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DR JAN MERTA
McDOUGALL CENTRE LECTURE SERIES
All videos of Jan's talks are available for viewing on YouTube. Some have better sound quality than others. I would recommend beginning with 1) Mind, Body and Soul, 2) Freedom, 3)The Soul and Workplace, 4) Life After Death. 5) Questions, (this last talk was given shortly after he had a stroke in 2006. His words are sometimes difficult to understand but it is worth listening to anyway but you may need headphones.
Until we are able to improve the quality of the other substandard videos, you may require headphones or external speakers such as on your TV. It was only when I got a mic for Jan that things became much clearer by getting rid of the background noise. I may take some of the poor quality videos down for a while until I can have subscripts done. Unfortunately, it seems going from DVD to the computer MP format seemed to have compromised the quality on some.
If there is anyone who would like to volunteer to write transcripts for one or two these, that would really help. Even 30 minutes would be good. As it is the UFO video, which I recall being very fascinating, will require this work.
A big thanks to Andrew Janert in converting these tapes to digital format for YouTube. It wasn't easy and took a lot of time and patience. He is still doing some work on them to filter out the background hum noise. Without his efforts, it would have been much more difficult to hear.
To view these talks, go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXpzFH6VNMQLOtqOK2SrXpg
BACKGROUND OF THE LECTURE SERIES BY DR MERTA
This series of talks were given by my friend Dr Jan Merta several years ago. On occasion, he would speak at such unpresumptuous venues as Annie's Used Bookstore (Calgary) or at other times, a university, such as he did at the University of Swansea in Wales where he had been invited to speak.
It was in the late 90s that he asked me if I would organize a lecture series where he could speak. By that time, over the last few years, we had become close friends, often meeting for lunch downtown Calgary near where he worked. I said little, except for questions. As it turned out, a few years earlier I had incorporated a charitable organization called International Logos Foundation.
With this offcial society status, we were able to have free use of a small lecture theatre accommodating about thirty in the McDougall Centre. This was also known as Government House South. This was an elegantly restored sandstone school owned by the Government of Alberta.
From about 1997 to 2006, I organized about fourteen talks, although I didn't video tape the earlier ones. (Wish I had... they were good!)
It was interesting that he would arrive without notes and yet prepared, although at times it seemed he wasn't sure what he was to speak on.
Yet he always gave excellent presentations. I send out email notices to those I thought might be interested in the talks and the rest was word of mouth. Most of the time the theatre was full. The talks were 90 minutes in length with another 30 minutes for questions. In the two hours there was no intermission. Everyone, it seemed, remained spellbound.
These talks may now be heard again, this time on YouTube. I'm sure many viewers will find them to be just as fascinating and informative as they were back then. There were other talks given by Jan that are not included on this list either because they were not recorded or the sound quality was too poor to include.
The video recordings have now been digitalized and produced for presentation on YouTube. It may be accessed online at or Elysium Passage – YouTube or enter the URL:
In the future, there will be more YouTube presentations on Jan's fascinating life as well as to the Elysium's Passage Novel Series.
For anyone not familiar with the speaker's background, you may find more information on him on the blog post on him listed as DR. JAN MERTA de VELEDRAD.
The following is a short summary of his life, along with a few comments from others that I found on the Internet.
DR. JAN MERTA de VELEDRAD
For years I was fortunate to regularly meet with him in the cafeteria in the basement of the Court House in Calgary to discuss things I had never heard about before and to hear of his fascinating adventures all over the world in his pursuit of mysteries few could hardly comprehend.
Jan was obviously a very gifted man who I knew well and whose accomplishments exceeded any other man I have ever met or even heard of on earth. Regrettably, there was no story written on him although there was a biography in progress by Christopher Bird (coauthor of The Secret Life Plants) who unfortunately passed away before completing the book. A Czech movie script focusing on segments of his dramatic life had been completed but not filmed that included his harrowing escape from Czechoslovakia homeland in 1968 and segments of his trapped below the sea with a dead scientist in a deep water experiment that went wrong.
