Free NewsInsideOut Plus Summer NanoFilm MicroFestival Plays to Thousands of Social Media Viewers

By Jon Kelly

NewsInsideOut.com

Vancouver, BC – Exclusive new video published to YouTube on August 26, 2016, reveals entries to this year’s free NewsInsideOut Plus Summer NanoFilm MicroFestival. The spontaneous social media event began earlier this week on the NewsInsideOut Facebook page and has since reached over 20,000 viewers. Themes for this year’s festival highlight mysteries of time including communications transmitted backwards in time, photographing the Buddhist ‘God of Time’, identifying Russian spies nine months before the mainstream press, UFO movie-like Close Encounters, luminous entities in a UFO Canyon and photographing the Vedic avatars.

In keeping with the festival title, all submissions are one minute or less in duration, featuring rare documentary content representative of the NewsInsideOut Plus catalog. NewsInsideOut Plus is the Canadian independent media lab and distribution platform focused on providing breakthrough content repeatedly censored from mainstream and social media outlets. In a media and academic environment known for filmmaker bankruptcies, expensive research and restricted access to funding, independent grassroots efforts are leading the way in accessing, documenting and publishing breakthrough phenomena such as those celebrated in this year’s festival.

Both social media giants YouTube and Facebook continue to provide obstacles to the continuity of these public-interest programs with fraudulent claims citing “not advertiser friendly” content and new two week restrictions on participation in online common-interest groups. To what end the forced suppression of freedom of speech and lawful peaceful congregation, social media? It is evident by these hard facts that viewer-supported subscription-based pay-per-view distribution is currently one of the only available growth avenues for continued production of the exceptional documentary educational content featured in NewsInsideOut Plus.

NewsInsideOut Plus is for readers who support our journalism and want to deepen their connection with “Inside-Out” reporting. For $7 per month or $70 per year, a richer NewsInsideOut experience awaits. Receive exclusive access to mini-documentaries like “Marfa Reflections” and “UFO Mountain,” behind-the-scenes reporting and more. With your subscription you will be able to unlock the latest NewsInsideOut Plus content. Subscribe early to ensure you don’t miss any of the excitement.

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Cultivating Self-Knowledge: ‘Swami in a Strange Land’ Author Joshua M. Greene talks God and Beatles

By Jon Kelly

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Vancouver, BC – An exclusive new video published to YouTube on May 6, 2016, explores the lives and teachings of Krishna and Prabhupada, a yogi from India who founded the Krishna Consciousness movement in the West during the 1960s. Bestselling author Joshua M. Greene recently spoke about his new book “Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West: The Life of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada” with NewsInsideOut.com’s Jon Kelly. During his one-hour interview the PBS and Disney filmmaker told of an encounter with his teacher at Beatles headquarters in London that convinced him to follow a spiritual path.

Described by the New York Times as “a storyteller who traces journeys to enlightenment,” the director of strategic planning for the United Nations Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders portrayed the 1960s as a period of transition. “We were flexing new muscles, looking for alternative solutions to war and inequality. The message which Prabhupada brought (the millennial teachings of Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita) spoke directly to those issues.”

The former adjunct professor of religious studies at Hofstra University in New York suggested that his teacher’s mission revealed “knowledge of the self as the immortal spark of God, a Divine essence different from the external body and the race/religious background of the body. By cultivating knowledge of ourselves as eternal souls we could know the peace that had so eluded us through other channels: military, economic, governmental etc.”

“All of these teachers were coming into America. The Asian Exclusion Act had been repealed. Teachers from India and Asia who otherwise had no access to America were coming and setting up their shops, their schools and their teachings. There was this marketplace of spirituality in the 1960s.

“Prabhupada among all of those many teachers was the one who insisted that the purpose of yoga, the purpose of all spiritual disciplines is to know ourselves as eternal beings and our relationship with the Supreme Being through love and devotion.”

“There was a universalism to his teachings,” the author further reflected. However he later cautioned viewers, “That knowledge of the deeper dimension of reality is not something you get like a gold ring on a carousel. It is something that is revealed when we become qualified to understand it.”

