shadowy forces are moving in Central Asia – or rather in the greater
region we call Eurasia – which may change the face of our global society
and civilization forever.
the balance of geopolitical forces is shifting inexorably in favour of the
Eurasian superpowers – principally Russia, China, the Central Asian states
and India – a new spiritual wind is blowing out of Inner Asia and its many
hidden mystical schools, promising to sweep the new Entente into
unprecedented heights of international power, politically and culturally.
The immensity of the coming turbulence occasioned by this shift from West
to East is incalculable, the outer symptom of a global revolution of
the transformation of consciousness accompanying this hemispheric shift is
creating both exaltation and unease in all people sensitive to
evolutionary change. As the West moves through increasing economic and
geopolitical tumult towards what many regard as a birthing into a new
World Age, pressing questions are being asked. What are we mutating into
and what kind of social realities will replace those we know? The mystery
and the terror is not so much the speed of change as its unknown
destination. Where are we heading? To what precipice sheer and awful, or
to what blessed landfall?
to answer such questions, many leading esotericists today have turned to
certain very ancient traditions to throw light on the crisis of our times.
Increasingly heeding the overwhelming evidence for their thesis, they
suggest that the key to humanity’s future lies in its distant past, in the
heritage of an unknown antediluvian race that lived in a time so remote
that its existence has been erased from racial memory.
100,000 years ago or more, so the hypothesis runs, a great star-gazing Ice
Age people lived in the Arctic region, at that time a temperate zone,
before migrating south to Inner Asia as conditions changed and the great
ice sheets melted. There, in a fertile, paradisial land, these unknown
sages became the core of a Ural-Altaic race that continued to evolve over
the millennia, improving the stock of primitive humanity by intermarriage,
developing cosmological sciences and political structures that sowed the
seeds of our present civilized state, migrating across the earth and then
disappearing, leaving immortal legends about itself behind.
British author John Michell cites the massive evidence for such a
civilization, which he regards as essentially magical, and still faintly
visible across the earth for those who care to look:
entire surface of the earth is marked with the traces of a gigantic
work of prehistoric engineering, the remains of a once universal
system of natural magic, involving the use of polar magnetism together
with another positive force related to solar energy. Of the various
human and superhuman races that have occupied the earth in the past,
we have only the dreamlike accounts of the earliest myths. All we can
suppose is that some overwhelming disaster…destroyed a system whose
maintenance depended upon its control of certain natural forces across
the entire earth.
is one voice among many claiming that in the archives of prehistoric
peoples a forgotten race has left traces of an advanced body of knowledge,
seemingly both spiritual and technological, which can guide us, if we
will, into a viable future.
being ignored by mainstream historians and anthropologists, this theory is
being ever more insistently put forward by highly accredited researchers
as evidence for the enormous age of our species continues to be found not
only in the legends of races in every part of the planet but also in the
thousands of technological anomalies being unearthed in unlikely
ancient Greek historians had much to say on this subject, especially
concerning the legends of Asia Minor which told of the descent thereto, in
the depths of the Ice Ages, of the Hyperboreans, a mysterious race of
superior beings from polar regions whose Pillar works on earth sought to
mirror the starry heavens above. Yet it is Central and Inner Asia further
to the east, a vast land of steppes, mountains and sandy deserts, whose
people preserve the most significant memories of a time beyond telling
when cities populated the deserts and an Elder race walked tall on the
earth. And it is these Ural-Altaic regions that are now taking centre
stage as the search continues for the roots of homo sapiens and the path
into a viable future.
Arkaim: A Bronze Age Town in the Southern
in the middle of the Russian steppe, a team of Russian archaeologists
unearthed the ruins of a fortified town called Arkaim, causing great
excitement in scientific ranks and a surge of neo-pagan and nationalist
enthusiasm among Russian intellectuals. The region was known to have
preserved landmarks of the most diverse cultures, ranging from every epoch
and every direction of the compass, but Arkaim was the first clear
evidence of an ancient advanced culture flourishing on Russian soil.