From the below Canadian Who’s Who profile (1997) you see his accomplishments but there’s much more to his story than what is enumerated here. He was an intriguing mix of a scientist (with several patents to his credit), adventurer (deepest dive in the ocean to that date), a mystic and a psychic who ‘just knew’ things. It’s no wonder he was regarded by many as the world’s most accomplished man.
There are many fascinating personal stories yet to be told about him tell and I trust that at least some will be written someday to inspire us all. I have included some of my own recollections on my blog post, Dr Jan Merta, at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/dr-jan-merta
Former NEB Chief Inspector of diving – Dr. Jan Merta – passes away.
By CADC Admin, on June 21st, 2011
We just learned that that of Dr Jan Merta passed away on the Tuesday, August 17th 2010 after a short illness. Jan had recently retired from Canada to move back to his home in the Czech Republic. Jan was instrumental in the formation of CADC in the early days and was a pioneer in the diving industry.
Thanks, Jan for your contribution to our industry …………
Dr Merta possesses nearly thirty years of extensive international experience
in the areas of advanced subsea technology operations, modern safety
management, risk analysis, incident and accident investigation, onshore
oil and gas pipelines as well as facilities inspections, management safety
audits, and regulatory development stemming primarily from his involvement
in the oil and gas industry, the subsea services industry and in the government service.
In addition to his longstanding position as the Chief Inspector of Diving
for the Government of Canada, he has been appointed under the Canada Oil
and Gas Act by the Minister for Energy Mines and Resources as
a Conservation Officer, and under the Canada Labour Code Part II,
as a Heath and Safety Officer. Furthermore, he has been designated under
the National Energy Board Act as an Inspection Officer for the Canadian Oil
and Gas Industry.
A letter by Glenn Frazinn, submitted to "The Latest Diving News" in the CADC diving magazine in
July 13, 2015
"Dr Jan Merta was one of the finest men on this planet. No man had a more diverse background and a quench for learning and wisdom than did Jan. I met him years ago through another wonderful man John Cejka who is also gone and developed a warm and lasting friendship with Jan. If the essence or spirit of a man could help our planet and mankind the blueprint is in Jan Merta. A great man. A wonderful and loyal friend. This Earth is better for having him on it. Lightspeed and beyond."
Dr. Jan Merta de Velehrad (1944-2010) was a remarkable individual who lived an incredible life. Considered by the International Biographical Center in England as one of the last Renaissance Men, he has been nominated to the Guinness Book of Records as the “Most Accomplished Man in the World”.
Educated in Czechoslovakia, Canada, UK and USA, he held a BSc degree from McGill University in Montreal and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the Aberdeen University in Scotland, along with more than 50 other degrees, diplomas, and certificates, covering close to 40 different occupations.
Listed in 18 “Who's Who” type publications, he was a recipient of numerous domestic as well as international awards and honours, and memberships spanning 23 professional and civic societies. He was an inventor, scientist, international lecturer, and pioneer in the field of Deep Sea Diving, the author and co-author of diverse articles and technical publications, as well as on the subject of various articles and interviews on radio and television. Intrigued by the ancient mysteries, he spent years in Egypt investigating the secrets of the Great Pyramid.
His library 6,000 books were likely the largest and finest private collection of its kind anywhere, accumulated from across the world over his lifetime.