According to the edition, “In 1965, a seventy-year-old man set sail from India to America with a few books in his bag, pennies in his pockets, and a message of love in his heart. He landed in New York at the peak of the revolutionary counterculture movement of the ’60s, and went on to spark a global spiritual renaissance that led to the creation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.”

The following partial transcript records one highlight from an exclusive interview featuring bestselling author Joshua M. Greene in conversation with NewsInsideOut.com’s Jon Kelly discussing the new book “Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West: The Life of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada”.

What were the circumstances under which you first met Prabhupada?

I was a lost child of the 1960s and wondering what it’s all about (Mrs. Jones). At the time I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris. A devotee who had been there to start a Krishna Center in 1969 said, “My teacher Prabhupada is in London right now. Why don’t you go and meet him? It’s very rare to meet a pure devotee of God.”

I had no idea what he was talking about. But when he said that Prabhupada was living with John Lennon I got on the next boat train to London and showed up at the Krishna Temple (on Bury Place off Little Oxford Street by the British Museum) and walked in.

They were having lunch, this beautiful vegetarian spread. I sat down and they asked me about myself. I said that I was in school studying literature.

“Really. What else?”

“Well, I play organ in a rock band.”

“Really? Come with us!” So we traipsed out and got into this Volkswagen Minibus. Probably the worst car allowed on the roads. We’re rocking back and forth on our way to someplace.

I said, “Where are we going?”

They said, “You’ll see, you’ll see. You’re welcome to Krishna’s band. You’re in Krishna’s band now.”

So we show up about 15 minutes later. They open the door and there in front of me is a door with the number three on it. I’m thinking about three and I’m looking up and down the street when I realize it’s Savile Row.

3 Savile Row: This is Beatles headquarters.

The Beatles were pretty much the wise men of our age. Whatever they were into we wanted to know what it was.

I walked in and we go down to a studio in the basement of the building and there’s George Harrison, stringy as a string bean, hair down to his waist wearing badges. Krishna badge and a Yogananda badge and a Prabhupada badge and he’s got beads around his neck; the whole paraphernalia.

They hand me a harmonium, this hand-pumped instrument and I start playing along as they’re recording an album of Indian devotional music.

I’m thinking to myself, “Okay, let me get this straight. If I hang out with these people I get God and the Beatles.”

“Alright, I’m in!”

“Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West: The Life of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada” by author Joshua M. Greene is available on Amazon. For more information readers may visit the author’s website Atma.org.

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Cultivating Self-Knowledge: ‘Swami in a Strange Land’ Author Joshua M. Greene talks God and Beatles

By Jon Kelly

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Vancouver, BC – An exclusive new video published to YouTube on May 6, 2016, explores the lives and teachings of Krishna and Prabhupada, a yogi from India who founded the Krishna Consciousness movement in the West during the 1960s. Bestselling author Joshua M. Greene recently spoke about his new book “Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West: The Life of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada” with NewsInsideOut.com’s Jon Kelly. During his one-hour interview the PBS and Disney filmmaker told of an encounter with his teacher at Beatles headquarters in London that convinced him to follow a spiritual path.

Described by the New York Times as “a storyteller who traces journeys to enlightenment,” the director of strategic planning for the United Nations Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders portrayed the 1960s as a period of transition. “We were flexing new muscles, looking for alternative solutions to war and inequality. The message which Prabhupada brought (the millennial teachings of Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita) spoke directly to those issues.”

The former adjunct professor of religious studies at Hofstra University in New York suggested that his teacher’s mission revealed “knowledge of the self as the immortal spark of God, a Divine essence different from the external body and the race/religious background of the body. By cultivating knowledge of ourselves as eternal souls we could know the peace that had so eluded us through other channels: military, economic, governmental etc.”

“All of these teachers were coming into America. The Asian Exclusion Act had been repealed. Teachers from India and Asia who otherwise had no access to America were coming and setting up their shops, their schools and their teachings. There was this marketplace of spirituality in the 1960s.

