Dear Member of Blavatsky Net,
Before getting into a news item of the month I wanted to mention some progress at Blavatsky.net. A number of Theosophists have been feeling the need to add the Theosophical knowledge of evolution to the national and international debate on intelligent design. To help accomplish that, a new section has been added to the web site. It collects together and organizes the material that has come out in the several newsletters on the subject and adds a little more. It is conveniently organized into a "printer friendly version" that is a very long html document for easier armchair study. You are invited to check out the darwin page at www.blavatsky.net/darwin. The printer friendly version is at http://www.blavatsky.net/darwin/printer_friendly.htm. You can go there directly or through the science section.
An advertising campaign featuring that darwin page has begun in several newspapers including the New York Times and the Village Voice of New York City. We have also advertised the darwin page in the Boston Globe. On February 10, the next ad will appear in the International Herald Tribune that goes around the world. The newspaper ads direct the readers of those newspapers to the darwin page for more information. So far, over 750 people have been directed to this darwin page from those ads. We consider that very successful. Theosophy is getting its message out. It now has its oar in the water on this issue showing that it presents a third alternative.
Our advertising efforts in this direction will be continuing. We are committed to having the voice of Theosophy be heard.
Stories of another so-called "indigo child" were in the news just a few days ago.
These indigo children are said to be being born since about 1982. They have extraordinary mental skills and intuitive knowledge. The children themselves say they have come to help.
In this case the story of the little Russian boy, Boris, nicknamed Boriska, began with the slightly unusual moment of his birth:
"The unusual baby boy was born in the town of Volzhsky, the Volgograd region of Russia. His mother, Nadezhda Kipriyanovich, gave birth to her son one fine morning. "It all happened so fast, I did not even feel any pain. When they showed the baby to me, the boy was looking at me with a grown-up look. As a pediatrician I know that newborns cannot concentrate looks on anything. However, my little baby was staring at me with his big brown eyes. Brushing that fact aside, he was a usual little baby, like all other kids," the boys mother said."
You can read the rest of his story at http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/378/16387_Boriska.html.
These indigo children seem suggestive of some comments of Blavatsky relating to the evolution of the next "sub-race" and "race". (These terms of hers were coined in the 19th century. She uses the term "race" to refer to developments over millions of years in the evolution of the human being.)
"Now, Occult philosophy teaches that even now, under our very eyes, the new Race and Races are preparing to be formed, and that it is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced."
"All we know is, that it will silently come into existence; so silently, indeed, that for long millenniums shall its pioneers-the peculiar children who will grow into peculiar men and women-be regarded as anomalous lusus naturę, abnormal oddities physically and mentally."
The indigo children certainly are different physically and mentally. And their developed intuitions are quite suggestive of the future of humanity as described by Theosophy.
Here are her more lengthy comments from which the above two quotes were extracted:
"It will be said that whatever forms man has passed through in the long pre-historic Past there are no more changes for him (save certain variations, as at present) in the future. Hence that our Sixth and Seventh Root Races are fictions.
To this it is again answered: How do you know? Your experience is limited to a few thousand years, to less than a day in the whole age of Humanity and to the present types of the actual continents and isles of our Fifth Race. How can you tell what will or will not be? Meanwhile, such is the prophecy of the Secret Books and their no uncertain statements.
Since the beginning of the Atlantean Race many million years have passed, yet we find the last of the Atlanteans, still mixed up with the Aryan element, 11,000 years ago. This shows the enormous overlapping of one race over the race which succeeds it, though in character and external type the elder loses its characteristics, and assumes the new features of the younger race. This is proved in all the formations of mixed human races. Now, Occult philosophy teaches that even now, under our very eyes, the new Race and Races are preparing to be formed, and that it is in America that the transformation will take place, and has already silently commenced.
Pure Anglo-Saxons hardly three hundred years ago, the Americans of the United States have already become a nation apart, and, owing to a strong admixture of various nationalities and inter-marriage, almost a race sui generis, not only mentally, but also physically. "Every mixed race, when uniform and settled, has been able to play the part of a primary race in fresh crossings," says de Quatrefages. "Mankind, in its present state, has thus been formed, certainly, for the greatest part, by the successive crossing of a number of races at present undetermined." ("The Human Species," p. 274.)
Thus the Americans have become in only three centuries a "primary race," pro tem., before becoming a race apart, and strongly separated from all other now existing races. They are, in short, the germs of the Sixth sub-race, and in some few hundred years more, will become most decidedly the pioneers of that race which must succeed to the present European or fifth sub-race, in all its new characteristics. After this, in about 25,000 years, they will launch into preparations for the seventh sub-race; until, in consequence of cataclysms-the first series of those which must one day destroy Europe, and still later the whole Aryan race (and thus affect both Americas), as also most of the lands directly connected with the confines of our continent and isles-the Sixth Root-Race will have appeared on the stage of our Round. When shall this be? Who knows save the great Masters of Wisdom, perchance, and they are as silent upon the subject as the snow-capped peaks that tower above t
hem. All we know is, that it will silently come into existence; so silently, indeed, that for long millenniums shall its pioneers-the peculiar children who will grow into peculiar men and women-be regarded as anomalous lusus naturę, abnormal oddities physically and mentally. Then, as they increase, and their numbers become with every age greater, one day they will awake to find themselves in a majority. It is the present men who will then begin to be regarded as exceptional mongrels, until these die out in their turn in civilised lands; surviving only in small groups on islands-the mountain peaks of to-day-where they will vegetate, degenerate, and finally die out, perhaps millions of years hence, as the Aztecs have, as the Nyam-Nyam and the dwarfish Moola Koorumba of the Nilghiri Hills are dying. All these are the remnants of once mighty races, the recollection of whose existence has entirely died out of the remembrance of the modern generations, just as we shall vanish
from the memory of the Sixth Race Humanity. The Fifth will overlap the Sixth Race for many hundreds of millenniums, changing with it slower than its new successor, still changing in stature, general physique, and mentality, just as the Fourth overlapped our Aryan race, and the Third had overlapped the Atlanteans.
