Charles Kellogg was not a yogi or occultist. He was a naturalist and an expert with duplicating bird sounds. He drove around in a “Travel Log’, a mobile home made out of a redwood tree to raise awareness of the plight of California forests in 1920s.
Kellogg was born in the high Sierra of California in 1868. Where he grew up there were no teachers other than and Indian tribe called the Digger Indians. He played with snakes, birds and various animals and from this he developed a keen eye for observation and an acute sense of smell.
He developed the ability to exactly mimic the sound of almost every bird and insect in nature. This earned him the title, ‘The Nature Singer.’ Kellogg's ability to sing from the throat instead of whistle the songs had a lot to do with his ability to generate these unique sounds.
He gave more than three thousand lectures sharing his experiences with John Muir, August Rodin, animals and his beloved natures.
Throughout his life he always had a fascination with fire and sound. He mentions in his autobiography that he was always experimenting with his voice and tuning forks to see how he could affect fire.
A friend of his remarked about one of his lectures, “When the curtain went up Charles had his simple material in his hand and the melody of his matchless bird songs and his words had the very spirit of a woods prophet.”
“There was something in that physically fit, mentally keen and spiritually responsive personality that proclaimed him every inch a master in any emergency.” “I realize he is one of those dedicated spirits who are untiring in their search for what is beautiful and true.”
From his autobiography –
“I planned with a friend in San Jose, forty miles from Oakland, to help me in an experiment. I coached him that while I was on a radio station, forty miles away, I would give a signal over the radio, a cricket sound, and then he was to turn on a gas flame, within a tube to its highest point of two feet high. I would affect the flame in its height and then extinguish it. I did not tell anyone of my experiment at KGO radio.”
“My friend called me immediately after the radio program and informed me that every experiment was a success. At a distance of forty miles, with my bird voice, I had extinguished through the radio, a two-foot gas flame, and caused the tall, yellow flame to become a blue roaring Bunsen. When I told them at KGO station what I had done, they were astounded and asked if I would be willing to repeat the experiments before the professors of physics at the University of California in Berkeley.”
“On the evening of September 6th, Prof. A. T. Jones, University of California, introduced me before the microphone at KGO in Oakland. He gave a short explanation of how the “sensitive flame” is affected by only the very highest vibrations and what I intended to do had never been done before. In LeConte Hall in Berkeley ten miles away, a group of scientists and physicists, headed by Dr. Elmer Hall, were at the receiving end with the “sensitive flame” apparatus before them. The line was kept clear over the telephone so those in the hall in Berkeley could give signals to me in Oakland, and report the results at once. I was to cause the flame to dance (become agitated) and to again make the two foot yellow flame become the Bunsen.”
“Every experiment and the exact time the scientists wanted them done, were successfully completed. Over the radio, ten miles away, I put out the flame several times, and made the Bunsen several times. Representatives of AP and UPI, were in Le Conte Hall waiting for the scientists to authenticate the experiments. The then put an account and pictures throughout the world.”
In his autobiography Kellogg makes it clear that that at times he generated sounds with devices like a tuning fork and at other times he generated sounds with just his voice. Both ways he could have an effect upon a large and intense flame. Here is a wonderful example of someone, who in his relationship to nature, developed an ability that most of us would not believe is possible, affecting a flame with his voice. Interestingly enough in several tests Kellogg showed he generated sounds beyond the normal range of the human voice.
Yogananda in his ‘Autobiography of a Yogi,’ also mentions Charles Kellogg. “Charles Kellogg, the California naturalist, gave a demonstration of the effect of tonal vibration on fire in 1926 before a group of New York firemen. Passing a bow, like an enlarged violin bow, swiftly across an aluminum tuning fork, produced a screech like intense radio static…Instantly the sound extinguished a six inch high flame inside a hollow tube.”
You can feel his love pouring throughout his autobiography. As he recounts his adventures in great detail one has an even greater respect and love for nature, wildlife and beauty.
In one of his last chapters, ‘Fire and Sound in Far Off Fiji,’ he recounts his experience with natives of Fiji in 1925 and how he observed fire ceremonies that were never seen by outside people. There is fire walking and then there are these ceremonies where people stood lingering in the middle of the fire.
And finally Kellogg mentions something even more amazing. He brought the sensitive flame device to the island. “Following their fire-walking performance I also did a demonstration. I put out the ‘sensitive flame’ with my voice at a distance of ten feet, with no sound that even their acute ears could hear.” Think about what he did for a moment.
As we explore that which lies within, we will embark on a journey of what more is possible without.
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