“Prabhupada among all of those many teachers was the one who insisted that the purpose of yoga, the purpose of all spiritual disciplines is to know ourselves as eternal beings and our relationship with the Supreme Being through love and devotion.”

“There was a universalism to his teachings,” the author further reflected. However he later cautioned viewers, “That knowledge of the deeper dimension of reality is not something you get like a gold ring on a carousel. It is something that is revealed when we become qualified to understand it.”

According to the edition, “In 1965, a seventy-year-old man set sail from India to America with a few books in his bag, pennies in his pockets, and a message of love in his heart. He landed in New York at the peak of the revolutionary counterculture movement of the ’60s, and went on to spark a global spiritual renaissance that led to the creation of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.”

The following partial transcript records one highlight from an exclusive interview featuring bestselling author Joshua M. Greene in conversation with NewsInsideOut.com’s Jon Kelly discussing the new book “Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West: The Life of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada”.

What were the circumstances under which you first met Prabhupada?

I was a lost child of the 1960s and wondering what it’s all about (Mrs. Jones). At the time I was a student at the Sorbonne in Paris. A devotee who had been there to start a Krishna Center in 1969 said, “My teacher Prabhupada is in London right now. Why don’t you go and meet him? It’s very rare to meet a pure devotee of God.”

I had no idea what he was talking about. But when he said that Prabhupada was living with John Lennon I got on the next boat train to London and showed up at the Krishna Temple (on Bury Place off Little Oxford Street by the British Museum) and walked in.

They were having lunch, this beautiful vegetarian spread. I sat down and they asked me about myself. I said that I was in school studying literature.

“Really. What else?”

“Well, I play organ in a rock band.”

“Really? Come with us!” So we traipsed out and got into this Volkswagen Minibus. Probably the worst car allowed on the roads. We’re rocking back and forth on our way to someplace.

I said, “Where are we going?”

They said, “You’ll see, you’ll see. You’re welcome to Krishna’s band. You’re in Krishna’s band now.”

So we show up about 15 minutes later. They open the door and there in front of me is a door with the number three on it. I’m thinking about three and I’m looking up and down the street when I realize it’s Savile Row.

3 Savile Row: This is Beatles headquarters.

The Beatles were pretty much the wise men of our age. Whatever they were into we wanted to know what it was.

I walked in and we go down to a studio in the basement of the building and there’s George Harrison, stringy as a string bean, hair down to his waist wearing badges. Krishna badge and a Yogananda badge and a Prabhupada badge and he’s got beads around his neck; the whole paraphernalia.

They hand me a harmonium, this hand-pumped instrument and I start playing along as they’re recording an album of Indian devotional music.

I’m thinking to myself, “Okay, let me get this straight. If I hang out with these people I get God and the Beatles.”

“Alright, I’m in!”

“Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West: The Life of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada” by author Joshua M. Greene is available on Amazon. For more information readers may visit the author’s website Atma.org.

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Advancing the Horizon of Human Understanding: MUFON Utah State Director Erica Lukes Interviews Jon Kelly

By Jon Kelly

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Vancouver, BC – Exclusive new video published to YouTube on February 28, 2016, captures Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) Utah State Director Erica Lukes in conversation with NewsInsideOut.com’s Jon Kelly for an insightful 90 minutes exploring consciousness, anthropological, sociological and technical dimensions of experiential contact. The producer of such mini-documentaries as “UFO Canyon,” and “UFO Mountain” emphasized contact as a bridging mechanism linking human society with other civilizations along with what he described as the almost-inevitable expression of advanced behavioral characteristics from within the mind of the experiencer.

Fiercely independent research meets the new wave of MUFON state director seeking access to resources and opportunities to develop effective teams who can participate in advancing the horizon of human understanding. The following partial transcript offers a preview of what listeners can expect to hear from this broadcast that originally aired January 16, 2016.

Erica Lukes: Jon, give us a little bit of background on the UFO and paranormal work that you’ve done and help us understand how we can become better at connecting.

