Friday, 16 March 2018
Friday, 9 March 2018
For seekers who wish to study the Ageless wisdom teachings for the first time, selecting the right materials and resources can be a daunting task due to the overwhelming volume of published materials around. It is important to get the right resources the very first time. A good foundation is a must. Otherwise, to our minds, three things might happen: (1) one will be spending too much time and money buying books that are really irrelevant to begin with any serious study in the field; (2) one will feel frustrated and might even abandon the search due to a big number of mediocre or sometimes utterly ridiculous and crappy ideas/ teachings surrounding the genre of new age, occult, or so called esoteric literatures; and (3) one's high aspirations or serious motives might be sidetracked by amusing yet very dangerous or manipulative occult practices.
We have provided some reading lists below which we believe can be of help to kickoff one's spiritual or occult journey, though they are naturally biased towards the Ageless Wisdom stream of HPB and AAB. To our mind, the HPB-AAB stream provides a good foundation, in the sense that it shows the macro-perspective of reality, the relationship of the parts to the whole (preventing delusions and narcissism-nihilism), and the ability to integrate the teachings to one's life and still be an effective functioning part of human society. The lists are in no way comprehensive or strictly scholarly. The intention is to suggest materials that will enable one to save precious time because they are reliable references (or classic in the field) that will point to the seeker the right direction for further readings.
As to the question of whether there is a need for a "guru" or a group/school/occult order in one's occult or spiritual journey: We are of the opinion that esotericist or aspiring occultists are always "self-taught" (as DK put it). One can learn the basics and begin the practices without any physical guru nor becoming affiliated to any school. As the adage goes, "When the student is ready, the teacher will come". We don't get ready by doing nothing. We can be responsible for our own esoteric training. And if we advanced enough in our studies that the inner plane Adepts or Teachers think we can already be useful to their cause, they will naturally appear and guide us to higher initiations and further instructions. One Tibetan adept even acknowledged that there is a wealth of undigested inspired published esoteric materials around before the need for new and higher revelations to come. Let's take advantage of this; and we hope we listed some of them below.
As for groups, they can be helpful - especially if you plan to venture into the energetic paths and the paths of power/magick so as not to get "burned" and to "play with your own fires" safely. One needs the wise experiences and guidance of mentors and teachers. And besides, groups can be vehicles for group work and service activities. The spirit of cooperation and collective effort for human betterment are obviously part of one's esoteric training, be it a self-directed one or as a requirement of an esoteric school.
We also included a list below of some reputable modern esoteric schools that we know of that offer occult training for serious seekers. There are seekers who are not wired for self-learning and wants the structured training and rigid discipline of a school. For such students, we recommend those in the list and they are free to inquire the entrance requirements from them.
Suggested reading lists
- List-1: Is it really your cup of tea? (A snapshot of the Ageless Wisdom teachings)
- List-2: Interested, but not willing to commit (Ageless Wisdom in capsule form)
- List-3: In the mood for deep sea diving? (Important texts you shouldn't miss)
- List-4: Begin your serious study with the end in mind: Putting the "M" word ("Master") in the right perspective
- List-5: Do it yourself advanced meditation techniques
- List-6: Avenues for learning and sharpening the mind
- List-7: Yoga that isn't hot or cold, energetics, and healing
- List-8: Sustainability, visualization, law of attraction, and magic
- List-9: Putting it all together: Treading the Spiritual Path DIY (minus the gurus, bearded characters, and power structures)
- Supplemental List: Bridging the gap between Mainstream Christianity and Ageless Wisdom practices
Tips to fellow seekers as to where to purchase or source these books:
- check your local library
- your local bookshops or online stores such as Amazon.com, Kobobooks.com, Play.google.com, or the iBooks/iTunes store; try the ebook versions from these sellers, they are more affordable and you can make use of your smartphones for reading them anywhere!;
- directly from the publishers;
- used books resellers such as Abebooks.com, Alibris.com or Weiserantiquarian.com;
- from the non-profit organizations/publishers who own them which sometimes offer them for free reading or as free ebooks on their respective websites
- older books and classics which are out of print can sometimes be found in the Open Library Project site for online reading or borrowing
- make sure to google or check them out first.
"Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone." (Mantram of Unification)
"There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfillment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe." (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)
Some modern esoteric schools
- The Arcane School
This school was founded by Alice A. Bailey in New York in 1923, specializing in esoteric discipleship training. They carefully distinguish themselves as not a probationary path type of group that is involved in psychism or astralism, but they neither claim to be an advanced one - the future schools that is involved in preparing disciples for the great initiations. As an intermediate type of esoteric school, the work involves the self-discipline ("discipleship") of integrating the personality with that of the Soul. Instructions are via correspondence using the distance learning model, with focus on 3 areas- study, meditation, and service. The scope of materials will cover a lifetime of training. Orientation is towards the new emerging pattern of presentation of the mystery teachings that combine the east and the west. Not mystical or transcendental, but occult and practical.
- School for Esoteric Studies
The School for Esoteric Studies provides discipleship training by correspondence (in English, Italian, and Spanish) based on the Ageless Wisdom teachings as compiled by Alice Bailey and Master Djwhal Khul, with an emphasis on meditation, study, and service and designed to produce World Servers.
- University of Seven Rays - Morya Federation Online School of Esoteric Education
This is a new initiative started by the University of the Seven Rays that aims to teach the Ageless Wisdom (and train future esotericists) derived from the inspiration of both DK and the Master M. It will be structured formally much like a formal University but content will be delivered online. There will be a 2-year and a 5-year program. It calls itself a "Federation", because a number of emerging and existent esoteric schools and colleges are affiliated with it, much like a faculty consortium.
- Theosophical Society
The society was founded by Helena P. Blavatsky in New York City in 1875. This is often referred to as the first modern public revival of the mystery schools in the Western world since the dark ages (when most esoteric groups went underground to shield themselves from persecution). However, it is not offering any structured or systematized form of esoteric training. To fully benefit from the group, one has to be pro-active and participate in its Theosophical correspondence courses, self-transformation seminar-workshops, and seek entrance into its esoteric section, if available in a local lodge. See also Canadian Theosophical Association (CTA).
You may also want to read:
What is an Esoteric School?
