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Andrija Puharich - Mushrooms, Parasols and Crowns



Type of Spiritual Experience


Andrija has assumed that the mushroom is literal, but it too is symbolic.



A description of the experience

The Sacred Mushroom – Andrija Puharich

The Smith Surgical Papyrus seemed to be the most promising. It was written in the seventeenth century BC, and according to the opinion of Breasted this medical document was probably already in circulation at the time that the Great Pyramid was being built (ca. 2700 BC). This was helpful in that it coincided with …. the earliest Pyramid Texts.

On June  6th, 1954, the Ra Ho Tep personality had described the preparation of a mushroom unguent that was to be applied to the top of the head at the site of the anterior fontanel, or the "soft spot" (on the head of an infant). Curiously enough the Buddhists of India and Tibet call this same spot the Aperture of Brahma and believe that the soul exits from the body at this point.

We have no record of a similar belief in ancient Egypt. But in The Smith Surgical Papyrus we find a word that describes the anterior fontanel as AHT or weak-place. This word is not found in any other Egyptian document. Another rare word in this text is UHNN, which is descriptive of the crown of the head. ….

In the Egyptian book entitled The Ceremony of the Opening of the Mouth, a funerary text giving instruction for the proper spiritualization of the deceased body, we find a vignette for the Ninth Ceremony which shows [a parasol over a head]…………

The Smith Surgical Papyrus uses another word for the crown of the head, which is of more common usage, UPT. UPT is represented by the picture of a set of ox horns, and the Tep sign.

A word derived from UPT has the set of ox horns combined with the door sign spelling AP, and this means to open or free. It struck me as curious that the top of the skull, a pair of ox horns, and a door sign should be combined to form the verb, to open, or to free.

This made sense only by considering the closed top of the skull as containing an important opening such as is found in the concept of the Aperture of Brahma. This suspicion was confirmed by finding that a few more signs added to the root signs - the ox horns and the door - yield a word UPU-TAU which means messengers.

A variation of this word by the addition of the SHU sign spells UP SHU which means to brighten or to illuminate.

Following this clue furnished by the ox horns on the top of the head, and the door sign (as the root AP), leading to UPU-TAU – messengers - and UP SHU - to brighten or illuminate - I found a rare word from the Pyramid Texts, PR, which means to come out.

But the word PR as used in … the Pyramid Texts means to ascend (to heaven). Thus this series of signs and words which refer to the crown of the head clearly suggests that the Egyptians had some such concept as the Aperture of Brahma as an exit point for the soul from the body.

The source of the experience

Ancient Egyptian

Concepts, symbols and science items

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps



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