Constructed on a circular principle around a central square, with about
sixty semi-dugout houses built within its ramparts, the settlement was
situated in the southern Urals, near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. It
was defended by two concentric ramparts of clay and adobe blocks on a
wooden frame, and could only be entered via four intricately constructed
passageways that would have made the entrance of enemies extremely
difficult. The inhabitants and the common central square were thus well
protected by Arkaim’s defensive, inward-turned ground plan. The town was
found to be closely aligned to several celestial referent points, and is
therefore believed to have been an observatory as well as a fortress, an
administrative and a religious centre.
“the Russian Stonehenge”, this Bronze age settlement was about 3600 years
old and was contemporaneous with the Cretan-Mycenaean civilization, with
the Egyptian Middle Kingdom and with the Mesopotamian and Indus valley
civilizations, and older by several centuries than Homer’s fabled Troy,
whose circular layout it so closely resembled. Arkaim was inhabited for
200 years and was then mysteriously burned down and deserted.
Russian team’s explorations showed that Arkaim enjoyed an advanced
technology for its time. It was equipped with a drainage gutter and storm
sewage system and had actually been protected from fire: the timbered
flooring of the houses and the houses themselves were imbued with a
fireproof substance – a strong compound the remnants of which can still be
found in the ruins. Each house gave onto an inner ring road paved with
wooden blocks; and in each house there was a hearth, a well, cellars, an
oven and provision for a cooled food storage system. The oven was such
that it may have been possible to smelt bronze in it, as well as to fire
Subsequent to this exciting excavation, more than another twenty fortified
settlements and necropolises were unearthed in the Arkaim Valley, some
stone-built, larger and more impressive than Arkaim. With Arkaim possibly
its capital, the complex came to be called the Land of Cities and
presented scientists with many mysteries. It was the first concrete
evidence of a lost Neolithic civilization in southern Russia, confirming
what had long been believed, that the southern Urals and northern
Kazakhstan, situated at the junction of Asia and Europe, was an important
region in the formation of a complex Aryan society.
possible light was thrown for the first time on the development, nature
and wide migratory pattern of early Indo-European culture, and stimulated
all sorts of theories in Russian circles about the Aryan roots of the
however, has been only the beginning of the quest for a new ethnic,
cultural and religious identity in a small but influential Russian
minority since the demise of the Soviet Union. Increasingly rejecting the
American and Western European vision of a global hegemony rooted in
Christianity, Russians, besides their interest in their Indo-European
roots, are turning eastwards to find a connection with the Turkic/Mongol
ethnic strain. Many, especially among the young, are already embracing the
mystique of a united Eurasian people and community cemented by spiritual
bonds far older than those of Christianity or Islam. Arkaim has become a
ready focus for these ideals, a symbol of the future basis for world
means sky, and Im means earth, says Alex Sparkey, a Russian writer. He
explains that this means that Arkaim is a place where the Sky touches the
Earth. Here the material and the spiritual are inseparable.
East and the West are fused here. Today, in Russia, we feel that
Mankind is faced by the necessity to choose Oneness. Western culture
must come into unity with Eastern wisdom. If this can happen, the
harmony that once reigned supreme in the Land of Cities will be
it is doubtful whether peace and harmony existed in the period of Arkaim,
since it and the surrounding fortified settlements were obviously geared
to warfare or at least to heavy defensive measures in a hostile
environment. It is noteworthy that the cult of Tengri, the Mongol/Turkic
Sky God who plays a prominent part in Central Asian religion, fosters a
fierce competitive nationalism rather than peaceful relations with
neighbours. However, Sparkey is right to emphasize the principle of
harmonious accord implicit in the Arkaim ideology, pointing as it does to
the settlement’s inheritance of a once more peaceful culture.
of the archaeological team observed:
flight above Arkaim on board a helicopter gives you an incredible
impression. The huge concentric circles on the valley are clearly
visible. The town and its outskirts are all enclosed in the circles.