Nature of the ageless wisdom and esotericism
Some esoteric educational groups
- Agni Yoga Society
"The Agni Yoga Society was founded in 1920 by Nicholas Roerich and his wife Helena. The Society has little formal structure. There are no schools, no study courses, no classes. But it is available to all who study the books. Unlike previous yogas, Agni Yoga is a path not of physical disciplines, meditation, or asceticism, but of practice in daily life. It is the yoga of fiery energy, of consciousness, of responsible, directed thought. Though not systematized in an ordinary sense, Agni Yoga is a Teaching that helps the discerning student to discover moral and spiritual guide-posts by which to learn to govern his or her life and thus contribute to the Common Good. For this reason Agni Yoga has been called a "living ethic."
- Torkom Saraydarian Group University
They offer short term online courses on esoteric sciences and full length degrees as well. It was founded by Gita Saraydarian in the US after the death of her father, Torkom, a prolific writer and teacher of the Ageless wisdom teachings. Torkom's writings incorporated the teachings of Agni Yoga to the AAB-HPB stream. Most notable is his talent to simply complex esoteric concepts into simple words and tell them in the light of his own experiences and life stories.
- White Mountain Education Association
The association is located in Arizona and has been in existence long before the TSG Foundation was established. Similarly, the teachings are based on Agni Yoga and AAB. Torkom Saraydarian also contributed much to the resource materials in this training institute.
- Rosicrucian Fellowship
A modern version of Rosicrucianism introduced by Max Heindel in 1910 that is consistent with the core principles of the Ageless Wisdom and the cosmology of HP Blavatsky. The focus of the group are spiritual healing, spiritual astrology, and the esoteric interpretation of the Christian Bible.
- General Anthroposophical Society
Anthroposophy started in Germany in 1912 by Rudolf Steiner. The spiritual teachings were derived from HPB's Theosophical stream but this new version was made more practical. It has a strong focus on social transformation via the introduction of its own spiritually based system of education, banking, medicine, and even agriculture. Esoteric training is being done through its School of Spiritual Science.
- The School of Ageless Wisdom
This group is dedicated to the study and dissemination of the cosmology and teachings of the ageless wisdom based on the writings of Alice Bailey and Helena Roerich's Agni Yoga. Its foremost service activity is anchored on the educational fields - the pedagogical model and curricula of the Robert Muller School, Balanced Beginnings, and the Global Elementary Curricular Model of the United Nations.
Its esoteric teachings also descended from the Ageless Wisdom stream of HPB-AAB plus the founders' own spiritual experiences and practices. It was founded in 1951 by the late Earlyne and Robert Chaney.
- Aetherius Society
An international spiritual organization founded in the mid-1950s by George King in London after he was contacted by a Being who claimed to be an "extraterrestrial intelligence". The teachings of Master Aetherius, except for the unique terminologies used, are in alignment with Ageless wisdom teachings of the HPB-AAB stream. Their teaching emphasized selfless service to others as a means to personal and planetary evolution.
Some occult, ritualistic & fraternal orders
- Servants of the Light (SOL)
A school of the Western Mystery Tradition tracing its modern day roots to Dion Fortune of the Golden Dawn and, later of her own: Society of the Inner Light. A fully contacted school, SOL was formally established as an independent esoteric school in 1972 by WE Butler and Gareth Knight. Its focus is meditation and path working on the Qabalistic tree of life, Arthurian myths and symbols, and training on individual and group ritual work. Current director of studies is Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki and their headquarters is in the UK but they also accept students worldwide via their correspondence course.
- Brotherhood of the Eternal Light (BOEL)
A fully contacted Mystery school that offers systematic training in ritual magic and the Western Mysteries including both personal training, a correspondence course, and a free online course. It has been founded by Salomo Baal-Shem and the Lodge Chayot ha-Qodesh and was raised by Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki in June 2010. It was founded from a need to re-establish reliable criteria and principles for high level spiritual work which may serve as a stronghold against self-deception, egotism, charlatanism, hypocrisy and guru-ship (which are unfortunately so common in occult organisations). It also aims on teaching the mysteries with great integrity and dedication in order to bring about a revival of traditional Qabbalistic values.
- Builders of the Adytum
BOTA was founded by Dr. Paul Foster Case which first became a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn. In cooperation with an inner school adept, he established this new order which incorporated the teachings of the Holy Qabalah, the Tarot, symbols of Freemasonry, and the core principles of the Ageless Wisdom.
- Fraternity of the Hidden Light
This Order has the same lineage as BOTA and uses the same body of teaching given by Paul Foster Case. But they are more ritually oriented and has more temple-lodges for group ritual work.
- Prieuré de Sion - Ordre de la Rose-Croix Véritas O.D.L.R.C.V. International
"The Priory of Sion is an international initiatory Order, of mystical and esoteric character, and of Rosicrucian influence, who sets himself the task of supporting and nurturing personal growth, moral and spiritual, with respect and in harmony with the personal objectives that each of us, by nature, has to carry through in life experience. It's also their purpose to teach the proper practice of esoteric disciplines and the study and research related to the transcendent and mystical. They work through symbols, ancient rituals, theurgic practice and traditions, in order to live a personal and collective spirituality in communion with the other Brothers and Sisters of the Order."
Some training institutes
- BeLife Institute for Higher Consciousness (BIHC)
A pioneering Institute founded by Master Del Pe that will help an interested individual develop higher consciousness by providing a quantum leap in new philosophies, psychologies and strategies to achieve a more enlightened life and fulfilled career. In addition to the powerful new strategies and psychologies put forth by the founder, BIHC combines the convenience of Distant Learning online training with mentoring supported by their team of Facilitators so one can study, grow and hone new skills and knowledge from the comfort of one's home or office. One can also attend Retreats offered in the most spectacular destinations and sacred places on Earth. Their advanced training programs can be taken in person with their team of trainers or Master Del Pe himself.
