Flying saucers? Of course there
are flying saucers! I have seen many, both in the sky and on the
ground, and I have even been for a trip in one. Tibet is the most
convenient country of all for flying saucers. It is remote from
the bustle of the everyday world, and is peopled by those who
place religion and scientific concepts before material gain.
Throughout the centuries, the people of Tibet have known the truth
about flying saucers, what they are, why they are, how they work,
and the purpose behind it all. We know of the flying saucer people
as the gods in the sky in their fiery chariots." ("Home
of the Gods" in My Visit to Venus)
Like many writers of the 1950s, such as George Adamski and George
Hunt Williamson, Rampa described benevolent extraterrestrials who
had come to warn humanity about the follies of nuclear power.
During the following decades, his discussions on extraterrestrials
became more sophisticated and on the cutting edge of UFO research,
particularly with The Hermit (1971) which introduced the
ideas of human abduction and experimentation for genetic
engineering purposes. Clearly, Rampa's revelations of
extraterrestrial genetic engineering pre-dated Zechariah Sitchin's
Earth Chronicles series, and yet his influence in this
genre is unrecognised.
"My Visit to
My Visit to Venus,
an anthology of Rampa chapters which had been rejected from
earlier books, was published without authorisation in late 1958 or
early 1959 by Gray Barker, an American who ran Saucerian
Bulletin. Prior to Barker's book, it had been published in
various magazines such as Flying Saucer Review. Rampa did
not want it published, fearing it would be dismissed as science
The opening chapter, "Home of the Gods", continues on
from Doctor from Lhasa's description of a visit to the
Chang Tang Highlands, where the lamas discovered a huge, ancient
city. Half frozen in a glacier, this city had once accommodated a
race of giants. "Nearby in a spacious courtyard, there was an
immense metal structure which reminded me of two of our temple
dishes clamped together and was clearly a vehicle of some
sort." The monks cautiously approached the vehicle, which was
about 50 to 60 feet (15.24 to 18.29 metres) across, and ascended a
ladder leading inside. Once inside, Rampa's Guide touched
something which caused the ship to hum and emit a bluish light.
To their surprise, they were approached by large humans who
communicated telepathically: "Be not afraid, for we were
aware of your coming for the past hundred years. We made
provisions so that those who were intrepid enough to enter this
vessel should know the past." The humanoids showed them
pictures from the past civilisation: huge buildings which sat by
the sea with disc- like vehicles soaring above. They witnessed an
enormous explosion which toppled the buildings and caused a
tsunami to rise above the ruins. The humanoids told them of a
"White Brotherhood", composed of incarnate and
discarnate entities, which safeguarded all life.
The chapter continued with the seven lamas being taken up into
space from where they could see Tibet. The vehicle left the
atmosphere, with no increase in gravity or sensation of speed, and
soared into space. The monks were taken on a tour of the spaceship.
Its propulsion system utilised a form of magnetism which repelled
the Earth's magnetism. The repelling force could be adjusted to
allow the vessel to hover, rise or sink. The ship was also capable
of collecting "space electricity"—a form of magnetism
based upon cosmic energy.
The Venusian hosts took the lamas in a strange vehicle to the Hall
of Knowledge, where they observed the Earth's creation along with
the mighty civilisations of Lemuria, Atlantis and Poseidonia. The
Broad One warned: "We guard the Earth, for, if man's folly is
allowed to go unchecked, terrible things will happen to the race
of man. There are powers upon the Earth, human powers who oppose
all thoughts of our ships, who say there is nothing greater than
the human upon Earth, so there cannot be ships from other worlds."
Eventually, after many days, the Tibetans were returned to Earth
"which now seemed a tawdry place" and "paled into
significance against the glory of Venus". The story ended
with this: "Never again, I thought, shall I see such
wonderful things. How mistaken I was, for that was but the first
of many trips."
• Beyond the Tenth
During the 1960s the subject of ufology became established, and
Rampa in his books Chapters of Life and Beyond the
Tenth expanded the theme of aliens as the guardians and
indeed creators of the Earth. He described UFOs as being of four
1. Extraterrestrials. These Gardeners of the Earth, an extremely
advanced race from another galaxy, colonised our planet billions
of years ago. Every now and then they come back to check on the
progress of the human race.
2. Inner Earth inhabitants. In the Venus anthology, they
are described as advanced humanoids who live in the Earth's
interior and sometimes use their vehicles to explore the Earth's
surface. This theme was later expanded in Twilight.
3. Antimatter vehicles. These explode when they come into contact
with the Earth's atmosphere.
4. Interdimensional vehicles containing aliens from other realms.
Usually we are unable to perceive these aliens, as they vibrate at
a different frequency to human beings. We can only perceive their
vehicles as gyrating lights in the sky, a third- dimensional
shadow of fourth-dimensional vehicles.
