THEOSOPHY, Vol. 22, No. 5, March, 1934
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(Number 53 of a 103-part series)
SCIENCE AND THE SECRET DOCTRINE
AS discovery becomes amplified, Atlantean history reveals itself in ever clearer colors. All these Atlantic emigrants seem to have belonged to the retrograde subraces of both the Atlantean and Aryan stocks. A retrograde portion of Atlantean Aryans coalesced later with the returning wave of Indo-European races, and ultimately gave birth to the Greco-Roman orders, whose influence is still so powerfully upon us. The retrograde red and black stocks populated the West Coast of Africa and South and Central America, with considerable immigration into North America. The Mound-Builders have now been definitely connected with the Toltecs of Mexico, and the Pueblo civilizations are apparently of the same cast. Thus the aborigines of America and Africa seem to have been people like the mass of any present-day nation -- habitually enslaved to keener minds, drifting from day to day with little thought of the morrow; vaguely good, vaguely bad, according to the influence of the moment, the "Luke-warm" whom "nature spews out of her mouth." They of course varied greatly in energy and power, and some, like the Mayas, Toltecs, Aztecs, and others, underwent brief cycles of great glory long after the mother-race and continents vanished.
South American Cyclopean remains are now recognized definitely as pre-Inca. Dr. McGovern describes three totally different styles of stonework: the typically Inca is composed of squared and polished stones laid in regular courses, like modern work, but very superior to the stonework done by the modern Spaniards. No mortar is used, the stones being accurately fitted together. The second style is composed of irregular unpolished stones, worked down to fit into one another, but rough inside and out. The third he thus describes -- and the description is familiar to every Theosophist who has studied H.P.B.'s works:The third style is even more distinctive. Here the stones are of enormous dimensions, many times the size of a man, placed together absolutely unsymmetrically though with consummate artistry. The interior sides of the enormous blocks are wonderfully polished and worked down, but the exterior surface is usually left in a semi-rough state.Dr. McGovern confesses himself unable to account for the power and skill exhibited. No wonder -- the builders were Lemurians, though probably of the last family races and therefore in their prime when continental Lemuria was little but a racial memory. The "second style" followed this, and the Inca came last. The extraordinary civilization of the Incas, Dr. McGovern shows, was but a superimposition upon and a reorganization of a culture long previously existing. A rigidly communistic organization upon a family basis preceded the similar organization made by the Incas upon the basis of tens and hundreds of families. The communes under the Incas held their land from the State, giving one-third of their revenues to the Government and one-third to the Church. These taxes, received as foodstuffs mostly, were stored by their recipients for hard times, and then redistributed to the people -- exactly as was done by some of the Pharaohs and some of the Chinese Emperors. The modern Spaniards, having taken over the land, have continued with the communes the same system of land tenure -- needless to say, omitting the "hard times" provision. They have simply replaced the Incas as masters, as the Incas replaced unknown previous rulers, wholly without altering the lives of the people -- except for reducing their numbers from ten million to one million since the Conquest.
Dr. McGovern says that the immense ruins of the Andean Plateau are hardly yet touched by archeological investigation; also that that Incas Empire itself must of necessity have been very much older than commonly surmised:Here the historians give us contradictory legends -- self-contradictory, and in contradiction to the facts brought to light by recent excavations. We must tread warily. We must, in fact, start all over again, accepting little or nothing that the historians give us unless it is supported by outside evidence. Here lies an enormous field for research. If carefully carried out, this will clear up the secret of a mysterious race. It will indirectly throw much light upon the whole history of mankind.Madame Blavatsky says in Isis Unveiled:(3)When Cusco was the capital of Peru, it contained a temple of the sun ... In the west wall the architects had contrived an aperture in such a way that when the sunbeams reached it, it focused them inside the building. Stretching like a golden chain from one sparkling point to another, they encircled the walls, illuminating the grim idols, and disclosing certain mystic signs at other times invisible.Of the present status of this temple, Dr. McGovern says:The old Inticancha, the Palace of Gold, the far-famed temples of the Sun-God, the supreme divinity of the Incas, is now a Dominican Monastery. Most of the Sun Temple itself was destroyed to build upon it the monastery church, though a rounded outer wall gave us some idea of the perfection of the stonework which was lavished upon this, the most holy place in the Inca Empire ... A huge disk of gold was placed to catch and reflect the rays of the rising sun, and another, smaller, to reflect the rays of the setting sun ... the magnificent walls of the subsidiary "chapels" of the old temple are well preserved, being incorporated in the cloisters of the monastery ... The walls of each of these temples are lined with niches, and there is a curious black band that runs, high up, around the walls. The space above this line was no doubt especially dedicated to the gods....H.P.B. goes on to say in Isis Unveiled:It was only by understanding these hieroglyphics ... that one could learn the secret of the tunnel and its approaches. Among the latter was one in the neighborhood of Cusco, now masked beyond discovery. This leads directly into an immense tunnel which runs from Cusco to Lima, and then, turning southward, extends