- ScalarPrana and Bioenergetics Training Center
Its mission is to promote awareness of the existence of subtle energies, such as Scalar and Prana, and educate people to harness and utilize these energies for healing, foster a positive, productive, and meaningful life through self-transformation and higher spirituality. They do this through workshops, remote healing services, marathon healing sessions, Moirae Life Coaching, psychic defense and protection, and other healing practices. Accordingly, ScalarPrana Therapy makes use of both the scalar zones and the chakras. The scalar energy zones and the chakras are distinct from each other. The scalar zones are entry points of scalar energy, while the chakras are entry points of prana. When scalar zones are activated and aligned, the body is able to harness scalar energy easily for the sustenance of prana in the body, for its health as well as healing. Fe Pacheco is the founder of the ScalarPrana Therapeutic System and the author of ScalarPrana Primer: The Human Energy System. With over 25 years of experience in alternative energy healing modalities, she has been teaching and conducting energy healing workshops in many countries.
- Resounds Method
Resound is an esoteric method that is adapted from several elements found in esoteric literature to create opportunities to break our identification with this retarding thought form (sometimes caled the Dweller on the Threshold), and see ourselves and our world through fresh eyes. These elements include alignment, projection, dialogue, and resonance, and are taken principally from the teacher training courses of Lucille Cedercrans. Their courses of study and service opportunities include Path of Initiation, Nature of the Soul, GYRE, Creative Thinking, The Soul and its Instrument, Teacher Training, Leadership Training, The Disciple and Economy, and the new course- the "Ashram of Synthesis". Most of the courses are free and are intended for Blavatsky, Bailey, Roerich, and Cedercrans students, to wield the energy of synthesis more consciously and effectively in service.
- International Network of Esoteric Healing
Their training program is based on the ideas presented in Alice A. Bailey's excellent book, "Esoteric Healing". While the techniques of energy healing may include their own innovative interpretations, the causes of diseases, the rules for healing, as well as the more important concept that alignment to one's Soul is the only lasting source of healing are all based on the original spirit of AAB's teachings.
- Ananda Marga Yoga
If the spiritual seeker really wants to go deeper into Hatha yoga or in practising the Asanas, Ananda Marga's brand of yoga is one of the better schools. They have been in their craft for a very long time and they are serious about man's holistic health and well-being. Their instructors are not only graduates of yoga teaching certificate courses, but (more important) they are also spiritual practitioners of this path for real. They embrace the yoga philosophy and most of the instructors are missionaries. However, one is free not be involved in the initiatory or religious processes of the group. They are also actively involved in human betterment initiatives, ecology, social justice, and in the education and empowerment of underdeveloped communities.
- Universal Healing Tao Center
A training center offering a complete system of Taoist esoteric yoga founded by Master Mantak Chia. This center is based in Thailand and their workshop are being offered there, but there are also affiliated centers worldwide that offer its training program. For seekers who are interested in making his physical, as well as his etheric or energy or "chi" body strong and on top health condition. The beauty of this system is that it is D.I.Y. friendly. One can just order their books online and the instructions in it are easy to follow and understand. But for their higher energetic practices, one needs the guidance of their mentors and teachers to practice safely.
Michael Winn also teaches a new spin to these techniques through the Healing Tao USA adding his own insights and personal experiences plus the training he received from other Taoist masters in China. He also offers home study courses on his methods.
- Pranic Healing Group USA
The late Master Choa Kok Sui pioneered the systematization of the ancient art and science of Pranic Healing into a replicable and teachable science. Master Choa aims to propagate pranic healing on a global scale, which in effect, validates the existence of what the Ageless Wisdom terms as the etheric plane or the bio-magnetic energy field surrounding the planet. His groups also teach a form of kundalini yoga meditation which he termed, "Arhatic yoga".
- Inner Mind Development Institute
Jimmy Licauco, author of many books on paranormal research and psychic phenomena, founded this scientific training institute for developing the inner mind. Accordingly, the training aims in making the left and right hemispheres of the brain function as a unified whole. He uses some ageless wisdom teachings and recent discoveries in PSI sciences, as bases for his programmes.
- Link: http://www.lightnetonline.org/study.html
- Agni Yoga Society
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
There are seven Root-Races or evolutionary cycles through which humanity evolves. Each root-race is divided into seven minor cycles called sub-races, which are again subdivided into seven branch or family races. These sub-divisions are related to the modern concept of races and ethnicities.
It must be stressed that the sub-races refer to cultural qualities and not to the level of evolution of the soul, they are different evolutionary stages humanity as a whole goes through successively. The same individuals that compose the current humanity have been reborn in all the previous Root-Races.
We are presently at the fifth stage, referred to as the "Aryans". Aryans (the word means "noble" in Sanskrit) were the original Indo-European nomadic tribesmen, a war-like race of horsemen that moved east to India and West into the near East and Europe. Historians argue that when they got to Europe they destroyed the peace-loving earth-wisdom pagan matriarchal societies and replaced them with war-like sky-god worshipping patriarchal societies such as we still have today.
It is unfortunate that the term "Aryan" was adopted and perverted by Hitler and his intellectual predecessor's fantasies of an "Aryan Superman”, and is still used today by right-wing white power extremists. Hitler and his inner circle also perverted some genuine ancient symbols, like the swastika (an ancient Sanskrit symbol) by using it in a counter clockwise position. However, the Swastikas in India, Tibet, and elsewhere are also sometimes represented counter-clockwise as well as clockwise.
There have been on Earth many civilizations of which we know nothing. These Races evolve from ethereality to materiality, and from the latter back again so every living organic species of animals and vegetation changes with every new Root-Race.
Every sub-race and nation have their cycles and stages of developmental evolution repeated on a smaller scale. Our race then has, as a Root-race, crossed the middle line of the Root Races and is cycling onward on the Spiritual side; but some sub-races still find themselves on the shadowy descending arc of their respective national cycles; while others again, the oldest, having crossed their crucial point (which decides whether a race, a nation, or a tribe will live or perish) are at the apex of spiritual development as sub-races.
The seven Rounds decrease and increase in their respective durations, as well as the seven races in each. Thus the 4th Rounds as well as every 4h race are the shortest, while the 1st and 7th Rounds and the 1st and 7th Root Races are the longest. Each Root-Race succeeds another, although there is a period of overlapping between the old forms dying out and the new forms beginning to become more and more dominant.
The timespan applied to a root race is considerable. For instance, the Fifth, according to Theosophical records, covered the years 10,000 BCE to 3,000 BCE in right-brained megalithic cultures and 3,000 BCE to 2,400 CE in left-brained modern cultures.
