THEOSOPHY, Vol. 48, No. 3, January, 1960
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LEAFLETS FROM ESOTERIC HISTORY(1)
[Part 2 of 2]
WHAT was the language spoken by the Atlantean Æolians? History cannot answer us. Nevertheless, the reader has only to be reminded of some of the accepted and a few of the as yet unknown facts, to cause the light to enter any intuitional brain. It is now proved that man was universally conceived in antiquity as born of the earth. Such is the now profane explanation of the term "autochthones." In nearly every vulgarized popular fable, from the Sanskrit "Arya, born of the earth," or lord of the soil in one sense; the Erechtheus of the archaic Greeks, worshipped in the earliest days of the Akropolis and shown by Homer as "he whom the earth bore"; down to Adam fashioned of "red earth" -- the genetical story has a deep occult meaning, and an indirect connection with the origin of man and of the subsequent races.
Thus, the fables of Helen, the son of Pyrrha the red --the oldest name of Thessaly, and of Mannus, the reputed ancestor of the Germans, himself the son of Tuisco, "the red son of the earth," have not only a direct bearing upon our Atlantis fable but they explain moreover the division of mankind into geological groups as made by the Occultists. It is only this, their division, that is able to explain to Western teachers the apparently strange, if not absurd, coincidence of the Semitic Adam -- a divinely revealed personage -- being connected with red earth, in company with the Aryan Pyrrha, Tuisco, etc. -- the mythical heroes of "foolish" fables. Nor will that division made by the Eastern Occultists, who call the fifth-race people "the brown-white" and the fourth-race the "red-yellow" Root-Races -- connecting them with geological strata -- appear at all fantastic to those who understood verse iii. 34-39 of the Veda and its occult meaning, and another verse in which the Dasyus are called "yellow."
Let the student of Occultism bear in mind that the Greek Noah, Deukalion, the husband of Pyrrha, was the reputed son of Prometheus who robbed Heaven of its fire (i.e., of secret Wisdom "of the right hand," or occult knowledge); that Prometheus is brother of Atlas; also the son of Asia and of the Titan Iapetus -- the antetype from which the Jews borrowed their Japhet for the exigencies of their own popular legend to mask its kabalistic, Chaldean meaning; and that he is also the antetype of Deukalion. Prometheus is the creator of man out of earth and water [behold Moses saying that it requires earth and water to make a living man], who after stealing fire from Olympus -- a mountain in Greece -- is chained on a mount in far-off Caucasus. From Olympus to Mount Kazbek there is a considerable distance. The Occultists say that while the fourth race was generated and developed on the Atlantean continent -- our Antipodes in a certain sense -- the fifth was generated and developed in Asia.
The fable of Prometheus relates to the extinction of the civilized portions of the fourth race, whom Zeus, in order to create a new race, would destroy entirely, and Prometheus (who had the sacred fire of knowledge) saved partially "for future seed." But the origin of the fable antecedes the destruction of Poseidonis by more than seventy thousand years, however incredible it may seem. The seven great continents of the world, spoken of in the Vishnu Purana, include Atlantis, though of course under another name. Ila and Ira are synonymous Sanskrit terms, and both mean earth or native soil; and Ilavrita is a portion of Ila, the central point of India, the latter being itself the centre of the seven great continents before the submersion of the great continent of Atlantis, of which Poseidonis was but an insignificant remnant. And now, while every Brahman will understand the meaning, we may help the Europeans with a few more explanations.
If the reader turns to Isis Unveiled I, 589, he may find therein narrated another old Eastern legend. An island ... (where now the Gobi desert lies) was inhabited by the last remnants of the Race that preceded ours -- a handful of "Adepts," the "Sons of God," now referred to as the Brahman Pitris, called by another yet synonymous name in the Chaldean Kabala. Isis Unveiled may appear very puzzling and contradictory to those who know nothing of occult sciences. To the Occultist it is correct, and while perhaps left purposely sinning (for it was the first cautious attempt to let into the West a faint streak of Eastern esoteric light), it reveals more facts than were ever given before its appearance. Let anyone read these pages and he may comprehend. The "six such races" in Manu refer to the sub-races of the fourth race (p. 590).