We still do not know what point the gigantic circles have, whether
they were made for defensive, scientific, educational or ritual
purposes. Some researchers say that the circles were actually used
as the runway for an ancient spaceport.
is that Arkaim was a troy town, so-called after the city in Asia Minor
that the Greek king Agamemnon destroyed during the Trojan Wars. Built on
the same circular principle as Troy, as described in Homer’s Iliad, but at
least six hundred years older, Arkaim finds its prototype in Plato’s
Atlantis with its three concentric circles of canals; in legendary
Electris, the Hyperborean city some said was built under the Pole Star by
the sea-god Poseidon; and in Asgard, the sacred city dedicated to the
Norse god Odin that is described in the Icelandic saga, the Edda. All
these legendary troy towns have the same circular ground plan. They have
gone down in history as Neolithic Wisdom centres and the seats of ancient
god-kings, and this undoubtedly throws light on the cultic function of
Arkaim in its day, as we shall see.
Russia’s more mystical quarters there is intense interest in the ancient
town, seeing it as the city temple built by the legendary King Yuma, ruler
of the Aryans in the “Golden Age, which will once again becoming the
centre of the world.
However, the discovery of the settlement has opened an historical aperture
onto far more than the battles and conquests of an aggressive
Indo-European people waged across Eurasia and south into the Mediterranean
lands, where their war chariots shattered the peace of Old Europe. What
the Land of Cities has revealed in its very structure and history is above
all the still earlier past of the Ural-Altaic peoples – a past of such
enormous antiquity that it presents more mysteries than it solves.
the unique architectural mould of Nordic Asgard, the most sacred shrine of
the Aesir of which the Prose Edda relates that “men call it Troy,” Arkaim
may have been a shrine dedicated to the Aryan Sun religion, yet the roots
of its dedication would have lain ultimately in the far older cult of the
Pole star. Essentially, this was the religion of the shaman, the wizard,
the medicine-man and other wonder-workers in touch with the spirits of
swastika, thought to be the exclusively Aryan symbol of sun-worship
misappropriated by the Nazis,
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depicted on many of the clay pots unearthed in Arkaim, is an older
religious and metaphysical symbol than that attached to the Aryan Sun God,
its roots lying in totemic shamanism. René Guénon, the eminent French
esotericist, points out that the swastika, symbolizing eternal motion
around a motionless centre, is a polar rather than a solar symbol, and as
such was a symbol central to the Pole star cult, originally dedicated to a
planetary deity connected to Ursa Major, the Great Bear. This centre,
Guénon stresses, “constitutes the fixed point known symbolically to all
traditions as the ‘pole’ or axis around which the world rotates…” The
swastika is therefore known world-wide as
the ‘sign of the pole.’
it would be a mistake for Russian ethnic pride to train too narrow a focus
on Arkaim’s Aryan background, for the town was heir to a great civilizing
force that existed in the Eurasian corridor long before there were
Indo-Europeans. One universal feature of troy towns is missing in Arkaim –
presumably because it has been destroyed over the centuries – and that is
the altar pillar in the central square. Undoubtedly, in Arkaim we see a
late expression of a megalithic Pillar religion that once reigned
universally in every corner of the globe, among nearly all peoples,
whatever their ethnic type, and which became associated with troy towns.
It is the oldest religion known to us and goes back to the most remote
antiquity when men saw the heavens as revolving around the axis of the
later did the Sun, as the centre of the revolving stellar system, replace
the Pole Star as the supreme deity of the Pillar cult and lead to the
elevation of the Sun God of the Indo-European peoples. It led to their
greater intellectual development, to complex civilizations, to advanced
arts and sciences and the transcendence of nature.
