Ancient literature from the Bible and the clay tablets of Sumer tell us that Methuselah lived 969 years and that the Babylonian Kings lived even longer. Ancient Indian literature tells us that they drank Soma juice from the tree of life to achieve these old ages.Could this be true?It may well be. Decoding and unraveling the human genome indicates that we can soon have the means to live such long lives. The science suggests that we may be able to eventually free ourselves of aging and, like the ancients, become Immortal Again.This has been man's dream from the beginning of time. Cicero (106-43 BC) said:"It is our duty, my young friends, to resist old age;To compensate for its defects by a watchful care;To fight against it as we would fight against disease;To adopt a regimen of health; to practice moderate exercise;And to take just enough food and drink to restore our strengthand not to overburden it.Nor, indeed are we to give our attention solely to the body;Much greater care is due to the mind and soul;For they too like lamps grow dim with time,unless we keep them supplied with oil."Then in June 1989 Dr. Rudman ran a series of tests on humans and concluded:"The overall deterioration of the body that comes with growing old is not inevitable."Let's consider how we may achieve greatly increased longevity. First we will take a closer look at the ancients and then we will look at recent scientific findings.The AncientsThe ancient Rigveda of India devotes its entire ninth book to the praises of Soma. It says that Soma juice was the nectar of the gods; the elixir that gave them immortality. But it also says that mortals could use Soma juice.Soma was the (intoxicating) juice of the now unknown Soma plant. In the Vedic lore of ancient India, it is said that:"In the land of the fathers... In the shining Paradise" that the Kings sat beneath a tree and drank Soma while listening to flutes being played."They drank Soma because it gave them immortality.The "Shining Paradise" is believed to refer to the land from which the early Vedic peoples migrated after the great flood. The Shinning Paradise was a great civilization that existed prior to the flood. Plato said it was Atlantis.Atlantis or not - it was a civilization that existed prior to, and was destroyed by, the flood.Soma was so important, that in the later legends of ancient India, it was elevated to a god:This Soma is a god; he curesThe sharpest ills that man endures.He heals the sick, the sad he cheers,He nerves the weak, dispels their fears.The faint with martial ardor fires,With lofty thought the bard inspires.The soul from earth to heaven he lifts,So great and wondrous are his gifts.Men feel the god within their veins,And cry in loud exulting strains.We've quaffed the Soma brightAnd are immortal grown.We've entered into lightAnd all the gods have known,What mortal now can harm,Or foeman vex us more?Through thee beyond alarm,Immortal god, we soar.Note especially:"We've quaffed the Soma brightAnd are immortal grown."We drank Soma and became immortal! Is this just a wish? Could it be documentation of what they did?Ancient Sumer and BabylonWe have also found references to this Soma plant in the Epic of Gilgamesh, written in the clay tablets of ancient Sumer and Babylon. These tablets note that they were copied from even more ancient texts.They tell of King Gilgamesh who goes on a mission to seek eternal life. He is told of a plant that can provide him immortality. The ancient document refers to the Soma plant used by the "Kings and Nobles" prior to the flood.In the ancient clay tablets re-write of several thousand years ago, the story says that the plant is now in deep water, probably an allegory for the flood, which destroyed the plant; made it become extinct.Gilgamesh, being the hero of the story, of course dives and gets the plant, but it is taken away by the snake. This is the continuation of the allegory in that the snake caused the food and destroyed the life pro-longing Soma plant.The Bible says that - before the flood - such a plant grew in the Garden of Eden:"And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden... "Genesis 2:8
And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil."Genesis 2:9And we've been taught that that same old serpent induced Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge. And thus God kicked Adam and Eve from Eden:"... Lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever."Genesis 3:22So we see many references to this plant, this tree of life, in literature from almost all of the ancient cultures.What does all this really mean? Is there any scientific evidence for any of this?Yes. We now understand why we age and recent laboratory tests have shown that we can make our cells immortal.The scientific evidence indicates that we will be able to become Immortal Again like the ancients before the flood destroyed their Soma plant.Almost all life on earth blossoms with youth until it has reproduced and passed its genes on to the next generation. After that the flowers wilt and die, all animals age and die, and we humans began to age and die.We age because the products of our metabolism, I.e., the "ashes" from the oxidation processes that produce energy in our cells accumulate faster then our aging endocrine system can remove them. This is because most of the cleansing hormones that surged through our youthful bodies begin to decrease as we begin to age. Some of these more critical hormones have decreased by about 10 to 30 percent as we enter our 30's.The decreases become ever more dramatic as we enter successive decades of life. Most of our hormones have decreased by over 50% and some have been reduced to near zero as we enter our 70's. So we age.Our muscles and bones weaken; our reaction time slows; we lose our agility; all combine to make us more susceptible to accidents. Our immune system weakens and makes us more susceptible to disease. And we die.There are seven basic causes that combine to make us age:1. Free radicals and other ashes of our metabolism, and environmental toxins build up in our cells and cause the cells to die without being able to reproduce themselves as they would normally do when you are younger.2. Our endocrine system ceases to secrete sufficient quantities of certain enzymes and hormones to keep up with the cell's battles with the build up of contaminants.3. Our cells lose their ability to divide, and replace themselves because they use up their allotted number of divisions (reach their Hayflick Limits).4. Stress causes secretion of excessive cortisol which does significant damage.5. Some of us have inherited flawed genes that cause, or allow malfunctions.6. Deficiencies in our diet limit the materials necessary for the cells to cleanse and repair themselves. Excesses in our diets also adversely affect certain chemical reactions.7. Lack of exercise causes atrophy of critical muscles that result in chemical imbalances and loss of strength and agility which makes us prone to accidents.All animals studied to date share these same causes of aging that they and we have inherited from our common evolution.Detailed studies and tests on each of these causes of aging have showed what we can do to become Immortal Again like the ancients before the flood destroyed their Soma plant.The key to greater longevity is the prevention of the erosion of our telomeres.Telomeres are the protective end caps on each of our chromosomes. Our telomeres erode when our cells divide to replace worn and aging cells. Eventually the telomeres become too short for effective protection so the cells die without being able to replace themselves; so we age and die.We can now synthesize the ancient Soma plant to produce telomerase which prevents the erosion of our telomeres and thereby makes our cells immortal as demonstrated in lab tests.Human tests have shown that we can cause our bodies to turn telomerase producing genes back on to greatly increase longevity.The telomerase genes played an active role when we were in our mother's womb and in our rapid growth periods. These genes were automatically turned off as we began to mature.We have found a way to turn them back on.Researchers believe that we will soon, in our lifetimes, rid mankind of aging. We can become Immortal Again.