The periods of the great root races are divided from each other by great convulsions of Nature, and by great geological changes. Every root-race is separated by a catastrophe, a cataclysm—the basis and historical foundation of the fables woven later on into the religious fabric of every people, whether civilized or savage, under the names of “deluges,” “showers of fire”, ‘great floods” and the like .
Our present continents have been submerged and had the time to reappear again, and bear their new groups of mankind and civilization; and that, at the first great geological upheaval, at the next cataclysm, in the series of periodical cataclysms, that occur from the beginning to the end of every Round, our known continents will go down, and the ancient continents will arise again.
When reading below it must be remembered that the Theosophical concept is that Souls develop through an evolutionary process from :
1. Mineral, to;
2. Plant; to
3. Animal; to
There is no transmigration backward so that a human cannot go backwards to an animal, etc.
The description below skips the first step (Mineral) ,and starts with a step (Polarians) after mineral.
It then goes directly to the Second Root Race which describes the human soul evolving within rudimentary animals (algae, etc. to the first human like form).
The Third Root Race describes a giant Human Cyclops Race which evolves and ends with the start of the first modern human form of Man.
The Fourth Root Race starts with a race of two eyed Giant Humans, beginning about 60 feet tall then decreasing to 20 to 30 feet tall ,which got progressively smaller until they reached modern Human size.
We are currently in the Fifth Root Race where humans are normal modern size .The third eye of the Cyclops has been absorbed over time into the brain. Some describe the third cyclops eye to be the Pineal Glad of the brain or what today is known as the "Third Eye" of modern humans .However modern science believes that it is more likely the Visual Association Cortex and the Parietal Cortex and the Prefrontal cortex, all higher cognitive processing centers of the brain, are the absorbed third eye.
ROOT RACES OF THEOSOPHY
1) Polarians -
The first root race was primarily spiritual (Astral/Etheric), and did not leave physical remains.
2) Hyperboreans –
The second, Hyperborean root-race (a continuation of the first) was semi-astral, but grew denser and more opaque with each passing age. Towards its end, it became more gelatinous and filamentoid in structure, and developed the rudimentary beginnings of bones and organs, hair and skin. Although still more or less ovoid in form, it began to show the first outlines of the later human form. However, towards its end, its bodies passed through many curious, part-animal forms.
3) Lemurians –
The Lemurians were the first with physical bodies. They were described as a race of three eyed giants and inhabited a "lost continent" of Lemuria which is where the Indian and Pacific oceans now are. Modern theosophists sometimes identify Lemuria with the actual ancient supercontinent of Gondwana. Others may refer to it as "Mu".
4) Atlanteans –
The Atlantean Root Race includes the following sub-races:
4) First Turanians
5) Original Semites
The constituent "sub-races" of the Aryan (5th or present) Root Race include the following:
4) Hellenes (Greeks & Romans)
6) Nova men
7) Indigo Children & Star Children
6) 6th Root Race (Seal)
7) 7th Root Race (Trumpet)
NOTE: At the end of the Seventh Root Race the Human period of activity on Earth will cease and a planetary period of rest will begin. The Human Life-Wave will then transfer to Mars (Globe E).
EXPLINATION OF THE ROOT RACES
According to Madame Blavatsky
The fourth round began some 320 million years ago towards the end of the Precambrian era, a period marked by tremendous geological upheavals. The first of the seven root-races or humanities was a race of astral entities and appeared in mid-Paleozoic times, some 150 million years ago. As the seven classes of human monads from globe C started to arrive on globe D, they awakened the corresponding classes of shishtas, which began to multiply in number. The first subrace of the first root-race therefore consisted of seven groups, seven embryonic astral humanities, evolving on seven different zones of the first continent, situated around the North Pole.
Theosophy therefore teaches ‘the simultaneous evolution of seven human groups on seven different portions of our globe’ (SD 2:1). Strictly speaking, it teaches a modified polygenesis.
For, while it assigns to humanity a oneness of origin, in so far that its forefathers or "creators" were all divine beings – though of different classes or degrees of perfection in their hierarchy – men were nevertheless born on seven different centers of the continent of that period. ... [T]heir potentialities and mental capabilities, outward or physical forms, and future characteristics, were very different. ... Some superior, others inferior, to suit the karma of the various reincarnating monads which could not be all of the same degree of purity in their last births in other worlds. This accounts for the difference of races ... (SD 2:249)
The earth on which the first race lived was more ethereal than it is today, but relatively hard and condensed in comparison with those non self-conscious ‘human’ protoplasts. They had huge translucent or transparent bodies, ovoid though somewhat fluid in form, with no bones or organs, and no hair or skin. They slowly grew more solid, but remained ethereal until the end.
The race was sexless and propagated by fission: a large portion of the body separated itself and grew into a duplicate of its parent, much as happens with living cells today. In contrast to the huge and highly ethereal cells of the first race, our physical bodies today begin their existence as a microscopic cell or egg, a speck of gelatinous protoplasm, which slowly hardens and grows into the human form.
The first root-race probably originated 130 to 150 million years ago in the Silurian or Devonian period, or possibly in the Carboniferous period, of the Paleozoic era, and ended in the Permian period.
The second root-race originated in the late Carboniferous or in the Permian, and ended in the late Triassic or early Jurassic of the Mesozoic (Secondary) era (some 25 to 30 million years ago).
The second, Hyperborean root-race (a continuation of the first) was semi-astral, but grew denser and more opaque with each passing age. Towards its end, it became more gelatinous and filamentoid in structure, and developed the rudimentary beginnings of bones and organs, hair and skin. Although still more or less ovoid in form, it began to show the first outlines of the later human form. However, towards its end, its bodies passed through many curious, part-animal forms.
The second race was asexual and reproduced by gemmation or budding, a method of reproduction still found in certain unicellular organisms (e.g. certain bacteria, yeasts, and protozoans). This was a repetition in the small of the method of reproduction of the first race. A swelling would appear on the body of one of these entities, and as it grew it became constricted near the point of junction with the parent body. Eventually, the remaining filament would break, thus freeing the bud, which then grew into another individual similar to its parent. At about the midpoint of the second race, these buds increased in number, and became what might be called "spores" or "seeds". At certain seasons many of these buds would leave the parent body, as do the spores or seeds of plants today. Many might perish, but many others would successfully grow into beings with bodies like those of the parents which gave them birth.