Jon Kelly: My work in these fields emphasizes consciousness development. I was a person who got involved in a very serious yogic meditation path as a young adult. The classical yogic world is populated with all kinds of phenomena, a really long litany of phenomena. There are people who study the Vedas [possibly world’s oldest literature] who say that they contain descriptions of aircraft and spaceships as if those people had high tech.

Beyond any kind of nuts-and-bolts high tech the concepts of Siddhis and occult powers are part of the yogic culture. There’s this expectation that people will have breakthrough experiences when they perform the practices intensively. I’m not just talking about the Hatha Yoga that people enjoy, the athletic posture and stretching exercises that are very popular now. I’m talking about the other seven limbs that Patanjali talked about: Pratyahara, Pranayama etc. All these different practices, the internal practices.

When people do the internal practices as vigorously as they do the athletic work they will be stimulating this very high potential within them. It’s described as a Cosmic potential. When the Cosmic and the human get together there’s a really big party that follows.

When we think about the UFO phenomena we think about the cosmic travellers and the cosmic entities that are living in this multi-dimensional universe with us. There’s a simile. When we feel that our inner compass is guiding us to understand the cosmic within us, that our lives and our experiences in the material universe begin to reflect more of those qualities. We begin to feel that it’s as if there was a cosmic influence in our flow of our everyday experience and that all these remarkable things happen.

I had cited Dorothy Izatt in our earlier call as a housewife who lived here in the Vancouver region and was very successful in taping UFOs on 8mm film, thirty thousand feet of it. Her footage was scrutinized by professors at the University of British Columbia and her work was widely seen on U.S. television during the 1980s. Again, this is just a family person who lives in their home and when they look out the window there’s a UFO and they film it.

We see that this flow of their lifestyle has this cosmic duty. That person is like a bridge to other consciousness and civilizations. In the anthropological world people talk about the shaman as the bridge between society and the natural world or the universe and its potential. The medicine people in Native American tradition, the medicine person as the bridge, that their beingness, their existence embodies this participation in more than one dimension of being.

From those traditional viewpoints with a good medicine person the society would benefit. They would bring gifts to the society for the advancement of the people and the betterment of their quality of life.

The contactee, the person who acts as the facilitator in some way who, maybe just through their storytelling or maybe by bringing others with them to their contact experiences or by filming then publishing their work, they are also in engaging in that kind of bridging work. They are advancing the horizon of human understanding into new and exciting arenas with all kinds of different future potentials. But again the potential that I emphasize the most is the impact on consciousness development; that the contact event serves as a springboard into higher understanding and expanded functionality of mental performance, behavioral performance improvements.

I say that people will demonstrate some of the yogic siddhis. Their talents will emerge. This is part of the UFO literature, that people’s talents, their painterly or musical or other talents manifest in conjunction with their contact experiences.

This is aligned with what the yogis were saying, that the higher virtues can be awakened through contact with very intense consciousness’s, other maybe more advanced beings can stimulate us in ways just through their presence, to excite within us growth and development.

This is where I see the greatest opportunity. As a person who emphasizes the spiritual over many other things, for me, that’s where this leads. But it’s entirely reasonable to say that in terms of material science, there are long-standing claims already. Philip Corso wrote a book about fibre optics coming from UFO crash sites. There is an assumption that there are material science advances that will also, if they haven’t already arrived, they will come through these interactions.

People who are serious about creating legal and political structures that will support the long-term growth and development of human civilization interaction with other civilizations have authored works in the area of Exopolitics. People have put forwards all kinds of policies that describe a society that succeeds in those diplomatic interactions and integration occurs. They envision universal societies and treaties. That vision may be a little too far ahead of where I am in terms of my hands-on experience but it’s obvious for anyone who is familiar with the literature that greater thinkers have anticipated that there are going to be all kinds of potential benefits from that kind of growth and integration.

UFO Classified with host MUFON Utah State Director Erica Lukes airs Friday nights at 4 p.m. PST/7 p.m. EST starting March 4, 2016, on KCOR Digital Radio Network.

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