towns like Electris – and like Arkaim – were built as stellar
observatories. Their function was to unite earth to the starry cosmos
above according to the principle of “as above so below” by means of a
central axis symbolized by a stone pillar. Thus Diodorus Siculus of the
first century BCE, quoting the historian Hecataeus, described the
sanctuary of Electris as a troy town after the pattern of the spheres,
which he meant an astronomical design similar to that of Stonehenge
and other ancient sun temples, in which the scheme of the heavenly
spheres or astral shells surrounding the earth was represented
diagrammatically by a series of concentric circles marked by walls,
ditches or moats around a central pillar-stone.”
enclosed and heavily guarded sanctuaries sacred to the gods of the greater
cosmos were inhabited only by initiated priests and their families, and
were forbidden to the wandering nomads beyond the ramparts. The mystery to
archaeologists is how such an advanced astronomical science can have been
pursued at a time when hunter-gatherers still roamed the land. Colin
Wilson, a highly accredited investigator, in answer takes us back to the
Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia, a people who almost certainly had their
origin in Central Asia, as the Bible states: “As men migrated from the
east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar [Sumer] and settled there.”
Sumer is regarded as the site of one of the first true civilizations in
points out that the Sumerians were accomplished astronomers who had
compiled tables of the motions of all the planets, including Uranus and
Neptune, as early as five thousand years ago, long before the existence of
Arkaim. He adds that according to the library of clay tablets compiled by
the Assyrian King Assurbanipal (669 – 626 BCE) and unearthed during the
nineteenth century, the Sumerians had also understood the precession of
the equinoxes, and therefore knew about the zodiac.
revelations of the Sumerians’ sophisticated astronomical science convinced
Wilson that the Chaldean astronomers understood our solar system as well
as Isaac Newton did.
Indeed Wilson came to believe that a scientific knowledge of the universe
existed on earth as far back as 64,000 years ago, if not far longer.
Arkaim was a Wisdom Centre in a network of such Centres that once related
all the prehistoric peoples of the earth to each other under the spiritual
aegis of the Pillar religion and its priestly elites. The remains of
countless similar stone circles, menhirs and troy towns are scattered
throughout Europe, the Americas, Eurasia and the Pacific lands, memorials
to great crisscrossing migrations of peoples, all loyal to the same axial
principle that relates earth to the heavens.
As to the
cradle of this great Diaspora, the mystical Russian painter and explorer,
Nicholas Roerich, saw thousands of such megalithic pillar-works in the
highlands of Tibet and believed them to be older than any found elsewhere.
He suggested they had strong links to the works of the Celts and the
Scythian tribes, as also to the megaliths of Carnac in Brittany, and that
they represented a Pillar cult that had its beginnings long ago in the
Trans-Himalayas of Inner Asia.
proposed Eurasian cradle of the troy town phenomenon is reinforced by the
researches of one Jacob Bryant in 1776. Bryant, a noted expert in Homeric
Troy, published an encyclopaedia of ancient mythology in which he claimed
the Trojans were descended from a very old ”Atlantean” race that had long
ago settled across the whole of Eurasia.
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first troy towns were built in Central Asia, could the universal Pillar
religion also have had its beginning there?
As I have
said, various versions of the cult of the World Pillar as it spread around
the world were once known from the Americas to northern Africa, where the
blond Tamahu worshipped the Magna Mater and her spouse the Heaven-Bearer,
as did their cousins in Brittany and Spain. In Hindu India the World Axis,
Mt. Meru, ascended into the revolving heavens above through the centre of
the three worlds, and in the Canary Islands the Cro-Magnon Guanches, now
extinct, worshipped with sacrifices the god of the World Pillar whom they
called “the God who Holds the Heavens,” and who thus prevented the
collapse of the foundations of the world.”