The first two races were not fully human as they had no self-conscious minds. Their consciousness was like that of someone in a daze or deep daydream. They were guided by spiritual instinct, and were mentally much like little children.
The third, Lemurian root-race appeared during the Triassic period of the Mesozoic era (which began some 44 million years ago). The jelly-like substance of the second race had now become tender flesh composed of cells. Some of the filamentoid parts grew more cartilaginous, and finally became bones, and others became the muscles, nervous system, and blood vessels. The nuclei that existed in the bodies of the second race condensed into true organs. The evolution of physical humans out of the astral races of the early Lemurian age can be likened to the materialization of ‘spirits’ (astral entities) in the séance room.
The early third root-race was hermaphrodite or androgynous. This method of reproduction is still found in certain representatives of the lower kingdoms, e.g. in most flowering plants and in invertebrates such as worms, snails, and slugs. Practically all antiquity taught that mankind must have had bisexual ancestors if for no other reason than that each sex possesses rudiments of the reproductive organs of the other sex.
In the earliest stages of the third race reproduction took place by budding, which developed into "egg-laying": vital cells were exuded from the outer parts of the body, and collected together to form huge ovoid aggregates or eggs. To start with, the drops of vital fluid were exuded from nearly all parts of the body. Later a single large cell was exuded from a functional part of the organism, which was the root of the later reproductive organs.
Egg-laying is still found in birds and certain reptiles today, and even in humans the method of reproduction is still essentially the same. The human germ cell is an egg, though microscopic in size in comparison with the large eggs of the third race, and it is incubated in the womb, within a protecting wall of solid flesh and bone, rather than developing outside the body. The period of "incubation" is now nine months rather than several years, and the new-born babe is not as independent as the ‘newly hatched’ infant of the third race.
The first, second, and earliest third races did not eat as we do now, but took material into the body for nutrition by osmosis, in much in the same way as our lungs draw nutrition from the air.
The first root-race and much of the second knew no death as we understand it; each generation melted into the next. Towards the end of the second race, its individuals fell asleep, as it were, and faded out, and this was the beginnings of what we now call death. With the third root-race, death became the rule, since the bodies became sufficiently solidified and individualized to die when their store of vital energy had been exhausted.
The third (Lemurian) root-race lived during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous of the Mesozoic (the Age of Reptiles). The middle of the third root-race occurred about 18.5 million years ago (near the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary), when the separation of the sexes and the awakening of mind took place.
Mme. Blavatsky wrote:
Now compare the evolution of the Races, the First and the Second of which are of the nature of Atma-Buddhi, their passive Spiritual progeny, and 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.
The continent in which this Root-Race lived is called Lemuria, (a large island continent located in the Pacific Ocean which eventually sank and the remnants of it are the fringe Islands of the Pacific such as Easter Island).
Lemuria can no more be confounded with the Atlantic Continent [Atlantis] than Europe with America. Both sunk and were drowned with their high civilizations and "gods," yet between the two catastrophes, a short period of about 700,000 years elapsed; "Lemuria" flourishing and ending her career just at about that trifling lapse of time before the early part of the Eocene Age, since its race was the third. Behold, the relics of that once great nation in some of the flat headed aborigines of your Australia!
Mahatma K.H. said that some of the more primitive populations today are "side-shoots" of the third Root-Race: "The Australian, the Esquimaux, the Bushmen, the Veddahs, etc., are all side-shooting branchlets of that Branch which you call "cave-men" — the Third Race."
However, in the height of its cycle, the Third Root-Race developed great civilizations. In the words to the same Master: "Greek and Roman and even Egyptian civilization are nothing compared to the civilizations that began with the 3rd Race."
Hermaphroditism died out in the middle period of the third race. Individuals began to be born with the predominant characteristics of one or the other sex, until finally only unisexual individuals were produced. With the separation of the sexes, the present method of reproduction ensued. It was at about the same time that the awakening of our self-conscious minds began and that human bodies became fully developed and physical. The early stages of human evolution are recapitulated by the growing embryo, and it is interesting to note that the distinction of sex does not appear until the third month of growth.
The Lemurians were endowed with a third eye at the top of the head. It was in fact the first eye, the two front eyes developing later. It is also known as the eye of Shiva, the wisdom eye, or the deva eye. It was originally an organ of both physical and spiritual vision. With the development of increasingly material bodies and the separation of the sexes, the eye began to lose its power. It gradually petrified and finally disappeared from the outward anatomy of humans in the middle of the third subrace of the Atlanteans. The remaining witness to this eye is the pineal gland, a pea-sized organ in the brain, situated beneath the posterior part of the corpus callosum. Every class of species was originally hermaphrodite and one-eyed. Today, certain cold-blooded vertebrates have an outgrowth of the pineal gland which forms an eyelike structure (known as the pineal eye) at the top of the head. This eye is now atrophied, as in humans.
Even today the third eye is partially functional in humans as an organ of spiritual vision, but it has a difficult time, mainly due to the activity of the two eyes that superseded it. G. de Purucker writes:
As time passes the two eyes will grow slowly more perfect in function, but will recede in importance; and the ‘first eye’ will come again into its own. It did function in other rounds, during the third and even the second, weakly during the first; because during the first round the monads which we call egos now were then spiritual and semi-spiritual beings, as it were in a samadhic condition on this plane ... (Man in Evolution, 203).The pineal gland is destined to function again in the distant future as the organ of our seventh and highest sense.
Humanity’s selfconscious mind began to awaken once our physical forms had become sufficiently developed to express our latent mental powers. This important event is referred to as the ‘incarnation of the manasaputras’ (or ‘sons of mind’). These spiritual entities are our own higher selves (our higher human or manasaputric monad), and passed through the human stage in a previous cycle of evolution. With selfconscious intelligence came the power of choice and free will, and as humans gradually sank further into matter, a struggle emerged between the spiritual and the animal in man.