Beyond the Tenth was published in 1969, the same year
that Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods? was
published in English. While the Swiss author built his case upon
incongruous ancient anomalies, Rampa stated unequivocally that
"Earth is like a colony; Earth is a testing ground, a seeding
place where different types are put together so that the Gardeners
of Space can see how they get on together" (p. 77). He
claimed that even though the Gardeners were friendly and concerned
with our welfare, they sometimes abducted and experimented upon
humans in an effort to improve our species.
Rampa was also aware of
censorship surrounding the reporting of UFOs in the West. "The
pilots who fly the [aircraft], whether in a commercial capacity or
in connection with the armed forces, have seen and will continue
to see UFOs but, until the moronic governments of the world change
their attitudes, not much will be heard of those sightings. The
Argentinian government is surely one of the most enlightened in
that they officially recognise the existence of UFOs." (p.
86) The military clique cannot acknowledge UFOs because it would
compromise security and reveal their vulnerability. He noted that
any reference that astronauts make to UFOs while they're in space
is deleted and their photos destroyed.
While this may have sounded like
unfounded paranoia in the 1960s, many people today believe there
has been a monstrous government conspiracy of silence lasting over
50 years—a belief fuelled by such TV shows as The X-Files,
Dark Skies, The Smoking Gun and Roswell.
Rampa also claimed that religious leaders would not acknowledge
UFOs because it would shake their paradigm that man is made in the
image of God, if an advanced alien appeared to be non-human.
Further, he noted: "If the UFO people had wanted to take over
the Earth, they could have done it centuries ago. The point is,
they are afraid that they will have to take over the Earth (and
they do not want to) if the Earth goes on releasing too much hard
atomic radiation. These spacemen are the Gardeners of the Earth.
They are trying to save the Earth from the Earth people—and what
a time they are having!" (p. 89)
• The Hermit
Five years before Sitchin wrote his cult classic The Twelfth
Planet, expounding the belief that extraterrestrials had
seeded and genetically engineered the human race, Rampa explained
the whole process in The Hermit. The story began with a
blind old Tibetan hermit imparting his knowledge to "the
chosen one". In his youth he had been abducted by an advanced
race who revealed themselves as "the Gardeners of the Earth".
They took him to another galaxy and performed medical experiments
upon his unwilling body, including brain surgery to increase his
intelligence. Bluntly they informed him that the Earthlings were a
very evil race who threatened to destroy not only themselves but
other intelligent life on nearby worlds.
The Gardeners informed him: "We travel in universes putting
people and animals on many different worlds. You Earthlings have
your legends about us; you refer to us as gods of the sky. Now we
are to give you information as to the origin of life on Earth…for
it is time that people knew the truth of their gods before we
initiate the second phase." (p. 14) They transported the
blind monk to another galaxy and implanted artificial sight so
that he could witness the wonders of their civilisation. He was
taken to the centre of the empire, where "the colours were
all wrong. The grass was red and the rocks were yellow. The sky
was of a greenish cast and there were two suns." (p. 104)
The empire was vast and incorporated many different planets and
star systems which co-existed in harmony. The inhabitants were
humanoids with varied characteristics and features. There were
vast cities of towering spires traversed by flying vehicles of all
descriptions. This world was the headquarters of the vast empire,
where every planet was self-governing but owed allegiance to the
Master of the World.
The Gardeners took the monk to an orbiting observatory where nine
wise men were in charge of observing the Akashic records of Earth
and other worlds. They showed him the history of the world,
beginning with a huge comet colliding with a dead world at the
centre of the galaxy, sending out gobbets of incandescent gas
which eventually became the planets.
Two expeditions explored the new
worlds while a third dropped biological specimens onto the land
and into the seas. Millennia later, a fourth expedition delivered
huge dinosaurs to planet Earth. However, after many years the
Earth was wobbling on its axis, so a vessel was despatched to
break up the supercontinent with a laser beam.
Another expedition brought purple humanoids to the Earth which had
eight breasts and long, ape-like arms. They lived in caves and
could not use fire, so the Gardeners were forced to exterminate
them to make room for more advanced humans. After thousands of
years and climate change, these humans developed a mighty
civilisation. But the Gardeners fraternised too freely with the
Earthlings, especially the women. A group stole their technology,
attacked them and let off a nuclear device which wreaked havoc
upon the Earth, sinking whole cities and continents beneath the
For centuries the Gardeners stayed away from the irradiated planet
but eventually returned with more human and animal specimens,
distributing them on different continents. Mankind eventually
evolved and built towns and cities, while the supervising
Gardeners were worshipped as gods by the Earth inhabitants.