A remnant of this belief-system survives in the legend of Jacob’s Ladder
in the Hebrew Book of Exodus, in which we learn that on this Ladder angels
ascend and descend between heaven and earth.
has considered a certain tree as symbolic of the World Pillar and
therefore sacred. In the Voluspa, the song of the Old Norse prophetess,
the tree on which the god Odin hung in order to receive the sacred runes
was called Yggdrasil, the heaven-pole or world axis. The World Ash
Yggdrasil was declared to be the greatest of all trees and the best; its
limbs spread over the world and above the heavens, its shaft the pivot of
the ever-revolving sky. At the foot of that tree the laws were first
brought into being by the Aesir, the Norse gods, and Yggdrasil was
worshipped as the source of all higher knowledge.
inhabitants of Sumer, whose language is unknown – being neither
Indo-European nor Semitic - the Pillar was a dominant religious feature:
thus Nippur, one of Sumer’s chief cities, as long ago as 3800 BCE had the
meaning of “Bond of Heaven-Earth.” A prominent researcher on this subject
says that in the text of the Sumerian Enuma Elish, “clues to the purpose
of Nippur were found in references to a “heavenward tall pillar reaching
to the sky.”
ancient Egypt, the land of the Hamitic peoples, the city of An or Anu,
which was renamed Heliopolis by the Greeks, originally meant Pillar City.
As a commentator has pointed out, this fact may shed light on the
mysterious djed pillar, the “backbone of Osiris,” often associated with
others of the Pillar fraternities, the totemic shaman too dedicated his
life and calling to the vision of the marriage of heaven and earth
achieved by means of a heaven-bearing Tree of Life. In ancient Crete he
was a familiar adjunct to the temple rituals of the Great Mother Demeter;
in Siberia, Mongolia and the Americas, he was the magician and wise man of
his tribe. Beating his drum and climbing the central pole of his yurt, the
symbolic pillar by which he communed with the sky spirits above, the
shaman thus brought down healings, prophesies and advice from the
ancestors to the people of his community. The Mongol-Turkic shamanic
tradition with its Sky God Tengri and its World Tree still survives over a
vast area of the planet, although its roots are lost far back in the mists
of the Palaeolithic age.
mystery of Arkaim is indeed the mystery of the Pillar religion. Who
brought to all the primitive peoples of earth this knowledge of the Polar
Axis, uniting them for many thousands of years in a common planetary
culture? Who taught them the astronomical secrets of the solar system, the
zodiac and precession of the equinoxes at a time in prehistory when human
intelligence was not supposed to be evolved enough to have developed that
knowledge alone? And what part did Arkaim play in that dissemination?
Tracing the Arctic Origins of Civilization
Babylonians believed in a mysterious paradise in “the far north” where a
race of great sages lived; and the ancient Greeks too extolled a northern
Elysium in which they believed the Hyperboreans, a wise, peaceful and
long-lived race, lived in great splendour and prosperity. Even though
Delphi was regarded as the centre of the Greek world, its god Apollo and
his sister, the goddess Artemis, were acknowledged to be originally
deities of this secret land far to the north, where stood the cosmic axle
that the Greeks called Helice, “That Which Turns.” Many Greek historians
as well as later scholars located this northern paradise in Scythia or the
Altai, and as having its source in the shamanism that grew up around the
semi-mythical magicians and pole-lords of Altai. But research and sacred
tradition both suggest its origins go further back still to north-eastern
Asia within the Arctic Circle, to a society that flourished on the shores
of the Siberian Sea.
ago, or for how long, this circumpolar culture may have existed no one
knows: possibly 200,000 years or more. In The Interpretation of Radium,
the acclaimed physicist Frederick Soddy stated his belief that some of the
beliefs and legends which have come down to us from antiquity may be
“evidence of a wholly unknown and unsuspected ancient civilization of
which all other relic has disappeared.”
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have been, he suggested, previous cycles in the unrecorded history of the
world when civilized men lived “in a past possibly so remote that even the
very atoms of civilization literally have had time to disintegrate.”
basis of years of investigation, Charles Hapgood, a New England professor
of history, in 1982 declared that possibly as long ago as 100,000 years
BCE the hub of a worldwide maritime civilization with a highly developed
level of scientific knowledge must have been in existence in the Arctic
lately Hapgood’s finds, presented in Earth’s Shifting Crust (1958) and
Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings (1966), have been largely ignored in
scientific circles, even though they elicited support from the great
physicist Albert Einstein; but today interest in them is mushrooming among
a growing number of highly accredited investigators.
