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According to the well-known researcher J.S. Gordon,
He points out that the great Ice Age that lasted about two million years, ending about twelve thousand years ago, was made up of thirty or so minor Ice Ages, with warm intervals of polar deglaciation in between them, each creating periods of thousands of years of temperate conditions at the poles.
Any one of these warm intervals would
have been hospitable to a circumpolar civilization.
He derived his theory from cartographic research conducted on ancient portolans or seafaring maps, one of which had been in the possession of a 16th-century Turkish admiral, Piri Re'is.2
Other researchers, sifting and re-examining existing archaeological data from the past 150 years, have concluded from the evidence of human artifacts and fossil bones found under deep geological layers that anatomically modern humans with a modern intellectual capacity have existed from the beginning of the Quaternary period, some 1.65 million years ago - and that they were taller than modern man and with a brain capacity 15-20 per cent larger.
Such findings reinforce the growing
opinion of many people today that Hapgood's theory, initially
rejected by scientists of the day, has serious merit.
All body forms would have been considerably lighter in weight and of a more plastic nature, the skeleton still not having hardened by then; and accordingly human beings could have been less affected by gravity and as much as sixty feet or more taller than they are today.
She believed that over vast ages there
have been several violent changes in earth's climatic conditions,
with corresponding diminutions of human stature, accompanied by many
variations in human civilization and culture.4
Swanscombe man from England is a quarter of a million years old, while Vertesszollos man from Hungary, equally modern in type, dates to an amazing four hundred thousand to seven hundred thousand years old.5
Such dates leave ample room in our human
record for many modifications of climate and variations in the
physical stature, cultural development and living conditions of
The information given in the Book of
Genesis regarding the Sons of God, the
giant-sized Elders who once lived on earth - "mighty men
of old, men of renown" - was derived by Hebrew scribes from the
scriptures of older surrounding races, such as the Indian Vedic
texts, the Vedas and Puranas, and the
Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.
The Egyptians also created statues of
god-kings of enormous height juxtaposed to little figures of normal
human stature; and while these statements in stone may have been
intended symbolically, the alternative possibility exists that an
entirely realistic rendition was intended, as more than one
researcher has suggested.
The other outstanding characteristic imputed to the Elders, whom Blavatsky called the Kumaras, was their huge skulls.
Although there is less evidence in the ancient texts to support this legend, it is an astonishing fact that several such enormous skulls, relative to the size of the face, have been unearthed in Peru: one is on display in the museum in Lima.7
According to reports, others of similar
immensity have been found in and around Egypt and Tibet, suggesting
a correspondingly massive intelligence.8
Found in the underground desert ruins of Tel el Amarna in Egypt, little known statues of this strange family, which included Nefertiti, Akhenaton's wife, and their daughters, exhibit other unusual features, including great body height.
The body of a statue of Nefertiti is described below:
This in fact is an equally good description of her husband's famously strange appearance.
The carved or painted likenesses of Nefertiti's daughters, down to the youngest, a mere toddler, show exactly the same peculiar characteristics of enormous hairless skulls, high waists, skinny calves and huge ears.
These Elders, also known as the beni ha-elohim, the Sons of God or Sons of the Fire Mist whom the Sumerians claimed had brought civilization to humanity, are a perennial mystery.
G.I. Gurdjieff regarded them as
palaeolithic shaman adepts, men and women who in the remote past
practiced their mysteries in the underground caves along the Syr
Darya, in Central Asia, and whose evolution due to their superior
spiritual practices put them far in advance of their fellows.10
In the ancient Egyptian tradition they are called the "Watchers of Pe," divine Intelligences who watch over and 'guide' humanity, their progeny, from celestial heights.
Alternatively, could they have been, as
the noted Theosophist G. de Purucker suggests, the left-over
remnant of an earlier human race that had incarnated on Earth but
had originally come from the Pleiades system, and which had
ended its racial cycle perhaps millions of years ago?
Even stranger, until recently the rest of the world was not even aware that such questions entailed proscribed temple material that had been forbidden to the outside world for thousands of years.
