|Figure 26. The Sutratman Thread, adapted from **The Divine Plan p. 20, by Geoffrey Barborka|
The Stanzas make references to several parts of the Sutratman, and to the Sutratman itself.
“The Spark hangs from the Flame by the finest thread of Fohat.” (Shloka i-7-5)
“From the First-born the Thread between the Silent Watcher and his Shadow becomes more strong and radiant with every change [reincarnation]. The morning sun has changed into noon-day glory….” (Shloka i-7-6)
“This is thy present Wheel, said the Flame to the Spark. Thou art Myself, My Image, and my shadow. I have clothed Myself in Thee, and Thou art my vahan [vehicle]. To the Day, ‘Be With Us,’ when Thou shalt re-become Myself and Others, Thyself and Me.” (Shloka i-7-7)
The Sutratman is a thread which passes from the universal Flame, into a person’s Atman, through all of their preceeding incarnations, and into their present incarnation.
The Sutratman Thread (“Thread of Fohat” in Shloka i-7-5 and “Thread” in Shloka i-7-2) starts in the universal Flame. It passes through the Monad (also called the Jiva of SD vol 2 p 46 & SD vol 1 p 238, the Jivatman of Divine Plan p. 89, The Silent Watcher of Shloka 1-7-6, and the Spark).
The Sutratman passes through each incarnation (“Shadow” in Shloka 1-7-6 & 1-7-7), and links up with the present incarnation.
In review, here are some key terms.
- Thread — the Fohatic connection called Sutratman. This is a link between a person’s incarnations.
“A thread through many jewels” (Shloka i-7-2)
“…the finest thread of Fohat.” (Shloka i-7-5)
“… expresses the conception … of a life-thread, Sutratma, running through successive generations.” (SD Vol 1 p 222)
- Flame — A person’s Monad (Shloka i-7-7)
The spark hangs from the flame….” (Shloka i-7-5)
“Just as milliards of bright sparks dance on the waters of an ocean above which one and the same moon is shining, so our evanescent personalities — the illusive envelopes of the immortal MONAD-EGO — twinkle and dance on the waves of Maya. They last and appear, as the thousands of sparks produced by the moon-beams, only so long as the Queen of the Night radiates her lustre on the running waters of life: the period of a Manvantara; and then they disappear, the beams – symbols of our eternal Spiritual Egos — alone surviving, re-merged in, and being, as they were before, one with the Mother-Source.” (SD vol 1 p 237).
See also Monads.
- Spark — A person’s Atma-Buddhi-Manas
“The spark hangs from the flame….” (Shloka i-7-5)
“What is that ‘Spark’ which ‘hangs from the flame’? It is … that which remains from each personality, when worthy, and hangs from Atma-Buddhi, the Flame, by the thread of life….” (SD vol 1 p 238).
- Silent Watcher — A person’s Monad
“From the first-born the thread between the Silent Watcher and his shadow becomes more strong and radiant with every change.” (Shloka i-7-6)
“The ‘Silent Watcher’ stands for Jivatman, or the Monad…. It is regarded as the Silent Watcher because of not being able to manifest in material sphere and therefore is an onlooker rather than a participator in the imbodiment on earth. (Divine Plan, pp. 23-24)
- Shadow — A person’s previous incarnations
“…the thread between the Silent Watcher and his shadow…” (Shloka i-7-6)
“The ‘shadow’ is the personality or the evanscent ego, albeit linked with the Silent Watcher. ‘Every change’ means every incarnation. (Divine Plan, p. 24)
- First-Born – A person’s first incarnation
“From the first-born the thread between the Silent Watcher and his shadow becomes more strong and radiant with every change.” (Shloka i-7-6)
“The ‘first-born’ signifies … the one who commences the Cycle of Necessity [the first incarnation], resulting in the innumerable series of incarnations on earth. (Divine Plan, p. 23)
We now begin the study of the Stanzas of Dzyan in Book II of The Secret Doctrine, which tell the story of the appearance of Humanity on Earth.
We humans have traveled a long journey. We spent the previous Round as animals, and then came to Earth to be the human race.
Humanity on Earth is scheduled to appear in seven races called Root-Races. Five Root-races have already appeared, and two more will appear in the future. However, things at the beginning of our human race did not turn out as planned. Let’s take a look at the step-by-step creation of our humanity, along with the problems that accompanyed that process.
First Root-Race: The Chhayas
It may come as a surprise, but the first Root-Race, the Chhayas, only existed on the astral plane, and did not have physical bodies.
“Chhaya … is the astral image.” (SD vol 2 p 101)
“But men, during the first and the second races, were not physical beings, but merely rudiments [astral entities] of the future men: Bhutas….” (SD vol 2 p 108)
“Hence we believe in races of beings other than our own in far remote geological periods; in races of ethereal, following incorporeal, “Arupa,” men, with form but no solid substance….” (SD vol 2 p 194)
“…primeval humanity had at first an ethereal … form, evolved by gods or natural “forces,” which grew, condensed throughout millions of ages, and became gigantic in its physical impulse and tendency, until it settled into the huge, physical form of the Fourth Race Man….” (SD vol 2 p 151)
“In those early ages, astral evolution was alone in progress, and the two planes, the astral and the physical, though developing on parallel lines, had no direct point of contact with one another.” (SD vol 2 p 157)
The astral bodies of the Chhyas were created by the Lunar Pitris.
“…the progenitors created man out of their own astral bodies….” (SD vol 2 p 112)
“…primeval humanity had at first an ethereal … form, evolved by gods or natural “forces,” which grew, condensed throughout millions of ages, and became gigantic in its physical impulse and tendency, until it settled into the huge, physical form of the Fourth Race Man….” (SD vol 2 p 151)
“The Progenitors of Man, called in India ‘Fathers,’ Pitara or Pitris, are the creators of our bodies and lower principles…. As stated, they were ‘lunar Beings.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 88)
“It is from the material Worlds that descend they, who fashion physical man at the new Manvantaras. They are inferior Lha (Spirits), possessed of a dual body (an astral within an ethereal form). They are the fashioners and creators of our body of illusion.” (SD vol 2 p 57)
“As to their fashioners or ‘Ancestors’ — those Angels who, in the exoteric legends, obeyed the law — they must be identical with the Barhishad Pitris, or the Pitar-Devata, i.e., those possessed of the physical creative fire.” (SD vol 2 p 94)
The astral bodies of the Fourth-Round Chhyas were created from astral matter carried over from the Third Round.
“The astral prototypes of the mineral, vegetable and animal kingdoms up to man have taken that time (300 million years) to evolve, re-forming out of the cast-off materials of the preceding Round, which, though very dense and physical in their own cycle, are relatively ethereal as compared with the materiality of our present middle Round. At the expiration of these 300 million years, Nature, on the way to the physical and material, down the arc of descent, begins with mankind and works downwards, hardening or materialising forms as it proceeds.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 68)
The Chhayas are called The Sons of the Self-Born. They are also referred to as Shadows, because they only existed on the astral plane, lacking physical bodies.
“The ‘shadows,’ or Chhayas, are called the sons of the ‘self-born,’ as the latter name is applied to all the gods and Beings born through the WILL, whether of Deity or Adept.” (SD vol 2 p 120)
The Chhayas are also called The Sons of Yoga.
“The Commentaries explain that the first Race — the ethereal or astral Sons of Yoga [are] also called ‘Self-born’ ” (SD vol 2 p 198)
“The First [Race] were the Sons of Yoga.” (Shloka ii-5-18)
These ‘Forms’ are called ‘Sons of Yoga,’ because Yoga (union with Brahma exoterically) is the supreme condition of the passive infinite deity, since it contains all the divine energies and is the essence of Brahma, who is said (as Brahmâ) to create everything through Yoga power.
The Chhaya are also called the Sons of the Sons of Twilight.
“The Sons of the Sons of Twilight” (SD vol 2 p 109)
Chhayas — The First Race — appeared initially as astral off-shoots from the Progenitors (and never had physical bodies.)
“The First Race, the ‘Self-born,’ [were] the (astral) shadows of their Progenitors.” (SD vol 2 p 164)
It is [The Barhishad] … who project the senseless model (the Astral) of the physical Being … they could only give birth to the outer man, or rather to the model of the physical, the astral man. (SD vol 2 p 79)
The process by which the Chhayas were created is called Fission.
“Fission … As seen in the division of the nucleated cell, in which the cell-nucleus splits into two sub-nuclei … and multiply outside as independent entities.” (SD vol 2 p 166)
The Chhayas have completely disappeared.
“The ‘moon colored’ (i.e., the First and the Second Races) [are] gone for ever — ay, without leaving any traces whatever….” (SD vol 2 p 351)
Second Root-Race: The Hyperboreans
The Hyperboreans, like the Chhayas before them, existed only on the astral plane (not incarnating into physical bodies).
“But men, during the first and the second races, were not physical beings, but merely rudiments [astral entities] of the future men: Bhutas….” (SD vol 2 p 108)
The Second Race (Hyperboreans) appeared initially as astral buds from The First Race (Chhayas).
“The Second Race was the product by budding and expansion….” (Shloka ii-5-19)
“What will be most contested by scientific authorities is this a-sexual Race, the Second, the fathers of the ‘Sweat-born’…. ‘Budding’ is the very word used in the Stanza [to describe how they procreated]. How could these Chhayas reproduce themselves otherwise; viz., procreate the Second Race, since they were ethereal, a-sexual, and even devoid, as yet, of the vehicle of desire, or Kama Rupa?, which evolved only in the Third Race? They evolved the Second Race unconsciously, as do some plants.” (SD vol 2 p 116)
“When the season of reproduction arrives, the sub-astral [Chhaya] ‘extrudes’ a miniature of itself from the egg of surrounding aura. This germ grows and feeds on the aura till it becomes fully developed, when it gradually separates from its parent, carrying with it its own sphere of aura; just as we see living cells reproducing their like by growth and subsequent division into two.” (SD vol 2 p 117)
The Hyperboreans are called the Sweat-Born, because later members of their race were produced by budding.
“The Sons of Wisdom … spurned the Sweat-born.” (Shloka ii-7-25)
“The early Second (Root) Race were the Fathers of the ‘Sweat-born’; the later Second (Root) Race were ‘Sweat-born’ themselves.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 117)
“When the race became old, the old waters [Chhayas] mixed with the fresher waters [Hyperboreans]; When the drops became turbid, they vanished and disappeared, in the new stream, in the hot stream of life. The outer of the First became the inner of the Second…. [Shloka ii-5-21] The old (primitive) Race merged in the second race, and became one with it…. This is the mysterious process of transformation and evolution of mankind. The material of the first forms — shadowy, ethereal, and negative — was drawn or absorbed into, and thus became the complement of the forms of the Second Race. The Commentary explains this by saying that, as the First Race was simply composed of the astral shadows of the creative progenitors, having of course neither astral nor physical bodies of their own — this Race never died. Its ‘men’ melted gradually away, becoming absorbed in the bodies of their own ‘sweat-born’ progeny, more solid than their own. The old form vanished and was absorbed by, disappeared in, the new form, more human and physical. There was no death in those days of a period more blissful than the Golden Age; but the first, or parent material was used for the formation of the new being, to form the body and even the inner or lower principles or bodies of the progeny…. When the shadow retires, i.e. when the astral body becomes covered with more solid flesh, man develops a physical body. The ‘wing,’ or the ethereal form that produced its shadow and image, became the shadow of the astral body and its own progeny.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 121)
The Chhayas lived out their entire time in a single astral body, and eventually made the transition into the Hyperboreans. There must have been significant differences between the two races, but that information has been left out of The Secret Docrtrine.
The Chhayas and Hyperboreans have completely disappeared, without leaving any fossil remains (as they never had physical bodies).
“The ‘moon colored’ (i.e., the First and the Second Races) [are] gone for ever — ay, without leaving any traces whatever….” (SD vol 2 p 351)
Third Root-Race: The Lemurians
The Lemurians were the first to incarnate into physical bodies.
“…the Lemurian, the first physical man….” (SD vol 2 p 46)
The initial humans of the Third Race were formed by “budding” from the previous Race.
“The Second Race … evolved out of itself … the Third Androgyne Race…. …the very earliest of that race were: — ‘The Sons of Passive Yoga. They issued from the second Manushyas (human race), and became oviparous. The emanations that came out of their bodies during the seasons of procreation were ovulary; the small spheroidal nuclei developing into a large soft, egg-like vehicle, gradually hardened, when, after a period of gestation, it broke and the young human animal issued from it unaided, as the fowls do in our race.’ ” (SD vol 2 pp. 165-166)
Here is another example of the Third Race being called the Sons of Passive Yoga.
“This Third Race is sometimes called collectively ‘the Sons of Passive Yoga,’ i.e., it was produced unconsciously by the second Race, which, as it was intellectually inactive, is supposed to have been constantly plunged in a kind of blank or abstract contemplation, as required by the conditions of the Yoga state. In the first or earlier portion of the existence of this third race, while it was yet in its state of purity, the “Sons of Wisdom,” who, as will be seen, incarnated in this Third Race….” (SD vol 1 p 207)
Subsequent generations of the Third Race were called the “Egg-born”, which refers to Budding on the physical plane.
“The early Third Race, then, is formed from drops of ‘sweat,’ which, after many a transformation, grow into human bodies.” (SD vol 2 p 177)
“The First Race having created the Second by ‘budding,’ as just explained, the Second Race gives birth to the Third — which itself is separated into three distinct divisions, consisting of men differently procreated. The first two of these are produced by an oviparous method, presumably unknown to modern Natural History. While the early sub-races of the Third Humanity procreated their species by a kind of exudation of moisture or vital fluid, the drops of which coalescing formed an oviform ball — or shall we say egg? — which served as an extraneous vehicle for the generation therein of a foetus and child, the mode of procreation by the later races changed, in its results at all events.” (SD vol 2 p 132)
The separation of the sexes occured during the Lemurian Root-Race.
