THEOSOPHY, Vol. 17, No. 9, July, 1929
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(Number 13 of a 103-part series)
SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE
XIIIAs a MASTER says: "Why should not your geologists bear in mind that under the continents explored and fathomed by them ... there may be hidden, deep in the fathomless, or rather unfathomed ocean beds, other and far older continents whose strata have never been geologically explored; and that they may some day upset entirely their present theories? Why not admit that our present continents have, like Lemuria and Atlantis, been several times already submerged, and had the time to re-appear again and bear their new groups of mankind and civilisations; 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 already autopsized continents will go down and the Lemurias and Atlantises come up again?" (Secret Doctrine, 1888, II, 332-3).THE Arabian Nights has the story of mariners who alighted upon an island to cook their dinner -- only to find the island a whale! It must be with something of the astonished dismay which they felt, that modern science, slowly and reluctantly, nevertheless certainly, now awakes to the fact that man has no solid and enduring stance upon geology -- marked dry land; but that, counted by the ages which pass under the eye of Eternity like cinema-flashes, he totters upon rolling earth-waves which anon support his cities, his sins, his ambitions and his crimes, and anon plunge them into Cimmerian zero depths unguessed by posterity and but fragmentarily embalmed in uncredited tradition. Nevertheless, standing upon another temporarily quiescent fold of the crinkling crust of Earth, modern research has directed its curious beam into the depths and found strange things.
Extensive excavations are now proceeding in the bed of the Guadalquivir River, unearthing such finds as to lead hard-headed men of science to suppose that they are upon an Eastern end of Atlantis the Incredible.(1) The Guanches of the Canary Islands, pointed out by Madame Blavatsky as one of the Atlantean remnants -- like their lands -- were pronounced in 1919 to be the oldest known human race living. Furthermore, the long scoffed-at descriptions of Plato fit exactly the location of the city now under investigation.
The much-disputed Glozel writings play their part in the enigma; boiled down to essentials, the principal reason for the rejection by their critics, is that these writings would, if genuine, indicate the existence of a written alphabet thousands of years before man was supposed to have known such a thing even in dream. Yet German discoveries toward Tunis(2) tie in with Glozel. Moreover and beyond, some letters, such as "b" do not occur in the Glozel alphabet, and the same omissions and undeciphered characters are found in inscriptions of the "cavemen" of Portugal and North Africa. The Iberians are the most ancient race inhabiting the Guadalquivir, and the Etruscans the oldest of Italy; the alphabets of both show the same omissions as the Glozel. Thus, if the Glozel discovery is the work of a joker, then that joker -- who is ascribed to the middle of last century -- must not only have been an accomplished archeologist, but versed in the science of a day to arise after his death! The truth is as stated in the Secret Doctrine -- our civilization has its roots as far back as Miocene times, in the Lost Continent. As to the Mediterranean "autochthones," the aboriginal Greeks, Etruscans, and Iberians, let that book speak:"... The Greeks were but the dwarfed and weak remnant of that once glorious nation ..."The Tunisian explorations of Dr. Paul Borchardt, above noted, have uncovered the ruins of a stone city near Gabes, which so resembles Plato's "Atlantis" in some respects, especially regarding the circular canals, as to lead the savant to locate Atlantis in North Africa. To which Theosophy replies that Atlantis was not there, but there were Atlanteans, with all their customs, architectural and otherwise, in that locality.
What was this nation? The secret doctrine teaches that it was the latest, seventh sub-race of the Atlanteans, already swallowed up in one of the early sub-races of the Aryan stock ... Descending from the high plateaux of Asia, where the two Races had sought refuge in the days of the agony of Atlantis, it had been slowly settling and colonizing the freshly emerged lands ... Egypt and Greece, the Phoenicians, and the Northern stocks, had thus proceeded from that one sub-race. (S.D. II, 743).What are we also to make of the fact that while de Quatrefages points to that "magnificent race," the TALL Cro-Magnon cave-men and the Guanches of the Canary Islands as representatives of one type -- Virchow also allies the Basques with the latter in a similar way? Professor Retzius independently proves the relationship of the aboriginal American dolichocephalus tribes and those same Guanches. The several links in the chain of evidence are securely joined together. Legions of similar facts could be adduced. As to the African tribes -- themselves diverging offshoots of Atlanteans modified by climate and conditions -- they crossed into Europe over the peninsula which made the Mediterranean an inland sea. Fine races were many of these European cave-men; the Cro-Magnon, for instance. But, as was to be expected, progress is almost non-existent through the whole of the vast period allotted by Science to the Chipped Stone-Age. The cyclic impulse downwards weighs heavily on the stocks thus transplanted -- the incubus of the Atlantean Karma is upon them. (S.D., II, 740-1).America and Asia are almost coeval as continents; the Asian emigration of the Atlantic races was paralleled by an American one which gave birth to many of the Red Indian tribes; and Dr. Ales Hrdlicka practically proves the fact in the resemblances he finds between the Indians (culturally as well as bodily), and the last of the Cro-Magnons,(3) while Dr. M. R. Harrington, in 1927, discovered a bronze ax-head considered at least fifteen centuries older than Lief Erickson, near Brantford, Canada.
