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The antimaterial particle within the material body passes from boy hood to youth to old age, leaves the old unworkable body and takesup another one. (p. 4)

Masteryogis can give up their bodies at will and enter the anti material worlds, while the gross materialists cannot even approachthe higher material planets with their space vehicles. (pp.19-20)

81wkti-yo11a has been made easy to practice, especially in this ironage, by Lord Kr Qa Himself in His most sublime, liberal and munifi cent appearance as Lord Sri Caitanya. (p. 22)

There are unlimited VaikUI)\ha planets in the spiritual sky, and their ratio to the material planetsis three to one. (p. 27)

fhc Supreme Being is the all-attractive Personality of Godhead, SriKr Qa. (pp. 45-46)

One may take an easy journey to the spiritual planets, where he canassociate with the Personality of Godhead in full bliss and knowl edge for eternity. (p. 50)

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Dedicated tothe scientists of the world,with blessings ofHis Divine GraceSri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta SarasvatiGosvami Maharaja,my spiritual masterContentsPrefacevii1. Antimaterial Worlds12. Varieties of Planetary SystemsGlossaryIndex818553

PrefaceA living being, especially civilized man, has anatural desire to live forever in happiness. This isquite natural because, in his original state, the livingbeing is both eternal and joyful. However, in thepresent conditioned state of life, he is engaged in astruggle against recurring birth and death. Thereforehe has attained neither happiness nor immortality.The latest desire man has developed is the desireto travel to other planets. This is also quite natural,because he has the constitutional right to go to anyport of the material or spiritual skies. Such travel isvery tempting and exciting because these skies arefull of unlimited globes of varying qualities, andthey are occupied by all types of living entities. Thedesire to travel there can be fulfilled by the processof yoga, which serves as a means by which one cantransfer himself to whatever planet he likes-possi bly to planets where life is not only eternal andblissful, but where there are multiple varieties of en joyable energies.Anyone who can attain thefreedom of the spiritual planets need never return tothis miserable land of birth, old age, disease anddeath.One can attain this stage of perfection very easilyby his individual effort. He can simply follow, in hisown home, the prescribed method of bhakti-yoga.This method, under proper guidance, is simple andenjoyable. An attempt is made herein to give infor mation to the people in general, and to philosophersvii

viiiEasy Journey to Other Planetsand religionists in particular, as to how one can.transfer oneself to other planets by this process ofbhakti-yoga-the highest of all yogic processes.'\

1Antimaterial WorldsMaterialistic science may one day finally discoverthe eternal antimaterial world which has for so longbeen unknown to the wranglers of gross material Ism. Regarding the scientists' present conception ofantimatter, the Times of India (Oct. 27, 1959) pub lished the following news Jrelease:Stocklrolm, Oct. 26, 1959- Two American atomicscientists were awarded the 1959 Nobel PhysicsPrize today for the discovery of the antiproton, prov ing that matter exists in two forms-as particles andantiparticles.They are Italian-born Dr. Emilio Segre,69, and Dr. Owen Chamberlain, born in San Fran cisco . Accordingto oneofthe fundamentalassumptions of the new theory, there may existanother world, or an antiworld, built up of antimat ter. This antimaterial world would consist of atomicand subatomic particles spinning in reverse orbits tothose of the world we know. If these two worldsshould ever clash, they would both be annihilated inone blinding flash.In this statement, the following propositions areput forward:1. There is an antimaterial atom or particle whichis made up of the antiqualities of material atoms.2. There is another world besides this materialworld of which we have only limited experience.1

Easy Journey to Other Pf.anets23. The antimaterial and material worlds mayclash at a certain period and may annihilate oneanother.Out of these three items, we, the students oftheistic science, can fully agree with items 1 and 2,but we can agree with item 3 only within thelimited scientific definition of antimatter. The dif ficulty lies in the fact that the scientists' conceptionof antimatter extends only to another variety of ma terial energy, whereas the real antimatter must beentirely antimaterial. Matter as it is constituted is11\i!subjected to annihilation, but antimatter-if it is tobe free from all material symptoms-must also befree from annihilation, by its very nature. If matteris destructible or separable, antimatter must be in destructible and inseparable. We shall try to discussIi:these propositions from the angle of authentic scrip i:ltural vision.I'world are the Vedas. The Vedas have been dividedI,,,The most widely recognized scriptures in theinto four parts: Sarna, Yajur, g and Atharva. Thesubject matter of the Vedas is very difficult for a manof ordinary understanding. For elucidation, the fourVedas are explainedMahabharataand.ip, the historical epic called the.fi· r · ··eighteenPural)as.TheRamayal)a is also a historical epic which contains allthe necessary information from the Vedas. So thefour Vedas, the original Ramayal)a by Valmiki theMahtibhtirata and the Purtil)as are classified as Vedicliteratures. TheUpani Qds are parts of the fourVedas, and the Vedanta-sutrasrepresent the cream ofthe Vedas. To summarize all these Vedic literatures,