“…the men of the Third Race became physiologically and physically ready … when they had separated into sexes.” (SD vol 2 p 228)
The Third Race, then, can be divided into three periods.
- Early Period (Sweat-Born, the same process as the Second Race)
- Middle Period (Egg-Born)
- Last Period (Sex-Born, the same process as today)
The Fall of Man (into Generation)
(Please note there were three Falls.)
The separation of the sexes quickly led to the the Fall of Man. As soon as the sexes separated, sexual activity began, which was quickly misused. This led to Half-Human Abominations.
“…the so-called SONS OF WILL AND YOGA … were generated sexually after the separation of sexes, the Fall of Man.” (SD vol 2 p 173)
“The THIRD RACE FELL — and created [single-person procreated] no longer: it begot [sexually] its progeny. Being still mindless at the period of separation it begot, moreover, anomalous offspring, until its physiological nature had adjusted its instincts in the right direction. Like the ‘lords the gods’ of the Bible, the ‘Sons of Wisdom,’ the Dhyan-Chohans, had warned them to leave alone the fruit forbidden by Nature: but the warning proved of no value. Men realized the unfitness — we must not say sin — of what they had done, only when too late: after the angelic monads from higher spheres had incarnated in, and endowed them with understanding.” (SD vol 2 p 267)
The early Lemurians are referred to as androgynous or a-sexual. The middle-group of Lemurians are referred to as hermaphrodite or bi-sexual.
“Intermediate Hermaphroditism: — Male and female organs inhering in the same individual; e.g., the majority of plants, worms, and snails, etc.; allied to budding. (Cf. Second and early Third Root-Races.)” (SD vol 2 p 167)
The last group of Lemurians are referred to as normally-sexual, or male and female.
“True sexual union: — (Cf. later Third Root-Race.)” (SD vol 2 p 167)
“Once that Androgyne ‘humanity’ separated into sexes, transformed by Nature into child-bearing engines, it ceased to procreate its like through drops of vital energy oozing out of the body.” (SD vol 2 p 170)
“The little ones of the earlier races were entirely sexless — shapeless even for all one knows; but those of the later races were born androgynous. It is in the Third Race that the separation of sexes occurred. From being previously a-sexual, Humanity became distinctly hermaphrodite or bi-sexual; and finally the man-bearing eggs began to give birth, gradually and almost imperceptibly in their evolutionary development, first, to Beings in which one sex predominated over the other, and, finally, to distinct men and women.” (SD vol 2 p 132)
“The History of the Races begins at the separation of the Sexes, when the preceding egg-bearing androgynous race perished rapidly, and the subsequent sub-races of the Third Root-Race appeared as an entirely new race physiologically.” (SD vol 2 p 313)
“Though we apply the term ‘truly human,’ only to the Fourth Atlantean Root-Race, yet the Third Race is almost human in its latest portion, since it is during its fifth sub-race that mankind separated sexually, and that the first man was born according to the now normal process. This ‘first man’ answers in the Bible (Genesis) to Enos or Henoch, son of Seth (ch. iv.).” (SD vol 2 p 715)
The physical part of humanity is eighteen million years old, which a point of time within the Third Race.
“Humanity is eighteen million and odd years old. We say, yes; but only so far as physical, or approximately physical, man is concerned, who dates from the close of the Third Root-Race. Beyond that period MAN, or his filmy image, may have existed for 300 million years, for all we know….” (SD vol 2 p 250)
This process of evolution did not happen overnight. Aeons of time were required for each step.
“…this mode of procreation [sexual intercourse] did not occur suddenly, as one may think, and required long ages before it became the one ‘natural’ way.” (SD vol 2 p 182)
The Third Race is grouped into three groups:
First third: The Sons of Wisdom who incarnated into human bodies, and humans who had “prematurely developed intellects”. (SD vol 2 pp. 167-168)
Second third: Humans who were “ ‘half-ready’, who received ‘but a spark’ [constituting] the average humanity….” (SD vol 2 pp. 167-168)
Third third: “… those which ‘were not ready’ at all, the latest Monads, which had hardly evolved from their last transitional and lower animal forms at the close of the Third Round, remained the ‘narrow-brained’ ….” (SD vol 2 pp. 167-168)
Early members of the Third Race are grouped into three categories — advanced, average, and lagging. The Solar Pitris chose the first group, and incarnated into bodies of that group. The Solar Pitris were the Divine Leaders, the Divine Kings that are referred to in titles that British monarchs have used.
Today’s Ceylon was part of the Lemurian continent.
The sinking and transformation of Lemuria beginning nearly at the Arctic Circle (Norway), the Third Race ended its career in Lanka, or rather on that which became Lanka with the Atlanteans. The small remnant now known as Ceylon is the Northern highland of ancient Lanka, while the enormous island of that name was, in the Lemurian period, the gigantic continent described a few pages back.” (SD vol 2 p 332)
All was not going well. Two problems emerged.
- lack of a Mind-Principle
- half-human abominations
Lack of a Mind-Principle
The Lunar Pitris were able to provide astral forms for the new humans, but were unable to provide Manas or higher minds.
“The Barhishad [Lunar Pitris], though possessed of creative fire, were devoid of the higher MAHAT-mic element. Being on a level with the lower principles — those which precede gross objective matter — they could only give birth to the outer man, or rather to the model of the physical, the astral man.” (SD vol 2 p 79)
“… we find primeval man, issued from the bodies of his spiritually fireless progenitors, described as aeriform, devoid of compactness, and MINDLESS. He had no middle principle to serve him as a medium between the highest and the lowest, the spiritual man and the physical brain, for he lacked Manas. The Monads which incarnated in those empty SHELLS, remained as unconscious as when separated from their previous incomplete forms and vehicles.” (SD vol 2 p 80)
“Thus physical nature, when left to herself in the creation of animal and man, is shown to have failed. She can produce the first two and the lower animal kingdoms, but when it comes to the turn of man, spiritual, independent and intelligent powers are required for his creation, besides the ‘coats of skin’ and the ‘Breath of animal Life.’ The human Monads of preceding Rounds need something higher than purely physical materials to build their personalities with, under the penalty of remaining even below any ‘Frankenstein’ animal.” (SD vol 2 p 56)
More was needed.
“… two connecting principles are needed: Manas and Kama. This requires a living Spiritual Fire of the middle principle from the fifth and third states of Pleroma. But this fire is the possession of the … ‘Flames’ (the Agnishwatta) who, as shown in [Shloka ii-3-13], ‘remain behind’ instead of going along with the others to create men on Earth. But the true esoteric meaning is that most of them were destined to incarnate as the Egos of the forthcoming crop of Mankind. The human Ego is neither Atman nor Buddhi, but the higher Manas: the intellectual fruition and the efflorescence of the intellectual self-conscious Egotism — in the higher spiritual sense.” (SD vol 2 p 79)
Humans finally developed Manas or intelligence.
“Then all men became endowed with Manas. They saw the sin of the Mindless.” (Shloka ii-9-35)
“ ‘Nature,’ the physical evolutionary Power, could never evolve intelligence unaided — she can only create ‘senseless forms’…. The ‘Lunar Monads’ cannot progress, for they have not yet had sufficient touch with the forms created by ‘Nature’ to allow of their accumulating experiences through its means. It is the Manasa-Dhyanis who fill up the gap, and they represent the evolutionary power of Intelligence and Mind, the link between ‘Spirit’ and ‘Matter’ — in this Round.” (SD vol 2 pp. 181-182)
“The Dhyanis who incarnate in the human forms of the Third Root-Race and endow them with intellect (Manas) are called the chyuta, for they fall into generation.” (SD vol 2 p 47 note)
“ ‘The subtle bodies remain without understanding (Manas) until the advent of the Suras (Gods) now called Asuras (not Gods),’ says the Commentary.” (SD vol 2 p 92)
“…the Third Root-Race shows three distinct divisions or aspects physiologically and psychically; the earliest, sinless; the middle portions awakening to intelligence; and the third and last decidedly animal: i.e., Manas succumbs to the temptations of Kama.” (SD vol 2 p 254)
“The monad of the animal is as immortal as that of man, yet the brute knows nothing of this; it lives an animal life of sensation just as the first human would have lived, when attaining physical development in the Third Race, had it not been for the Agnishwatta and the Manasa Pitris.” (SD vol 2 p 525 note)
“…the Manasaputras, the Sons of Wisdom who informed the mindless man, and endowed him with his mind (manas).” (SD vol 2 p 608)
Manas, or Intelligence, first appeared in the Third Race and became well-established in the Fourth Race.
“It is only at the mid-point of the 3rd Root Race that man was endowed with Manas.” (SD vol 2 pp. 254-255)
“The intellectual, on the physical plane, was reached during the Fourth Root-Race.” (SD vol 2 p 167)
Strange, half-human monsters such as minotaurs, satyrs, and mermaids appeared.
“Oannes (or Dagon, the Chaldean ‘Man-fish’) divides his Cosmogony and Genesis into two portions. First the abyss of waters and darkness, wherein resided most hideous beings — men with wings, four and two-faced men, human beings with two heads, with the legs and horns of a goat (our ‘goat-men,’) hippocentaurs, bulls with the heads of men, and dogs with tails of fishes. In short, combinations of various animals and men, of fishes, reptiles and other monstrous animals assuming each other’s shapes and countenances.” (SD vol 2 p 54)
“According to the [Chinese] commentator Kwoh P’oh, in the work called Shan-Hai-King, ‘Wonders by Sea and Land,’ a work which was written by the historiographer Chung Ku from engravings on nine urns made by the Emperor Yu, (B.C. 2255), an interview is mentioned with men having two distinct faces on their heads, before and behind, monsters with bodies of goats and human faces, etc.” (SD vol 2 p 54 note)
“In the initial period of man’s Fourth evolution, the human kingdom branched off in several and various directions. The outward shape of its first specimens was not uniform, for the vehicles (the egg-like, external shells, in which the future fully physical man gestated) were often tampered with, before they hardened, by huge animals, of species now unknown, and which belonged to the tentative efforts of Nature. The result was that intermediate races of monsters, half animals, half men, were produced. But as they were failures, they were not allowed to breathe long and live, though the intrinsically paramount power of psychic over physical nature being yet very weak, and hardly established, the ‘Egg-Born’ Sons had taken several of their females unto themselves as mates, and bred other human monsters. Later, animal species and human races becoming gradually equilibrized, they separated and mated no longer. Man created no more — he begot. But he also begot animals, as well as men in days of old.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 192)
“But who were the Nephilim of Genesis vi. 4? There were Palaeolithic and Neolithic men in Palestine ages before the events recorded in the book of the Beginnings. The theological tradition identifies these Nephilim with hairy men or Satyrs, the latter being mythical in the Fifth Race and the former historical in both the Fourth and Fifth Races. We have stated elsewhere what the prototypes of these Satyrs were, and have spoken of the bestiality of the early and later Atlantean race.” (SD vol 2 p 775)
“Those races … which ‘remained destitute of knowledge,’ or those again which were left ‘mindless,’ remained as they were, even after the natural separation of the sexes. It is these who committed the first cross-breeding, so to speak, and bred monsters…. Adam and Eve were supposed, with Cain and Abel, to be the only human family on Earth. Yet we see Cain going to the land of Nod and taking there a wife.” (SD vol 2 p 286)
These monsters, the first result of ensouling physical bodies, are called the Second Humanity.
“…the First Root-Race, the “Shadows” of the Progenitors, could not be injured, or destroyed by death. Being so ethereal and so little human in constitution, they could not be affected by any element — flood or fire. But their “Sons,” the Second Root-Race, could be and were so destroyed. As the “progenitors” merged wholly in their own astral bodies, which were their progeny; so that progeny was absorbed in its descendants, the “Sweat-born.” These were the second Humanity — composed of the most heterogeneous gigantic semi-human monsters — the first attempts of material nature at building human bodies.” (SD vol 2 p 136)
The Lords of the Flame balked at the idea of incarnating into those bodies.
“She evolved water-men, terrible and bad.” (Shloka ii-2-5)
“The water-men terrible and bad She [Earth] herself created. From the remains of others (from the mineral, vegetable and animal remains) from the first, second, and third (Rounds) She formed them…. The Dhyani came and looked…. Displeased they were…. This is no fit rupa for our Brothers of the Fifth.” (Shloka ii-2-6 and Shloka ii-2-7)
Earthly evolution at that point could be called a failure.
“The Chaldean fragments of Cosmogony on the Cuneiform inscriptions, and elsewhere, show two distinct creations of animals and men, the first being destroyed, as it was a failure.” (SD vol 2 p 54)
The physical abominations were destroyed.
“The explanations given in our Stanzas are far more clear than that which the legend of creation from the Cutha tablet would give, even were it complete. What is preserved on it, however, corroborates them. For, in the tablet, ‘the Lord of Angels’ destroys the men in the abyss … who ‘were destroyed’ because they were not ‘perfect’….” (SD vol 2 p 55)
The Fall of the Asura
(Please note there were three Falls.)