Guénon appeals to the oldest and most authentic esoteric traditions in
claiming that long before the Indo-European races arose, at a time when a
hunter-gatherer humanity was still at a primitive stage of development,
the tropics were differently distributed and a great Hyperborean culture
flourished around the Arctic Circle, “in the Islands of the Blest on the
shores of the Ocean where the great maelstrom whirls.”
later, after a catastrophic change in geological conditions, did this
senior race migrate southward, some to Central Asia, others, possibly
crossing the Bering Strait, to Atlantis to the west. The latter has been
located by some researchers in the Antilles, two large islands beyond the
Gulf of Mexico widely regarded the remains of what was once a great sunken
support of this theory, the Caribs and the tribes of Hispaniola have long
had a tradition that many of the islands of the Antilles, a well-known
earthquake zone, were once connected by a single landmass, before a great
cataclysm about 15000 years ago submerged the connection and left only the
known island fragments).
aside Guénon’s oblique reference to the two southern refuges of the
Hyperboreans being in Russia and Central America, he suggests that in both
cases the two groups brought with them advanced mathematical and
astronomical knowledge and the seeds of arts and sciences that would
eventually be passed on to our brute ancestors to become the basis, about
eight thousand years ago, for our own civilizations.
Sumer in the Middle East and Central America have flood stories written
down long before the biblical account of Noah’s flood, and in all these
stories the salvific activity of the Elder race is pivotal. There is the
Sumerian story of Utnapishtim and his wife, who, helped by the gods,
survived a flood and were made immortal; and likewise early American
accounts tell how the god Viracocha, who “came from the east”, destroyed
the earth in a great flood. Later, after a man and a woman survived by
taking refuge in a floating box, “Virachocha recreated the peoples of the
earth, and gave each one his own language and songs.”
cites many such instances in which flood stories about the Hyperboreans
and their salvation of our race are to be found in both the Old World and
emphatic, however, that of the two primary locations, both of which have
at times borne the name of Tula (known to the Greeks as Thule), that of
Central Asia was the elder. The Atlantean Tula, says Guénon, must be
distinguished from the Hyperborean Tula, the supreme Holy Land, “which
latter represents the first and supreme centre for the entire current
Manvantara, and is the archetypal “sacred isle.”
the other “sacred isles”, although everywhere bearing names of
equivalent meaning, are still only images of the original. This even
applies to the spiritual centre of Atlantean tradition, which only
governed a secondary historical cycle, subordinate to the Manvantara.
himself notes this hierarchical distribution: the Atlantean empire, he
said, was only one nexus established by the gods in a greater network of
Centres whose capital was elsewhere “at the centre of the Universe.”
Thus the Eurasian heartland, Guénon says in his brief but ground-breaking
work, The Lord of the World, has indeed become that “centre of the
Universe,” the authentic “supreme country” which ,
According to certain Vedic and Avestan texts, was originally
situated towards the North Pole, even in the literal sense of the
word. Although it may change its localization according to the
different phases of human history, it still remains polar in a
symbolic sense because essentially it represents the fixed axis
around which everything revolves.
this still does not tell us why the location in Central Asia was chosen as
the Hyperboreans’ primary destination? Guénon’s response to this question
is cryptic in the extreme. He admits he is dealing with proscripted
material he is not permitted to divulge, but goes so far as to reveal that
Mt. Meru, the “polar mountain” stands in the centre of the “supreme
country” – and Mt. Meru, as is now generally understood, symbolizes the
mysterious World Axis or World Tree of esoteric tradition. In other words,
Central Asia was chosen because the World Axis was there; that was the
real goal of the migration. The World Axis was, and is, the “centre of the
Universe“; it is the World Axis that renders its geographical location a
Holy Land - a fact which is only now being elucidated in para-scientific
shall see in the second part of this article, the earth’s esoteric
structure is a subject that has been veiled in secrecy for thousands of
years, and this applies especially to the mystic’s Mt. Meru or World Axis.