As already mentioned in the first part of this article (see New Dawn No. 112, January-February 2009), René Guénon, one of the foremost esotericists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, struggled as far as he dared against this occult embargo, believing that the time was fast approaching when humanity would be in need of a higher level of anthropological, cosmological and metaphysical understanding than was possible in his day.
Yet much knowledge regarded as too arcane or too dangerous for the profane populace would, Guénon was convinced, soon have to be released into the public domain.
And it would seem he was right.
These secrets have a direct relevance to
the mysterious Elders, gods whom they suggest are actually human
beings and members of a fifth kingdom in Nature.
Nevertheless, the old system of four kingdoms, based on an intuitive deductive vision of the truth and seen as an example of the Perennial Philosophy, is still entrenched in most of the Western esoteric schools that have emerged since medieval times:
To these four definitive classifications
a fifth is occasionally added by medieval philosophers under
variously named, rather obscure and even misleading headings; but
whatever the designation, in esoteric circles any natural
classification beyond the fourth is either nonexistent or only
vaguely delineated, lacking the emphasis or clarity it requires.
They understood the goal of human evolution to be a transition or resurrection into a higher state, a higher natural kingdom, and illustrated the transition with admirable precision on the ceilings of certain very old tombs.12
In their depiction of the neters or gods undergoing spiritual resurrection, they show a row of animal-headed human figures marching along a horizontal base line, a red oval - the "egg of metamorphosis" - above each head, until suddenly the base line turns by 90 degrees to the vertical and one figure swings into ascension along it.
Achieving what may be a rapid biological change into a new life form, he transforms into the royal fifth kingdom.
Armed with what appears to be the staff of spiritual authority and lacking the oval over his head, which has presumably been absorbed into his being, he has metamorphosed into a king.13
In other words, from being a collective
being of a lower order, he has become a royal singularity, a ruler
of all kingdoms lower than the fifth. Ancient petroglyphs of
sun-headed men found in various parts of the world, but especially
in Central Asia, tell the same story.
The inclusion of a fifth kingdom in the natural order turns the fourth kingdom that we humans presently inhabit into a mere corridor of becoming, a transitional episode in which we are driven forward in a process of transformation from the animal state behind us to that of the true human ahead, as indeed Gautama Buddha recognized.
Life, human life, he said, is
never-ending change and the suffering of change - and indeed it is
viewed as a journey of relentless development of intelligence and
consciousness into the truly human kingdom, the fifth, wherein alone
lies repose well earned.
But what the ancient mystery temples
through to modern esoteric teachers like Guénon have been reluctant
to disclose is that the fifth kingdom is not a future potential but
a presently existing reality, a supremely enlightened human state
coexisting with our own. Like the other four kingdoms of nature, it
has extended and always will extend back into the illimitable past
and forward into an equally illimitable future, with its own
archetypal place in the cosmos.
Gordon speaks of the fourth, fifth, sixth and even the seventh kingdom of our planetary Nature.
Given such a perspective, many
possibilities open up that were not previously viable in our
Freed by their advanced development from
the limiting conditions of transitional fourth-level humanity, the
universe was open to them, for fifth-kingdom space-time is said to
possess multiple dimensions incomprehensible and inaccessible to the
lower kingdoms. These so-called gods could travel between the stars
on supramundane energy currents unknown to us, incarnating on other
stellar bodies or on planet Earth as the need arose, and withdrawing
as they chose into dimensions invisible to their charges on Earth.
As we ascend with increasing rapidity into higher states of consciousness and hence into proximity with the fifth kingdom, we are finding the Elders in their various otherworld guises descending to meet us.
As a part of the great human order, they
are our future as well as our past. We shall find in fact that
humanity is at home everywhere in the universe and its life has no
beginning and no ending; it is co-eternal with the cosmos.
Kingly authority and the power to rule wisely rests on the royal initiate's ability to ascend the axis mundi or World Tree to the divine centre of creation at the zenith of the heavens.
There, and only there, he will find
deification; there he will be able to access the heavenly powers
from which all impulses of rulership, creativity and wisdom emanate;
there he will find the freedom of the spiritual world.