“The history begins by the descent on Earth of the ‘Gods’ who incarnate in mankind, and this is the FALL.” (SD vol 2 p 483)
“Satan and his rebellious host would thus prove, when the meaning of the allegory is explained, to have refused to create physical man, only to become the direct Saviours and the Creators of ‘divine Man.’ The symbolical teaching is more than mystical and religious, it is purely scientific, as will be seen later on. For, instead of remaining a mere blind, functioning medium, impelled and guided by fathomless LAW, the ‘rebellious’ Angel claimed and enforced his right of independent judgment and will, his right of free-agency and responsibility, since man and angel are alike under Karmic Law. [Footnote: Explaining Kabalistic views, the author of the ‘New Aspects of Life’ says of the Fallen Angels that, ‘According to the symbolical teaching, Spirit, from being simply a functionary agent of God, became volitional in its developed and developing action; and, substituting its own will for the Divine desire in its regard, so fell. Hence the Kingdom and reign of Spirits and spiritual action, which flow from and are the product of Spirit-volition, are outside, and contrasted with, and in contradiction to the Kingdom of Souls and Divine action.’ So far, so good; but what does the Author mean by saying, ‘When man was created, he was human in constitution, with human affections, human hopes and aspirations. From this state he fell — into the brute and savage’? This is diametrically opposite to our Eastern teaching, and even to the Kabalistic notion so far as we understand it, and to the Bible itself. This looks like Corporealism and Substantialism colouring positive philosophy, though it is rather hard to feel quite sure of the Author’s meaning (see p. 235). A FALL, however, ‘from the natural into the supernatural and the animal’ — supernatural meaning the purely spiritual in this case — means what we suggest.]” (SD vol 1 p 194)
“…the ‘Self-created’ and the ‘Self-existent’ projected their pale shadows; but group the Third, the Fire-Angels, rebelled and refused to join their Fellow Devas.” (SD vol 2 p 242)
“…tradition shows the celestial Yogis offering themselves as voluntary victims in order to redeem Humanity — created god-like and perfect at first — and to endow him with human affections and aspirations. To do this they had to give up their natural status and, descending on our globe, take up their abode on it for the whole cycle of the Mahayuga, thus exchanging their impersonal individualities for individual personalities — the bliss of sidereal existence for the curse of terrestrial life. This voluntary sacrifice of the Fiery Angels, whose nature was Knowledge and Love, was construed by the exoteric theologies into a statement that shows ‘the rebel angels hurled down from heaven into the darkness of Hell’ — our Earth.” (SD vol 2 p 246)
Arrival of The Lords of the Flame (Solar Pitris)
The Lords of the Flame (Solar Pitris) came down to assist our human evolution. They succeeded in helping us develop our mental abilities.
“The Endowers of man with his conscious, immortal EGO, are the ‘Solar Angels’ — whether so regarded metaphorically or literally…. It has already been explained why the trans-Himalayan Occultists regard them as evidently identical with those who in India are termed Kumaras, Agnishwattas….” (SD vol 2 p 88)
“… the Kumaras, Asuras, and other rulers and Pitris, who incarnated in the Third Race, and in this and various other ways endowed mankind with Mind.” (SD vol 2 p 90)
The assistance of the Lords of the Flame was received during the Third Race.
Humans as we know them today — physical humans with accompanying astral and mental bodies, and using bisexual reproduction — finally appeared.
Fourth Root-Race: The Atlanteans
“…the Atlanteans were a very ancient northern nation, long prior to the Hindoos, the Phoenicians, and the Egyptians.” (quoted in SD vol 2 p 265)
“Atlanteans were developed from a nucleus of Northern Lemurian Third Race Men, centred, roughly speaking, toward a point of land in what is now the mid-Atlantic Ocean. Their continent was formed by the coalescence of many islands and peninsulas which were upheaved in the ordinary course of time and became ultimately the true home of the great Race known as the Atlanteans.” (SD vol 2 p 334)
“The term ‘Atlantean’ must not mislead the reader to regard these as one race only, or even a nation. It is as though one said ‘Asiatics.’ Many, multityped, and various were the Atlanteans, who represented several humanities, and almost a countless number of races and nations, more varied indeed than would be the ‘Europeans’ were this name to be given indiscriminately to the five existing parts of the world; which, at the rate colonization is proceeding, will be the case, perhaps, in less than two or three hundred years. There were brown, red, yellow, white and black Atlanteans; giants and dwarfs (as some African tribes comparatively are, even now).” (SD vol 2 p 433)
“…the Mediterranean barbarians … marvelled at the prowess of the Atlanteans. ‘Their physical strength was extraordinary (witness indeed their cyclopean buildings), the earth shaking sometimes under their tread.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 753 note)
Atlanteans were the first physical, intellect-using race.
“…it is only from the time of the Atlantean, brown and yellow giant Races, that one ought to speak of MAN, since it was the Fourth race only which was the first completely human species, however much larger in size than we are now.” (SD vol 2 p 227)
“…the Atlanteans were really the first purely human and terrestrial race – those that preceded it being more divine and ethereal than human and solid.” (SD vol 2 p 266)
The appearance and disappearance of races is gradual, and the different races always overlap.
“Since the beginning of the Atlantean Race many million years have passed, yet we find the last of the Atlanteans, still mixed up with the Aryan element, 11,000 years ago. This shows the enormous overlapping of one race over the race which succeeds it, though in character and external type the elder loses its characteristics, and assumes the new features of the younger race. This is proved in all the formations of mixed human races.” (SD vol 2 p 444)
Atlanteans were giants.
“The giants of Genesis are the historical Atlanteans of Lanka, and the Greek Titans.” (SD vol 2 p 236)
“…if Noah was an Atlantean, then he was a Titan, a giant….” (SD vol 2 p 265)
Atlantis ended when its continent sank under the ocean.
“…the Atlanteans were post diluvian to the Lemurians, and Lemuria was not submerged as Atlantis was….” (SD vol 2 p 266)
Atlantis was the last part of history where newly-individualized humans had their first incarnation.
“No fresh Monads have incarnated since the middle-point of the Atlanteans.” (SD vol 2 p 303)
The Greeks came from the Atlanteans.
“…The Greeks were but the dwarfed and weak remnant of that once glorious nation…. What was this nation? The secret doctrine teaches that it was the latest, seventh sub-race of the Atlanteans, already swallowed up in one of the early sub-races of the Aryan stock….” (SD vol 2 p 743)
“For a full discussion of the relations between the old Greeks and Romans, and the Atlantean colonists, cf. Five Years of Theosophy. ” (SD vol 2 p 743)
Atlantis was a time of negativity.
“…many of us are now working off the effects of the evil Karmic causes produced by us in Atlantean bodies.” (SD vol 2 p 303)
“The Atlantean races were many, and lasted in their evolution for millions of years: all were not bad. They became so toward their end, as we (the fifth) are fast becoming now.” (SD vol 2 p 272 note)
“It was the Atlanteans, the first progeny of semi-divine man after his separation into sexes — hence the first-begotten and humanly-born mortals — who became the first ‘Sacrificers’ to the god of matter. They stand in the far-away dim past, in ages more than prehistoric, as the prototype on which the great symbol of Cain was built, as the first anthropomorphists who worshipped form and matter. That worship degenerated very soon into self-worship, thence led to phallicism, or that which reigns supreme to this day in the symbolisms of every exoteric religion of ritual, dogma, and form.
“Thus the first Atlantean races, born on the Lemurian Continent, separated from their earliest tribes into the righteous and the unrighteous; into those who worshipped the one unseen Spirit of Nature, the ray of which man feels within himself – or the Pantheists, and those who offered fanatical worship to the Spirits of the Earth, the dark Cosmic, anthropomorphic Powers, with whom they made alliance.” (SD vol 2 p 273)
“…the ‘Lemurians’ and the Atlanteans, ‘those children of Heaven and Earth,’ were indeed marked with a character of SORCERY….” (SD vol 2 p 286)
“…the ungodly Atlanteans perished, and ‘were seen no more….’ ” (SD vol 2 p 350)
The mysteries of Heaven and Earth, revealed to the Third Race by their celestial teachers in the days of their purity, became a great focus of light, the rays from which became necessarily weakened as they were diffused and shed upon an uncongenial, because too material soil. With the masses they degenerated into Sorcery, taking later on the shape of exoteric religions, of idolatry full of superstitions, and man-, or hero-worship.” (SD vol 2 p 281)
“…the Atlanteans became the terrible sorcerers, now celebrated in so many of the oldest [manuscripts] of India, only toward their fall, the submersion of their continent having been brought on by it.” (SD vol 2 p 636)
The negativity of Lemuria and Atlantis led to the creation of today’s mystery religions.
“An impenetrable veil of secrecy was thrown over the occult and religious mysteries taught, after the submersion of the last remnant of the Atlantean race, some 12,000 years ago, lest they should be shared by the unworthy, and so desecrated…. It is this secrecy which led the Fifth Race to the establishment, or rather the re-establishment of the religious mysteries, in which ancient truths might be taught to the coming generations under the veil of allegory and symbolism. .” (SD vol 2 p 124)
Other Physical Characteristics
The Third and Fourth Root-races were marked by other physical characteristics. They were
“…all ancient writings — prose and poetry — are full of the reminiscences of the Lemuro-Atlanteans, the first physical races, though the Third and the Fourth in number. Hesiod records the tradition about the men of the age of Bronze, whom Jupiter had made out of ash-wood and who had hearts harder than diamond. Clad in bronze from head to foot they passed their lives in fighting. Monstrous in size, endowed with a terrible strength, invincible arms and hands descended from their shoulders, says the poet (Hesiod, in oper. and dieb. v. 143). Such were the giants of the first physical races.” (SD vol 2 p 772)
“…the Mediterranean barbarians … marvelled at the prowess of the Atlanteans. ‘Their physical strength was extraordinary (witness indeed their cyclopean buildings), the earth shaking sometimes under their tread. Whatever they did, was done speedily. . . . . . They were wise and communicated their wisdom to men’ ” (SD vol 2 p 753)
“That Third and holy Race consisted of men who, at their zenith, were described as, ‘towering giants of godly strength and beauty….’ ” (SD vol 2 pp. 171-172)
“…the Atlanteans [were] giants whose physical beauty and strength reached their climax, in accordance with evolutionary law, toward the middle period of their fourth sub-race.” (SD vol 2 p 319)
“While it is very probable that the Gibborim (the giants) of the Bible are the Rakshasas of the Hindus, it is still more certain that both are Atlanteans, and belong to the submerged races.” (SD vol 1 p 415)
“To speak of a race nine yatis, or 27 feet high, in a work claiming a more scientific character than ‘Jack the Giant-Killer,’ is a somewhat unusual proceeding. ‘Where are your proofs?’ the writer will be asked. In History and tradition, is the answer. Traditions about a race of giants in days of old are universal; they exist in oral and written lore. India had her Danavas and Daityas; Ceylon had her Rakshasas; Greece, her Titans; Egypt, her colossal Heroes; Chaldea, her Izdubars (Nimrod); and the Jews their Emims of the land of Moab, with the famous giants, Anakim (Numbers xiii. 33). Moses speaks of Og, a king who was nine cubits high (15 ft. 4 in.) and four wide (Deut. iii. 11), and Goliath was ‘six cubits and a span in height’ (or 10 ft. 7 in.).” (SD vol 2 p 336)
“There were giants in the earth in those days….” (Genesis 6:4)
“And there we saw the giants….” (Numbers 13:33)
“Which also were accounted giants….” (Deuteronomy 2:11)
“For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants….” (Deuteronomy 3:11)
The giants disappeared, and the centuries marched on. Humanity continued to get smaller and smaller, reaching its five- to six-foot stature of today.
“Gradually, mankind went down in stature, for, even before the real advent of the Fourth or Atlantean race, the majority of mankind had fallen into iniquity and sin, save the hierarchy of the ‘Elect,’ the followers and disciples of the ‘Sons of Will and Yoga’ — called later the ‘Sons of the Fire Mist.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 319)
“…it is after the destruction of ‘Lemuria’ by subterranean fires that men went on steadily decreasing in stature — a process already commenced after their physical FALL — and that finally, some millions of years after, they reached between six and seven feet, and are now dwindling down (as the older Asiatic races) to nearer five than six feet.” (SD vol 2 pp. 331-332)
Evidence exists today of these prehistoric giants.
“…we may turn to the scientific journals of 1858, which spoke of a sarcophagus of giants found that year on the site of that same city. As to the ancient pagan writers — we have the evidence of Philostratus, who speaks of a giant skeleton twenty-two cubits long, as well as of another of twelve cubits … nevertheless, it was that of a giant, as well as that other one discovered by Messecrates of Stire, at Lemnos — ‘horrible to behold,’ according to Philostratus….” (SD vol 2 p 278)
“… the Abbe Pegues (cited in de Mirville’s Pneumatologie) affirms in his curious work on ‘The Volcanoes of Greece’ that ‘in the neighbourhood of the volcanoes of the isle of Thera, giants with enormous skulls were found laid out under colossal stones….’ ” (SD vol 2 p 278)
“Certain excavations in America in mounds and in caves, have already yielded in isolated cases groups of skeletons of nine and twelve feet high. These belong to tribes of the early Fifth Race, now degenerated to an average size of between five and six feet. But we can easily believe that the Titans and Cyclopes of old really belonged to the Fourth (Atlantean) Race, and that all the subsequent legends and allegories found in the Hindu Puranas and the Greek Hesiod and Homer, were based on the hazy reminiscences of real Titans — men of a superhuman tremendous physical power….” (SD vol 2 p 293)
“It is at the entrance of some of these [viharas in Bamian] that five enormous statues, of what is regarded as Buddha, have been discovered or rather rediscovered in our century, as the famous Chinese traveller, Hiouen-Thsang, speaks of, and saw them, when he visited Bamian in the VIIth century…. The Buddhist Arhats and Ascetics found the five statues, and many more, now crumbled down to dust…. The largest is made to represent the First Race of mankind, its ethereal body being commemorated in hard, everlasting stone, for the instruction of future generations, as its remembrance would otherwise never have survived the Atlantean Deluge. The second — 120 feet high — represents the sweat-born; and the third — measuring 60 feet — immortalizes the race that fell, and thereby inaugurated the first physical race, born of father and mother, the last descendants of which are represented in the Statues found on Easter Isle; but they were only from 20 to 25 feet in stature at the epoch when Lemuria was submerged, after it had been nearly destroyed by volcanic fires. The Fourth Race was still smaller, though gigantic in comparison with our present Fifth Race, and the series culminated finally in the latter…. These are, then, the ‘Giants’ of antiquity, the ante- and post-diluvian Gibborim of the Bible. They lived and flourished one million rather than between three and four thousand years ago.” (SD vol 2 pp. 338-340)
The Bamian statues are the Afgan statues that were blown up by the Taliban. (The Taliban, along with everyone else, mistook these as statues of Buddhist origin.)