John Major Jenkins, in his book Galactic Alignment, is one of the first
modern researchers to throw light on the meaning of this and much other
Hyperborean lore that Guénon was unwilling or unable to discuss. Beyond
referring to the senior race as “the guardians of Earth’s sacred
mysteries,” Guénon’s initiatory vows kept him silent.
then, were these mysterious Hyperboreans – or as we might perhaps better
call them, these Elders, these early Masters of Wisdom who understood the
importance of the World Axis? The records of most of the Bronze age
nations have a legend that an unknown race of Elders gave us kingship and
civilization and that they came from the gods and understood the most
powerful secrets of our planet –secrets that have since been lost.
Elders have been known as the Nephilim, the Sons of God, the Annunaki, the
Watchers and many other appellations; G. I. Gurdjieff spoke of them as
agents of the divine Demiurge from a previous cycle of humanity. But
beyond being credited with great wisdom and magical powers as well as
having giant stature and extremely high craniums, little more is known
about them. Did they really exist? All that can be said with certainty is
that they remain a benign shadowy presence moving inscrutably in the
background of virtually all the prehistoric traditions of our race.
souls from Sirius, say the ancient texts, descended down the World Axis
and incarnated on earth long ago in order to aid our fledgling species.
When a great catastrophe towards the end of the Ice Age, around the
twelfth millennium BCE, threatened us with extinction, these sons and
daughters of the gods instituted the hieros gamos, a genetic science that
mingled their genes with ours and so bred a superior human stock with a
greater survival potential that spread gradually from the heart of Asia on
one hand, and Atlantis on the other, to the rest of the world.
climate changed again around the ninth millennium BCE, which is widely
regarded as the date of the demise of Atlantis and the enforced dispersal
of its people both westward to Central America and eastwards to Europe.
Bringing catastrophic earthquakes and coastal flooding to vast areas of
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severe threat to the survival of our species, it was a racial crisis that
brought another response from the senior race.
the Elders had gone, their dynastic descendants, a long line of Neolithic
priest-kings, began a new evolutionary programme. In their migrations from
Central Asia, the Ural-Altaic race is credited with establishing in every
corner of the earth its Pillar religion, which Plato’s Critias vividly
describes as also the religion of the Atlanteans. Stone pillar altars have
survived in Malta from c. 5000 BCE., also from Catal Huyuk, in Anatolia,
c. 5800 BCE.
Pillar religion is the earliest known vehicle of a comprehensive body of
wisdom originally centred on the Pole Star, in which the moon is the
primary image of the mysteries of birth, generation and death. It is the
fundamental root of all the religions and esoteric traditions we know
today, as well as all our higher learning. Its spread heralded the dawn of
peaceful, egalitarian, Goddess-loving societies clustered in Neolithic
towns and villages around the world wherein the feminine principle was
dominant and strife little known.
Arkaim and the Sun Gods
historians have found that three great floods seem to have occurred in the
known span of human history. According to Stephen Oppenheimer in Eden in
the East, the third of these, around the fifth millennium BCE,
corresponded to Noah’s Flood and was the greatest of the three, peaking
during the fourth millennium.
caused catastrophic coastal flooding, tsunamis and severe earthquakes, and
also desertification of the interior of the land masses, and civilization
disappeared. Once again the species was threatened with a reversion to
savagery, and once again salvation appeared from Inner Asia.
third millennium BCE, so the Chinese Celestial records tell us, the Sons
of the Sun – also known as the Sons of Heaven – fanned out across the
world from their homeland in the Karakorum Range at the western end of the
Trans-Himalayas, bearing with them the higher revelation of the Sun
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a patriarchal and hierarchical belief-system that disclosed new depths of
metaphysical and technological knowledge inducive to civilization.
