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IN THE LIGHT OF THEOSOPHY

From The Theosophical Movement
Vol. 69 No. 11 - September, 1999

Geologists are admitting that theories of how continents form may have to be revised, in view of the recent discovery on the seabed, about 4000 kilometres south-west of Australia, of a continent that rose above the Indian Ocean at least three times over 80 million years, only to disappear beneath the waves again each time.

New Scientist reports that geologists aboard the drilling ship which is working on the international Ocean Drilling Program have found that two submerged features, the Kerguelen Plateau and Broken Ridge, now about 2000 metres below the surface, were once joined. Together, they formed a continental shelf of two million square kilometres.

Based on plant remains and fossilized marine plankton found at drill sites, the researchers have identified three periods during which the crust rose above sea level. The first was about 110 million years ago, when the southern end of the plateau rose above the surface. Part of the crust broke the surface again about 85 million years ago, and again 35 million years ago, each time farther to the north and involving a smaller amount of land.

Says Mike Coffin, one of the leaders of the drill team, “It is unknown for an event of this magnitude to be repeated three times. It means we don’t quite understand mantle plumes.”

“Elevation and subsidence of continents is always in progress,” says The Secret Doctrine (II, 787 fn.), and this happens under cyclic law. The supercontinent which once existed and which scientists know of as Gondwana, was part of the ancient continent of Lemuria which, it is said, “not only embraced a vast area in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but extended in the shape of a horseshoe past Madagascar, round ‘South Africa’ (then a mere fragment in the process of formation), through the Atlantic up to Norway” (S.D., II, 333). Present-day Australia is a relic of this gigantic Lemurian continent.

Archaic Science asserts that there is a series of periodical cataclysms from the beginning to the end of every Round, and the Earth’s continents have several times been submerged, only to reappear in changed form and bear their new groups of mankind and civilization. Says The Secret Doctrine:

It is absolutely false, and but an additional demonstration of the great conceit of our age, to assert (as men of science do) that all the great geological changes and terrible convulsions have been produced by ordinary and known physical forces. For these forces were but the tools and final means for the accomplishment of certain purposes, acting periodically, and apparently mechanically, through an inward impulse mixed up with, but beyond their material nature. There is a purpose in every important act of Nature, whose acts are all cyclic and periodical. But spiritual Forces having been usually confused with the purely physical, the former are denied by, and therefore have to remain unknown to Science, because left unexamined. (I, 640)


Among ancient myths and legends none is more universal than that of a catastrophic flood in prehistoric times. Christians and Jews know it as Noah’s flood. A DPA report from Hamburg (reproduced in The Times of India, June 22) says that “the Bible’s big flood lies halfway between legend and science”:

Authors have produced some 80,000 publications in 72 languages over the years, some of them full of religious zeal, some full of cool scientific detail, all trying to interpret the significance of the flood. The problem has been declared solved a hundred times already, but not even the simple question of whether the apocalyptic flood was a local or a truly global event has been answered….
Modern research techniques indicate that salty Mediterranean waters must have poured through what was then the narrow Bosphorus river valley, rushing down the valley at some 80 kilometres an hour with 200 times the force of today’s Niagara falls. The Black Sea, which had been a fertile oasis in the middle of a parched wasteland, became a sea of death, overspilling its shores, driving people ahead of it into the flood….
Could it be that the Black Sea flood disaster left such a lasting impression on its survivors that it passed on into the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh and from there into Jewish tradition and ultimately into the Christian Bible?

American geophysicists Walter Pitman and William Ryan, in their book, Noah’s Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Events That Changed History, elaborate on this theory. But not everyone agrees that the flood the authors write about has to do with that recorded in the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh. For, though the Deluge is undeniably a universal tradition, there have been numerous deluges. The Secret Doctrine states:

There were several Deluges mixed up in the memories and traditions of the sub-races of the Fifth Race. The first great “Flood” was astronomical and cosmical, while several others were terrestrial. (II, 353)
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. (II,141)


Minuscule filamentous structures found in sandstone deep beneath the seabed off Western Australia are said to be the smallest organisms ever discovered. Geologists at the University of Queensland in Brisbane have named the filaments “nanobes.” They are between 20 to 150 nanometres in diameter, and prove that cellular life can squeeze into tighter spaces than was thought possible.
As remarked editorially in New Scientist (March 27):

Just how strange can life be? The “nanobes”… found in rock more than three kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface, are smaller than any creature ever seen before, and appear to have come back to life after millions of years lying dormant….
Life is turning up in more bizarre environments. Bacteria are now known to live at least 3.5 kilometres beneath the Earth’s crust and others happily survive temperatures as high as 113° C or low as - 15° C. Some bacterial spores have survived 20 million years in amber.
So evidence of a tiny new life form must at least be taken seriously. If nanobes really exist, it will certainly cheer up NASA’s exobiologists. This month, they again reported evidence of fossilized bacterial life in a Martian meteorite.