into Bolivia....Of the Southern, or Arica end of this passage, she says:...without the secret of its landmarks, a regiment of Titans might rend the rocks in vain in the attempt to find it. But even were some one to gain an entrance and find his way as far as the turning slab in the wall of the sepulchre, and attempt to blast it out, the superincumbent rocks are so disposed as to bury the tomb, its treasures, and -- as the mysterious Peruvian expressed it to us -- "a thousand warriors" in one common ruin... Along the entire length of the corridor, from Bolivia to Lima and Cusco, are smaller hiding places filled with treasures of gold and precious stone, the accumulations of many generations of Incas, the aggregate value of which is incalculable.... The mere task of purifying the mephitic air of the tunnel, which has not been entered for centuries, would also be a serious one. There, however, the treasure lies, and there the tradition says it will lie till the last vestige of Spanish rule disappears from the whole of North and South America.Now for Dr. McGovern's unconscious piece de resistance:On a high hill to the north of the city (Cuzco) lie the remnants of the giant citadel and fortress of Saksawaiman ... the enormous stones of the triple ramparts still remain -- stones far larger than a man's height and weighing many tons. How were they brought there, and so accurately, so delicately, put into place?Exactly. And whether or not Chincana is veritably the Cuzcan end of the giant corridor, H.P.B. has this to say about that same Inca treasure:
Near the fortress are several strange caverns reaching far into the earth ... The end of one of these caverns, Chincana, has never been found. It is supposed to communicate by a long underground passage with the Temple of the Sun, in the heart of Cuzco. In this cavern is supposed to be hidden a large part of the golden treasure of the Inca emperors, which was stored away lest it fall into the hands of the Spaniards. But the cavern is so huge and so complicated, and so manifold are its passages, that its secret has never been uncovered.
One man indeed is said to have found his way underground to the Sun Temple and, when he emerged, had two golden bars in his hand. But his mind had been affected by days of blind wandering in the subterranean caves, and he died almost immediately afterward. Since that time many have gone into the cavern -- never to return again. Only a month or two before my arrival the disappearance of three prominent people in this Inca cave caused the prefect of the province of Cuzco to wall in the mouth of the cavern, so that the secret and the treasures of the Incas are likely to remain undiscovered for the present.Marvelling at the exhibition of such treasures, the conqueror (Pizarro) declared that he would not release the prisoner (the last Inca), but would murder him, unless the queen revealed the place whence the treasure came. He had heard that the Incas had somewhere an inexhaustible mine; a subterranean road or tunnel running many miles under ground, where were kept the accumulated riches of the country. The unfortunate queen begged for delay, and went to consult the oracles. During the sacrifice, the chief-priest showed her in the consecrated "black mirror" the unavoidable murder of her husband, whether she delivered the treasures of the crown to Pizarro or not. Then the queen gave the order to close the entrance, which was a door cut in the rocky wall of a chasm. Under the direction of the priest and magicians, the chasm was accordingly filled to the top with huge masses of rock, and the surface covered over so as to conceal the work. The Inca was murdered by the Spaniards and his unhappy queen committed suicide. Spanish greed overreached itself and the secret of the buried treasures was locked in the breasts of a few faithful Peruvians.
Our Peruvian informant added that in consequence of certain indiscretions at various times, persons had been sent by different governments to search for the treasure under the pretext of scientific exploration. They had rummaged the country through, but without realizing their object.
COMPILER'S NOTE: The following is a separate item which followed the above article but was on the same page. I felt it was useful to include it here:
THE POWER OF RESISTANCE
The right and true use of the powers of the Soul is a sustaining and regenerating force. A human being lives and moves and has his being in one or another state or condition, whatever the degree of evolution. But the one Spirit or Self within is untouched, unchanged and eternal. All power comes from the Self, and to depend on anything else is to forfeit that power which enables the human soul to maintain its real integrity and pursue its evolutionary pilgrimage or journey. The first and most vital question that may arise in this regard is the question of authority. But once it is seen that whatever knowledge is to be gained, must be acquired by each one for himself, and that to be even unconsciously deluded by the influence of another is to have a counterfeit faith, then the true position may be taken in the search for that wisdom which is the birthright of every human soul. It does not mean a closed mind and nature, but a rejection of passivity and blind belief, these being replaced by an earnest search for spiritual truths while resistive to all else.
Everyone knows that physical slavery is bad. Many know that political and economic slavery is also bad. Moral slavery is still worse. But there is no evil like priestcraft and spiritual slavery in any shape or form. These conditions come about in humanity from time to time and must be overcome within, individually and collectively. To understand the solution of these problems requires understanding of the pure teachings of Theosophy on the meaning and purpose of life, the constitution and nature of man, and the laws of higher evolution. Then the Soul may become a priest unto itself, for not until each one is able to solve his own problems can there be any effective work for the good of the whole.
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