In the extensive research I have done over the years in that so invaluable 13 volume document called ‘Mother’s Agenda’, which, the Mother explains, means her ‘Diary’ (in French the word ‘agenda’ has often this meaning), I was very glad to find the telling of an authentic ‘NDE’ (Near Death Experience) long before that name was coined during the Seventies by the researchers who studied that newly discovered phenomenon.
Of course NDEs have always taken place in some human beings here and there, and a few reports of such occurrences exist since long past Antiquity, but no one had really put together those known occurrences and recognized them as the same basic phenomenon. In the same way, at the time (July 22, 1967) when the Mother came to know about the story she mentions in the text down below, there was in the world no background yet of research into that whole topic, as would become available in the following decade. Nevertheless, the Mother immediately felt the evolutive importance of what was reported, and said so openly.
I was especially glad that she reached at once such a conclusion, as by the time I read that text in the 1967 volume of the ‘Agenda’, I had myself turned into an avid NDE researcher too, as I felt certain this kind of experience was becoming one of the main means used by the Evolutive Force to open up people spiritually in greater numbers than had been possible until then through the normally slow processes of spiritual development. But few were the other researchers, unaware as they generally were of any new step in terrestrial evolution, to reach such daring conclusions as mine, that it was all part of the new ‘strategy’ of the Evolutive Force to awaken spiritually a maximum of human beings in a minimum of time so as to make them ready for the great changes about to happen. When I discovered these comments by the Mother about that lone instance she was informed about at that early time, anticipating unwittingly the field of intensive research it did become later, I took those comments joyfully as a great confirmation that my own conclusions had indeed been right… Rewarding moment for a researcher!…
Here is what Mother had to say:
‘In a magazine (I think it’s Life, an American magazine), they published the story of a man (who is in fact one of the editors or administrators of the magazine), a man who was given an injection of penicillin but was allergic to penicillin. And lo and behold, all his cells begin to dissolve, while he, entirely conscious and as if concentrated in his brain, watches the dissolution. When it reached up to the heart, the doctors declared him dead…. The impression it had on him was that the cells had a kind of expanding movement, then burst and dissolved one after another: feet, legs, abdomen, everything. And when it reached the heart, the doctor said, “He’s dead.” But he had taken refuge in his brain and thought, “I must hold out; if I can hold out here, concentrate and resist here, all will be well.” And that’s what he did. Then he felt all at once a power, he says, something so luminous, so beautiful, so gentle, so… so much more full of love than anything else in the
world, such a marvelous sensation… that he let himself melt into it, and after some time, order returned everywhere and he came back to life! He describes that. He describes it (with sentences: it’s in a magazine, so he makes sentences), but his experience is really interesting. You see, because of that will to concentrate in what he conceived to be the essential part of his being, the center of his life, he suddenly found himself in the presence of that “power”…. He said he tried to recapture it afterwards, but “I forget what it was, I no longer remember, except for that sensation, more marvelous than anything one can conceive.”2
I found that interesting.
And that brought him back to life.
I took it as one of the signs that the Force is really at work. Because I don’t think that man had done any yoga, he knew nothing about those things; he is just a gentleman-who’s-had-an-injection-of-penicillin which he can’t tolerate (those accidents happen often enough), nothing else. There was just this idea that the brain is the conscious part of the being, and if he concentrated there… His idea was, “I want to know what’s happening, I want to be conscious of what’s happening, I want to see what’s happening.” So that’s what pulled the Force. A simple thing.
It seems to me there is a progress in human consciousness – that’s my impression.