Destruction by Fire and Water
Dear Member of Blavatsky Net,
In Plato's dialogue "Timaeus" we might just pass by a
simple little statement. In that dialogue Plato has Critias say
"There have been, and will be again, many destructions of mankind
arising out of many causes; the greatest have been brought about
by the agencies of fire and water, and other lesser ones by innumerable
Is this merely a note about the kinds of destruction available to
Nature or is there some philosophy in it? Plato was an initiate according
to Blavatsky so we may suspect there is deeper knowledge in that
Students of Theosophy will know that Theosophy asserts that the
major destructions ALTERNATE between fire and water. I think she
asserts that idea several places in her work The Secret Doctrine.
Unfortunately search engines and the best index do not make it easy
for me to retrieve those references.
Here are two such references and they specifically echo the words
of Critias with a little more flavor added (they just don't specifically
assert the "alternation"):
"Each of these has to become the witness of one of the periodical
and ever-recurring cataclysms (by fire and water) that close the
cycle of every Root-race." (SDii309)
"Toward the very close of the race, as their mixed progeny
furnishes the first pioneers of a new and a higher race, there comes
the last and supreme struggle during which the “Sons of Darkness”
are usually exterminated by some great cataclysm of nature —
by either fire or water." (BCW p 262)
Here is one more quote from Blavatsky that, though obscure, asserts
the ALTERNATION involved in the means of destruction
"At the close of every Root-Race there comes a cataclysm, in
turn by fire or water." (BCW VOL 14, p81)
This tradition is apparently not just in Plato - it is around the
"The Mexicans had, and still have, the tradition of the four-fold
destruction of the world by fire and water, just as the Egyptians
had, and the Hindus have, to this day." (SDii311)
Now this deserves a more careful look. We do not normally think
of a sequence of cataclysms where they specifically alternate in
their mode. We think disasters are disasters. They are independent
of each other. How the next one happens is independent of how the
previous one happened. But not so according to occultism as presented
by Blavatsky. Here is an asserted mysterious kind of symbolism in
Destruction by water we can understand - there is a huge flood or
much more likely a major sinking of a land mass - slowly or quickly.
But what would destruction by fire mean? A large scale forest fire
hardly seems to be at the level of the apparent philosophy. Is this
all some symbolism that is not intended to describe the actual workings
of real nature? Could we ever go about finding any scientific proof
of such things and what would that proof be like?
These questions were all resting quietly in the background of my
mind - in a section marked "do not disturb".
Then recently I happened upon an citation in a scientific book.
Some Theosophical background first. In Theosophical terms, Blavatsky
is saying that the continent (not island) of Atlantis was destroyed
by water. It sank. The preceding continent was Lemuria, largely
in the Pacific. It was destroyed by fire.
Now the quote from science. It was not a forest fire.
"This submergence was apparently yet another facet of the global
catastrophe under discussion and, as in so many other areas, here
also it was accompanied by stupendous volcanic activity. Records
of this were gathered by the Swedish survey ship Albatross in 1947,
when for several hundred miles southeast of Sri Lanka, it sailed
over a vast and continuous plateau of hardened lava. This filled
almost all the earlier valleys on the sea-bed and gave the ocean
floor there a singularly level surface. One recent authority regarded
this lava as being very probably the undersea counterpart of the
Deccan trap of India, where basaltic lava several thousand feet
thick continuously covers an area of not less that 250,000 square
miles. According to HF Blanford, the eruption of this material
may have been synchronous with the sinking of Wallace's Southern
Continent. ... (Cataclysm! p 34 available at www.seekerbooks.com/atlantis/cataclysm/index.htm#1879181428)
Wallace's Southern Continent is effectively a reference to Lemuria.
Now we can understand. The fire of volcanism was involved and the
evidence is the lava.
This provides an avenue for yet more instructive research.
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