This process of preparation for the Sixth great Race must last throughout the whole sixth and seventh sub-races (vide supra, the diagram of the Genealogical Tree of the Fifth Race). But the last remnants of the Fifth Continent will not disappear until some time after the birth of the new Race; when another and new dwelling, the sixth continent, will have appeared above the new waters on the face of the globe, so as to receive the new stranger. To it also will emigrate and settle all those who shall be fortunate enough to escape the general disaster. When this shall be-as just said-it is not for the writer to know. Only, as nature no more proceeds by sudden jumps and starts, than man changes suddenly from a child into a mature man, the final cataclysm will be preceded by many smaller submersions and destructions both by wave and volcanic fires. The exultant pulse will beat high in the heart of the race now in the American zone, but there will be no more Americans when the Sixth Race commences; no more, in fact, than Europeans; for they will have now become a new race, and many new nations. Yet the Fifth will not die, but survive for a while: overlapping the new Race for many hundred thousands of years to come, it will become transformed with it-slower than its new successor-still getting entirely altered in mentality, general physique, and stature. Mankind will not grow again into giant bodies as in the case of the Lemurians and the Atlanteans; because while the evolution of the Fourth race led the latter down to the very bottom of materiality in its physical development, the present Race is on its ascending arc; and the Sixth will be rapidly growing out of its bonds of matter, and even of flesh.
Thus it is the mankind of the New world-one by far the senior of our Old one, a fact men had also forgotten-of Pātāla (the Antipodes, or the Nether World, as America is called in India), whose mission and Karma it is, to sow the seeds for a forthcoming, grander, and far more glorious Race than any of those we know of at present. The Cycles of Matter will be succeeded by Cycles of Spirituality and a fully developed mind. On the law of parallel history and races, the majority of the future mankind will be composed of glorious Adepts. Humanity is the child of cyclic Destiny, and not one of its Units can escape its unconscious mission, or get rid of the burden of its co-operative work with nature. Thus will mankind, race after race, perform its appointed cycle-pilgrimage. Climates will, and have already begun, to change, each tropical year after the other dropping one sub-race, but only to beget another higher race on the ascending cycle; while a series of other less favour
ed groups-the failures of nature-will, like some individual men, vanish from the human family without even leaving a trace behind.
Such is the course of Nature under the sway of KARMIC LAW: of the ever present and the ever-becoming Nature."
Also a comment by one of Blavatskys teachers seems to apply to these children:
"A few drops of rain do not make a Monsoon, though they presage it." . . . No, we are not in the fifth round, but fifth round men have been coming in for the last few thousand years. But what is such a petty stretch of time in comparison with even one million of the several millions of years embraced in man's occupancy of earth in a single round? (Mahatma Letters - Letter number 66)
In this context we also read of a new book, "Beyond the Indigo Children", by P.M.H. Atwater, that was first published just last Fall.
"In Beyond the Indigo Children P. M. H. Atwater illuminates the characteristics of the fifth root race, the capstone being the extraordinary "new children", those brilliant and irreverent kids born since 1982. She explores the relationship of the new children to the prophecies in the Mayan calendar and other traditions, providing extensive background information about the seven root races (the sixth and seventh of which haven't yet appeared) and the great shifting of consciousness already underway. She reveals the connection of the seven root races to the seven chakras, and how the fifth chakra--the chakra of willpower--will be opened for humankind as the new children grow to maturity. She also discusses the phenomenon of soaring intelligence and undeveloped potential and provides concrete guidance and tools for those who seek to understand and help the new children achieve their full potential. Beyond the Indigo Children is the first major study of today's children, and thei
r place in our rapidly changing world, that combines objective research with mystical revelation and prophecy."
These references to sixth and seventh root races are unique to Theosophy as far as I know, so Atwater's use of these terms is interesting.
Another description of the book at http://www.cinemind.com/atwater/c5pe.html says in part:
"The hypothesis of P. M. H. Atwater's new book suggests that the new children (those born since the early eighties and somehow "different" from the moment of their birth) are the living examples of an evolutionary shift occurring in the human species. Atwater weaves a finely crafted tale of the descent of the human soul from etheric realms of spirit into involvements and entanglements with matter. She leads us through discussions of the root races and onward to a theorized purpose of the Mayan Calendar."
When Atwater refers to "the descent of the human soul from etheric realms of spirit into involvements and entanglements with matter" she is precisely describing another teaching of Theosophy.
It may be that she "weaves a finely crafted tale" as described but it is also worth noting that she is describing the teaching of Theosophy as presented more than a century ago. While I have not read her book, it apparently explains that she consulted the teachings of the world. Now we can tell that one of them was Theosophy.
If Atwater finds that the indigo children are saying these things that correspond to the teachings of Theosophy then that will be very interesting indeed.
Her book is available in the "Indigo Child Aisle" at http://www.seekerbooks.com/alternative/children/helping/indigo_child/ and is currently at a 32% discount.
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