The awakening of mind began among the karmically ready stocks during the fifth subrace of the third root-race in the later Mesozoic era, some 18.5 million years ago. However, manas (the fifth principle) will not be fully developed until the end of the fifth round. By the end of the seventh round, our lower human monads will have become higher human monads, and will enter the lowest of the three dhyani-chohanic kingdoms, assuming that we run the race successfully. It will then be our duty to act as manasaputras for the human monads in the next manvantara, which are currently animal monads.
Selfconscious human individuals began to appear even in the first, second, and early third root-races. In the middle of the third race, before the general manasaputric ‘descent’, the selfconscious forerunners of the human race, under the influence of the spiritual consciousness or ‘silent watcher’ of our globe, gathered together to form a focus of spiritual and intellectual light. This was the origin of the Brotherhood of Adepts, which has been in existence ever since. The adepts or mahatmas are the guides and helpers of the human race, and the custodians of the ageless wisdom.
The last two subraces of the Lemurians (or Lemuro-Atlanteans) built cities, cultivated the arts and sciences, and sowed far and wide the first seeds of civilization under the guidance of their divine instructors and their own awakened minds. Lemuria was centred in the Pacific Ocean. Most of it sank towards the end of the Cretaceous period (which ended about 8 million years ago).
The fourth, Atlantean root-race developed bodies far coarser than our own, because it was in the middle of that race, some 4.5 million years ago, that the bottom of the arc of descent was reached and matter reached its fullest development. Since then the matter of both the globe and its inhabitants has begun to slowly etherealize and become more refined, and this process will continue as we progress along the ascending arc, until the end of the seventh round, when the globe will have returned to the highly ethereal state that prevailed in the first round.
The Atlanteans produced some of the most brilliant civilizations of a purely material character that this globe has seen. On the whole, however, they were unspiritual, with strong material instincts. Many of them worshipped the dark and evil powers of nature, and misused their innate psychic powers for selfish ends – practices which were opposed by the wiser among them.
The bulk of Atlantis was submerged and destroyed in the Miocene epoch, following which the Fifth Race began to increase rapidly in numbers. Portions of Atlantis, however, lingered on into later times. The large island of Ruta in the Pacific Ocean sank some 850,000 years ago, the smaller island of Daitya in the Indian Ocean sank some 270,000 years ago, and Poseidonis, a small Atlantic island about the size of Ireland, was submerged 11½ thousand years ago.
“Humans” are said to have been of titanic size during the early races and to have gradually diminished in stature ever since, a process which can also be seen in the animal and plant kingdoms. The bodies of the first two races were over a hundred feet tall. The third root-race was 60 feet tall initially, and 20 to 25 feet at the time of Lemuria’s destruction. The Atlanteans in their heyday were 20 to 30 feet tall. Man’s size was reduced from 15 to 10 or 12 feet ever since the third subrace of the present (fifth) humanity, and has continued to decline ever since. The scientific world has attempted to hide anthropological evidence of this from modern man.
The relatively solidified bodies of the late second and early third races could conceivably have left fossils, and this is even more true of the later third race and the fourth race. But since then, tremendous volcanic, seismic, and other cataclysmic events have taken place; lands have sunk beneath the oceans and new lands have been upheaved in many parts of the globe. Only a few fossils are likely to have survived these events. Moreover, cremation is said to have been universal until some 80-100,000 years ago. However, many remains of humans up to 12 feet (4 metres) tall have been found in recent times, and there are also intriguing reports of semihuman/apelike creatures from 7 to 15 feet tall existing in remote areas till the present day (see The ape-ancestry myth, section 4).
At the present stage of evolution, humans have five senses. Theosophy teaches that there are really seven, or even ten, senses, though all are specializations of the interior and unifying source of them all. Each of the seven root-races brings into full functional activity one of the seven senses, though it also manifests, very imperfectly, the as yet undeveloped senses. The first root-race evolved the sense of hearing, the second touch, the third sight, the fourth taste, and the fifth smell. The reason our ears can hear eleven octaves of sound while our eyes can see only one octave of light is because the sense of hearing was developed at a far earlier stage of our evolution. The sixth and seventh root-races will evolve two further senses with their appropriate organs. ‘Hunches’ are a forerunner of the sixth sense, and intuition is a forerunner of the seventh sense.
The first race had no speech, and indeed did not need it since it lived in a kind of daydream. The second race had a sound-language – chant-like sounds, largely onomatopoeic, composed of vowels alone, signifying danger, pleasure, etc. In the early part of the third race the noises became a sort of language, though it was only a slight improvement on the sounds in nature. Towards its end the third race developed monosyllabic speech. Before that they communicated through thought transference, though thought was initially very little developed in nascent physical mankind. The fourth race developed agglutinative languages, while the fifth developed inflectional languages.
The fourth (Atlantean) root-race originated in the later Cretaceous (10 to 12 million years ago). It attained its peak in the Eocene of the Tertiary, and was largely destroyed in the Miocene. The midpoint of the fourth round was reached in the middle of the fourth subrace of the fourth root-race, some 4.5 million years ago
In the Eocene Age — even in its "very first part," the great cycle of the fourth Race men, the Atlanteans ( from which the Atlantic Ocean gets its name) had already reached its highest point, and the great continent, the father of nearly all the present continents — showed the first symptoms of sinking — a process that occupied it down to 11,446 years ago, when its last island, that, translating its vernacular name, we may call with propriety Poseidonis — went down with a crash.
What do you know of America, for instance, before the invasion of that country by the Spaniards? Less than two centuries prior to the arrival of Cortez there was as great a "rush" towards progress among the sub-races of Peru and Mexico as there is now in Europe and the U.S.A. Their sub-race ended in nearly total annihilation through causes generated by itself; so will yours at the end of its cycle.
The Chinese — I now speak of the inland, the true Chinaman, not of the hybrid mixture between the fourth and the fifth Races now occupying the throne — the aborigines, who belong in their unallied nationality wholly to the highest and last branch of the fourth Race, reached their highest civilization when the fifth had hardly appeared in Asia.
Master K.H. wrote that Atlantis "is greatly connected with evil if not with its origin".