Antimaterial Worlds3the Bhagavad-gitd is accepted as the essence of allUpani!}ads and the preliminary explanation of theVeddnta-sutras. One may then conclude that fromthe Bhagavad-gftd alone one can have the essence ofthe Vedas, for it is spoken by Lord Sri Kr Qa, theSupreme Personality of Godhead, who descendsupon this material world from the antimaterial worldinorder togive complete information of thesuperior form of energy.The superior form of energy of the Personality ofGodhead is described in the Bhagavad-gftd as pardprakrtl. The scientists have recently discovered thatthere are two forms of perishable matter, but theBhagavad-gitd describes most perfectly the conceptof matter and antimatter in terms of two forms ofenergy. Matter is an energy which creates the ma terial world, and the same energy, in its superiorform, also creates the antimaterial (transcendental)world. The living entities belong to the category ofsuperior energy. The inferior energy, or material en ergy, is called apard prakrti. In the Bhagavad-gitd thecreative energy is thus presented in two forms,namely apard and pard prakrti.Matter itself has no creative power. When it ismanipulated by the living energy, material thingsare produced. Matter in its crude form is thereforethe latent energy of the Supreme Being. Wheneverwe think of energy, it is natural that we think of thesource of energy. For example, when we think ofelectrical energy, we simultaneously think of thepowerhouse where it is generated. Energy is notself-sufficient. It is under the control of a superior

,::;Easy Journey to Other Planets4living being. For example, fire is the source of two,''1other energies, namely light and heat. Light andheat have no independent existence outside of fire.Similarly, the inferior and superior energies arederived from a source, which one may call by anyname. That source of energy must be a living beingwith full sense of everything. That supreme livingbeing is the Personality of Godhead,SriKn Q.a, orthe all-attractive living being.In the Vedas the supreme living being, or the Ab In!'ljlil1'1.IIII:)[II;Isolute Truth, is called Bhagavan- the opulent one,the living being who is the fountainhead of all en ergies. The discovery of the two forms of limited en ergies by the modern scientists is j ust the beginningof the progress of science. Now they must go furtherto discover the source of the two particles or atomswhich they term material and antimaterial.How can the antimaterial particle be explained?We have experience with material particles oratoms, but we have no experience with antimaterialatoms. However, the Bhagavad-gitii gives cle:This antimaterial particle is within the material body.Because of the presence of this antimaterial particle,the material body is progressively changing· fromchildhood to boyhood, from boyhood to youth td oldage, after which the antimaterial particle leaves theold, unworkable body and takes up another materialbody."

Antimaterial Worlds5This description of a living body confirms thescientific discovery that energy exists in two forms.When one of them, the antimaterial particle, isseparated from the material body, the latter be comes useless for all purposes. As such, the anti material particle is undoubtedly superior to thematerial energy.No one, therefore, should lament for the loss of ma terial energy. All varieties of sense perception in thecategories of heat and cold, happiness and distress,are but interactions of material energy which comeand go like seasonal changes. The temporary ap pearance and disappearance of such material interac tions confirms that the material body is formed of amaterial energy inferior to the living force, or jivaenergy.Any intelligent man who is not disturbed by happi nessand distress,understanding that theyaredifferent material phases resulting from the interac tions of the inferior energy, is competent to regainthe antimaterial world, where life is eternal, full ofpermanent knowledge and bliss.The antimaterial world is mentioned here, and inaddition information is given that in the antimaterialworld there is no "seasonal" fluctuation. Every thing there is permanent, blissful, and full of knowl edge. But when we speak of it as a "world," we mustremember that it has forms and paraphernalia ofvarious categories beyond our material experiences.

6Easy Journey to Other PlanetsThe material body is destructible, and as such it ischangeable and temporary. So is the material world.But the antimaterial living force is nondestructible,and therefore it is permanent. Expert scientists havethus distinguished the different qualities of the ma terial and antimaterial particles as temporary andpermanent respectively.The discoverers of the two forms of matter haveyet to find out the qualities of antimatter. But a vividdescription is already given in the Bhagavad-gitii asfollows. The scientist can make further research onthe basis of this valuable information.The antimaterial particle is finer than the finest ofmaterial particles. This living force is so powerfulthat it spreads its influence all over the materialbody. The antimaterial particle has immense po tency in comparison to the material particle, andconsequently it cannot be destroyed.This is but the beginning of the description of theantimaterial particle in theBhagavad-gitii.It isfurther explained as follows:The finest form of the antimaterial particle is en caged within the gross and subtle material bodies.Although the material bodies (both gross and sub tle) are subject to destruction, the finer, antimaterialparticle is eternal. One's interest, therefore, shouldbe in this eternal principle.The perfection of science will occur when it ispossible for the material scientists to know the

Antimaterial Worlds7qualities of the antimaterial particle and liberate itfrom the association of nonpermanent, material par ticles. Such liberation would mark the

The ma terial world is a creation of changing modes of nature. These modes (gutJas) are known as sattva (goodness), rajas (passion) and lamas (ignorance). The material world is created by the mode of rajas, maintained by. the mode of sattva, and annihilated by the mode of lamas.