My basic intention of writing it was to provide a summary of the inner contents of the Vedic and Biblical scriptures and prophecies. The Bible itself is already quite voluminous, and the ‘apocryphal’ texts of the Old and New Testaments are just about as long. The main Vedic scriptures comprise about five times the volume of the Bible. Not everybody has the time to read these scriptures, and that is not required either, if the essence of all these revelations is known. Personally, I had the time to read and study these scriptures as I lived in Vedic monasteries (in Europe and India) for eighteen years. One of my occupations as a monk was translating texts and commentaries of Sanskrit literature from English into German, or to check and correct the translations, respectively. Altogether I participated in the production of twenty-one books. This, however, did not turn me into a fundamentalist or an absolutizer of scriptures. I always asked myself what their real message was. What was to be learnt by reading all these books?
During my years in the monastery I began to expand my studies to biblical texts as well as to mystical and mythological sources from all cultures of the world, also including modern philosophical and esoteric works. The more I presented these complementary references and conclusions in my lectures, the more people started to express a desire of having these contents in book form. On the other hand, I was confronted by people who fanatically stood up for their absolutist religious opinions, and (unintentionally) showed me the working of the unholy spirit in the name of God. Truly absolute truths, I understood, are never dia-bolic, and to show this became my main intention, as humanity’s consciousness of the coming ‘new age’ will be holistic and spiritual.
At the same time, as a monk I was also a kind of ‘father confessor’ to many people. Over the years, I got to hear the life stories of people from all walks of life; some of these people were also affiliated with the background aspects of the present society. From them I learnt a lot about secret politics and the high-finance world. These people gave or lent me many relevant books which not everybody had (some of them are mentioned in the bibliography). What I heard was not really surprising or shocking to me. First of all, I was not naive, and secondly, the prophetic sources of all cultures clearly state that humanity is presently passing through a dark age. In this way a wide spectrum of information was brought to my attention, illustrating and expanding my personal research.
Initially, considering my social background, it was not obvious that my life would take such a course. I was born on 21 February 1962 in Lucerne, Switzerland, the second son of a working-class family from the mountain regions. My father belongs to the generation born between the two world wars. Not being very ‘intellectual’ he attended school only sporadically for a few years, as they needed boys for certain jobs in those hard times; thus my father remained almost illiterate. My mother came from a poor mountain farmer’s family.
It is said that we choose our parents ourselves. If this is true then I can say that I chose very good parents. They supported me in every way they could. They even saved money franc by franc to enable me to go to high school. In my teenage student years I became one of the best junior chess players of Switzerland, and I started to read books about the exploitation of animals and plants and of the Third World. These sobering insights prompted me to radically change my life, and I left high school right before the final exams, ‘as a sign of protest against the course of the present materialistic society’.
After some time alone out in nature, I started my monastic life at the age of eighteen. When I was thirty-six, I changed into another life situation, and I married. For the last two years I have worked almost exclusively on the manuscript of this English book. Here, I would like to thank all those who encouraged me, and helped me in this work, starting with my ‘old’ friend – and wife – Karuna. Then, Fabrizio, who gave me the initial impetus to write my first book in English; Debra Bacchus, who made the first English drafts; Helmut Kunkel for his patient and faithful editing work; Chris Cannizzo, who entered my life at the very right moment as an inspiring and constructive corrector of my English writing; Miro Ćućuz and his wife Annik, who supported me in the final months of this book’s production, and Ronald Zürrer, my publisher at Govinda Press and another ‘old’ friend.
30 November 2003
(in memory of my mother, who died on 30 November 1996)
List of publications:
1988: Vegetarisch leben: Die Notwendigkeit einer fleischlosen Ernährung [‘Vegetarian life: The necessity of a meat-less diet’], 48 pages; with a total of half a million copies printed this is the most widely spread brochure on vegetarianism in the German-speaking countries.
1991: Völkerwanderung: Epische Galerie [‘Migration of peoples: An epic gallery’], 260 pages.
1992: Der Kampf mit dem Wertlosen: Lyrische Meditationen [‘Struggling with the worthless: Lyric meditations’; seven hundred poems and epigrams], 380 pages.
1995: Da ich ein Dichter war: Gedanken, Gedichte und eine Begegnung mit Hölderlin [‘When I was a poet: Reflections, poems and an encounter with Hölderlin’], 164 pages.
1995: Der multidimensionale Kosmos, Band 1 – Gott und die Götter: Das Mysterienwissen der vedischen Hochkultur [‘The multidimensional cosmos, vol. 1 – God and the gods: The mystical knowledge of the Vedic culture’], 432 pages, fifth edition 2002.
1998: Der multidimensionale Kosmos, Band 2 – Unsichtbare Welten: Kosmische Hierarchien und die Bedeutung des menschlichen Lebens [‘The multidimensional cosmos, vol. 2: Invisible worlds – Cosmic hierarchies and the meaning of human life’], 384 pages, fourth edition 2003.
1999: Der multidimensionale Kosmos, Band 3 – Machtwechsel auf der Erde: Die Pläne der Mächtigen, globale Entscheidungen und die Wendezeit [‘The multidimensional cosmos, vol. 3 – Changing of the guards on planet earth: The plans of the leading forces, global decisions and the transformation’]; 596 pages, fourth edition 2003.
2001: Das kosmische Erbe: Einweihung in die Geheimnisse unserer Her- und Zukunft [‘Our cosmic heritage: Initiation into the secrets of our origin and future’; channelled texts by Tom H. Smith, translation and commentaries by Armin Risi]; 376 pages, second edition 2002.
2004: TranscEnding the Global Power Game: Hidden Agendas, Divine Intervention and the New Earth (first edition); as well as many articles in esoteric, philosophical and parapsychological journals.