The Atlantean continent was gradually sinking "while the new America was forming". Eventually, it left behind a few islands, the bigger of which was Poseidonis, mentioned by Plato in his writings:
The sinking of Atlantis (the group of continents and isles) begun during the Miocene period — as certain of your continents are now observed to be gradually sinking — and it culminated — first, in the final disappearance of the largest continent an event coincident with the elevation of the Alps; and second with that of the last of the fair Islands mentioned by Plato.
The final sinking of the last island happened after a battle between the Adepts of the time and the black magicians who had taken control over humanity. Regarding the exact date of the sinking, in 1882 the Master put it in the year 9564 BC:
The great event — the triumph of our "Sons of the Fire Mist" the inhabitants of "Shambullah" (when yet an island in the Central Asian Sea) over the selfish but not entirely wicked magicians of Poseidonis occurred just 11,446 ago.
The fifth, Aryan or Indo-European humanity became a distinct root-race about one million years ago in Central Asia, and like all major new races, received guidance from divine instructors. Since then, a series of migrations have taken place, and many civilizations have come and gone. We are now approaching the middle of the fifth race.
The European stock of races, with their highly developed physical intellectuality, is currently in its Kali-Yuga or Dark Age. This age of rapid material progress will last for another 427,000 years. The European races have been steadily rising since the downfall of the Roman Empire, and will continue to do so, with various smaller shocks, for another 6-8000 years. There will then be a rapid descent leading to a great European catastrophe of nature in about 16,000 years. This period will see the submersion of the British Isles, most of France, Holland, part of Spain, and much of Italy, and will be preceded by premonitory signs, such as slow subsidence of the coast and major earthquakes.
The seeds of the sixth root-race are already being sown, largely in the Americas, and will become fairly numerous towards the end of our Kali-Yuga. Hermaphroditism will again appear, but in a more refined form. Children will be produced by kriyashakti, i.e. by will and imagination – passively in the sixth race, and consciously and actively in the seventh. The flesh of the sixth root-race will be very tender and soft, and that of the seventh root-race will be almost translucent. These races will be smaller than us in size, but greater in intellect and spirit.
The evolution of the first race of the fourth round recapitulated the first round, the second race the second round, and the third race the third round. Likewise, the fifth, sixth, and seventh races will be a faint foreshadowing of evolution in the fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds.
During the first round all the classes of monads helped to build the foundations of the globes, under the guidance of the dhyani-chohanic kingdoms. The kingdoms were largely undifferentiated initially. In a sense, the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms are the unconscious "off-throwings" of primeval humanity, just as humans are the offspring of the gods. The mineral kingdom separated off in the first round, and first plants and sub-mammalian creatures in the next two rounds. The earliest mammals appeared at the end of the third round.
Even during the first round there was organized intelligence on earth, and not merely mindless entities. In addition to the dhyani-chohanic kingdoms, there were thinking human beings, though their bodies may have been quite different from those we have now. They were few to start with, but increased in number in the succeeding rounds. There was a time in the third round corresponding to the descent of the manasaputras in the fourth round, a time corresponding to the arrival of sex on earth, and a time corresponding to the disappearance of sex later in this round.
The fifth round will see the full development of manas (mind), the sixth of buddhi (intuitive wisdom), and the seventh of atman (the inner divinity). If we make the grade successfully, we shall become buddhas at the end of the sixth round, and dhyani-chohans at the end of the seventh. We shall then have an ovoid form, of refined spiritual substance, like a garment of dazzling light. At the end of the planetary manvantara, the lower principles of the earth chain will die and disintegrate, and a long pralaya or planetary rest period will ensue. After this period of nirvana, we shall become the guides of the humanity and lower entities on the next embodiment of the earth chain.
Before the last pralaya, our monads had been evolving on the former embodiment of the earth, which is now our moon. On the moon chain, our present lower human monads were animal monads. At the end of the seventh round of evolution on the earth-chain, our lower human monads will have become higher human monads (manasic or manasaputric monads), and will embody in the lowest of the dhyani-chohanic kingdoms on the following embodiment of the earth-chain. In future manvantaras they will become spiritual monads and finally divine monads. They will then have completed the evolutionary journey from unselfconscious god-spark to selfconscious god – but only as regards our earth chain. In the far distant future, our divine monads will pursue a similar evolutionary pilgrimage on other planetary chains, in other solar systems, other galaxies, etc., for in the boundless fields of infinitude there are always new worlds of experience in which to become selfconscious masters of life.
The seeds of the fifth (Aryan or Indo-European) root-race began to emerge 7 or 8 million years ago.The satya-yuga of the fifth race began about 4.5 million years ago, when the fourth race was finishing its kali-yuga. The fifth race became a distinct racial stock about one million years ago in Central Asia.The kali-yuga of the fifth race began in 3102 BC.
We are at present in this stage of development.
In one of the Mahatma Letters, Master K.H. writers that:
"the fifth race — ours — began in Asia a million years ago."
The Master regarded that the Indian civilization was the most evolved spiritually while the European was the one most developed on the intellectual level:
"I told you before now, that the highest people now on earth (spiritually) belong to the first sub-race of the fifth root Race; and those are the Aryan Asiatics; the highest race (physical intellectuality) is the last sub-race of the fifth — yourselves the white conquerors."
As to the point in the current cycle of the fifth Root-Race, Mme. Blavatsky wrote:
"Humanity is on the descending pathway of its cycle. The rear-guard of the 5th race is crossing slowly the apex of its evolution and will soon find itself having passed the turning point. And, as the descent is always more rapid than the ascent, men of the new coming (the 6th) race are beginning to drop in occasionally.
As every sub-race and nation have their cycles and stages of developmental evolution repeated on a smaller scale, it must be the more so in the case of a Root-Race. Our race then has, as a Root-race, crossed the equatorial line and is cycling onward on the Spiritual side; but some of our sub-races still find themselves on the shadowy descending arc of their respective national cycles; while others again—the oldest—having crossed their crucial point, which alone decides whether a race, a nation, or a tribe will live or perish, are at the apex of spiritual development as sub-races."
Eventually, the continents of the fifth Root-Race will also sink. As Master K.H. wrote:
"[Such] is the future fate of your British Islands the first on the list of victims that have to be destroyed by fire (submarine volcanos) and water, France and other lands will follow suit."
