to contact them. I do not specifically pinpoint where in The Urantia Book that he/she can find the related information or knowledge. I only remark that “this book may bring a deeper insight” into the particular topic. Sometimes I write the note a bit poetic or at other times a bit mysterious. Trying to wet their appetite and stimulate their curiosity. I have sent books to university professors in various fields, theologians, authors, science people, historians, philosophers, the present Church Minister, writers, musicians, journalists etc. I have given the book to our Danish queen Margrethe on her 60 Year Birthday, Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik at their wedding 14 May 1995.
All together about 35 different people. Besides the royals (an official confirmation of receiving the gift), no one has responded since i began in 1994.
Now in 2013 i have, after all them years, decided to send an informal friendly letter, inquiring for a personal meeting, insofar as they want, where we can talk together what experience and value they got from the book. (Am assuming they did took a look at it) These people comes from all trades of life, speaking , writing and lecturing in public forums all over the media horizon..
Now I await for 17 responses – – – – 6 weeks later, still no response from anyone..
I have also taken upon me to study the work of a danish man, Martinus and his cosmological work The Third Testament – a logical, cohesive world picture that shows that all living beings form part of a living universe and evolve continuously towards higher forms of life. http://www.martinus.dk/en/frontpage/
Amazingly he has written more than 3000 pages..Take a look at the page I have over the last years done some comparative revelation study between the following revelations:
Secrets of Heaven / True Christianity by Emanuel Swedenborg, Sweden 1688-1772. The Book of Law by Aleister Crowley. The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith, USA 1805- 44. Oahspe by John Ballau Newbrough, USA 1882. The Principles of Nature, Her divine Revelations and a Voice to Mankind by Andrew Jackson Davis USA 1826 – 1910. Toward The Light by Michael Agerskov, Denmark 1870-1933. Martinus, The Third Testament, Denmark (1890-1981). A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman, USA 1965-72 The Revelation of Ares by Michael Potay 1974-1977 France The Revelation by Karl Spain with Dr. Mark Richards 2004. and The Urantia Book
Am planning to present a short synopsis to these Martinus people of the parallels between personal visions and the differences with epochal revelations….
The Urantia Book mention both types…….personal visions and epochal revelations….but a personal vision (revelation), and there are many through history..seem to be personal and to me that means it is personal, a vision to a single person, perhaps his family and close friends and timed, focused on a local area.. But it is not intended to be an epochal or global one. If I statistically estimate the spreading of personal visions (revelations), only few has managed to expand to larger amounts of people and very often with an end result far different and somehow away from the original message when measured with the rule of universal light, life and love.
As concerns some of the worlds so-called established religion i read:
1:5.11 Primitive religion had many personal gods, and they were fashioned in the image of man. Revelation affirms the validity of the personality concept of God which is merely possible in the scientific postulate of a First Cause and is only provisionally suggested in the philosophic idea of Universal Unity. Only by personality approach can any person begin to comprehend the unity of God. To deny the personality of the First Source and Center leaves one only the choice of two philosophic dilemmas: materialism or pantheism.
5:4.5 All religions teach the worship of Deity and some doctrine of human salvation. The Buddhist religion promises salvation from suffering, unending peace; the Jewish religion promises salvation from difficulties, prosperity predicated on righteousness; the Greek religion promised salvation from disharmony, ugliness, by the realization of beauty; Christianity promises salvation from sin,sanctity; Mohammedanism provides deliverance from the rigorous moral standards of Judaism and Christianity.
I perceive these religions to be man made, personal visions of the unity of God.
2:6.1 In the physical universe we may see the divine beauty, in the intellectual world we may discern eternal truth, but the goodness of God is found only in the spiritual world of personal religious experience. In its true essence, religion is a faith-trust in the goodness of God.And such faith-trust is always personal.Unity in God does not mean unification of faith in a group or organization, not even verbally. but only through righteous moral action.
In this comparative revelation research I have not include Jesus, Melchizedek, Adam & Eve or Caligastia, since these are (accordance to TUB) epochal revelations and all personalities involved have as we read in TUB handled the cosmic revelation with a unpersonal focus.
2:6.2 Evolutionary religion may become ethical, but only revealed religion becomes truly and spiritually moral.