From another galaxy, a warlike race with horny growths on their
forehead attacked the empire and laid waste to our solar system.
pictures - many "alien sculls"
have been found- but have been kept hidden, as for all of the
other coverup regarding ufo's and similar. (these pictures was not
in the original article in Nexus) But thru the net, at lot
of this hidden things emerge
Cataclysmic battles took place
in the heavens: atmospheres were blasted away and worlds destroyed.
A planet, dislodged from its orbit, struck the Earth, causing a
catastrophic loss of life. Only a few humans and animals, aided by
the Gardeners, were conveyed to safety in a great ark.
On the Earth, a great ice age developed. The Gardeners now decided
to live apart from humans and dwell on mountains. Some
inexperienced Gardeners, the "gods of Olympus", engaged
in licentious behaviour and were transferred to other worlds. So
the Gardeners then decided to communicate only through suitably
chosen natives such as Moses, Buddha and Jesus, who were
instructed to institute new religions. But always the priests
perverted the true teachings for their own power and gain.
The hermit was returned to a comfortable cave in Tibet where he
was told a "chosen one" would come many years later to
hear his wisdom. The Gardeners decided that even though the auras
of the human race were faulty, mankind would be given another
chance. However, if humans did not heed such warnings and stop
polluting their planet with radioactivity, the Gardeners would be
forced to intervene at any time in the future.
• Tibetan Sage
In Tibetan Sage, Rampa provided more information about
these Gardeners, although he repeated many themes from earlier
books. With his Guide, he visited an artificial cave which
"...used to be the headquarters of a special race who could
do space travel and just about everything else.
Through millions of years, it still works; everything is intact."
(p. 19) This cave was part of a network created millions of years
ago when Tibet was a low-lying land. It contained a space vehicle
"about four or five men tall and looked something like two
dishes, one on top of the other" (p. 23). The similarity of
this description with the one given in "Home of the
Gods" in My Visit to Venus is obvious. These
extraterrestrials had the technology to melt solid rock and heal
traumatic wounds with a special bath. They were able to suspend
life so that people could exist for millions of years, "receiving
adequate nourishment to keep the body functioning on a minute
scale" (TS, p. 28). These suspended bodies were being kept
alive in tubs in order to provide bodies for aliens to
transmigrate into at a future date.
The Lama Mingyar Dondup could read their inscriptions and learned
that the suspended aliens were actually evil Gardeners who had
raped human women and performed genetic experiments. They were a
renegade faction who had waged many wars against the other
Gardeners—wars that Rampa observed on one of their devices which
contained the Akashic records. (This is the fourth time Rampa
claimed to have viewed the Akashic records; he had described them
in the Venusian ship, the Cave of the Ancients and the orbiting
observatory.) As Rampa and his Guide departed from the caves, the
whole complex was destroyed by booby traps.
Even if Rampa's stories are
dismissed as science fiction, there is merit in some of his
original themes. His warnings from the extraterrestrials to stop
our nuclear folly were not original, as other contactees in the
1950s—particularly Daniel Fry and Richard Miller—had said the
same. Venusians were very popular with contactees in the 1950s
before space probes revealed Venus to be an inhospitable planet.
Frank Stranges said he had been in contact with Val Thor, and
George Adamski claimed to have flown to Venus with friendly aliens
years before Rampa's jaunt to our closest neighbour. Nor was Rampa
the first to speak of levitators and telepathic communication with
aliens, as George Van Tassel and George King had made earlier
claims. Furthermore, in 1953 in Flying Saucers Have Landed,
Desmond Leslie first popularised the notion that the ancient
Indian scriptures contained many references to the vehicles of the
However, some of Rampa's ideas were original and may have
influenced later writers. His descriptions of Earth from space and
warp travel with anti-magnetic propulsion were quite novel for the
pre-space-flight era. The Hermit described alien
abduction, experimentation and genetic engineering at least a
decade before Whitley Strieber wrote his influential Communion.
Recently the idea that
extraterrestrials were responsible for the evolution of humans and
other animals has been incorporated into a new theory called
"interventionism" by Lloyd Pye, who challenges Darwinism
and creationism. Zechariah Sitchin, one of the proponents of this
theory, claimed that the Mesopotamian gods, the Annunaki, were
extraterrestrials from the 12th planet, Nibiru, who genetically
engineered the terrestrial hominids to produce a new species, Homo
sapiens, about 200,000 years ago. Sitchin's influence in
alternative history is undeniable, as terms like Annunaki and
Nibiru have passed into the New Age lexicon. However, Lobsang
Rampa, whose book The Hermit tells us who the aliens are,
where they are from and why they are visiting and abducting
humans, is virtually unknown.