Everywhere the stone circles whose central axis was dedicated to the Pole
Star, like Stonehenge in ancient Britain, evolved over a further thousand
years into more sophisticated observatories focussed instead on the Sun
and its circling planets, and human culture once more blossomed.
innovation, however, was not without inter-faith warfare, since many
ethnic groups, such as the Mongol/Turkic peoples of the eastern steppes,
remained loyal to the Pole Star cult. At the same time, pyramids as well
as defensive troy towns like Arkaim sprang up in dedication to the Sun
Gods, whose mystique became more and more occulted as enmity grew for the
powerful new faith. Indeed Arkaim may have been the seat of one of the
Solar mystery religions of that period, and the fiery holocaust that
destroyed the settlement after two hundred years of operation may well
have been caused by that same internecine conflict between the old order
and the new.
pictorial evidence contained in the Enuma Elish shows that the Sumerians
understood full well that the Elders they revered so much were “from the
gods”, but not gods themselves but human beings, though far more advanced
in consciousness. According to the murals they have left us, the early
Egyptians too knew in some sense that their deities were really high
shaman masters, each masked in the official headdress of his animal totem.
But that understanding was to be occluded with the increasingly aggressive
dominance of the Solar religion, when a kind of darkness of amnesia fell
over the collective consciousness of our race. The Solar priesthoods
withdrew behind barricades, and a spiritual division opened up in society
that had never before existed.
historian Giorgio de Santillana has pointed out in Hamlet’s Mill, from
then on the enlightened understanding of our forbears began to descend
into mythology and superstition as small pockets of secret wisdom called
temples shone out in a sea of darkness, and a mystique of gods replaced
the cosmological knowledge of an earlier age.
bands of initiate culture-bearers spread out across the globe to sow the
seeds of civilization once more, a nucleus of the senior race withdrew
deep into the mountain ranges of High Asia that surround the Takla Makan
desert and severed all direct contact with the outside world.
since, the whole Eurasian heartland, from the Urals to the Gobi and
including southern Siberia, has borne the stamp of a special sanctity.
High Asia in particular has been called by a succession of peoples and
religions Paradesha, the Forbidden Land, the Land of the Living Gods,
Thule, Djong, Uttarakuru, Olmolungring, Shambhala, the Holy Land and the
Land of White Waters. Whatever its current name, almost all esoteric
traditions in the Old World have related this vast, mysterious Inner
Eurasian region, so rich in higher knowledge, to the legendary Elder race
and revered it as the home of the Ancient Wisdom for the present World
legend of the Sons and Daughters of God has thus never died, though it has
gone underground. Inner Asia, thought to be the immemorial cradle of
shamanism as well as of all yogic and religious systems, is believed by
many to be still spiritually efficacious, still a holy land which, under a
single governing Hierarchy, nurtures without fear or favour arcane schools
and brotherhoods persecuted elsewhere. Sufis, Buddhists, Nestorian
Christians, Taoists, Zoroastrians, Jews, Neo-Platonists and others who
have been hidden from the profane world by long chains of initiatic
transmission have never failed to find sanctuary in that specially blessed
protectorate, where everything began.
being hidden in shadows for thousands of years, today the region is being
illuminated by an intense spotlight from every possible angle. The
discovery of Arkaim is only one such angle. The highly publicized row
between China and Tibet is another; the ever-worsening struggle between
the U.S. and Russia for military dominance over the oil- and gas-rich
provinces of Central Asia; the increasing commitment of China, Iran and
India to a Eurasian geopolitical bloc, in tacit opposition to the Western
powers; and at the same time the awakening of interest in the West to the
mysterious spiritual wealth that can be glimpsed in the place, are yet
other factors bringing the heart of Asia to the very centre of world
attention. Yet the questions they pose remain unanswered.
the secret of the Holy Land? Who really were the Elders who gave us
civilization? Are they still guiding our evolution in discarnate form?
What is the secret of the World Axis? Do we as yet understand the
archetypal principles that shape our planet? And why are we only now
beginning to ask such questions?
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