As though by some secret concerted action, nature rises in both worlds to speak with tongues. Captain Donald W. Page, and Mr. Glenton G. Sykes, found the traces of a lost race thirty miles northwest of Tucson, Arizona; a race which wrote with Greek, Mayan, and Aztec designs, and recorded the figure of a gorilla or baboon -- though no simian relics have been found in North America.(4)
The explorer, Thos. Cameron Taylor(5) found sculptures in Africa which attracted his attention because of their dissimilarity to the African carvings previously known to him. He remarks upon the great similarity between the knowledge of the South American tribes and some of those of Africa, and strangest of all, comments upon the finding of linguistic traces distinctly Gaelic! It is a Theosophical doctrine that Ireland is a last remaining relic of Atlantean lands; a land which saw the rest of Great Britain rise from the sea; and a land, unfortunately, upon which Atlantean Karma bears heavily. Mr. Taylor has expressed great regret that he did not know of the Theosophical doctrines during his travels.
Another explorer, Captain Dudley S. Corlett,(6) found the civilization of the Central American Mayas, and especially their religion, similar to that of Egypt and India. He testifies to the similarity of certain symbols found in all countries, such as the tree of life, cross, and swastika.The Svastica is the most philosophically scientific of all symbols, as also the most comprehensible ... The Svastica is found heading the religious symbols of every old nation.... It is at one and the same time an Alchemical, Cosmogonical, Anthropological, and Magical sign, with seven keys to its inner meaning. It is not too much to say that the compound symbolism of this universal and most suggestive of signs contains the key to the seven great mysteries of Kosmos. (S.D., II, 98-9).Prof. Ingo W. D. Hackh has, in the Scientific Monthly for August, 1927, an article whose diagrams and facsimiles should be inspected in person by the student; for he gives quite a detailed connection between the Maya and the Egyptian Hieroglyphs. The letter A he shows to be recognizable in Hebrew, the Indian dialects, Arabic and Syriac, Mongol, Manchu, Armenian, and Georgian; D is in the same category, while F traces back to the sign of a hissing snake in both Egyptian and Mayan. K is connected in Irish and Coptic, and is recognizable in Amharic, the language of Abyssinia; Phoenician and Asoka, the original Sanskrit, came from the same stem -- what Theosophy calls the original Devanagari of the Atlanteans, since the Phoenicians are heavily tinged with Atlantean influence and blood. The letter L is found in Tibetan as in all the others mentioned, and M is associated with fortifications in Egyptian and Mayan; the symbolic stoppage sound, N, is Egyptian and Mayan, and P is Mayan, Indian, Hebraic, etc. S is Egyptian and Mongolian.
Says Professor Hackh:The hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt are the parents of all our modern alphabets. Whether these hieroglyphics have been developed by primitive Egyptian tribes or whether they have come from a still more remote form of writing, originating in the mysterious Atlantis, is doubtful. The later hypothesis is based upon the striking similarities between Maya hieroglyphics and Egyptian hieroglyphics, which would point to a common origin in the sunken continent of Atlantis.Far indeed have we come from the day when Ignatius Donnelly made himself the laughing stock of science by the publication of his Atlantis! Far, indeed, has modern science traveled toward the theories advanced by Madame Blavatsky half a century ago.
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SIX (6) FOOTNOTES LISTED BELOW:
(1) Los Angeles Times, April 8, 1928.
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(2) The Week's Science, April 2, 1928.
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(3) Science News-Letter, Dec. 31, 1927.
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(4) Los Angeles Examiner, Oct. 23, 1927.
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(5) Letters dated July 25, Sept. 3, 1927.
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(6) Los Angeles Times, March 19, 1928.
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