I have included his 1997 Canadian Who's Who profile, although in here there is no mention of his many honorary titles that were bestowed on him in Europe
MERTA de VELEHRAD, Jan, B.Sc., Ph.D., psychologist, artist, reverend, scientist, diving systems engineer, marine safety and management systems auditor, safety officer, civil servant, international lecturer, b. (Stare Mesto), Czechoslovakia 1944, Technical Trade School (Slusovice), Trade Diploma 1962, College of Social Law (Prague), 1964-68, McGill University., (Montréal) B.Sc. 1971, Univ. of Aberdeen (Scotland), Ph.D. (expr. psych.) 1978, University of Edinburgh (Scotland), Certificate Stylometrics 1984, Carleton University (Ottawa) Fire Engineering Course 1985, International Loss Control Institute (Atlanta, USA), Diplomas in Risk Management and Safety Auditing 1992, Advanced Loss Control, Modern Safety Management. 1993, Accident Investigation 1994, CHIEF INSPECTOR OF DIVING, GOVT. OF CANADA 1981-- , army service 1962-64, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Sign and Market Place magazines. 1972-74, company president., guest lecturer, deep sea diver and diving supervisor offshore oil platforms North Sea, Middle East, Africa and North America 1974-78, Director of Research and Development for major diving companies in Scotland, Kuwait and America 1978-81, Operations Manager, World's First Diving Hospital (Dundee, Scotland) 1976, Project Manager with over 30 Research and Development projects, investigating the Ocean Ranger Oil Rig disaster 1982, provided diving expertise deep sea diving & salvage operations including. gold recovery from H.M.S. Edinburgh 1981, salvage Ocean Ranger 1984, M.V. Trans Pacific 1987, Piper Alpha 1988, Captain K 1990, Nadine 1991 and Irving Whale 1996, as scientist participated in a majority of ULTRA-DEEP diving expertise programmes conducted during the past 20 yrs. including record dives to 1600 feet, University of Pennsylvania 1976, to 2250 feet, Duke University 1982 (world record), considered candidate for first Canadian. Astronaut Program 1983, Diploma certified in speciality of Hyperbaric Medicine (USA) 1989, holds two British patents, various patents pending, recipient, Special Merit Award Canadian. Diving Ind. 1985, Commemorative Medal of Honour (USA) 1988, International. Leadership Hall of Fame (USA) 1988, International Cultural Diploma of Honour (UK) 1989, World Biographical Hall of Fame (USA) 1989, The International Hall of Leaders (USA) 1988, Certificate of Merit for distinguished service to community (UK) 1988, Certificate of Achievement for outstanding and continuous support of Canadian. Diving Industry 1996, Charter recipient of The 20th Century Award of Achievement (UK) 1992, American Biographical Inst., Man of the Year 1990 and The Most Admired Man of the Decade 1992, International Man of the Year (UK) 1991, Rsch. Advisor of the Year (USA) 1991, One in a Million (UK) 1992, The Most Admired Men and Women of the Year (UK) 1993, World Intellectual 1993, International Biographical Centre (U.K.), nominated for Frank Dearman Award of Merit (UK) 1991, The International Order of Merit (UK) 1991, Lifetime Achievement Academy (USA) 1991 and the Galletti Memorial Award (USA) 1993, Awarded Plaque of Distinction as well as Roll of Honor Plaque 1989, International Hall of Leaders 1988, Silver Shield of Valor (USA) 1992, Hon. D.Sc., London Research. Institute. (UK) 1994, Meritorious Plaque of Excellence, Canadian. Association of Diving Contractors 1997, listed in: Internat. Who's Who of Intellectuals, Man of Achievement, Who's Who in the World, The Internat. Directory of Distinguished Leadership, The Five Hundred Leaders of Influence, Dictionary of Internat. Biography, 5000 Personalities of the World, Internat. Registry of Profiles, Book of Dedications, The First Five-Hundred, Who is Who in Internat. Hyperbaric Medicine, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, American Men and Women of Science, Internat. Book of Honor, Internat. Leaders of Achievement, Hon. appointment Adv. Ctte. Seneca Coll. 1983, Chairman Canadian Standard Bd. Ctte. Survival Suits 1983-96, Chairman Canadian Association. Ctte. on Diving competency 1993-- , Deputy Governor Amerian. Biographical Inst. 1988-- , Hon. member., Advisory Council International Biographical Centre (U.K.) 1990, first Honorary Life Member., Canadian Association Diving Contractors 1993, first Honorary NEWTSUIT Pilot 1995, First Honorary Member, Slovak Royal Association (Kosice) 1996, Board of Advisers Adv., Stroke Centre, Fort Lauderdale 1990, member of Board of Medical Technologies Management (Florida) 1990, Vice-President, Institute of Mental Physics (California) 1994, Vice-President., International Society of Hyperbaric Medicine (Italy) 1990-94, Senator and Member of High Chamber, International Parliament for Safety and Peace (Palermo) 1990, Regional Representative for Information Swedenborg (Calgary) 1992, ordained as Preceptor and Church Minister-at-Large (USA) 1993, co-author Exploring the Human Aura 1976, Canadian Oil and Gas Diving Regulations 1988, and 18 National Safety and Technical Standards, author various news articles and tech. papers, interviewed numerous internat. TV and Radio shows, cited various books, magazines & news articles, lectured on over sixty different subjects, guest speaker international symposiums, conferences & seminars, Founder Fellow, Institute of Diagnostic Engineers. (UK) 1981, Fellow, Institute Petroleum. (Scotland) 1981, Fellow, Institute International Biographic Association (UK) 1988, Founder, Canadian. Society Psychic Research. 1973, Canadian Association Diving Contractors 1982, Merta Spiritual Centre 1989, and International Institute for Harmonious Development of Body and Mind (Ottawa) 1989, Chairman Czechoslovak Association Canada, Ottawa Branch. 1986-91, Founder and Chief Spokesman, International Movement Let's Help Democracy in Eastern Europe 1990-92, Co-founder and Executive Ctte. Member for International Day of Democracy 1990-92, Assoc., Institute Mechanical Engineers. (UK) 1982, Institute Marine Engineers. (UK) 1988, Member Undersea Medical Society (USA) 1978, American College of Hyperbaric Medicine 1989, Dinshah Health Society (USA) 1992, Institute Patents & Patentees (UK) 1981, Ancient Astronaut Society (USA) 1982, Canadian Standards Assn. 1982, British Psychology Society 1983, Canadian Fire Safety Association 1985, Society Fire Protection Engineers (Canada) 1985, Canadian, General Standards Board 1988, Marine Technology Society (USA) 1989, International Society for Hyperbaric Medicine 1990, International Society of Accredited Safety Auditors (USA) 1992, Society of Petroleum Engineers (USA) 1992, Institute Marine Safety Auditors (Canada) 1992, Professional Institute of Public Service of Canada 1993, Deep Submersible Pilots Association (USA) 1996.
I have included below a short dialogue excerpt from Chapter 20 of Elysium’s Passage: The Summit where the narrator/philosopher, James, talks about an acquaintance from Canada who had recently passed away in his home country of Czech Republic.
‘Then please go on James,’ Mo said, ‘we’d be interested in hearing about anyone who bears qualities similar to Pascal.’
‘Okay, then, let me go back to the beginning when I first met him not long after I began my graduate study programme in Canada. From the very beginning, I found him to be a most astounding man. I remember him having a heavy Czech accent that took me a while to become accustomed to. It soon became apparent that he was not only a highly learned Renaissance man in the humanities, but he was also a practical scientist with several registered patents.
‘Perhaps most interestingly, he was a man of great intuition that at times seemed to border on the mystical. I remember being intrigued by how he knew so much without spending all his time learning, even though his library collection had over six thousand extraordinary books, many very rare. Yet it seemed he never needed to read them if he wanted to find an answer; rather, the answers would find him. It was uncanny.
‘I suppose, in your terms, you would probably say he was simply accessing the field of infinite consciousness. I always wondered how he learned to do that until he told me he didn’t. He discovered it, or as I said, it discovered him.
‘According to what he told me, it all began one morning as a child in Prague. He was considered a slow learner at the time in fact he was about to be enrolled in an institute for children with learning disabilities. Then something very strange came over him. Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, he felt himself outside space and time, as a strange feeling swept through his entire body, even as he remained in bed. The sensation probably only lasted a few minutes, but he said it seemed much longer. When it was over, he was completely transformed into a much different child. Immediately, and for the rest of his life, he excelled at whatever he set out to accomplish. In fact, the Guinness Book of Records were considering a category for him as the world’s most accomplished man. Many still consider him as such.’
‘Interesting,’ said Mo, ‘that sounds very much like a kundalini experience. It’s a very rare encounter with involuntary enlightenment that can occur at times with extensive yoga training. In most cases, however, it just happens.’
‘Yes, that’s what he said. At the time, however, he didn’t know what it was, or what to call it, until one day much later as an adult he came across a book by a mystic who wrote about the phenomenon. After that, he tried to find whatever he could on the topic, but found there wasn’t very much written about it at the time.
‘I wondered if perhaps you could look him up sometime and give him my regards, since you say you know your way around the neighbourhood in Elysium. By now I suspect he may be deeply ensconced with the local intelligentsia. Or maybe not; I remember he liked to quote Orwell: some ideas are so stupid only intellectuals believe them. I think that was supposed to be for my benefit to help keep me humble. But after being in the midst of the intellectual milieu for so many years, I tend to agree.’ ‘In any case, you might find him out trying to collect butterflies somewhere, as he often enjoyed doing while on earth.’ ‘We’ll see what we can do,’ Eli said. ‘So what was his name?’
‘His name was Dr Jan Merta de Velehrad, born in the Czech Republic in 1944. He passed away in 2010.’
‘I'm sure we'll be able to track him down,’ Mo said. ‘So is there anything else you can tell us about him?’
‘There’s too much to say, but I’ll summarize a few things. If you want to know more specifics about him, he’s listed in several International Who’s Who publications in the world where his list of achievements goes on for several columns. He had a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Aberdeen and another degree in science related to physiology from McGill University in Canada.
‘His amazing knack in accessing information came in handy whenever I wanted to obtain inside information on whatever young woman I asked him about at the time. All I had to do was tell him the first name and after a few moments of reflection, he was able to tell me his impression of her. And not only her external features, ethnicity and family background but more interestingly, her inward disposition, talents and affections, along with whatever red flag issues there may be. He saved me a lot of time and grief, though I could never figure out how he did this. I decided this mystery was one of those unsolved curio events, just like the voice in the meadow, and so I left it at that. That was easier than trying to reconcile what I wasn’t able to reconcile.’
‘But by now,’ Mo said, ‘you should be able to understand how he did this, especially after all our discussions about the infinite field of consciousness.’
‘I think I’m beginning to understand,’ I said, ‘but what really interested me after I got to know him were his insights to the mysteries of life and death. He was particularly interested in knowing more about the spiritual side of existence. Maybe too interested, because not long after returning to the Czech Republic, he began to lose his eyesight, and then soon after, his body shut down. After he was hospitalized he lost all interest in earthly life and in no time he was gone.
‘It’s really too bad he didn't stick around for longer, there was so much more he had to say on everything. I found he was adept at weaving new meanings into ancient paradigms as he created fresh perspectives to integrate science with esoteric religions such as found in Egypt. And so, for me and many others, it was a shame to see him go when he could have had many more years of productivity ahead of him through writing and speaking.
‘It was always his desire to help the world achieve greater understanding and awareness about life and what may lie ahead. And yet there were times he could be scathingly cynical about the abysmal state of human consciousness on the earth. In some ways, I think he believed the world wasn’t ready for him and so he couldn’t be bothered to stay any longer.
‘He was also an adventurer in his younger days. In fact, for many years he held the world's record for the deepest dive in the ocean through a research programme at Duke University. Besides that, he spent several years on location investigating the Egyptian Pyramids. I believe there are few Egyptologists in the world who knew more about these than he did, especially with his understanding of an esoteric context. As an onsite researcher, he even slept in the King’s Chamber one night, which, he said, would have knocked the circuits out of most who dared.
‘After he retired, I visited him in the historical Moravian city of Olomouc, in the eastern part of the country. I noticed several framed certificates, degrees and honours hanging on his walls that had been bestowed upon him over the years. These included Knight of the Bavarian Order of Saint George, Duke of Melk, Prince of Armavir, to name but a few.
What can I say? I’m not sure I would have bothered to grapple my way up this Mountain if it wasn't for him prodding me to ascend ever upwards.'
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"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"
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"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."
“N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."
“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”
“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous thought provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humor together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”
“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”
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“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr. Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”
“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)
“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.” (CLARION REVIEW)
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