If life is everywhere, as Occult Science avers, it must exist in what might seem to be the most inhospitable places and the most forbidding circumstances. The metaphysical implications of the ubiquitous nature of life are even more important than the physical.


The University of Cape Town archaeologist Christopher Henshilwood and his colleagues have found evidence that humans living on the southern coast of South Africa 80,000 to 95,000 years ago behaved in ways that experts term modern-more than 40,000 years earlier than at any known site in Europe. (National Geographic, January 1999)

Anatomically modern humans had already left their mark in South Africa, in 117,000-year-old footprints found on the west coast. But the people of the now excavated Blombos Cave made a variety of standardized bone tools as well as sophisticated pressure-flaked points from stone brought from more than 25 miles away. They drilled ochre, an earthy pigment possibly used for decoration. The cave also held the world’s earliest evidence so far found of catching large fish.
“Modern” humans are certainly far older than today’s “experts” have any conception of.

The Great Sphinx at Giza continues to fascinate people and to appeal to their sense of the mysterious. “It is the brooding enigma of a remote and lofty antiquity,” writes Rachel Hajar in The World and I (February 1999). Geologists say it could date back 11,000 to 15,000 years, but orthodox Egyptologists reject the notion.

The hybridizing of man and lion [says Hajar] suggests the dominance of human intellect over raw animal power. The head of a king or deity was placed upon the tense body of a lion ready to spring. The result was a creature at once invincible and wise. The royal human head on a lion’s body symbolized power controlled by the intelligence of the pharaoh….
The Great Sphinx has inspired a tradition of wondrous legends and stories. Egyptians believed the figure guarded the “Splendid Place of the Beginning of all Time” and revered it as the focus of “a great magical power extending over the whole region.”….
Identified with the sun god and the deified pharaoh, the Sphinx fulfilled a protective function. It guarded the spirit’s great leap through sacred thresholds, of passage through death to an existence beyond our visible world.

The Secret Doctrine offers this hint:
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. Behold the imperishable witness to the evolution of the human races from the divine, and especially from the androgynous Race-the Egyptian Sphinx, that riddle of the Ages! (II. 124)


It is through self-transformation that world transformation can take place. It is because of mental pollution that there is atmospheric pollution. The atmosphere is created through people’s attitude, and therefore it is essential for that attitude to be transformed. This was the theme of B. K. Asha’s talk at the National Consultation on Religion and Conservation organized by WWF-India and some like-minded organizations on the eve of Earth Day. (Purity, May 1999).

Referring to the stewardship of the Earth, the speaker said:

What are the most precious resources on the earth and how can we preserve them?
The most precious resources are the spiritual qualities and virtues of the human being. While we need to be concerned about the environment and the Earth’s resources on a physical level, it is essential that we learn about the resources of the spirit. The resources of the soul are the qualities that we like to have; they are love, peace, happiness, purity and strength. If these qualities erode then human beings begin to look for fulfilment outside of themselves and in the process the environment is destroyed.

The personal and the planetary are interconnected. What we do to ourselves, we do to the Earth. In order to protect the Earth from the damage that we are causing her, we need to stop harming ourselves. We need to pay attention to and restore the soul’s resources. What are the conditions of the inner spirit? Has my peace and happiness eroded? Have I preserved my inner nature? Meditation will help you to see which areas need improvement and will help you restore the original the original resources of the Earth.

As stewards or trustees of the Earth, we must understand that the Earth does not belong to us. We are the caretakers, the instruments who have to sensibly use the natural resources. We must learn to use them without selfishness and greed….

Our thoughts influence the way we act. Meditation is a tool to help us plant the seed of our powerful thoughts in our Consciousness.



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