Bamian Buddha Statues and Theosophy — A travelogue in the footsteps of Helena Blavatsky
The Bamian Statues: Their Mysterious Origin, By H. P. Blavatsky
Cyclops, well-known in Greek mythology, actually did exist.
“The evidence for the Cyclopes — a race of giants — will be pointed out in forthcoming Sections, in the Cyclopean remnants, so called to this day.” (SD vol 2 p 294)
“…we can easily believe that the Titans and Cyclopes of old really belonged to the Fourth (Atlantean) Race, and that all the subsequent legends and allegories found in the Hindu Puranas and the Greek Hesiod and Homer, were based on the hazy reminiscences of real Titans — men of a superhuman tremendous physical power, which enabled them to defend themselves, and hold at bay the gigantic monsters of the Mesozoic and early Cenozoic times — and of actual Cyclopes — three-eyed mortals.” (SD vol 2 p 293)
“The oldest remains of Cyclopean buildings [of Lemurian sixth sub-race buildings] were all the handiwork of the Lemurians of the last sub-races; and an occultist shows, therefore, no wonder on learning that the stone relics found on the small piece of land called Easter Island by Captain Cook, are ‘very much like the walls of the Temple of Pachacamac or the Ruins of Tia-Huanuco in Peru,’ (The Countries of the World,” by Robert Brown, Vol. 4, p. 43); and that they are in the CYCLOPEAN STYLE.” (SD vol 2 p 317)
The Third Eye
“Then the Third Eye acted no longer.” (Shloka ii-10-42)
“Then, ‘the third eye acted no longer,’ says the Stanza, because MAN had sunk too deep into the mire of matter.” (SD vol 2 p 288)
“There were … armed human creatures in those early days of the male-females (hermaphrodites); with one head, yet three eyes. They could see before them and behind them. A KALPA later (after the separation of the sexes) men having fallen into matter, their spiritual vision became dim; and coordinately the third eye commenced to lose its power…. The third eye, likewise, getting gradually PETRIFIED, soon disappeared…. The Inner sight could henceforth be acquired only through training and initiation, save in the cases of ‘natural and born magicians,’ sensitives and mediums, as they are called now…. The ‘deva-eye’ exists no more for the majority of mankind. The third eye is dead, and acts no longer; but it has left behind a witness to its existence. This witness is now the PINEAL GLAND.” (SD vol 2 pp. 294-295)
“… as the cycle ran down toward that point when the physiological senses were developed by, and went pari passu with, the growth and consolidation of the physical man, the interminable and complex vicissitudes and tribulations of zoological development, that median ‘eye’ ended by atrophying along with the early spiritual and purely psychic characteristics in man.” (SD vol 2 p 298)
“The [third eye] did not become entirely atrophied before the close of the Fourth Race. When spirituality and all the divine powers and attributes of the deva-man of the Third had been made the hand-maidens of the newly-awakened physiological and psychic passions of the physical man, instead of the reverse, the eye lost its powers. But such was the law of Evolution, and it was, in strict accuracy, no FALL. The sin was not in using those newly-developed powers, but in misusing them; in making of the tabernacle, designed to contain a god, the fane of every spiritual iniquity.” (SD vol 2 p 302)
A third eye did physically exist, giving us psychic abilitiies, but withered away as man became more mired in the physical world.
“The possession of a physical third eye, we are told, was enjoyed by the men of the Third Root-Race down to nearly the middle period of Third SUB-race of the Fourth Root-Race, when the consolidation and perfection of the human frame made it disappear from the outward anatomy of man. Psychically and spiritually, however, its mental and visual perceptions lasted till nearly the end of the Fourth Race, when its functions, owing to the materiality and depraved condition of mankind, died out altogether before the submersion of the bulk of the Atlantean continent.” (SD vol 2 p 306)
“…after the separation of the sexes [Men fell into matter, and] their spiritual vision became dim; and coordinately the third eye commenced to lose its power. . . . The third eye, likewise, getting gradually PETRIFIED, soon disappeared.” (SD vol 2 p 294)
“On the Acropolis of Argos, there was a [Zoanon], a rudely carved wooden statue (attributed to Daedalus), representing a three-eyed colossus, which was consecrated to Zeus Triopas (three-eyed). The head of the ‘god’ has two eyes in its face and one above on the top of the forehead.” (SD vol 2 p 294 note)
“Even at the date of Cook’s visit [to Easter Island], some of the statues, measuring 27 feet in height and eight across the shoulders were lying overthrown, while others still standing appeared much larger. One of the latter was so lofty that the shade was sufficient to shelter a party of thirty persons from the heat of the sun. The platforms on which these colossal images stood averaged from thirty to forty feet in length, twelve to sixteen broad. . . . all built of hewn stone in the Cyclopean style, very much like the walls of the Temple of Pachacamac, or the ruins of Tia-Huanuco in Peru.” (quoted in SD vol 2 pp. 336-337)
Noah and The Flood
“Atlantis … sunk and its chief portions … disappeared before the end of the Miocene period.” (SD vol 2 p 8)
[It has been] “…850,000 [years] since the submersion of the last large peninsula of the great Atlantis….” (SD vol 2 p 10)
“…most of the later islander Atlanteans perished in the interval between 850,000 and 700,000 years ago, and that the Aryans were 200,000 years old when the first great ‘island’ or continent was submerged….” (SD vol 2 p 395)
“It is the submersion of the great Atlantis which is the most interesting. It is of this cataclysm that the old records (See the ‘Book of Enoch’) say that ‘the ends of the Earth got loose;’ and upon which the legends and allegories of Vaivasvata, Xisuthrus, Noah, Deukalion and all the tutti quanti of the Elect saved, have been built…. The cataclysm which destroyed the huge continent of which Australia is the largest relic, was due to a series of subterranean convulsions and the breaking asunder of the ocean floors. That which put an end to its successor — the fourth continent — was brought on by successive disturbances in the axial rotation. It began during the earliest tertiary periods, and, continuing for long ages, carried away successively the last vestige of Atlantis, with the exception, perhaps, of Ceylon and a small portion of what is now Africa. It changed the face of the globe, and no memory of its flourishing continents and isles, of its civilizations and sciences, remained in the annals of history, save in the Sacred records of the East.” (SD vol 2 p 314)
“Lemuria [was] destroyed by fire, Atlantis by water. The Flood.” (SD vol 2 p 316)
“The remnants of the first two races disappear[ed] for ever [except for groups] of the various Atlantean races saved from the Deluge along with the Forefathers of the Fifth.” (SD vol 2 p 351)
“… is … the story of Moses himself and many others, simply another version of the legends told of the Atlanteans … [with] finally the Egyptians and their Pharaoh drowned in the Red Sea…[?]” (SD vol 2 p 426)
“Noah’s Deluge is astronomical and allegorical, but it is not mythical, for the story is based upon the same archaic tradition of men — or rather of nations — which were saved during the cataclysms, in canoes, arks, and ships. No one would presume to say that the Chaldean Xisuthrus, the Hindu Vaivasvata, the Chinese Peirun — the ‘beloved of the gods,’ who rescued him from the flood in a canoe — or the Swedish Belgamer, for whom the gods did the same in the north, are all identical as a personage. But their legends have all sprung from the catastrophe which involved both the continent and the island of Atlantis.” (SD vol 2 p 774)
“Noah [symbolizes] both the Root-Manu and the Seed-Manu, or the Power which developed the planetary chain, and our earth, and the Seed Race (the Fifth) which was saved while the last sub-races of the Fourth perished — Vaivasvata Manu — the number Seven will be seen to recur at every step. It is he (Noah), who represents, as Jehovah’s permutation, the septenary Host of the Elohim, and is thus the Father or Creator (the Preserver) of all animal life. Hence verses 2 and 3 of chapter vii. of Genesis, ‘Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male (3), and the female (4); of fowls also of the air by sevens,’ etc., etc., followed by all the sevening of days and the rest.” (SD vol 2 pp. 597-598)
“Vaivasvata Manu … saves the Fifth Race during the destruction of the last Atlanteans, the remnants that perished 850,000 years ago, after which there was no great submersion until the day of Plato’s Atlantis, or Poseidonis, known to the Egyptians only because it happened in such relatively recent times.” (SD vol 2 pp. 313-314)
There have been several Floods throughout history — not a single Flood, as written in the Bible.
“The ‘Deluge’ is undeniably an universal tradition. ‘Glacial periods’ were numerous, and so were the ‘Deluges,’ for various reasons. Stockwell and Croll enumerate some half dozen Glacial Periods and subsequent Deluges — the earliest of all being dated by them 850,000, and the last about 100,000, years ago. But which was our Deluge? Assuredly the former, the one which to this date remains recorded in the traditions of all the peoples, from the remotest antiquity; the one that finally swept away the last peninsulas of Atlantis, beginning with Ruta and Daitya and ending with the (comparatively) small island mentioned by Plato. This is shown by the agreement of certain details in all the legends. It was the last of its gigantic character. The little deluge, the traces of which Baron Bunsen found in Central Asia, and which he places at about 10,000 years B.C., had nothing to do with either the semi-universal Deluge, or Noah’s flood — the latter being a purely mythical rendering of old traditions — nor even with the submersion of the last Atlantean island; at least, only a moral connection.
“Our Fifth Race (the non-initiated portions), hearing of many deluges, confused them, and now know of but one. This one altered the whole aspect of the globe in its interchange and shifting of land and sea.” (SD vol 2 p 141)
“…neither the Chaldean nor the Biblical deluge (the stories of Xisuthrus and Noah) is based on the universal or even on the Atlantean deluges….” (SD vol 2 p 4)
“…that there were many such deluges as that mentioned in Genesis, and three far more important ones, which will be mentioned and described in the Section devoted to the subject of pre-historic continents.” (SD vol 2 p 306)
The Biblical flood was not the first flood.
“The Second Flood — the so-called ‘universal’ — which affected the Fourth Root Race (now conveniently regarded by theology as “the accursed race of giants,” the CAINITES, and “the sons of Ham”) is that flood which was first perceived by geology.” (SD vol 2 p 146)
In Theosophy, “Flood” refers to several different events.
“The First Cosmic Flood refers to primordial creation, or the formation of Heaven and the Earths; in which case Chaos and the great Deep stand for the ‘Flood,’ and the Moon for the ‘Mother,’ from whom proceed all the life-germs. But the terrestrial Deluge and its story has also its dual application. In one case it has reference to that mystery when mankind was saved from utter destruction, by the mortal woman being made the receptacle of the human seed at the end of the Third Race, and in the other to the real and historical Atlantean submersion. In both cases the ‘Host’ — or the Manu which saved the seed — is called Vaivasvata Manu. Hence the diversity between the Puranic and other versions; while in the Sathapatha Brahmana, Vaivasvata produces a daughter and begets from her the race of Manu; which is a reference to the first human Manushyas, who had to create women by will (Kriyasakti), before they were naturally born from the hermaphrodites as an independent sex, and who were, therefore, regarded as their creator’s daughters. The Puranic accounts make of her (Ida or Ila) the wife of Budha (Wisdom), the latter version referring to the events of the Atlantean flood, when Vaivasvata, the great Sage on Earth, saved the Fifth Root-race from being destroyed along with the remnants of the Fourth.” (SD vol 2 p 139-140)
Ulysses, Homer, and the Odyssey
The Odyssey is a story that refers to real interactions between “normal-sized” humans and Atlantean giants.
“All the ‘fables’ of Greece were built on historical facts, if that history had only passed unadulterated by myths to posterity. The ‘one-eyed’ Cyclopes, the giants fabled as the sons of Coelus and Terra — three in number, according to Hesiod — were the last three sub-races of the Lemurians, the ‘one-eye’ referring to the Wisdom eye; for the two front eyes were fully developed as physical organs only in the beginning of the Fourth Race. The allegory of Ulysses, whose companions were devoured while the king of Ithaca was saved by putting out with a fire-brand the eye of Polyphemus, is based upon the psycho-physiological atrophy of the ‘third’ eye. Ulysses belongs to the cycle of the heroes of the Fourth Race, and, though a ‘sage’ in the sight of the latter, must have been a profligate in the opinion of the pastoral Cyclopes. His adventure with the latter — a savage gigantic race, the antithesis of cultured civilization in the Odyssey — is an allegorical record of the gradual passage from the Cyclopean civilization of stone and colossal buildings to the more sensual and physical culture of the Atlanteans, which finally caused the last of the Third Race to lose their all-penetrating spiritual eye. That other allegory, which makes Apollo kill the Cyclops to avenge the death of his son Asclepios, does not refer to the three races represented by the three sons of Heaven and Earth, but to the Hyperborean Arimaspian Cyclopes, the last of the race endowed with the ‘Wisdom-eye.’ ” (SD vol 2 p 769-770)
“Ulysses was wrecked on the isle of AEaea, where Circe changed all his companions into pigs for their voluptuousness; and after that he was thrown into Ogygia, the island of Calypso, where for some seven years he lived with the nymph in illicit connection (Odyssey and elsewhere). Now Calypso was a daughter of Atlas (Odys. Book XII.), and all the traditional ancient versions, when speaking of the Isle of Ogygia, say that it was very distant from Greece, and right in the middle of the ocean: thus identifying it with Atlantis.” (SD vol 2 p 769 note)
There are other stories of a small race fighting with a race of giants.
“…from the first appearance of the Aryan race, when the Pliocene portions of the once great Atlantis began gradually sinking and other continents to appear on the surface, down to the final disappearance of Plato’s small island of Atlantis, the Aryan races had never ceased to fight with the descendants of the first giant races. This war lasted till nearly the close of the age which preceded the Kali Yug, and was the Mahabharatean war so famous in Indian History.” (SD vol 2 p 395)
The statues on Easter Island give a clue.