In addition to this the reader must turn to the paper on "The Septenary Principle in Esotericism" (Five Years of Theosophy, p. 120, 1910 ed.), study the list of the "Manus" of our fourth Round and, between this and Isis, light may perchance be focussed. On pages 590-6 of the work mentioned above [Isis] he will find that Atlantis is mentioned in the "Secret Books of the East" (as yet virgin of Western spoliating hand) under another name in the sacred hieratic or sacerdotal language. And then it will be shown to him that Atlantis was not merely the name of one island but that of a whole continent, of whose isles and islets many have to this day survived.
Until the appearance of a map published at Basle in 1522, wherein the name of America appears for the first time, the latter was believed to be a part of India; and strange to him who does not follow the mysterious working of the human mind and its unconscious approximations to hidden truths -- even the aborigines of the new continent, the red-skinned tribes, the "Mongoloids" of Mr. Huxley, were named Indians. Names now attributed to chance -- elastic word that! Strange coincidence indeed, to him who does not know -- science refusing yet to sanction the wild hypothesis -- that there was a time when the Indian peninsula was at one end of the line, and South America at the other, connected by a belt of islands and continents. The India of the prehistoric ages was not only within the region at the sources of the Oxus and Jaxartes, but there was even in the days of history, and within its memory, an upper, a lower, and a western India; and still earlier it was doubly connected with the two Americas. The land of the ancestors of those whom Ammianus Marcellinus calls the "Brahmans of Upper India" stretched from Kashmir far into the (now) deserts of Schamo. A pedestrian from the north might then have reached -- hardly wetting his feet -- the Alaskan Peninsula, through Manchuria, across the future Gulf of Tartary, the Kurile and Aleutian Islands; while another traveller, furnished with a canoe and starting from the south, could have walked over from Siam, crossed the Polynesian Islands, and trudged into any part of the continent of South America.
On pp. 592-3 of Isis, vol i., the Thevetatas -- the evil, mischievous gods that have survived in the Etruscan Pantheon -- are mentioned, along with the "sons of God" or Brahman Pitris. The Involute, the hidden or shrouded gods, the Consentes, Complices, and Novensiles, are all disguised relics of the Atlanteans; while the Etruscan arts of soothsaying, their Discipline revealed by Tages, come direct and in undisguised form from the Atlantean king Thevetat, the "invisible" Dragon, whose name survives to this day among the Siamese and Burmese, as also, in the Jataka allegorical stories of the Buddhists, as the opposing power under the name of Devadatta. And Tages was the son of Thevetat, before he became the grandson of the Etruscan Jupiter-Tinia.
Have the Western Orientalists tried to find out the connection between all these Dragons and Serpents; between the "powers of Evil" in the cycles of epic legends, the Persian and the Indian, the Greek and the Jewish; between the contests of Indra and the giant; the Aryan Nagas and the Iranian Aji Dahaka; the Guatemalian Dragon and the Serpent of Genesis, etc.? Professor Max Müller discredits the connection. So be it. But the fourth Race of men, "men" whose sight was unlimited and who knew all things at once, the hidden as the revealed, is mentioned in the Popol-Vuh, the sacred books of the Gautemalians; and the Babylonian Xisuthrus, the far-later Jewish Noah, the Hindu Vaivaswata, and the Greek Deukalion are all identical with the great Father of the Thlinkithians [of Popol-Vuh] who, like the rest of these allegorical (not mythical) Patriarchs, escaped in his turn and in his days, in a large boat at the time of the last great Deluge -- the submersion of Atlantis.
To have been an Indo-Aryan, Vaivaswata had not, of necessity, to meet with his Saviour (Vishnu, under the form of a fish) within the precincts of the present India, or even anywhere on the Asian continent. Nor is it necessary to concede that he was the seventh great Manu himself, but simply that the Hindu Noah belonged to the clan of Vaivaswata and typifies the fifth Race. Now the last of the Atlantean islands perished some 11,000 years ago, and the fifth Race headed by the Aryans began its evolution, to the certain knowledge of the "Adepts," nearer one million than 900,000 years ago. But the historian and the anthropologist with their utmost stretch of liberality are unable to give more than from twenty to one hundred thousand years for all our human evolution. Hence we put it to them as a fair question: At what point during their own conjectural lakh of years do they fix the root-germ of ancestral line of the "old Greeks and Romans"? Who were they? What is known or even conjectured about their territorial habitat after the division of the Aryan nations? And where were the ancestors of the Semitic and Turanian races? It is not enough for the purposes of refutation of other people's statements to say that the latter lived separate from the former, and then come to a full stop -- a fresh hiatus in the ethnological history of mankind.
