Born in 1706 (6 Dwapara), the dawn of Dwapara Yuga, Ben Franklin epitomized it, a religious maverick, self-made man, great traveler (spending decades in France and England), successful businessman and scientist, ultimately that rarest breed of politician that acts for the people rather than himself and his cronies.
His life is summarized in the phrase "He seized the lightning from the sky and the scepter from the hand of tyrants" that embodies the themes of understanding of subtle energies (nature of lightning that he discovered) and breaking down of barriers (rejecting the King of England and his misrule) that characterize Dwapara Yuga. The country he founded more than any other embodies the energy of Dwapara Yuga, tempering its sometime excessive materialism with Christian values and now Yogic knowledge from India.
Franklin was a proponent of all religions. He prayed to "Powerful Goodness" and referred to God as the "infinite". He was a true champion of generic religion, seen as a Catholic by Catholics, Protestant by Protestants and Quaker by Quakers.
His self-written epitaph was "The Body of B. Franklin Printer; Like the Cover of an old Book, Its Contents torn out, And stript of its Lettering and Gilding, Lies here, Food for Worms. But the Work shall not be wholly lost: For it will, as he believ'd, appear once more, In a new & more perfect Edition, Corrected and Amended By the Author."
Thus his belief in reincarnation is his epitaph.
In 1733, Franklin began to publish the famous Poor Richard's Almanack under the nom de plume of Poor Richard. Franklin frequently wrote under pseudonyms although it was no secret that he was the author.
Franklin's Autobiography & Almanac
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