“The Easter Island relics are, for instance, the most astounding and eloquent memorials of the primeval giants. They are as grand as they are mysterious; and one has but to examine the heads of the colossal statues, that have remained unbroken on that island, to recognize in them at a glance the features of the type and character attributed to the Fourth Race giants.” (SD vol 2 p 224)
“Easter Island was … taken possession of … by some Atlanteans; who, having escaped from the cataclysm which befell their own land, settled on that remnant of Lemuria only to perish thereon, when destroyed in one day by its volcanic fires and lava.” (SD vol 2 p 326)
“…most of the gigantic statues discovered on Easter Island, a portion of an undeniably submerged continent — as also those found on the outskirts of Gobi, a region which had been submerged for untold ages — are all between 20 and 30 feet high. The statues found by Cook on Easter Island measured almost all twenty-seven feet in height, and eight feet across the shoulders.” (SD vol 2 p 331)
“The Easter Isles in ‘mid Pacific’ present the feature of the remaining peaks of the mountains of a submerged continent, for the reason that these peaks are thickly studded with Cyclopean statues, remnants of the civilization of a dense and cultivated people, who must have of necessity occupied a widely extended area.” (SD vol 1 p 322)
“ ‘Even at the date of Cook’s visit, some of the [Easter Island] statues, measuring 27 feet in height and eight across the shoulders were lying overthrown, while others still standing appeared much larger. One of the latter was so lofty that the shade was sufficient to shelter a party of thirty persons from the heat of the sun. The platforms on which these colossal images stood averaged from thirty to forty feet in length, twelve to sixteen broad. . . . all built of hewn stone in the Cyclopean style, very much like the walls of the Temple of Pachacamac, or the ruins of Tia-Huanuco in Peru…. THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT ANY OF THE STATUES HAVE BEEN BUILT UP, BIT BY BIT, BY SCAFFOLDING ERECTED AROUND THEM’ — adds the journal very suggestively — without explaining how they could be built otherwise, unless made by giants of the same size as the statues themselves.” (SD vol 2 p 337)
Pyramids and Egypt
The Egyptians were descendents of the Atlanteans.
“The civilization of the Atlanteans was greater even than that of the Egyptians. It is their degenerate descendants, the nation of Plato’s Atlantis, which built the first Pyramids in the country….” (SD vol 2 p 429)
“The Pyramids are closely connected with the ideas of both the Great Dragon (the constellation), the ‘Dragons of Wisdom,’ or the great Initiates of the Third and Fourth Races, and the Floods of the Nile, regarded as a divine reminder of the great Atlantic Flood.” (SD vol 2 p 353)
“The human Dynasty of the older Egyptians, beginning with Menes, had all the knowledge of the Atlanteans, though there was no more Atlantean blood in their veins.” (SD vol 2 p 436)
Egyptian culture was a remnant of older cultures.
“…the civilizations of such archaic nations as the Egyptians, Aryans of India, Chaldeans, Chinese, and Assyrians are the result of preceding civilizations during “myriads of centuries”; and the latter points to the fact that, “Egypt at the beginning appears mature, old, and entirely without mythical and heroic ages, as if the country had never known youth. Its civilization has no infancy, and its art no archaic period. The civilization of the Old Monarchy did not begin with infancy. It was already mature.” To this Professor R. Owen adds that, “Egypt is recorded to have been a civilized and governed community before the time of Menes”; and Winchell (“Pre-Adamites,” p. 120), that “at the epoch of Menes the Egyptians were already a civilized and numerous people.” (SD vol 2 p 334)
“Egypt is far older than Europe as now traced on the map. Atlanto-Aryan tribes began to settle on it, when the British Islands and France were not even in existence.” (SD vol 2 p 746)
Stonehenge was built by Cyclopean giants.
“…the rocking stones of Ireland, or those of Brinham, in Yorkshire … them are evidently the relics of the Atlanteans…” (SD vol 2 p 347)
“…had there been no giants to move about such colossal rocks, there could never have been a Stonehenge, a Carnac (Brittany) and other such Cyclopean structures….” (SD vol 2 p 341)
“…had there been no giants to move about such colossal rocks [as in a Stonehenge], there could never have been a Stonehenge…. Who then, if not giants, could ever raise such masses (especially those at Carnac and West Hoadley), range them in such symmetrical order that they should represent the planisphere, and place them in such wonderful equipoise that they seem to hardly touch the ground, are set in motion at the slightest touch of the finger, and would yet resist the efforts of twenty men who should attempt to displace them. We say, that most of these stones are the relics of the last Atlanteans.” (SD vol 2 pp. 341-343)
Fifth Root-Race: The Aryans
“The Aryan race was born and developed in the far north, though after the sinking of the continent of Atlantis its tribes emigrated further south into Asia.” (SD vol 2 p 768)
“The rapid progress of anthropomorphism and idolatry led the early Fifth, as it had already led the Fourth Race, into sorcery….” (SD vol 2 p 503)
“The Aryan races, for instance, now varying from dark brown, almost black, red-brown-yellow, down to the whitest creamy colour, are yet all of one and the same stock — the Fifth Root-Race — and spring from one single progenitor, called in Hindu exotericism by the generic name of Vaivasvata Manu….” (SD vol 2 p 250)
“Nor is Bailly wrong again in assuring us that the Hindus, Egyptians, and Phoenicians came after the Atlanteans, for the latter belonged to the Fourth, while the Aryans and their Semitic Branch are of the Fifth Race.” (SD vol 2 p 266)
“The Aryan nations … trace their descent through the Atlanteans from the more spiritual races of the Lemurians, in whom the “Sons of Wisdom” had personally incarnated.” (SD vol 2 p 318)
“From verse 24 to 34, ch. xxv. of Genesis contains the allegorical history of the birth of the Fifth Race.” (SD vol 2 p 705)
Sixth Root-Race (Unnamed)
“… the Sixth [Root-Race] will [rapidly grow] out of its bonds of matter, and even of flesh.” (SD vol 2 p 446)
“The Fifth will overlap the Sixth Race for many hundreds of millenniums, changing with it slower than its new successor, still changing in stature, general physique, and mentality, just as the Fourth overlapped our Aryan race, and the Third had overlapped the Atlanteans.” (SD vol 2 p 445)
“In the Sixth Root-Race … new forms — though fewer and ever wider apart as ages pass on and the close of the Manvantara approaches — will develop from the ‘cast off’ types of the human races as they revert once again to astral, out of the mire of physical, life.” (SD vol 2 p 263)
[Someday, in the distant future,] “…the Sixth Root-Race will have appeared on the stage of our Round. When shall this be? Who knows save the great Masters of Wisdom, perchance, and they are as silent upon the subject as the snow-capped peaks that tower above them. All we know is, that it will silently come into existence; so silently, indeed, that for long millenniums shall its pioneers — the peculiar children who will grow into peculiar men and women — be regarded as anomalous lusus naturae, abnormal oddities physically and mentally. Then, as they increase, and their numbers become with every age greater, one day they will awake to find themselves in a majority.” (SD vol 2 p 445)
“Since the beginning of the Atlantean Race many million years have passed, yet we find the last of the Atlanteans, still mixed up with the Aryan element, 11,000 years ago. This shows the enormous overlapping of one race over the race which succeeds it, though in character and external type the elder loses its characteristics, and assumes the new features of the younger race. This is proved in all the formations of mixed human races. Now, Occult philosophy teaches that even now, under our very eyes, the new Race and Races are preparing to be formed, and that it is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced…. Thus the Americans have become in only three centuries a ‘primary race,’ pro tem., before becoming a race apart, and strongly separated from all other now existing races. They are, in short, the germs of the Sixth sub-race, and in some few hundred years more, will become most decidedly the pioneers of that race which must succeed to the present European or fifth sub-race, in all its new characteristics. After this, in about 25,000 years, they will launch into preparations for the seventh sub-race; until, in consequence of cataclysms — the first series of those which must one day destroy Europe, and still later the whole Aryan race (and thus affect both Americas), as also most of the lands directly connected with the confines of our continent and isles — the Sixth Root-Race will have appeared on the stage of our Round.” (SD vol 2 pp. 444-445)
[The] “process of preparation for the Sixth great Race must last throughout the whole sixth and seventh sub-races (vide supra, the diagram of the Genealogical Tree of the Fifth Race). But the last remnants of the Fifth Continent will not disappear until some time after the birth of the new Race; when another and new dwelling, the sixth continent, will have appeared above the new waters on the face of the globe, so as to receive the new stranger. To it also will emigrate and settle all those who shall be fortunate enough to escape the general disaster.” (SD vol 2 p 445)
“Mankind will not grow again into giant bodies as in the case of the Lemurians and the Atlanteans; because while the evolution of the Fourth race led the latter down to the very bottom of materiality in its physical development, the present Race is on its ascending arc; and the Sixth will be rapidly growing out of its bonds of matter, and even of flesh.” (SD vol 2 p 446)
Seventh Root-Race (Unnamed)
“… the great Adepts and Initiated ascetics will ‘multiply,’ i.e., once more produce Mind-born immaculate Sons — in the Seventh Root-Race.” (SD vol 2 p 275)
Three observations come to light as a result of studying the Stanzas.
- Evolution is a very slow process.
- Evolution was (and is) a lot of hard, meticulous work.
- All of nature was first perceptualized at a higher level, then appeared. It is not the other way around.
Evolution is a very slow process.
One of the problems Theosophy has with beliefs like the Biblical Creation Story is that complex organisms (humanity, planets, galaxies, etc.) appear in a very short time. Madame Blavatsky, in the quote below, refutes “evolution by sudden laps and bounds”.
“M. Naudin declares that evolution has progressed by sudden leaps and bounds, instead of extending slowly over millions of years….” (SD vol 2 p 120)
Theosophy, on the other hand, teaches that these organisms take a long time, eons, to appear.Evolution was (and is) a lot of hard, meticulous work.
One thing that jumped out at this writer (after having read the Stanzas) is that the Dhyani Chohan have worked very diligently at creating humanity, having put out a great deal of effort. A Human Race does not just appear — a great deal of details must be worked out along the way, and humans must be crafted and formed in intimate details at every step along the way.All of nature was first perceptualized at a higher level, then appeared.
We humans think objects and ideas just appear here in the physical world. Theosophy teaches us just the opposite. Every object, every concept that appears is first conceived on a higher plane, then is crafted and caused to manifest on the physical plane. This is clearly against the concept of evolution as taught by the Darwinians. Species are not accidents.
“…every physical organ, and psychic, and spiritual function, is a reflection, so to say, a copy on the terrestrial plane of the model or prototype above.” (SD vol 2 p 92)
Each species is first conceived of as an idea in the mind of the respective Elemental, then created on Earth.
PART TWO: THE STANZAS OF DZYAN
We have come to the end of the study of the concepts in The Stanzas of Dzyan. It is time to look at the 19 Stanzas, arranged into two Books.
• Stanza i-1: Rest, non-activity, nothing exists.
• Stanza i-2: An inkling of things to come. The Two.
• Stanza i-3: The re-awakening of the universe to Life. Mahat (The Son). Monads. Consciousness and Manifestation.
• Stanza i-4: The septenary Hierarchy and the Dhyani Chohan. The “Creation” of the universe, so familiar to the world’s religions.
• Stanza i-5: The formation of cosmic matter, nebulae, solar systems, and planets.
• Stanza i-6: A continuation of the formations started in Stanza Five, down to the Fourth Period of our world.
• Stanza i-7: The appearance of Man.
• Stanza ii-1: Invocation of the Earth to the Sun, and the Sun’s answer.
• Stanza ii-2: Nature unaided fails. Monsters appear and are destroyed.
• Stanza ii-3: Attempts to create Man. The Gods refuse to cooperate.
• Stanza ii-4: Creation of the First Races. The Creators are perplexed how to create a THINKING man.
• Stanza ii-5: The Evolution of the Second Race.
• Stanza ii-6: The Second Race creates the Third and perishes.
• Stanza ii-7: The Higher Creators reject in their pride the forms evolved by the “Sons of Yoga.” The first man endowed with mind.
• Stanza ii-8: Evolution of the animal mammalians. — The First Fall
• Stanza ii-9: The Creators repent and atone for their neglect. Men become endowed with minds. Every androgynous unit is separated and becomes bisexual.
• Stanza ii-10: The Birth of the Fourth, Atlantean Race. They fall into sin and beget children and monsters. The first germs of Anthropomorphism and sexual religion. They lose their “third Eye.”
• Stanza ii-11: Lemuria destroyed by fire, Atlantis by water. The Flood. The destruction of the last antediluvian monster-animals.
