Atlantis - Shift of Axis
When the evidence on the ground is coupled with the rapid freezing
described in the last letter then it is clear that the evidence
shows there has been a shift in the axis of the earth. This has
very interesting ramifications.
1. It further defines what we must seek as the physical cause for
the disaster. It must be something capable of causing an axis shift.
2. It adds reasonableness to the numerous references to axis shift
in the SD. In some cases the exploration of science up to this point
adds more than reasonableness - it adds confirmation of the SD.
But suppose we first consider some aspects of an axis shift.
According to traditional theory a shift in the axis is not possible.
It would violate the law of Conservation of Angular Momentum. The
same law that makes a gyroscope behave like a gyroscope makes the
earth retain its angular momentum and acts against a tilt in the
There are 2 quotes of interest here from Cataclysm:
"Almost all authorities are as one, therefore, in concluding
that only a powerful external agent could have altered the inclination
of the Earth's axis." p 194
"Among the terrestrial effects listed by almost every investigator
of a theoretical near-collision has been a shift in the inclination
of Earth's axis. Authorities of the calibre of Runcorn and Mulholland
have admitted that axial shifts could be expected to occur on such
occasions." p 191
The most serious reason for the shift is that the electromagnetic
fields involved in the near-colllision would intereact. But I am
getting ahead of myself.
From the above we see that science is beginning to approach and
contemplate the unthinkable - an axial shift. HPB was right again.
Science is approaching the SD.
We do find references to axis shifts in ancient literature and
mythology. For example:
"The ancient Egyptian Ipuwer Papyrus, for example, describes
terrible devastation created by an early cataclysm which "turned
"Earth upside down"". [ Lange, H. ). (transwl). 1903.
"papyrus Ipuwer", sber preuss akad wiss, p 610]
The Ermitage Papyrus, now preserved in St. Petersburg, refers to
a similar ancient world convulsion. [Gardiner, A H. 1914 "New
literary works from Ancient Egypt", J Egypt Archaeol, vol 1,
A third Egyptian papyrus tells how the Earth was nearly destroyed
by fire and water during a tremendous celestial upheaval long ago
when the south became north and the world turned over. [Lange, H.OO.
(transl). "Der Magiswche Papyrus Harris", K dansk Vidensk
Selsk Skr, p 58]
Now the quotes from the SD. All of these have added vindication
in varying degrees:
The first quote shows a very striking confirmation that the SD
says Poseidonis was destroyed by an axial shift !!
"It is the submersion of the great Atlantis which is the most
interesting. It is of this cataclysm that the old records (See the
“Book of Enoch”) say that “the ends of the Earth
got loose; and upon which the legends and allegories of Vaivasvata,
Xisuthrus, Noah, Deukalion and all the tutti quanti of the Elect
saved, have been built. Tradition, taking into no account the difference
between sidereal and geological phenomena, calls both indifferently
“deluges.” Yet there is a great difference. The cataclysm
which destroyed the huge continent of which Australia is the largest
relic, was due to a series of subterranean convulsions and the breaking
asunder of the ocean floors. That which put an end to its successor—the
fourth continent—was brought on by successive disturbances
in the axial rotation. It began during the earliest tertiary periods,
and, continuing for long ages, carried away successively the last
vestige of Atlantis, with the exception, perhaps, of Ceylon and
a small portion of what is now Africa. It changed the face of the
globe, and no memory of its flourishing continents and isles, of
its civilizations and sciences, remained in the annals of history,
save in the Sacred records of the East.
Hence, Modern Science denies Atlantis and its existence."
Perhaps sometime I will get around to showing some suggestive evidence
that Lemuria was destroyed by fire as indicated below. But not right
Thus lost continents are officially suspected. That worlds (also
Races) are periodically destroyed by fire (volcanoes and earthquakes)
and water, in turn, and renewed, is a doctrine as old as man. Manu,
Hermes, the Chaldees, all antiquity believed in this. Twice already
has the face of the globe been changed by fire, and twice by water,
since man appeared on it. As land needs rest and renovation, new
forces, and a change for its soil, so does water. Thence arises
a periodical redistribution of land and water, change of climates,
etc., all brought on by geological revolution, and ending in a final
change in the axis. Astronomers may pooh-pooh the idea of a periodical
change in the behaviour of the globe’s axis, and smile at
the conversation given in the Book of Enoch between Noah and his
“grandfather” Enoch; the allegory is, nevertheless,
a geological and an astronomical fact: there is a secular change
in the inclination of the earth’s axis, and its appointed
time is recorded in one of the great Secret Cycles. As in many other
questions, Science is gradually moving toward our way of thinking.