John Major Jenkins, a leading researcher of ancient cosmology, says:
Such a monarch stands as far more than an exemplary figurehead or an administrative symbol at the heart of his kingdom; he has become, by virtue of his conquest of the World Tree, a way-shower into a new order of being for the whole of his society.
In the same way, so Jenkins believes, at certain critical junctures of the Earth's history, this odyssey of transformation up the cosmic Pillar to the divine Center at the zenith is possible for the race as a whole, which thereby advances further towards its next evolutionary goal - the supernal kingdom, the fifth.
The well-known British author Trevor Ravenscroft likens the Tree of Life to,
The crown of the tree, he says,
The Tree is thus a metaphor for the
archetypal processes of the cosmos that are believed to underlie all
According to Guénon, there have been several successive locations of the World Axis on the surface of the globe that distinguish it from either the north-south axis of rotation or the magnetic axis.
Opening up the secret metaphysical
tradition, he asserts that basically nothing less than a new model
of the world is needed if we are to understand the true nature of
the World Axis.
By virtue of this fact, the earth is
multi-dimensional in structure - as indeed the physicist
David Bohm has proposed in his
theory of an implicate universal order lying behind the explicate
physical order as its energetic template - and this radically
modifies everything we can say about the planet, in the way we
measure and describe it.
The planet was regarded as a living organism with its own hierarchy of elemental intelligences, plus a hierarchy of solar intelligences or devas, at work in the manifold organization and running of the whole, and which we call today the work of Nature.
The World Tree, in India known as Mt.
Meru, was believed to be at the very heart of this great dynamic
complex, a channel of evolutionary energy running through the centre
of the planet, a path of psycho-spiritual transformation of the same
order as the seven-fold spinal path of consciousness running through
the human body.
These nodes were clairvoyantly perceived
as a succession of gateways up the trunk of the Tree leading into
higher planes of existence, and the final entrance to the Cosmic
Centre was therefore called the North Gate.
In this inner light body - or, as Vedic cosmology calls it, the vajra body - is located the World Axis, the etheric source and intelligent regulator of all the energies of the planet.
At the beginning of each great temporal
cycle - and by that Guénon means at the very least one round of the
Zodiac, one Sidereal Year of 25,920 years - the two bodies
are in virtually perfect alignment, but as the cycle proceeds a
separation occurs and the physical body falls increasingly out of
alignment with its spiritual template.
From this circumstance comes all the
suffering of becoming, all the so-called evils of our earthly
This is the biblical "fall" of mankind without which there would be no evolutionary process.
With the separating out of the physical
plane, motion is created and the suffering of change begins; for the
process of increasing differentiation of the physical body from its
spiritual background inflicts on the planet and all its life-forms a
local disturbance, the angst of movement, of disequilibrium, of
continual adjustment to new conditions and new evolutionary demands
- but also to the possibility of attaining a greater state of being.
Today this mysterious noumenon known variously as,
...has apparently shifted southward.
Clairvoyantly visible, it has its locale
in the Inner Asian region delineated by the Tarim Basin and its
surrounding ring of great mountain ranges.
Psychically accessible, this great current of psychospiritual conscious energy that runs through the centre of the earth is thought today to emerge somewhere north of Kashmir, soaring high into interstellar space above the Pamirs.17
It is in that vicinity, at the foot of
the World Tree, that the peoples of Central Asia have traditionally
located the hidden kingdom of the Elders known as
initiatory centre accessible on both a physical, an etheric and an
He sees the Cosmic Centre at the head of the World Axis as fulfilling the same function in a planetary context.
However, while René Guénon has
postulated a major polar-to-solar shift of the Cosmic Centre in
man's worship at some remote time in antiquity, Jenkins has argued
that this shift would be better understood as a polar-to-galactic
It is an astronomical fact, says Jenkins,
Jenkins equates the spiritual evolution of humanity with this periodic alignment of the Earth with the galactic plane and the Galactic Centre.
The idea that the latter stimulates consciousness on this planet is, he says,
Gordon too observes that the earth is subject to celestial seasons of about 6,480 years,
The Tree is thus regarded as a planetary chakric system analogous to that of the individual tantrica in the practice of kundalini yoga.