• Stanza ii-12: The Fifth Race and Its Divine Instructors.~~~
THE STANZAS OF DZYAN
In Seven Stanzas translated from the Book of Dzyan.
i-1-1. THE ETERNAL PARENT (Space) WRAPPED IN HER EVER INVISIBLE ROBES HAD SLUMBERED ONCE AGAIN FOR SEVEN ETERNITIES. [interpretation]
i-1-2. TIME WAS NOT, FOR IT LAY ASLEEP IN THE INFINITE BOSOM OF DURATION. [interpretation]
i-1-3. UNIVERSAL MIND WAS NOT, FOR THERE WERE NO AH-HI (Celestial Beings) TO CONTAIN (hence to manifest) IT. [interpretation]
i-1-4. THE SEVEN WAYS TO BLISS (Moksha [Footnote: Mokhsa is Indian for Nirvana] or Nirvana) WERE NOT. THE GREAT CAUSES OF MISERY WERE NOT, FOR THERE WAS NO ONE TO PRODUCE AND GET ENSNARED BY THEM. [interpretation]
i-1-5. DARKNESS ALONE FILLED THE BOUNDLESS ALL, FOR FATHER, MOTHER AND SON WERE ONCE MORE ONE, AND THE SON HAD NOT AWAKENED YET FOR THE NEW WHEEL, AND HIS PILGRIMAGE THEREON. [interpretation]
i-1-6. THE SEVEN SUBLIME LORDS AND THE SEVEN TRUTHS HAD CEASED TO BE, AND THE UNIVERSE, THE SON OF NECESSITY, WAS IMMERSED IN PARANISHPANNA, TO BE OUTBREATHED BY THAT WHICH IS AND YET IS NOT. NAUGHT WAS. [interpretation]
i-1-7. THE CAUSES OF EXISTENCE HAD BEEN DONE AWAY WITH; THE VISIBLE THAT WAS, AND THE INVISIBLE THAT IS, RESTED IN ETERNAL NON-BEING — THE ONE BEING. [interpretation]
i-1-8. ALONE THE ONE FORM OF EXISTENCE STRETCHED BOUNDLESS, INFINITE, CAUSELESS, IN DREAMLESS SLEEP; AND LIFE PULSATED UNCONSCIOUS IN UNIVERSAL SPACE, THROUGHOUT THAT ALL-PRESENCE WHICH IS SENSED BY THE OPENED EYE OF THE DANGMA. [interpretation]
i-1-9. BUT WHERE WAS THE DANGMA WHEN THE ALAYA OF THE UNIVERSE WAS IN PARAMARTHA AND THE GREAT WHEEL WAS ANUPADAKA? [interpretation]——-
i-2-1. . . . WHERE WERE THE BUILDERS, THE LUMINOUS SONS OF MANVANTARIC DAWN? . . . IN THE UNKNOWN DARKNESS IN THEIR AH-HI PARANISHPANNA. THE PRODUCERS OF FORM (Rupa) FROM NO-FORM (Arupa), THE ROOT OF THE WORLD — THE DEVAMATRI AND SVABHAVAT, RESTED IN THE BLISS OF NON-BEING. [interpretation]
i-2-2. . . . WHERE WAS SILENCE? WHERE THE EARS TO SENSE IT? NO, THERE WAS NEITHER SILENCE NOR SOUND; NAUGHT SAVE CEASELESS ETERNAL BREATH (Motion), WHICH KNOWS ITSELF NOT. [interpretation]
i-2-3. THE HOUR HAD NOT YET STRUCK; THE RAY HAD NOT YET FLASHED INTO THE GERM; THE MATRIPADMA (Mother Lotus) HAD NOT YET SWOLLEN. [interpretation]
i-2-4. HER HEART HAD NOT YET OPENED FOR THE ONE RAY TO ENTER, THENCE TO FALL, AS THREE INTO FOUR, INTO THE LAP OF MAYA. [interpretation]
i-2-5. THE SEVEN SONS WERE NOT YET BORN FROM THE WEB OF LIGHT. DARKNESS ALONE WAS FATHER-MOTHER, SVABHAVAT; AND SVABHAVAT WAS IN DARKNESS. [interpretation]
i-2-6. THESE TWO ARE THE GERM, AND THE GERM IS ONE. THE UNIVERSE WAS STILL CONCEALED IN THE DIVINE THOUGHT AND THE DIVINE BOSOM. . . . [interpretation]
i-3-1. . . . THE LAST VIBRATION OF THE SEVENTH ETERNITY THRILLS THROUGH INFINITUDE. THE MOTHER SWELLS, EXPANDING FROM WITHIN WITHOUT, LIKE THE BUD OF THE LOTUS. [interpretation]
i-3-2. THE VIBRATION SWEEPS ALONG, TOUCHING WITH ITS SWIFT WING (simultaneously) THE WHOLE UNIVERSE AND THE GERM THAT DWELLETH IN DARKNESS: THE DARKNESS THAT BREATHES (moves) OVER THE SLUMBERING WATERS OF LIFE. . . [interpretation]
i-3-3. DARKNESS RADIATES LIGHT, AND LIGHT DROPS ONE SOLITARY RAY INTO THE MOTHER-DEEP. THE RAY SHOOTS THROUGH THE VIRGIN EGG, THE RAY CAUSES THE ETERNAL EGG TO THRILL, AND DROP THE NON-ETERNAL (periodical) GERM, WHICH CONDENSES INTO THE WORLD-EGG. [interpretation]
i-3-4. THEN THE THREE FALL INTO THE FOUR. THE RADIANT ESSENCE BECOMES SEVEN INSIDE, SEVEN OUTSIDE. THE LUMINOUS EGG (Hiranyagarbha), WHICH IN ITSELF IS THREE, CURDLES AND SPREADS IN MILK-WHITE CURDS THROUGHOUT THE DEPTHS OF MOTHER, THE ROOT THAT GROWS IN THE DEPTHS OF THE OCEAN OF LIFE. [interpretation]
i-3-5. THE ROOT REMAINS, THE LIGHT REMAINS, THE CURDS REMAIN, AND STILL OEAOHOO IS ONE. [interpretation]
i-3-6. THE ROOT OF LIFE WAS IN EVERY DROP OF THE OCEAN OF IMMORTALITY, AND THE OCEAN WAS RADIANT LIGHT, WHICH WAS FIRE, AND HEAT, AND MOTION. DARKNESS VANISHED AND WAS NO MORE; IT DISAPPEARED IN ITS OWN ESSENCE, THE BODY OF FIRE AND WATER, OR FATHER AND MOTHER. [interpretation]
i-3-7. BEHOLD, OH LANOO! THE RADIANT CHILD OF THE TWO, THE UNPARALLELED REFULGENT GLORY: BRIGHT SPACE SON OF DARK SPACE, WHICH EMERGES FROM THE DEPTHS OF THE GREAT DARK WATERS. IT IS OEAOHOO THE YOUNGER, THE * * * HE SHINES FORTH AS THE SON; HE IS THE BLAZING DIVINE DRAGON OF WISDOM; THE ONE IS FOUR, AND FOUR TAKES TO ITSELF THREE, AND THE UNION PRODUCES THE SAPTA, IN WHOM ARE THE SEVEN WHICH BECOME THE TRIDASA (OR THE HOSTS AND THE MULTITUDES). BEHOLD HIM LIFTING THE VEIL AND UNFURLING IT FROM EAST TO WEST. HE SHUTS OUT THE ABOVE, AND LEAVES THE BELOW TO BE SEEN AS THE GREAT ILLUSION. HE MARKS THE PLACES FOR THE SHINING ONES, AND TURNS THE UPPER (space) INTO A SHORELESS SEA OF FIRE, AND THE ONE MANIFESTED (element) INTO THE GREAT WATERS. [interpretation]
** i-3-8 **. WHERE WAS THE GERM AND WHERE WAS NOW DARKNESS? WHERE IS THE SPIRIT OF THE FLAME THAT BURNS IN THY LAMP, OH LANOO? THE GERM IS THAT, AND THAT IS LIGHT, THE WHITE BRILLIANT SON OF THE DARK HIDDEN FATHER. [interpretation]
i-3-9. LIGHT IS COLD FLAME, AND FLAME IS FIRE, AND FIRE PRODUCES HEAT, WHICH YIELDS WATER: THE WATER OF LIFE IN THE GREAT MOTHER (Chaos). [interpretation]
i-3-10. FATHER-MOTHER SPIN A WEB WHOSE UPPER END IS FASTENED TO SPIRIT (Purusha) — THE LIGHT OF THE ONE DARKNESS — AND THE LOWER ONE TO ITS (the Spirit’s) SHADOWY END, MATTER (Prakriti); AND THIS WEB IS THE UNIVERSE SPUN OUT OF THE TWO SUBSTANCES MADE IN ONE, WHICH IS SVABHAVAT. [interpretation]
i-3-11. IT (the Web) EXPANDS WHEN THE BREATH OF FIRE (the Father) IS UPON IT; IT CONTRACTS WHEN THE BREATH OF THE MOTHER TOUCHES IT. THEN THE SONS DISSOCIATE AND SCATTER, TO RETURN INTO THEIR MOTHER’S BOSOM AT THE END OF THE GREAT DAY, AND RE-BECOME ONE WITH HER; WHEN IT (the Web) IS COOLING IT BECOMES RADIANT, AND THE SONS EXPAND AND CONTRACT THROUGH THEIR OWN SELVES AND HEARTS; THEY EMBRACE INFINITUDE. [interpretation]
i-3-12. THEN SVABHAVAT SENDS FOHAT TO HARDEN THE ATOMS. EACH IS A PART OF THE WEB (Universe). REFLECTING THE “SELF-EXISTENT LORD” (Primeval Light) LIKE A MIRROR, EACH BECOMES IN TURN A WORLD. [interpretation]
i-4-1. . . . LISTEN, YE SONS OF THE EARTH, TO YOUR INSTRUCTORS — THE SONS OF THE FIRE. LEARN, THERE IS NEITHER FIRST NOR LAST, FOR ALL IS ONE: NUMBER ISSUED FROM NO NUMBER. [interpretation]
i-4-2. LEARN WHAT WE WHO DESCEND FROM THE PRIMORDIAL SEVEN, WE WHO ARE BORN FROM THE PRIMORDIAL FLAME, HAVE LEARNT FROM OUR FATHERS. . . . [interpretation]
i-4-3. FROM THE EFFULGENCY OF LIGHT — THE RAY OF THE EVER-DARKNESS — SPRUNG IN SPACE THE RE-AWAKENED ENERGIES (Dhyan Chohan); THE ONE FROM THE EGG, THE SIX, AND THE FIVE. THEN THE THREE, THE ONE, THE FOUR, THE ONE, THE FIVE — THE TWICE SEVEN THE SUM TOTAL. AND THESE ARE THE ESSENCES, THE FLAMES, THE ELEMENTS, THE BUILDERS, THE NUMBERS, THE ARUPA (formless), THE RUPA (with bodies), AND THE FORCE OF DIVINE MAN — THE SUM TOTAL. AND FROM THE DIVINE MAN EMANATED THE FORMS, THE SPARKS, THE SACRED ANIMALS, AND THE MESSENGERS OF THE SACRED FATHERS (the Pitris) WITHIN THE HOLY FOUR. [interpretation]
i-4-4. THIS WAS THE ARMY OF THE VOICE — THE DIVINE MOTHER OF THE SEVEN. THE SPARKS OF THE SEVEN ARE SUBJECT TO, AND THE SERVANTS OF, THE FIRST, THE SECOND, THE THIRD, THE FOURTH, THE FIFTH, THE SIXTH, AND THE SEVENTH OF THE SEVEN. THESE “SPARKS” ARE CALLED SPHERES, TRIANGLES, CUBES, LINES, AND MODELLERS; FOR THUS STANDS THE ETERNAL NIDANA — THE OEAOHOO (OI-HA-HOU) . [interpretation]