When your race — the fifth — will have reached at its zenith of physical intellectuality, and developed the highest civilization (remember the difference we make between material and spiritual civilizations); unable to go any higher in its own cycle — its progress towards absolute evil will be arrested (as its predecessors the Lemurians and Atlanteans, the men of the third and fourth races were arrested in their progress toward the same) by one of such cataclysmic changes; its great civilization destroyed, and all the sub-races of that race will be found going down their respective cycles, after a short period of glory and learning. See the remnants of the Atlanteans, — the old Greeks and Romans (the modern belong all to the fifth Race); see how great and how short, how evanescent their days of fame and glory were! For, they were but sub-races of the seven off-shoots of the "root race."
The European nations are the fourth national race of the Caucasian family race of the fourth sub-race of the fifth root-race. The fourth national race originated about 9000 years ago and has about another 16,000 years to live, before a series of cataclysms cause the submergence of many parts of Europe and usher in the next cycle of civilization.
The Semites were a subdivision of the Aryan root race according to Blavatsky:
"The occult doctrine admits of no such divisions as the Aryan and the Semite, ... The Semites, especially the Arabs, are later Aryans — degenerate in spirituality and in materiality. To these belong all the Jews and the Arabs."
The Jews, according to Blavatsky, were a "race descended from the 'Chandalas'".
The "Chandalas" were the result of miscegenation between the Aryans and primates -
According to Blavatsky the sixth sub-race of the Aryan root race will begin to evolve in the area of the United States in the early 21st century. This sixth sub-race of the Aryan root race will be called the Australo-American sub-race and is believed by Theosophists to be now arising from the Teutonic sub-race of the Aryan root race in Australia and in the Western United States (many individuals of the new sub-race will be born in California) and its surrounding nearby areas (i.e., the Australo-American subrace is in arising from the Anglo- American, Anglo -Canadian and Anglo-Austrailian and presumably also the Anglo-New Zeland ethnic groups.
The sixth or Australo-American sub-race will "possess certain Psychic Powers, and for this the pituitary body will be developed, thus giving an additional sense, that of cognising astral emotions in the ordinary waking consciousness. We may say that in general the sixth sub-race will bring in wisdom and intuition, blending all that is best in the intelligence of the fifth sub-race and the emotion of the fourth."
Thus the reason for the creation of Krotona , in Ojai, California.
The seeds of the sixth root-race will appear largely in the Americas, and will become fairly numerous towards the end of our Kali-Yuga. The sixth race will last for about a Maha-Yuga and a half, or something over 6 million years, and the Seventh Root-Race will be shorter.
There is a prophecy in certain old Asiatic books couched in the following terms, the sense of which we may make clearer by adding to it a few words in brackets.
"And as the fourth (race) was composed of Red-yellow which faded into Brown-white (bodies), so the fifth will fade out into white-brown (the white races becoming gradually darker and the dark races lighter). The sixth and seventh Manushya (men?) will be born adults; and will know of no old age, though their years will be many. As the Krita, Treta, Dvapara and Kali (ages) have been each decreasing in excellence (physical as well as moral) so the ascending—Dvapara, Treta and Krita will be increasing in every excellence. As the life of man lasted 400 (years in the first, or Krita Yuga), 300 (years in Treta), 200 (years in Dvapara) and 100 (in the present Kali age); so in the next (the 6th Race) (the natural age of man) will be (gradually increased) 200, then 300 and 400 (in the two last Yuga's)". The Masters appear to be men who have developed into this next age as the Root Races overlap in the end and the beginning of each.
Master K.H. stated that the British Islands, France and other lands of the fifth Root-Race where going to sink, until they reappear at the end of the Sixth Root-Race.
When they reappear again, the last Seventh Sub-race of the sixth Root race of present mankind will be flourishing on "Lemuria" and "Atlantis" both of which will have reappeared also (their reappearance following immediately the disappearance of the present isles and continents), and very few seas and great waters will be found then on our globe, waters as well as land appearing and disappearing and shifting periodically and each in turn.
The last seventh Race will have its Buddha as every one of its predecessors had; but, its adepts will be far higher than any of the present race, for among them will abide the future Planetary, the Dhyan Chohan whose duty it will be to instruct or "refresh the memory" of the first race of the fifth Round men after this planet's future obscuration.
By the middle of the Seventh Race, says an occult prophecy, the struggle of the two conflicting Powers (Buddhi and Kama-Manas) will have almost died out. Everything that is irredeemably sinful and wicked, cruel and destructive, will have been eliminated, and that which is found to survive will be swept away from being, owing, so to speak, to a Karmic tidal-wave in the shape of scavenger-plagues, geological convulsions and other means of destruction. The Fifth Round will bring forth a higher kind of Humanity; and, as intelligent Nature always proceeds gradually, the last Race of this Round must necessarily develop the needed materials thereof.
The last seventh Race will have its Buddha as every one of its predecessors had; but, its adepts will be far higher than any of the present race, for among them will abide the future Planetary, the Dhyan Chohan whose duty it will be to instruct or "refresh the memory" of the first race of the fifth Round men after them.
HBP used the version of calculating the length of YUGA’s that had used a multiplier to convert ancient Vedic text years to modern years. The length of the Yuga's today vary widely in modern literature. It has now been generally accepted that a Yuga is 12,000 years in length, however other Yuga estimates are millions of years in length. Nevertheless, it is acknowledged that there is still much disagreement and the length of Yuga’s is all over the place in modern writings SEE: the section in this website captioned :
“The Measure of Time in Various Cultures”. http://www.awarenessofnothing.com/the-measure-of-time-in-various-culturesnew-page.html
Similar to modern literature ,the Masters have also sometimes used the Yuga measured as thousands of years and other times as millions of years. There is no explanation that I have found to explain the difference.
Clearly, and without a doubt, Man “evolved”, both in soul and physical body, over an extremely long length of time, many millions of years. If one uses the length of time in the millions of years as length of time of the Yugas, then the explanation of HPB seems very reasonable and matches, closely, modern anthropology, and geology.
The “SECRET DOCTRINE” is an incredible work. It is almost unimaginable that a single person could have researched and written it. HPB claims that it was telepathically given to her by the Masters and that seems a clear explanation as to how she such a long and complex book it in so short a period of time. She has my respect.
March 3, 2017