Taken from the prologue of the forthcoming book
The Keeper's of Heaven's Gate: The Millennial Madness
from EarthPulse Website
This is, however, the true details of the religious beliefs of an extraordinary group of people. The 'illuminations' drawn from their beliefs have been selected from the statements, documents and interviews by cult members. Since the beginning of time, people have sought to answer the questions raised in this book.
It is dedicated to all who have ever asked these questions, and written in hopes that all who pursue these questions in the future will do so with the healthy understanding that perhaps we are not meant to answer all of life's questions.
The key of life may be to enjoy it to its
maximum while we are here.
Rancho Santa Fe, California, March 26, 1997. The day the
Gate cult, believing they alone had the answers to life's ultimate
question, ceremoniously slipped their mortal coil and escaped into
We all know we will die.
It is this knowing that compels us to comprehend this situation, to
find a 'Web page' of
truth in this traitorous and cowardly act. What force, this book
seeks to answer, could cause a misfit soul to want to pull and whirl
itself away from Earth, especially to a waiting space ship?
Instead of being worshipped as heroes, they are
immortalized as villains in the museum of human consciousness.
The striking difference is the unifying agent holding these beliefs together. Unfortunately, in the case of the Heaven's Gate cult the Biblical adage 'and slime they had for mortar' applies.
This 'slime' separates them from all the other seekers of the world who chose a more permanent bonding agent to unify their beliefs and ground them to the Earth.
The Heaven's Gate cult believed themselves to be visionaries not just at war with the present, but with all of Earth life in general. Early on they developed the radical idea that for them to achieve peace it was mandatory that they leave Earth.
Washington and Franklin were radicals. Ghandi in India was a
radical. Martin Luther King was a radical. They sought to revive the
human spirit through the resurrection of an ancient belief in a
golden age, believing in this act we could create a utopia.
The difference is for
Heaven's Gate death is utopia and they believed this utopia was
elsewhere other than the Earth. They passionately pursued this ideal
to its ultimate fulfillment.
The Heaven's Gate cult lived at the top of the material pyramid of human civilization. They had 'arrived'. In Rancho Santa Fe, spacious estates with their rolling and wooded lawns huddle together to form an island in a region that is otherwise a pancake of desert.
It's one of the world's richest communities, a private garden in a
world becoming increasingly a maze of concrete and steel: an ideal
place for the wealthy to retire to the Sun and to either contemplate
or forget about the rest of the world.
For them, salvation could only come in the form of total
separation from the prison of Earth. To stay here, their propaganda
professed, was suicide.
Monday morning, March 24,1997, rose like any other in the palatial home the Heaven's Gate cult called "our temple." That day, instead of creating web-pages for their clients, the men and women who lived here dressed themselves in matching clothing, packed themselves into their bunk beds and awaited further instructions.
In their pockets they carried cash, perhaps an echo of
the ancient Egyptian belief that the dead had to pay the ferry men,
the keepers of the gates to heaven.
Phenobarbital is a barbiturate drug that doctors have long
prescribed for its sedative and antiseizure properties. In minutes,
it kills painlessly by producing drowsiness, coma and collapse of
the circulatory system.
Whether or not
they made it past the keepers to heaven's gate is not for us to
It's entertainment and computers that are at California's political, economic and cultural heart, however - bringing shared experiences and new frontiers to the world.
Together, misfits and computers,
along with a self-proclaimed messiah who indoctrinates with a video
camera, have placed California, and by extension the entertainment
and computer industries, on the furthest fringes of a new shared
experience: millennial madness.
This madness moves from
California to a mountain retreat in Switzerland, to the vineyards of
France, to Quebec, Canada to Tokyo, Japan.
Since 1994, 74 Solar
Temple members have died in mass suicides. Members believed they
were reincarnated Knights Templar, a secretive medieval holy order
founded by nine French knights after they excavated the site of
Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem.
Temple members believed in an afterlife on Sirius, the brightest
star in our solar system, which as we will see, was the key image in
the millennial beliefs of the Christ figure.
It is their religious beliefs. Both groups claim access to an advanced, even ancient, cosmology which involves belief in everything from UFO's, extraterrestrials, soul transplantation, soul harvesting and reincarnation to stargates.
the case of Heaven's Gate they claimed answers to such perennial
questions as who are we? How did we get here? What are we doing
here? And, how do we leave?
The fact that Heaven's Gate was founded by a former psychiatric patient has led many observers to dismiss the cult as just another band of lunatics. This deprecating attitude denies their humanity.
By portraying the cult members as somehow deformed their story fails to inform us.
intent is to show what they believed in hopes that it will prevent
another disaster of this kind from ever happening again.
Shoko Asahara, a bearded and blind
charlatan, believed himself to be the reincarnated Hindu god of
death, Shiva. This is the Hindu version of Satan.
They ran a billion-dollar empire built on
bucks from their sale of LSD and other drugs which they
manufactured. These same labs worked day and night refining enough
chemical and biological weapons to kill millions.
And, of course, once the misfits (the rest of us) were exterminated the Aum Supreme Cult would rebuild the human race and colonize the galaxy.
Other members were sent to Zaire
to collect the insanely deadly Ebola virus. As a first step, on
March 20, 1995, his disciples poured the deadly nerve gas sarin into
the Tokyo subway system, killing 12 people and injuring 6,000 more.
The Order of the Solar Temple has members in Britain, the United States and Australia. The Aum Supreme Cult has disbanded, and many of its members are in jail.
Still, questions remain: