The Ear of the Sphinx

S M Chen
4 min readJul 21, 2019


“The purpose of life is not be to happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), American philosopher, essayist, poet
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One of the most intriguing recent posts I’ve encountered is about a now young man who lives in Russia.

Boris Kipriyanovich was born in 1996. He was, from all accounts, both physically and mentally precocious from a very early age.

Then, one day, at age 7, on a camping trip, dressed in T-shirt and baseball cap, he gathered others around him at a campfire and told them he had a story to tell.

And what a story it was.

Boris claimed to be a reincarnated Martian. His purpose in being born on Earth was to warn Earthlings that, if they did not change their nefarious self-seeking ways, they faced nuclear catastrophe, similar to what had happened on Mars.

On Mars, Boris purportedly had been a pilot. Martians were tall — close to 7 meters — and did not age past 35. They breathed carbon dioxide, and survivors of their own nuclear holocaust lived underground. And, before their catastrophe, they once time traveled in complex triangular machines. In his past life, Boris visited Earth more than once. That interplanetary distance took virtually no time at all.

Martians had a connection with our ancient Egyptians. A key to that connection lies somewhere in proximity to the ear of the Great Sphinx of Giza. Boris did not divulge the precise site. It was one thing about which he was vague. Otherwise, his comments, though sometimes complex, are straightforward.

In 1988 the Soviets sent 2 space vehicles — Phobos I and Phobos II — to Mars. Neither functioned in their intended fashion. Boris says indigenous Martians destroyed them for safety reasons.

There are purported others like Boris located in various countries, members of what are called Indigo Children (they seem to possess an indigo aura), born on Earth for the same purpose: to save humans from themselves.

You can learn more about Boris here:

There are only 2 possibilities with this extraordinary tale.

It is either true, or not.

If not, it is an elaborate hoax, cleverly concocted and not one easily debunked by cognoscenti.

Still, it would be likely easier to dismiss the claims of Boris than try to find reasons for their validity.

And, with everything else going on, why should we care?

Regardless of its origin, the message of Boris may be worth heeding. We may ignore it at our peril.

It is not new.

In 1951, a film (based on a short story by writer Harry Bates) was made: THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL. In it, a UFO, which traveled at warp speed, lands in Washington, DC. The alien, Klaatu, played by actor Michael Rennie, had a message to deliver to Earthlings: Get along with other nations or, as an existential planetary menace, face annihilation.

As a side story, a single mother (Patricia Neal) and her son teach the world about peace and tolerance in this moral fable.

Scientists estimate there are 100 billion galaxies, of which our Milky Way is but one. Each galaxy contains 100 billion stars (these estimates may be, if anything, on the low side). It is highly probable that there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe (no observed response to Earth’s SETI — Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence — notwithstanding).

Maybe even in our own galaxy.

As deceased astronomer Carl Sagan once observed: “Absence of proof is not proof of absence.”

If there is extraterrestrial intelligent life, it is likely arrogant of us Earthlings to believe it is inferior to our own. It could, in fact, be superior. Perhaps vastly so.

On Earth, plants, including trees, imbibe carbon dioxide. So it is not so far-fetched to imagine the gas, important to our understanding of climate change, might sustain life forms elsewhere in our universe. Perhaps it is only we humans who require oxygen.

As far as some of Boris’s other claims, reincarnation is not necessarily an alien (pun intended) concept. Buddhists and Hindus, among numerous others, have their version of the belief. And, as the Dalai Lama once remarked to Carl Sagan, it is difficult, if well-nigh impossible, to disprove reincarnation.

This summer we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landing on the moon by U. S. astronauts. It was a monumental achievement and, in my opinion, a cause for celebration.

Space travel has moved from Buck Rogers closer to the front of the stove and may become a reality in the lifetimes of some of us.

And Mars has been discovered to contain water (albeit mostly as ice), essential to human life. The planet may yet be habitable.

The more we learn, the more there seems to be to learn. In the grand scheme of things, we know so little. It behooves us to acknowledge this and to be gentle in our dealings with others, regardless how ignorant we may think them to be.

As Mark Twain once remarked, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years.”

He was not the only one to have such experience.

One recurring theme in our understanding of the cosmos is the universality of love as an undergirding principle.

It is the basis for most of Earth’s great religions and philosophies and constitutes the reason for hope of many.

Were there more love on our planet, the (purported) reincarnation of Boris may have been unnecessary.

But then we might never have learned about the ear of the Sphinx.