Another interesting connection of axial shift and destruction of
Precisely so; and the Secret Doctrine teaches that that “order
of nature” has been thus altered, and the series of the Earth’s
humanities too. For, as the angel Uriel tells Enoch: “Behold,
I have showed thee all things, O Enoch; and all things have I revealed
to thee. Thou seest the Sun, the Moon, and those which conduct the
stars in Heaven, which cause all their operations, seasons, and
arrivals to return. In the days of sinners THE YEARS SHALL BE SHORTENED.
. . . the moon shall change its laws, etc.” (chap. lxxix).
In those days also, years before the great Deluge that carried away
the Atlanteans and changed the face of the whole earth—because
“the earth (on its axis) became inclined”— nature,
geologically, astronomically, and cosmically in general, could not
have been the same, just because the Earth had inclined. (SDii533-4)
But it [esoteric philosophy] teaches distinctly that after the
first geological disturbance in the Earth’s axis which ended
in the sweeping down to the bottom of the Seas of the whole second
Continent, with its primeval races—of which successive “Earths”
or Continents Atlantis was the fourth—there came another disturbance
by the axis resuming as rapidly its previous degree of inclination;
when the Earth was indeed raised once more out of the Waters, and—as
above so it is below; and vice versâ.(SDii369)
Even a section of a stanza refers to the same though this may be
a different deluge:
5. THE WHEEL WHIRLED FOR THIRTY CRORES (of years, or 300,000,000*).
IT CONSTRUCTED RUPAS (forms). SOFT STONES, THAT HARDENED (minerals);
HARD PLANTS, THAT SOFTENED (vegetation). VISIBLE FROM INVISIBLE,
INSECTS AND SMALL LIVES (sarisripa, swapada). SHE (the Earth) SHOOK
THEM OFF HER BACK, WHENEVER THEY OVERRAN THE MOTHER (a). AFTER THIRTY
CRORES OF YEARS, SHE TURNED ROUND. SHE LAID ON HER BACK; ON HER
SIDE. . . . SHE WOULD CALL NO SONS OF HEAVEN, SHE WOULD ASK NO SONS
OF WISDOM. SHE CREATED FROM HER OWN BOSOM. SHE EVOLVED WATER-MEN
TERRIBLE AND BAD (b). (STANZA II 5.)
(a) This relates to an inclination of the axis—of which there
were several—to a consequent deluge and chaos on Earth (having,
however, no reference to primeval chaos), in which monsters, half-human,
half-animal, were generated. We find it mentioned in the “Book
of the Dead,” and also in the Chaldean account of creation,
on the Cutha Tablets, however mutilated. (SDii52)
Thus, since Vaivasvata Manu’s Humanity appeared on this Earth,
there have already been four such axial disturbances; when the old
continents—save the first one—were sucked in by the
oceans, other lands appeared, and huge mountain chains arose where
there had been none before! The face of the Globe was completely
changed each time; the survival of the fittest nations and races
was secured through timely help; and the unfit ones—the failures—were
disposed of by being swept oft the earth. Such sorting and shifting
does not happen between sunset and sunrise, as one may think, but
requires several thousands of years before the new house is set
in order. (SDii330)
Obviously the reference to several thousands of years must be considered
carefully. The erratics and frozen cadavers indicate speed. I presume
it is the "sorting and shifting" that takes time.
This quote I have saved for last. When considered in detail, the
movements of the Earth today are actually much more complex than
we normally know. But this statement of HPB's should keep us on
our flexible toes.
According to the old teaching, the axis of the earth gradually
changes its inclination to the ecliptic, and at the period referred
to, this inclination was such that a polar day lasted during the
whole period of the earth’s revolution about the sun, when
a kind of twilight of very short duration intervened; after which
the polar land resumed its position directly under the solar rays.
This may be contrary to astronomy as now taught and understood:
but who can say that changes in the motion of the earth, which do
not take place now, did not occur millions of years back? (SDii292)
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