THEOSOPHY, Vol. 42, No. 3, January, 1954
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THE SACRED ISLAND(1)

AN island, where now the Gobi Desert lies, was inhabited by the last remnant of the race that preceded ours; a handful of Adepts -- the "Sons of God," now referred to as Brahman Pitris, called by yet another synonymous name in the Chaldean Kabala. Tradition says, and the records of the Great Book explain, that long before the days of Ad-am and his inquisitive wife He-va, where now are found but salt lakes and desolate barren wastes, there was a vast inland sea, which extended over Middle Asia, north of the proud Himalayan Range and its Western prolongations. This sea existed until the last great glacial period, when a local cataclysm, which swept the waters south and west, formed the present great desolate desert, and left only a certain oasis.

At one time Lemuria covered the whole area of space from the foot of the Himalayas, which separated it from the inland sea rolling its waves over what is now Thibet, Mongolia and the great desert of Shamo (Gobi). "The last remnant" meant the "Sons of Will and Yoga," who, with a few tribes, survived the last great cataclysm. Their (Lemuria's) elect had taken shelter on the Sacred Island, an Island which for its unparalleled beauty had no rival in the world, now the "fabled" Shamballah, in the Gobi Desert. Fabled, no doubt, because "a very mysterious locality on account of its future associations."

We have to look into and study well the Chinese sacred records. From Lao-tze down to Hiouen-Thsang their literature is filled with allusions and references to that island and the wisdom of the Himalayan adepts. With respect to the traditions concerning this island, and apart from the historical records of it preserved in the Chinese and Thibetan sacred books, the legend is alive to this day among the people of Thibet.

What is claimed is simply the fact that the wisdom imparted by the "Divine Ones" -- born through the Kriyasakti powers of the Third Race before its fall and separation into sexes -- to the adepts of the early Fourth Race, has remained in all its pristine purity in a certain Brotherhood. The said School or Fraternity being closely connected with a certain island of an inland sea, believed in by both Hindus and Buddhists, but called "mythical" by geographers and Orientalists, the less one talks of it, the wiser he will be. The commentary says: "Alone the handful of those Elect, whose Divine Instructors had gone to inhabit that sacred island, 'from whence the last Saviour will come. ...' the land of libation of the old Hierophants whence the deliverer of Humanity will appear." This will take place at the end of the Kali Yuga, 427,000 years hence. The latter end of every Yuga is called "the destruction of the world," as then the earth changes each time its outward form, submerging one set of continents and upheaving another set.

The hierophants of all the Sacerdotal Colleges were aware of the existence of this island. There were many such colleges, and the old classic writers speak of them. There was no communication with this fair island by sea, but subterranean passages, known only to the chiefs, communicated with it in all directions. Tradition points to many of the majestic ruins of India -- Ellora, Elephanta, and the caves of Ajunta which belonged once to those colleges, and with which were connected such subterranean ways. Who can tell but the lost Atlantis did not exist in those days?

In the esoteric doctrine, a "third war" is mentioned as taking place at the close of the 4th Race, between its adepts and those of the Fifth Race, i.e., between the Initiates of the sacred island and the sorcerers of Atlantis. Tradition maintains that the "Sons of God" or the great Initiates of the sacred island, took advantage of the Deluge, to rid the earth of all the sorcerers among the Atlanteans.

When we say that India has civilized the world, and was the Alma Mater of all other nations (Babylonia, and perhaps even Egypt included) we mean archaic prehistoric India -- India of the time when the Great Gobi was a sea, and the lost Atlantis formed part of an unbroken continent which began at the Himalayas and ran down over Southern India, Ceylon and Java, to faraway Tasmania.

Around no other locality, not even Peru, hang so many traditions as around the Gobi Desert. In Independent Tartary this howling waste of shifting sand was once, if report speaks correctly, the seat of one of the richest empires the world ever saw. Beneath the surface are said to lie such wealth, in gold, jewels, statuary, arms, utensils, and all that indicates civilization, luxury and fine arts, as no existing capital of Christendom can show today. The Gobi sand moves regularly from east to west before terrific gales that blow continually. Occasionally some of the hidden treasures are uncovered, but not a native dare touch them for the whole district is under the ban of a mighty spell. Bahti -- hideous, but faithful gnomes -- guard the hidden treasures of this prehistoric people, awaiting the day when the revolution of cyclic periods shall again cause their story to be known for the instruction of mankind. The district of the Gobi wilderness and in fact the whole area of Independent Tartary and Thibet is jealously guarded against foreign intrusion. Those who are permitted to traverse it are under the particular care and pilotage of certain agents of the chief authority, and are in duty bound to convey no intelligence respecting places and persons to the outside world. The time will come, sooner or later, when the dreadful sand of the desert will yield up its long-buried secrets.

The fair island is no more, but the country where it once bloomed remains there still. The immense "Salt Valley" of Dasht-Beyad by Khorossan covers the most ancient civilizations of the world; while the Shamo desert has had time to change from sea to land, and from fertile land to a dead desert, since the day when the first civilization of the Fifth Race left its now invisible, and perhaps forever hidden, "traces" under its bed of sand.

But a certain spot is well known to some of the "great Teachers of the Snowy Range," however much convulsed and changed its topography may have been by the awful cataclysms. Every seventh year these Teachers are believed to assemble in Shamballah, the "happy land." According to the general belief it is situated in the northwest of Thibet. Some place it within the unexplored central region, inaccessible to even the fearless nomadic tribes; others hem it in between the range of the Gangdisri Mountains and the northern edge of the Gobi Desert, south and north, and the more populated regions of Khoondooz and Kashmir, of the Gya-Pheling (British India) and China, west and east, which affords to the curious mind a pretty large latitude to locate it in. Others still place it between Namur Nur and the Kuen-Lun Mountains -- but one and all firmly believe in Scham-bal-la, and speak of it as a fertile, fairy-like land, once an island, now an oasis of incomparable beauty, the place of meeting of the inheritors of the esoteric wisdom of the god-like inhabitants of the legendary Island.


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