4:5.3 The people of Urantia continue to suffer from the influence of primitive concepts of God. The gods who go on a rampage in the storm;who shake the earth in their wrath and strike down men in their anger; who inflict their judgments of displeasure in times of famine and flood — these are the gods of primitive religion; they are not the Gods who live and rule the universes. Such concepts are a relic of the times when men supposed that the universe was under the guidance and domination of the whims of such imaginary gods. But mortal man is beginning to realize that he lives in a realm of comparative law and order as far as concerns the administrative policies and conduct of the Supreme Creators and the Supreme Controllers.
One of Denmark’s larger newspaper published printed letters that I have written about various issues. One of these articles did a personal interview on me a while back but to these no one has responded. I particularly mentioned the specific birthday of Jesus, so as to see if anyone would wonder how come he so surely knows this date. Absolutely no one out of 250,000 readers responded even though the interview was first page of the second section of the paper together with a relative large picture of me sitting in the garden reading the book..
I also do library placement, give books away to local people i meet who by their work show an interest in issues related within the text. I try on various occasion to seed the public media with articles.I forward a little Danish pamphlet to potential interested people.
I collect secondary Urantia Book material, mainly books and other printed matter, music and articles from the net. I collect various computer based pictures, graphs and other Urantia Book related data.
I contact various book fairs, with a request to participate with The Urantia Book, and have over the years done several of the less expensive ones. The big book fairs charge too much.($1500 usd for 3 days)
Except for about 5-6 years, I have worked alone here in Denmark since 1976. Those 5-6 intermediate years were shared with a Danish musician who became seriously involved with this revelation but the day he got married all his interest in the book evaporated.
I also work within the virtual world Second Life, as a female avatar, performing Urantia shows, as a celestial circus, fire dancer show with rotating trapeze, rolling walk balls, walking elephants, acrobatic podiums, performing to Tony Gerber (http://www.spaceformusic.com/tonygerber/) music. He himself an Urantian.
I also have a personal permission to play Pato Bantons music and many other world musicians, all related to the Urantia shows within SL and Youtube.
I also occasionally hold Urantia meetings and on invitation present the book to strangers within. Like in reality I also do library placement in Second Life and on rare occasions lectures for smaller groups of serious potential truth seekers or virtual forums. Within SL’s community there are various huge events, such as Relay for Life by The American Cancer Society, Burning Man and SL’s own birthdays and in all these events i perform with my ChangHigh Sisters Fire show of Light, Life & Love, where various text from the Urantia book is spoken by either the musicians or my DJ’s , and adapted into the program and the occasion.
I create Urantia installation at various exhibitions, fairs and Hubs with illustrations, sayings and a vendor where people with one click can get a full readable version of the Book.
Like in the virtual world, so in the real one. Am a autodidactic street performer performing all over Denmark, Scandinavia and Europe for the last 33 years with The ChangHigh Circus. A professional group with children of various age. Over them years there has rarely been a show where i did not interleaved various truths and words of wisdom into the more than 4-6000 shows i have done.
As of a more personal work I have over the years translated app. a third of the book, all alone and with help from some UB friends it can be found here http://www.urantia.info/index.htm
Last year i participated in the biggest European UB meeting in Berlin, Germany where app 40 people attended from app. 10 countries, all sharing their insight and perspective on what i consider the core of UB: One Light, One Love; One God expressed in infinite variations with words by individualized personalities with eternal potentials.
Much can perhaps be said about the seeds planted in Denmark by me, but i know not the fruits thereof. And as them years have gone by i do not expect to see any visible sprouts in the near future.
Although I work alone, I do not feel alone as such I have faith in the facts that my Thought Adjuster do the right thing – inspiring my conscious mind with intuitive impulses – guiding my actions in the right direction.
And if not my work hardly does any harm to any soul who happens to receive a glimpse of my personal comprehension of universal knowledge, understanding and wisdom. . Sharing is the key that opens the door irrespective of whether anyone enters. One can see the fruits on the trees, but if not hungry one don’t eat. The seeker of truth must consciously make the decision to search.
Thank you for your interest in my work. With Light, Life and Love
Brother Jean Ascher alias sister Yman Juran (SL name)