A SKEPITCAL LOOK
The Notorious Doctor Zoom Zoom
RAMPA, TUESDAY LOBSANG (1910-1981)
A.K.A. Dr. Carl Kuon Suo. His real name was Cyril Henry Hoskin or Hoskins, and
he was a UK plumber's assistant who wrote the spurious book The Third Eye -
Autobiography of a Tibetan Lama in 1956. Like Blavatsky before him,
Hoskin chose Tibet as the back drop for his occult hoax. The book
allegedly deals with a Tibetan who had a hole drilled in his forehead
to open the “third eye”, among other fanciful things.
manuscript for The Third Eye was rejected by several publishers until
Secker & Warburg Publishers got a hold of it. They realized the
book would be a best seller, but they weren't quite sure as to its
authenticity. So they sent to a real life Tibetan Monk living in the UK
they knew of to review it. He told them the manuscript was an obvious
fraud, and even went so far to call it “post Blavatskyan hogwash”,
among other things. So the publisher had a choice of doing the ethical
thing and not publishing the book, or publishing a fraud and making
piles and piles of money. They opted for piles and piles of money. Go
The book sold 80,000 copies in the first printing and
was translated into other languages. The German first edition sold
100,000 copies. The book went into several subsequent re-printings, and
was followed by several sequels. Early on after it's initial release,
skeptics discovered Hoskins had not only never been to Tibet, but
didn't even own a passport, and didn't even speak one word of Tibetan.
Hoskins explained this seemingly inescapable problem was because, why,
he fell out of a tree and received a bump on the head, and then the
spirit of T. Lobsang Rampa entered his body and spoke through him!
Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket! Apparently the blow to the head made him
also forget how to speak Tibetan as well.
swallowed Rampa's history revision. Hoskin produced several more
ludicrous books, including My Visit to Venus, in which he described a
trip in a flying saucer in the company of two Venusians...even though
scientists have determined Venus is incapable of sustaining life.
some of the claims of Rampa are, having an encounter with a Yeti,
seeing a mummy that had been himself in a past life, Gypsies are from
the hollow Earth, Om Mani Padme Hum means. "Hail to Man's Overself"
( actually, the word Mani means "jewel", Padme means "lotus
flower", Hum means "enlightenment" ), and the reason flying
saucers never land is
because they're made of anti-matter (even though Earth's atmosphere is
made of matter, which means they would STILL burn up in the
a Rampa is a crackpot, but his books are still in print. One reader on
Amazon.com wrote “Back in the early 70's I read [The Third Eye ] with
great anticipation. Little did I know at the time was that 'T. Lobsang
Rampa was in reality a plumber from Ireland. If only the Internet
existed at the time I would have been spared the copious amount of BS
in this book. Actually I read three of his books and I was excited at
the time but now I only feel cheated and abused by this BS artist.
Don't waste your money on this book or any other by him. “ So there you
The Third Eye seems to have inspired some people to
actually drill holes in their heads in the 60's...some of which ended
in brain damage or fatality rather than opening the non-existent third
eye. Imagine that...drilling holes in your head actually isn't a good
idea! Maybe Hoskin heard someone once say “Boy, I need that like I need
a hole in my head!”, and took it the wrong way, or something. Rampa
cashed in on the Ashram craze in the 1960's by opening his own in
Canada. He lived there with devoted followers until his death in 1981.
though Hoskins has passed away, Rampa gains new followers posthumously
through his website and people are even writing new Rampa
books...claiming they can channel Rampa.
It's the scam that keeps on giving.
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