i-4-5. THE OEAOHOO (OI-HA-HOU) IS THE “DARKNESS” THE BOUNDLESS, OR THE NO-NUMBER, ADI-NIDANA SVABHAVAT: —
I. THE ADI-SANAT, THE NUMBER, FOR HE IS ONE.
II. THE VOICE OF THE LORD SVABHAVAT, THE NUMBERS, FOR HE IS ONE AND NINE.
III. THE “FORMLESS SQUARE.” (Arupa)
AND THESE THREE ENCLOSED WITHIN THE ARE THE SACRED FOUR; AND THE TEN ARE THE ARUPA UNIVERSE. THEN COME THE “SONS,” THE SEVEN FIGHTERS, THE ONE, THE EIGHTH LEFT OUT, AND HIS BREATH WHICH IS THE LIGHT-MAKER. [interpretation]
i-4-6. THEN THE SECOND SEVEN, WHO ARE THE LIPIKA, PRODUCED BY THE THREE (Word, Voice, and Spirit). THE REJECTED SON IS ONE. THE “SON-SUNS” ARE COUNTLESS. [interpretation]
i-5-1. THE PRIMORDIAL SEVEN, THE FIRST SEVEN BREATHS OF THE DRAGON OF WISDOM, PRODUCE IN THEIR TURN FROM THEIR HOLY CIRCUMGYRATING BREATHS THE FIERY WHIRLWIND. [interpretation]
i-5-2. THEY MAKE OF HIM THE MESSENGER OF THEIR WILL. THE DZYU BECOMES FOHAT, THE SWIFT SON OF THE DIVINE SONS WHOSE SONS ARE THE LIPIKA*, RUNS CIRCULAR ERRANDS. FOHAT IS THE STEED AND THE THOUGHT IS THE RIDER. HE PASSES LIKE LIGHTNING THROUGH THE FIERY CLOUDS; TAKES THREE, AND FIVE, AND SEVEN STRIDES THROUGH THE SEVEN REGIONS ABOVE, AND THE SEVEN BELOW. HE LIFTS HIS VOICE, AND CALLS THE INNUMERABLE SPARKS, AND JOINS THEM. [interpretation]
* The difference between the “Builders,” the Planetary Spirits, and the Lipika must not be lost sight of. (See Nos. 5 and 6 of this commentary.) (SD vol 1 p 107 note)
i-5-3. HE IS THEIR GUIDING SPIRIT AND LEADER. WHEN HE COMMENCES WORK, HE SEPARATES THE SPARKS OF THE LOWER KINGDOM THAT FLOAT AND THRILL WITH JOY IN THEIR RADIANT DWELLINGS, AND FORMS THEREWITH THE GERMS OF WHEELS. HE PLACES THEM IN THE SIX DIRECTIONS OF SPACE, AND ONE IN THE MIDDLE — THE CENTRAL WHEEL. [interpretation]
i-5-4. FOHAT TRACES SPIRAL LINES TO UNITE THE SIXTH TO THE SEVENTH — THE CROWN; AN ARMY OF THE SONS OF LIGHT STANDS AT EACH ANGLE, AND THE LIPIKA IN THE MIDDLE WHEEL, THEY SAY: THIS IS GOOD, THE FIRST DIVINE WORLD IS READY, THE FIRST IS NOW THE SECOND (world). THEN THE “DIVINE ARUPA” REFLECTS ITSELF IN CHHAYA LOKA, THE FIRST GARMENT OF THE ANUPADAKA. [interpretation]
i-5-5. FOHAT TAKES FIVE STRIDES AND BUILDS A WINGED WHEEL AT EACH CORNER OF THE SQUARE, FOR THE FOUR HOLY ONES AND THEIR ARMIES (hosts). [interpretation]
i-5-6. THE LIPIKA CIRCUMSCRIBE THE TRIANGLE, THE FIRST ONE, THE CUBE, THE SECOND ONE, AND THE PENTACLE WITHIN THE EGG. IT IS THE RING CALLED “PASS NOT” FOR THOSE WHO DESCEND AND ASCEND. ALSO FOR THOSE WHO DURING THE KALPA ARE PROGRESSING TOWARDS THE GREAT DAY “BE WITH US.” THUS WERE FORMED THE RUPA AND THE ARUPA: FROM ONE LIGHT SEVEN LIGHTS; FROM EACH OF THE SEVEN, SEVEN TIMES SEVEN LIGHTS. THE WHEELS WATCH THE RING. . . . [interpretation]
** i-6-1 **. BY THE POWER OF THE MOTHER OF MERCY AND KNOWLEDGE — KWAN-YIN — THE “TRIPLE” OF KWAN-SHAI-YIN, RESIDING IN KWAN-YIN-TIEN, FOHAT, THE BREATH OF THEIR PROGENY, THE SON OF THE SONS, [CALLS UPON], FROM THE LOWER ABYSS, THE ILLUSIVE FORM OF SIEN-TCHANG AND THE SEVEN ELEMENTS. [interpretation]
i-6-2. THE SWIFT AND RADIANT ONE PRODUCES THE SEVEN LAYA CENTRES, AGAINST WHICH NONE WILL PREVAIL TO THE GREAT DAY “BE-WITH-US,” AND SEATS THE UNIVERSE ON THESE ETERNAL FOUNDATIONS, SURROUNDING TSIEN-TCHAN WITH THE ELEMENTARY GERMS. [interpretation]
i-6-3. OF THE SEVEN (elements) — FIRST ONE MANIFESTED, SIX CONCEALED, TWO MANIFESTED, FIVE CONCEALED; THREE MANIFESTED, FOUR CONCEALED; FOUR PRODUCED, THREE HIDDEN; FOUR AND ONE TSAN REVEALED, TWO AND ONE HALF CONCEALED; SIX TO BE MANIFESTED, ONE LAID ASIDE. LASTLY, SEVEN SMALL WHEELS REVOLVING; ONE GIVING BIRTH TO THE OTHER. [interpretation]
** i-6-4 **. HE BUILDS THEM IN THE LIKENESS OF OLDER WHEELS, PLACING THEM ON THE IMPERISHABLE CENTERS.
HOW DOES FOHAT BUILD THEM? HE COLLECTS THE FIERY DUST. HE MAKES BALLS OF FIRE, RUNS THROUGH THEM, AND ROUND THEM, INFUSING LIFE THEREINTO,THEN SETS THEM INTO MOTION; SOME ONE WAY, SOME THE OTHER WAY. THEY ARE COLD, HE MAKES THEM HOT. THEY ARE DRY, HE MAKES THEM MOIST. THEY SHINE, HE FANS AND COOLS THEM. THUS ACTS FOHAT FROM ONE TWILIGHT TO THE OTHER, DURING SEVEN ETERNITIES. . [interpretation]
** i-6-5 **. AT THE FOURTH (Round, or revolution of life around the “seven smaller wheels”), THE SONS ARE TOLD TO CREATE THEIR IMAGES. ONE THIRD REFUSES — TWO (thirds) OBEY.
THE CURSE IS PRONOUNCED; THEY WILL BE BORN ON THE FOURTH (Race), SUFFER AND CAUSE SUFFERING; THIS IS THE FIRST WAR. [interpretation]
i-6-6. THE OLDER WHEELS ROTATED DOWNWARDS AND UPWARDS. . . . THE MOTHER’S SPAWN FILLED THE WHOLE (Kosmos). THERE WERE BATTLES FOUGHT BETWEEN THE CREATORS AND THE DESTROYERS, AND BATTLES FOUGHT FOR SPACE; THE SEED APPEARING AND RE-APPEARING CONTINUOUSLY. [interpretation]
i-6-7. MAKE THY CALCULATIONS, LANOO, IF THOU WOULDEST LEARN THE CORRECT AGE OF THY SMALL WHEEL [(Chain)]. ITS FOURTH SPOKE IS OUR MOTHER (Earth). REACH THE FOURTH “FRUIT” OF THE FOURTH PATH OF KNOWLEDGE THAT LEADS TO NIRVANA, AND THOU SHALT COMPREHEND, FOR THOU SHALT SEE . . . . . [interpretation]
i-7-1. BEHOLD THE BEGINNING OF SENTIENT FORMLESS LIFE.
FIRST THE DIVINE [VEHICLE], THE ONE FROM THE MOTHER-SPIRIT [ATMAN]; THEN THE SPIRITUAL (Atma-Buddhi, Spirit-soul); THE THREE FROM THE ONE, THE FOUR FROM THE ONE, AND THE FIVE FROM WHICH [EMERGE] THE THREE, THE FIVE, AND THE SEVEN. THESE ARE THE THREE-FOLD, THE FOUR-FOLD DOWNWARD; THE “MIND-BORN” SONS OF THE FIRST LORD (Avalokiteshwara); THE SHINING SEVEN.
IT IS THEY WHO ARE THOU, ME, HIM, OH LANOO. THEY, WHO WATCH OVER THEE, AND THY MOTHER, BHUMI [EARTH]. [interpretation]
i-7-2. THE ONE RAY MULTIPLIES THE SMALLER RAYS. LIFE PRECEDES FORM, AND LIFE SURVIVES THE LAST ATOM OF FORM. THROUGH THE COUNTLESS RAYS PROCEEDS THE LIFE-RAY, THE ONE, LIKE A THREAD THROUGH MANY JEWELS. [interpretation]
i-7-3. WHEN THE ONE BECOMES TWO, THE THREEFOLD APPEARS, AND THE THREE ARE ONE; AND IT IS OUR THREAD, OH LANOO, THE HEART OF THE MAN-PLANT CALLED SAPTAPARNA. [interpretation]
i-7-4. IT IS THE ROOT THAT NEVER DIES; THE THREE-TONGUED FLAME OF THE FOUR WICKS. THE WICKS ARE THE SPARKS, THAT DRAW FROM THE THREE-TONGUED FLAME SHOT OUT BY THE SEVEN — THEIR FLAME — THE BEAMS AND SPARKS OF ONE MOON REFLECTED IN THE RUNNING WAVES OF ALL THE RIVERS OF EARTH. [interpretation]
i-7-5. THE SPARK HANGS FROM THE FLAME BY THE FINEST THREAD OF FOHAT. IT JOURNEYS THROUGH THE SEVEN WORLDS OF MAYA. IT STOPS IN THE FIRST [KINGDOM], AND IS A METAL AND A STONE; IT PASSES INTO THE SECOND [KINGDOM] AND BEHOLD — A PLANT; THE PLANT WHIRLS THROUGH SEVEN CHANGES AND BECOMES A SACRED ANIMAL.
FROM THE COMBINED ATTRIBUTES OF THESE, MANU [MAN], THE THINKER IS FORMED. WHO FORMS HIM? THE SEVEN LIVES, AND THE ONE LIFE. WHO COMPLETES HIM? THE FIVE-FOLD LHA. AND WHO PERFECTS THE LAST BODY? FISH, SIN, AND SOMA [THE MOON]. . . . . [interpretation]
i-7-6. FROM THE FIRST-BORN THE THREAD BETWEEN THE SILENT WATCHER AND HIS SHADOW BECOMES MORE STRONG AND RADIANT WITH EVERY CHANGE [REINCARNATION] . THE MORNING SUN-LIGHT HAS CHANGED INTO NOON-DAY GLORY. . . . . [interpretation]
i-7-7. THIS IS THY PRESENT WHEEL, SAID THE FLAME TO THE SPARK. THOU ART MYSELF, MY IMAGE, AND MY SHADOW. I HAVE CLOTHED MYSELF IN THEE, AND THOU ART MY VAHAN [VEHICLE] TO THE DAY, “BE WITH US,” WHEN THOU SHALT RE-BECOME MYSELF AND OTHERS, THYSELF AND ME. THEN THE BUILDERS, HAVING DONNED THEIR FIRST CLOTHING, DESCEND ON RADIANT EARTH AND REIGN OVER MEN — WHO ARE THEMSELVES. [interpretation]
ANTHROPOGENESIS IN THE SECRET VOLUME.
ii-1-1. THE LHA WHICH TURNS THE FOURTH (Globe, or our Earth) IS SUBSERVIENT TO THE LHA(S) OF THE SEVEN (the planetary Spirits), THEY WHO REVOLVE, DRIVING THEIR CHARIOTS AROUND THEIR LORD, THE ONE EYE. HIS BREATH GAVE LIFE TO THE SEVEN (gives light to the planets); IT GAVE LIFE TO THE FIRST. “THEY ARE ALL DRAGONS OF WISDOM,” adds the Commentary. [interpretation]
ii-1-2. SAID THE EARTH: —
“LORD OF THE SHINING FACE (the Sun); MY HOUSE IS EMPTY . . . . SEND THY SONS TO PEOPLE THIS WHEEL (Earth). THOU HAST SENT THY SEVEN SONS TO THE LORD OF WISDOM. SEVEN TIMES DOTH HE SEE THEE NEARER TO HIMSELF, SEVEN TIMES MORE DOTH HE FEEL THEE. THOU HAST FORBIDDEN THY SERVANTS, THE SMALL RINGS, TO CATCH THY LIGHT AND HEAT, THY GREAT BOUNTY TO INTERCEPT ON ITS PASSAGE. SEND NOW TO THY SERVANT THE SAME.” [interpretation]
ii-1-3. SAID THE “LORD OF THE SHINING FACE”: —
“I SHALL SEND THEE A FIRE WHEN THY WORK IS COMMENCED. RAISE THY VOICE TO OTHER LOKAS; APPLY TO THY FATHER, THE LORD OF THE LOTUS (Kumuda-Pati), FOR HIS SONS . . . . THY PEOPLE SHALL BE UNDER THE RULE OF THE FATHERS (Pitri-pati). THY MEN SHALL BE MORTALS. THE MEN OF THE LORD OF WISDOM (Budha, Mercury), NOT THE LUNAR SONS, ARE IMMORTAL. CEASE THY COMPLAINTS. THY SEVEN SKINS ARE YET ON THEE . . . . THOU ART NOT READY. THY MEN ARE NOT READY.” [interpretation]
ii-1-4. AFTER GREAT THROES SHE (The Earth) CAST OFF HER OLD THREE AND PUT ON HER NEW SEVEN SKINS, AND STOOD IN HER FIRST ONE.
ii-2-5. THE WHEEL WHIRLED FOR THIRTY CRORES MORE (of years, or 300,000,000). IT CONSTRUCTED RUPAS (forms): SOFT STONES THAT HARDENED (minerals); HARD PLANTS THAT SOFTENED (vegetation). VISIBLE FROM INVISIBLE, INSECTS AND SMALL LIVES. SHE SHOOK THEM OFF HER BACK WHENEVER THEY OVERRAN THE MOTHER.
….AFTER THIRTY CRORES SHE TURNED ROUND. SHE LAY ON HER BACK; ON HER SIDE . . . SHE WOULD CALL NO SONS OF HEAVEN, SHE WOULD ASK NO SONS OF WISDOM. SHE CREATED FROM HER OWN BOSOM. SHE EVOLVED WATER-MEN, TERRIBLE AND BAD. [interpretation]
ii-2-6. THE WATER-MEN TERRIBLE AND BAD SHE HERSELF CREATED FROM THE REMAINS OF OTHERS (from the mineral, vegetable and animal remains), FROM THE DROSS AND SLIME OF HER FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD (Rounds), SHE FORMED THEM. THE DHYANI CAME AND LOOKED — THE DHYANI FROM THE BRIGHT FATHER-MOTHER, FROM THE WHITE (Solar-lunar) REGIONS THEY CAME, FROM THE ABODES OF THE IMMORTAL MORTALS. [interpretation]
ii-2-7. DISPLEASED THEY WERE. OUR FLESH IS NOT THERE (they said). NOT FIT RUPAS FOR OUR BROTHERS OF THE FIFTH. NO DWELLINGS FOR THE LIVES. PURE WATERS, NOT TURBID, THEY MUST DRINK. LET US DRY THEM (the waters). [interpretation]
ii-2-8. THE FLAMES CAME. THE FIRES WITH THE SPARKS; THE NIGHT FIRES AND THE DAY FIRES. THEY DRIED OUT THE TURBID DARK WATERS. WITH THEIR HEAT THEY QUENCHED THEM. THE LHAS OF THE HIGH, THE LHAMAYIN OF BELOW, CAME. THEY SLEW THE FORMS WHICH WERE TWO- AND FOUR-FACED. THEY FOUGHT THE GOAT-MEN, AND THE DOG-HEADED MEN, AND THE MEN WITH FISHES’ BODIES. [interpretation]
ii-2-9. MOTHER-WATER, THE GREAT SEA, WEPT. SHE AROSE, SHE DISAPPEARED IN THE MOON WHICH HAD LIFTED HER, WHICH HAD GIVEN HER BIRTH. [interpretation]
ii-2-10. WHEN THEY (the Rupas) WERE DESTROYED, MOTHER-EARTH REMAINED BARE. SHE ASKED TO BE DRIED. [interpretation]
ii-3-11. THE LORD OF THE LORDS CAME. FROM HER BODY HE SEPARATED THE WATERS, AND THAT WAS HEAVEN ABOVE, THE FIRST HEAVEN (the atmosphere, or the air, the firmament). [interpretation]
ii-3-12. THE GREAT CHOHANS (Lords): CALLED THE LORDS OF THE MOON, OF THE AIRY BODIES. “BRING FORTH MEN, (they were told), MEN OF YOUR NATURE. GIVE THEM (i.e., the Jivas or Monads) THEIR FORMS WITHIN. SHE (Mother Earth or Nature): WILL BUILD COVERINGS WITHOUT (external bodies). (For): MALES-FEMALES WILL THEY BE. LORDS OF THE FLAME ALSO . . . . ” [interpretation]
ii-3-13. THEY (the Moon-Gods) WENT EACH ON HIS ALLOTTED LAND: SEVEN OF THEM EACH ON HIS LOT. THE LORDS OF THE FLAME REMAIN BEHIND. THEY WOULD NOT GO, THEY WOULD NOT CREATE. [interpretation]
ii-4-14. THE SEVEN HOSTS, THE “WILL (or Mind)-BORN LORDS,” PROPELLED BY THE SPIRIT OF LIFE-GIVING (Fohat), SEPARATE MEN FROM THEMSELVES, EACH ON HIS OWN ZONE.
