For all prayer is answered.
Don't tell God how to answer it.
—Edgar Cayce Reading 4028-1
One of my favorite days of the year has rolled around and it's a double-delight that it's a Wednesday (no matter that i lost all five shuttle games that i played in the mo"u"rning; an instance of a double-delight becoming a double-whammy).
When i embarked on my spiritual search in 1990, Edgar Cayce was the person i was introduced to by CPKK, the chap who taught me numerology. After the introductory book, A Prophet in His Own Country, it was The Sleeping Prophet and Many Mansions, a stunning explanation of reincarnation. Gopa once sent me a Telugu version of the same!
From these, i created a page on Edgar Cayce on the Infosys intranet:
Edgar Cayce (pronounced Kay-see) was born in Louisville, Kentucky on March 18, 1877. From a young age, he was drawn towards God and used to read the entire Bible once a year.
Around 1900, Cayce went through an unusual experience that was to change his life. He lost his voice! After some unsuccessful attempts to cure it, he met a wandering hypnotist who put him into a trance and made a suggestion that Cayce cure himself. This was followed by a tremendous amount of blood rushing into the region of his throat and, when Cayce got up, he found that he got his voice back.
With his doctor friend Ketchum, Cayce started on a mission of curing people. All that had to be told him in the trance was the name of the patient and where he was at that moment. It didn't make a difference whether the patient was in the next room or in Switzerland. His prescriptions, called readings, were radical, but they worked.
Around 1923, one of Cayce's friends realized that what they were sounding Cayce on was just the tip of the iceberg. So, in the trance, Cayce was asked whether there was any relation between astrology and one's life. Cayce responded to this and, at the end of the reading, came out with an intriguing statement:
reincarnation. With his Biblical background, Cayce found it extremely difficult to digest this bit of information. However, he went through more trances where the Spirit that spoke through him was questioned on reincarnation. The voice gently but firmly assured him that was how the world worked, with one redeeming aspect:
However terrible one's karma, the person was always given one more chance.This started off a new set of readings that were called life readings. Many books have been written on these readings which cover dreams, ESP, gem stones, reincarnation, among others.
An extremely well-written book on reincarnation in Cayce's life readings is Gina Cerminara's Many Mansions. Jess Stearn's immensely readable The Sleeping Prophet and A Prophet in His Own Country helped in popularizing Cayce.
Cayce also made a number of predictions. Some of them were:
- The Great Depression of 1929
- The fall of communism by the end of the 20th century.
His predictions on the sweeping changes that the Earth is going to witness by the end of the 20th century include the following: (he attributed this to the shift in the Earth's rotational axis that happened way back in 1936)
- Destruction of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York
- Inundation of the states of Alabama and Georgia
- New land coming up off the East Coast of US
- Disappearance of Northern Europe in the "twinkling of an eye"
- Major upheavals in Japan.
Edgar Cayce died in 1945.
Some of his readings have been featured in this blog's header: (numbers in brackets are those of the readings)
- …don't get mad and don't cuss a body out mentally or in voice. This brings more poisons than may be created by even taking foods that aren't good. (470-37)
- Q: If a soul fails to improve itself, what becomes of it? A: That's why the reincarnation, why it reincarnates; that it may have the opportunity. Can the will of man continue to defy its Maker? (826-8)
- Meditate, oft. Separate thyself for a season from the cares of the world. Get close to nature and learn from the lowliest of that which manifests in nature, in the earth; in the birds, in the trees, in the grass, in the flowers, in the bees; that the life of each is a manifesting, is a song of glory to its Maker. And do thou likewise! (1089-3)
- Then, to be able to remember the sunset, to be able to remember a beautiful conversation, a beautiful deed done where hope and faith were created, to remember the smile of a babe, the blush of a rose, the harmony of a song—a bird's call; these are creative. For if they are a part of thyself, they bring you closer and closer to God. (1431-1)
- Arguments gain little. The mental attitude and prayers gain much; for thoughts are things and their vibrations reach those in every sphere and walk of life as related to self and to others. (1438-2)
- Know thyself, then, to be as a corpuscle, as a facet, as a characteristic, as a love, in the body of God. (2533-7)
- Study to know thyself in relationship to that ye choose as thy ideal. And let that ideal be set in Him, who is the way, the truth and the light. This does not mean becoming good-goody, no—far from it! Be able to look everyman in the face and tell him to go to hell—but live as He did, the lowly Nazarene! (2869-1)
- Learn the lesson well of the spiritual truth: Criticize not unless ye wish to be criticized. For, with what measure ye mete it is measured to thee again. It may not be in the same way, but ye cannot even think bad of another without it affecting thee in a manner of a destructive nature. Think well of others, and if ye cannot speak well of them don't speak! but don't think it either! (2936-2)
- Cultivate the ability to see the ridiculous, and to retain the ability to laugh. For, know—only in those that God hath favored is there the ability to laugh, even when clouds of doubt arise, or when every form of disturbance arises. For, remember, the Master smiled—and laughed, oft—even on the way to Gethsemane. (2984-1)*
- This is the first lesson ye should learn: There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, it doesn't behoove any of us to speak evil of the rest of us. This is a universal law, and until one begins to make application of same, one may not go very far in spiritual or soul development. (3063-1)