Since Asia is sometimes called the Cradle of Humanity, and it is an ascertained fact that Central Asia was likewise the cradle of the Semitic and Turanian races (for thus it is taught in Genesis), and we find the Turans agreeably to the theory evolved by the Assyriologists preceding the Babylonian Semites, where, at what spot on the globe did these Semito-Turanian nations break away from the parent stock, and what has become of the latter? It cannot be the small Jewish tribe of Patriarchs; and unless it can be shown that the garden of Eden was also on the Oxus or the Euphrates, fenced off from the soil inhabited by the children of Cain, philologists who undertake to fill in the gaps in Universal History with their made-up conjectures, may be regarded as ignorant of this detail as those they would enlighten.
Logically, if the ancestors of these various groups had been at that remote period massed together, then the self-same roots of a parent stock would have been equally traceable in their perfected languages as they are in those of the Indo-Europeans. And so, since whichever way one turns, one is met with the same troubled sea of speculation, margined by the treacherous quicksands of hypothesis, and every horizon bounded by inferential landmarks inscribed with imaginary dates, again the Adepts ask why should any one be awed into accepting as final criterion that which passes for science of high authority in Europe? For all this is known to the Asiatic scholar -- in every case save the purely mathematical and physical sciences -- as little better than a secret league for mutual support, and, perhaps, admiration. He bows with profound respect before the Royal Societies of Physicists, Chemists, and to a degree, even of Naturalists. He refuses to pay the slightest attention to the merely speculative and conjectural so-called "sciences" of the modern Physiologist, Ethnologist, Philologist, etc., and the mob of self-styling OEdipuses to whom it is not given to unriddle the Sphynx of Nature, and who therefore throttle her.
With an eye to the above, as also with a certain prevision of the future, the defendants in the cases under examination believe that the "historical difficulty" with reference to the non-historical statement, necessitated more than a simple reaffirmation of the fact. They knew that with no better claims to a hearing than may be accorded by the confidence of a few, and in view of the decided antagonism of the many, it would never do for them to say "we maintain," while Western professors maintained to the contrary. For a body of, so to say, unlicensed preachers and students of unauthorized and unrecognized sciences to offer to fight an august body of universally recognized oracles would be an unprecedented piece of impertinence. Hence their respective claims had to be examined on however small a scale to begin with (in this as in all other cases) on other than psychological grounds. The "Adepts" in Occult Arts had better keep silence when confronted with the "A.C.S.'s" -- Adepts in Conjectural Sciences -- unless they could show, partially at least, how weak is the authority of the latter and on what foundations of shifting sands their scientific dicta are often built. They may thus make it a thinkable conjecture that the former may be right after all. Absolute silence, moreover, would have been fatal. Besides risking to be construed into inability to answer, it might have given rise to new complaints among the faithful few, and led to fresh charges of selfishness against the writers.
Therefore have the "Adepts" agreed to smooth, in part at least, a few of the most glaring difficulties, and, showing a highway, to avoid them in future by studying the non-historical but actual, instead of the historical but mythical, portions of Universal History. And this they have achieved, they believe (at any rate with a few of their querists), by simply showing or rather reminding them that, since no historical fact can stand against the "assumption" of the "Adepts" -- historians being confessedly ignorant of pre-Roman and Greek origins beyond the ghostly shadows of the Etruscans and Pelasgians -- no real historical difficulty can be possibly involved in their statement. From objectors outside the Society, the writers neither demand nor do they expect mercy.
The "Adept" has no favours to ask at the hands of conjectural science ... [but] is more than content to be allowed to remain silent, keeping what he may know to himself, unless worthy seekers wish to share it. He has done so for ages and can do so for a little longer. Moreover, he would rather not "arrest attention" or "command respect" at present. Thus he leaves his audience to first verify his statements in every case by the brilliant though rather wavering light of modern science: after which his facts may be either accepted or rejected, at the option of the willing student. In short, the "Adept" -- if one indeed -- has to remain utterly unconcerned with, and unmoved by, the issue. He imparts that which it is lawful for him to give out, and deals but with facts.
LEAFLETS FROM ARYAN HISTORY
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