ii-4-15. SEVEN TIMES SEVEN SHADOWS (chhayas) OF FUTURE MEN (or Amanasas) WERE (thus) BORN, EACH OF HIS OWN COLOR (complexion) AND KIND. EACH (also) INFERIOR TO HIS FATHER (creator). THE FATHERS, THE BONELESS, COULD GIVE NO LIFE TO BEINGS WITH BONES. THEIR PROGENY WERE BHUTA (phantoms), WITH NEITHER FORM NOR MIND. THEREFORE THEY ARE CALLED THE CHHAYA (image or shadow) RACE. [interpretation]
ii-4-16. HOW ARE THE (real) MANUSHYA BORN? THE MANUS WITH MINDS, HOW ARE THEY MADE? THE FATHERS (Barhishad (?) ) CALLED TO THEIR HELP THEIR OWN FIRE (the Kavyavahana, electric fire); WHICH IS THE FIRE THAT BURNS IN EARTH. THE SPIRIT OF THE EARTH CALLED TO HIS HELP THE SOLAR FIRE (Suchi, the spirit in the Sun). THESE THREE (the Pitris and the two fires) PRODUCED IN THEIR JOINT EFFORTS A GOOD RUPA. IT (the form) COULD STAND, WALK, RUN, RECLINE, OR FLY. YET IT WAS STILL BUT A CHHAYA, A SHADOW WITH NO SENSE . . . .
ii-4-17. THE BREATH NEEDED A FORM; THE FATHERS GAVE IT. THE BREATH NEEDED A GROSS BODY; THE EARTH MOULDED IT. THE BREATH NEEDED THE SPIRIT OF LIFE; THE SOLAR LHAS BREATHED IT INTO ITS FORM. THE BREATH NEEDED A MIRROR OF ITS BODY;
“WE GAVE IT OUR OWN,” SAID THE DHYANIS.
THE BREATH NEEDED A VEHICLE OF DESIRES; “IT HAS IT,” SAID THE DRAINER OF WATERS.
BUT BREATH NEEDS A MIND TO EMBRACE THE UNIVERSE; “WE CANNOT GIVE THAT,” SAID THE FATHERS.
“I NEVER HAD IT,” SAID THE SPIRIT OF THE EARTH.
“THE FORM WOULD BE CONSUMED WERE I TO GIVE IT MINE,” SAID THE GREAT FIRE . . . .
MAN REMAINED AN EMPTY SENSELESS BHUTA . . . . THUS HAVE THE BONELESS GIVEN LIFE TO THOSE WHO BECAME MEN WITH BONES IN THE THIRD.
ii-5-18. THE FIRST (Race) WERE THE SONS OF YOGA. THEIR SONS THE CHILDREN OF THE YELLOW FATHER AND THE WHITE MOTHER.
ii-5-19. THE SECOND RACE WAS THE PRODUCT BY BUDDING AND EXPANSION, THE A-SEXUAL (form) FROM THE SEXLESS (shadow) – THUS WAS, O LANOO, THE SECOND RACE PRODUCED.
ii-5-20. THEIR FATHERS WERE THE SELF-BORN. THE SELF-BORN, THE CHHAYA FROM THE BRILLIANT BODIES OF THE LORDS, THE FATHERS, THE SONS OF TWILIGHT.
ii-5-21. WHEN THE RACE BECAME OLD, THE OLD WATERS MIXED WITH THE FRESHER WATERS. WHEN ITS DROPS BECAME TURBID, THEY VANISHED AND DISAPPEARED IN THE NEW STREAM, IN THE HOT STREAM OF LIFE. THE OUTER OF THE FIRST BECAME THE INNER OF THE SECOND. THE OLD WING BECAME THE NEW SHADOW, AND THE SHADOW OF THE WING. [interpretation]
ii-6-22. THEN THE SECOND EVOLVED THE EGG-BORN, THE THIRD (Race). THE SWEAT GREW, ITS DROPS GREW, AND THE DROPS BECAME HARD AND ROUND. THE SUN WARMED IT; THE MOON COOLED AND SHAPED IT; THE WIND FED IT UNTIL ITS RIPENESS. THE WHITE SWAN FROM THE STARRY VAULT (the Moon) OVERSHADOWED THE BIG DROP. THE EGG OF THE FUTURE RACE, THE MAN-SWAN (Hamsa) OF THE LATER THIRD. FIRST MALE-FEMALE, THEN MAN AND WOMAN. [interpretation]
ii-6-23. THE SELF-BORN WERE THE CHHAYAS: THE SHADOWS FROM THE BODIES OF THE SONS OF TWILIGHT. NEITHER WATER NOR FIRE COULD DESTROY THEM. THEIR SONS WERE (so destroyed).***
ii-7-24. THE SONS OF WISDOM, THE SONS OF NIGHT (issued from the body of Brahma when it became Night), READY FOR REBIRTH, CAME DOWN, THEY SAW THE (intellectually) VILE FORMS OF THE FIRST THIRD (still senseless Race), “WE CAN CHOOSE,” SAID THE LORDS, “WE HAVE WISDOM.” SOME ENTERED THE CHHAYA. SOME PROJECTED THE SPARK. SOME DEFERRED TILL THE FOURTH (Race). FROM THEIR OWN RUPA THEY FILLED (intensified) THE KAMA (the vehicle of desire). THOSE WHO ENTERED BECAME ARHATS. THOSE WHO RECEIVED BUT A SPARK, REMAINED DESTITUTE OF (higher) KNOWLEDGE; THE SPARK BURNED LOW. THE THIRD REMAINED MIND-LESS. THEIR JIVAS (Monads) WERE NOT READY. THESE WERE SET APART AMONG THE SEVEN (primitive human species). THEY BECAME NARROW-HEADED. THE THIRD WERE READY. “IN THESE SHALL WE DWELL,” SAID THE LORDS OF THE FLAME. [interpretation]
ii-7-25. HOW DID THE MANÂSA, THE SONS OF WISDOM, ACT? THEY REJECTED THE SELF-BORN, (the boneless). THEY ARE NOT READY. THEY SPURNED THE (First) SWEAT-BORN. THEY ARE NOT QUITE READY. THEY WOULD NOT ENTER THE FIRST EGG-BORN.
ii-7-26. WHEN THE SWEAT-BORN PRODUCED THE EGG-BORN, THE TWOFOLD (androgyne third Race) AND THE MIGHTY, THE POWERFUL WITH BONES, THE LORDS OF WISDOM SAID: “NOW SHALL WE CREATE.” [interpretation]
ii-7-27. THE THIRD RACE BECAME THE VAHAN (vehicle) OF THE LORDS OF WISDOM. IT CREATED “SONS OF WILL AND YOGA,” BY KRIYASAKTI IT CREATED THEM, THE HOLY FATHERS, ANCESTORS OF THE ARHATS. .
ii-8-28. FROM THE DROPS OF SWEAT; FROM THE RESIDUE OF THE SUBSTANCE; MATTER FROM DEAD BODIES OF MEN AND ANIMALS OF THE WHEEL BEFORE; AND FROM CAST-OFF DUST, THE FIRST ANIMALS WERE PRODUCED.
ii-8-29. ANIMALS WITH BONES, DRAGONS OF THE DEEP, AND FLYING SARPAS WERE ADDED TO THE CREEPING THINGS. THEY THAT CREEP ON THE GROUND GOT WINGS. THEY OF THE LONG NECKS IN THE WATER BECAME THE PROGENITORS OF THE FOWLS OF THE AIR.
ii-8-30. DURING THE THIRD RACE THE BONELESS ANIMALS GREW AND CHANGED: THEY BECAME ANIMALS WITH BONES, THEIR CHHAYAS BECAME SOLID (also).
ii-8-31. THE ANIMALS SEPARATED THE FIRST (into mate and female). THEY (the animals) BEGAN TO BREED. THE TWO-FOLD MAN (then) SEPARATED ALSO. HE (man) SAID: “LET US AS THEY; LET US UNITE AND MAKE CREATURES.” THEY DID….
ii-8-32. AND THOSE WHICH HAD NO SPARK (the “narrow-brained”) TOOK HUGE SHE-ANIMALS UNTO THEM. THEY BEGAT UPON THEM DUMB RACES. DUMB THEY WERE (the “narrow-brained”) THEMSELVES. BUT THEIR TONGUES UNTIED. THE TONGUES OF THEIR PROGENY REMAINED STILL. MONSTERS THEY BRED. A RACE OF CROOKED RED-HAIR-COVERED MONSTERS GOING ON ALL FOURS. A DUMB RACE TO KEEP THE SHAME UNTOLD.
ii-9-33. SEEING WHICH (the sin committed with the animals), THE LHAS (the spirits, the “Sons of Wisdom”) WHO HAD NOT BUILT MEN (who had refused to create), WEPT, SAYING: —
ii-9-34. “THE AMANÂSA (the ‘mindless’) HAVE DEFILED OUR FUTURE ABODES. THIS IS KARMA. LET US DWELL IN THE OTHERS. LET US TEACH THEM BETTER, LEST WORSE SHOULD HAPPEN.” THEY DID . . . .
ii-9-35. THEN ALL MEN BECAME ENDOWED WITH MANAS (minds). THEY SAW THE SIN OF THE MINDLESS.
ii-9-36. THE FOURTH RACE DEVELOPED SPEECH.
ii-9-37. THE ONE (androgyne) BECAME TWO; ALSO ALL THE LIVING AND CREEPING THINGS THAT WERE STILL ONE, GIANT FISH-BIRDS AND SERPENTS WITH SHELL-HEADS.
ii-10-38. THUS TWO BY TWO ON THE SEVEN ZONES, THE THIRD RACE GAVE BIRTH TO THE FOURTH-RACE MEN; THE GODS BECAME NO-GODS; THE SURA BECAME A-SURA.
ii-10-39. THE FIRST (Race), ON EVERY ZONE, WAS MOON-COLORED (yellow-white); THE SECOND YELLOW LIKE GOLD; THE THIRD RED; THE FOURTH BROWN, WHICH BECAME BLACK WITH SIN. THE FIRST SEVEN HUMAN SHOOTS WERE ALL OF ONE COMPLEXION. THE NEXT SEVEN (the sub-races) BEGAN MIXING (their colors). [interpretation]
ii-10-40. THEN THE THIRD AND FOURTH (races) BECAME TALL WITH PRIDE. WE ARE THE KINGS, IT WAS SAID; WE ARE THE GODS. [interpretation]
ii-10-41. THEY TOOK WIVES FAIR TO LOOK UPON. WIVES FROM THE MINDLESS, THE NARROW-HEADED. THEY BRED MONSTERS. WICKED DEMONS, MALE AND FEMALE, ALSO KHADO (DAKINI), WITH LITTLE MINDS.
ii-10-42. THEY BUILT TEMPLES FOR THE HUMAN BODY. MALE AND FEMALE THEY WORSHIPPED. THEN THE THIRD EYE ACTED NO LONGER.
ii-11-43. THEY (the Lemurians) BUILT HUGE CITIES. OF RARE EARTHS AND METALS THEY BUILT, AND OUT OF THE FIRES (lava)) VOMITED, OUT OF THE WHITE STONE OF THE MOUNTAINS (marble) AND OF THE BLACK STONE (of the subterranean fires), THEY CUT THEIR OWN IMAGES IN THEIR SIZE AND LIKENESS, AND WORSHIPPED THEM.
ii-11-44. THEY (the Atlanteans) BUILT GREAT IMAGES NINE YATIS HIGH (27 feet), THE SIZE OF THEIR BODIES. INNER FIRES HAD DESTROYED THE LAND OF THEIR FATHERS (the Lemurians). THE WATER THREATENED THE FOURTH (Race).
ii-11-45. THE FIRST GREAT WATERS CAME. THEY SWALLOWED THE SEVEN GREAT ISLANDS. [interpretation]
ii-11-46. ALL HOLY SAVED, THE UNHOLY DESTROYED. WITH THEM MOST OF THE HUGE ANIMALS, PRODUCED FROM THE SWEAT OF THE EARTH.
ii-12-47. FEW MEN REMAINED: SOME YELLOW, SOME BROWN AND BLACK, AND SOME RED REMAINED. THE MOON-COLORED (of the primitive Divine Stock) WERE GONE FOREVER. [interpretation]
ii-12-48. THE FIFTH PRODUCED FROM THE HOLY STOCK REMAINED; IT WAS RULED OVER BY THE FIRST DIVINE KINGS.
ii-12-49. THE “SERPENTS” WHO RE-DESCENDED, WHO MADE PEACE WITH THE FIFTH, WHO TAUGHT AND INSTRUCTED IT. . . . . .
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