The Hopi Native Americans of the American Southwest have an ancient prophecy that has long foreseen the destruction of our present world through a purification by fire. You will know the times for this purification are at hand when a series of prophecies known as the “final warnings” are fulfilled.
The first set of warnings were meant to alert the Hopi elders of a future time when the purification of the world was at hand; after which, they were expected to break their silence and warn the world of a second set of predictions hastening the onset of the purification of the world by fire.
Here is the first set of warnings:
THE WARNING: An iron horse will come to the land of the red man.
THE FULFILLMENT: This is the train. It appeared in the 19th century
THE WARNING: The white man will raise metal wires into the skies.
THE FULFILLMENT: These are telegraph lines of the 19th and later the power lines of the 20th century.
THE WARNING: Cobwebs will crisscross the skies.
THE FULFILLMENT: These are the contrails of planes and jets.
THE WARNING: The powers of the red, the swastika, and the sun will threaten turtle island.
THE FULFILLMENT: North America seen from space looks like the outline of a turtle. (Do not ask me how pre-Columbian seers knew that.) In World War II and in the Cold War that followed, these three “powers” did threaten North America. The swastika of the Nazis and later the “red” forces of the Communists of Russia and China beset Turtle Island. The powers of the sun did directly scorch the earth of native lands when the white man tested his atomic bombs in Nevada and New Mexico near the Hopi sacred lands in Arizona.
THE WARNING: The white man will create a Gourd of Ashes that will lay waste to the land and keep it infertile for generations.
THE FULFILLMENT: These are atomic bombs. Radiation is the sterilizing plague.
THE WARNING: The fulfillment of this first set of signs will warrant the Hopi Elders end their long silence and spread their prophetic message that the great purification is at hand. They will share their message and their wisdom to the people of the world so that everyone could prepare or soften its blow upon the earth.
THE FULFILLMENT: Indeed over 50 years ago, the Hopi Elders agreed that the first wave of signs had all been fulfilled. They therefore began warning the world about the prophecies of a coming purification. Some of the elders, such as Thomas Banyaca, have explained the prophecies on national television and spoke before the entire delegation of the United Nations.
Now comes the second set of final warnings:
THE WARNING: A tribe of red hat and red cloaked people would come in great numbers from the East, traveling through the air. They would colonize the Western American lands and then scatter and disappear.
THE FULFILLMENT: The Tibetans came calling on the Hopi Elders when the first three precursory signs in their own 1,200 year old prophecy concerning the transplantation of their religion to America were fulfilled.
This prophecy coming from Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, says, “When the iron bird flies (airplanes) and the horse runs on wheels (cars), the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the Earth, and the Dharma will come to the land of the red men.”
Since the 1970s, the Dalai Lama and a number of marooned robed priests fulfilled Hopi prophecy by regularly paying a visit to the Hopi elders and moving on. Many Hopi’s also believe a later visitation in the 1980s of red cloaked and capped followers of Bhagwan Rajneesh coming in their thousands to Eastern Oregon completes the prophecy. Even a handful of Rajneeshees, aware of the prophecy, paid a visit to the Hopi elder-in-chief, Grandfather David Monongye, in 1985, before they and their fellow red clothed travelers soon vanished from sight. I report on this meeting in detail in my book Messiahs: The Visions and Prophecies for the Second Coming.
THE WARNING: The white man will steal rocks from the moon. This is a danger sign, that we are in the final days before the purification.
THE FULFILLMENT: The Apollo moon landings unearthed (or should I say “un-mooned?”) hundreds of pounds of moon rocks, taking them back to Earth. Indeed I saw one sitting under glass in the United Nations, just outside the main theater where the Hopi Elders shared their prophecies to the full United Nations delegation just a few years before.
THE WARNING: The white man will build a permanent house in the sky. This is the final warning before the purification.
THE FULFILLMENT: MIR may have blazed its way down to the sea in fragments, but the far more permanent International Space Station traverses our skies today. It will be fully operational in a few more years. One could argue that it is already operational and therefore the times of the purification have come.
There are hundreds of prophecies from other apocalyptic traditions that support the idea of some death and rebirth of the world shortly after the turn of the millennium. Those who have read my books know that I interpret the coming Hopi purification by fire, in two ways.
If fear and robotic adherence to fossilized traditions remain the motive force of our destiny, then the “fires” of war, global warming, collective anger and stress will burn our civilization down before the next 50 years are out. However, if in the same period of 50 years, the message of personal transformation and meditation is heeded by enough individuals around the world — and they start changing themselves — then the “fires” coming to purify the world will be those of love, awareness, genius, and compassion. I believe we will see the blazing of both inner and outer fires in the coming years. The question then remains, which fire would you like to be purified by?
With that said, I would like to share with you a message I received off the internet. It is purportedly an open letter of advice on how to get through the year 2001 coming from a spokesperson for the Hopi Elders. I have not yet confirmed whether this message is indeed from the Hopi Elders. There seems to be a schism developing between them concerning how to present their final warming prophecies—if at all. Some Elders uphold a stringent dogma that their messages to the world must remain oral and never written. Other elders, however, such as Thomas Banyaca, feel that the need to share and disseminate the Hopi prophecies to the world at large supersedes rigid adherence to Hopi fundamentalism. My own understanding of their prophecies makes me presume that the following message is, in essence authentically upholding the latter view. Here it is:
“To my fellow swimmers:
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift,
that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore,
they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
keep our heads above water.
And I say see who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history,
we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves,
for the moment that we do,
our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done
in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
The river is a metaphor for the fast, white water currents of our present times in this new millennium. The call to abandon “the shore” we know and flow down the current of a unknown destiny is a common theme in the Hopi purification prophecy. I have heard the elders put it in another metaphorical way: people will “drop dead from their own fear of change” if they do not embrace the coming changes. Those people who can not only embrace change but celebrate their journey into an unknown and new millennium will greatly benefit from the coming purification of the world. Certainly the call to celebrate life — and make every one of life’s simple actions sacred — is a common message shared by the Hopi with those modern mystics and prophets like Adi Da, Gurdjieff, or Osho. All of them promote a vision of a new humanity coming that transcends its past attachments through meditation and celebration of life.
Happy floating down the unknown river to you all!
(24 September 2001)
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