Even as the yogic consciousness ascends
the spinal system, so activating a sequence of seven hierarchically
ordered chakras or psycho-spiritual energy vortices which alter in
subtle ways the entire spectrum of consciousness, so the ascension
of the racial soul up the World Tree at certain precessional
intervals of c.6,450 (or c.6,480) years corresponds with the opening
up of a succession of celestial gateways for humanity as a whole.
It is a moment of supreme evolutionary
importance, a collective initiation perhaps best conveyed by the
teachings of the Mithraic mystery religion.
However, beyond the seventh level was a secret teaching revealing an eighth and ninth level or "house" where the Hypercosmic Sun was located. This hypercosmic luminary, this "Star of Stars" as the first century philosopher Philo Judaeus of Alexandria called it, was identified with the Galactic Centre, to which access was gained only through the eighth and ninth celestial "doorway" above that of Saturn.21
This secret means of escape from Earth's
gravity into the freedom of the Universe has been closely guarded by
occult tradition and is still not fully unveiled.
...when the divine light of the Milky Way Centre pours down through the opened valves of the World Axis and irradiates the earth and all its inhabitants for a certain interval of time.
It is in that critical interval that the
great evolutionary mutations take place, civilizations are
overthrown and reinstated in radically new forms and the potential
exists for the fifth kingdom to be realized by at least some members
of fourth-kingdom humanity.
Indeed, by now millions of people are watching and waiting for the end-of-the-world Mayan date of 2012 CE, believing it to be the beginning of a new World Age… a further stage in the journey towards the fifth kingdom.
I remember well the report in the media,
because immediately a cry of distress and foreboding went up right
across India; for it was known by most Hindu astrologers that this
rare stellar event, occurring only four times in the precessional
cycle of 26,000 years, does indeed foreshadow great floods and
catastrophic climatic changes.
To esotericists generally the
conjunction signified a new World Age and an impending
psycho-spiritual initiation of collective humanity, with all the
social and ideological turmoil such an event implied. And confirming
John Major Jenkins' later theory to the hilt, the conjunction was
seen by some star-gazers as the first sign of a coming revolution in
geopolitical world affairs, with the rise of Asia and the decline of
the western Anglo-American hegemony.
But nearly fifty years on, the events presaged in 1962 are now crystallising as post-millennial realities.
A transformation in human consciousness
is well underway; and there is increasing evidence that the vast
natural, socio-political and consciousness changes we are seeing are
now irreversible, for good or ill.
Included in this growing Eastern bloc is Russia which, since the collapse of the Soviet regime, is increasingly turning away from Western Europe and towards Asia in its quest for identity.
Geographically the largest nation on the
earth, it extends right across northern Asia from Eastern Europe to
the Bering Sea.
Indeed, for many of Russia's intellectuals the universal tolerance and freedom from dogma of the ancient Pillar religion of the Mongol/Turkic peoples has great valence and is displacing Christianity and Islam in the popular esteem.
There have been a number of famous prophecies regarding Russia's future pivotal role in world affairs generally, notably those of Rudolf Steiner and Edgar Cayce, as well as those of Gerard Encausse, the highly respected French occult master who went under the pseudonym of Papus (1865 - 1916).
The author Mehmet Sabeheddin notes that,
Many others have seen Russia as destined
to continue the work of Genghis Khan, who transformed the nomad
tribal conglomerates of the Eurasian steppes into a unified and
superbly organized political system that revolutionized
international life for centuries to come.
From the Far East to Moscow and from the Altai to Iran, a countervailing force, identifiable with the invisible spiritual powerhouse of Shambhala, is stirring throughout the region. Muslim, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Christian, Jew, Taoist and shaman are finding common ground in a unitive vision of the future.
Responding to the militaristic
Anglo-American colonization that has long dominated the Asian
hemisphere, this new regional climate bodes well for the rebalancing
of the globe's spiritual, cultural and economic forces.
The present thrust seeks instead to
recapture the unity of the ancient Arctic accord and to set forth
new terms for a viable future for humankind.