Their Initiates commemorated images of the Five Races in stone for the instruction of future generations.
It is with the advent of the divine Dynasties that the first civilizations were started. 1 . . . And while, in some regions of the Earth, a portion of mankind preferred leading a nomadic and patriarchal life, and in others savage man was hardly learning to build a fire and to protect himself against the Elements, his brothers — more favoured than he by their Karma, and helped by the divine intelligence which informed them — built cities, and cultivated arts and sciences. Nevertheless . . . while their pastoral brethren enjoyed wondrous powers as their birthright, they, the builders, could now obtain theirs only gradually; even these being generally used for power over physical nature and selfish and unholy purposes. Civilization has ever developed the physical and the intellectual at the cost of the psychic and spiritual. The command and the guidance over his own psychic nature, which foolish men now associate with the supernatural, were with early Humanity innate and congenital, and came to man as naturally as walking and thinking.
Gradually, mankind went down in stature, for, even before the real advent of the Fourth or Atlantean race, the majority of mankind had fallen into iniquity and sin, save the hierarchy of the “Elect,” the followers and disciples of the “Sons of Will and Yoga” — called later the “Sons of the Fire Mist.”
Then came the Atlanteans; the giants whose physical beauty and strength reached their climax, in accordance with evolutionary law, toward the middle period of their fourth sub-race. 2
Traditions about a race of giants in days of old are universal. . . . they exist in oral and written lore. India had her Danavas and Daityas; Ceylon had her Rakshasas; Greece, her Titans; Egypt, her colossal Heroes; Chaldea, her Izdubars (Nimrod); and the Jews their Emims of the land of Moab, with the famous giants, Anakim. 1 Moses speaks of Og, a king who was nine cubits high (15ft. 4in.) and four wide 2 and Goliath was “six cubits and a span in height” (or 10ft. 7in.). The only difference found between the “revealed Scripture” and the evidence furnished to us by Herodotus, Diodorus Siculus, Homer, Pliny, Plutarch, Philostratus, etc., etc., is this: While the pagans mention only the skeletons of giants, dead untold ages before, relics that some of them had personally seen, the Bible interpreters unblushingly demand that geology and archæology should believe, that several countries were inhabited by such giants in the day of Moses; giants before whom the Jews were as grasshoppers, and who still existed in the days of Joshua and David. Unfortunately their own chronology is in the way. Either the latter or the giants have to be given up.
Atlantean hands had carved the colossal statues of Easter Island. A few words of description will show the readers what are the statues of both Easter Island and Bamian. We will first examine what is known of them to orthodox Science.
“Teapi, Rapa-nui, or Easter Island, is an isolated spot almost 2,000 miles from the South American coast. . . . In length it is about twelve miles, in breadth four . . . and there is an extinct crater 1,050 feet high in its centre. The island . . . abounds in craters, which have been extinct for so long that no tradition of their activity remains. . . . ”
“THERE IS NO REASON TO BELIEVE THAT ANY OF THE STATUES HAVE BEEN BUILT UP, BIT BY BIT, BY SCAFFOLDING ERECTED AROUND THEM” — adds the reviewer very suggestively — without explaining how they could be built otherwise, unless made by giants of the same size as the statues themselves. 4
The images at Ronororaka . . . though all are longheaded, are different; and they are evidently meant for portraits, as the noses, the mouths and chins differ greatly in form, their headdress, moreover — a kind of flat cap with a back piece attached to it to cover the back portion of the head — showing that the originals were no savages of the stone period. Verily the question may be asked — “Who made them?”1
Easter Island was . . . taken possession of . . . by some Atlanteans; who, having escaped from the cataclysm which befell their own land, settled on that remnant of Lemuria only to perish thereon, when destroyed in one day by its volcanic fires and lava. This may be regarded as fiction by certain geographers and geologists; to the Occultists it is history. 2
But who cut the Bamian, still more colossal, statues, [than those of the Easter Island] the tallest and the most gigantic in the whole world, for Bartholdi’s “Statue of Liberty” (now at New York) is a dwarf when compared with the largest of the five images. 3
. . . What are they, and what is the place where they have stood for countless ages, defying the cataclysms around them, and even the hand of man,4 as in the instance of the hordes of Timur and the vandal-warriors of Nadir-Shah? Bamian is a small, miserable, half-ruined town in Central Asia, half-way between Cabul and Balkh, at the foot of Koh-i-Baba, a huge mountain of the Paropamisus (or HinduKush) chain, some 8,500 feet 5 above the level of the sea. In days of old, Bamian was a portion of the ancient city of Gulguleth, ruined and destroyed to the last stone by Chingiz-Khan in the XIIIth century. The whole valley is hemmed in by colossal rocks, which are full of partially natural and partially artificial caves and grottoes, once the dwellings of Buddhist monks who had established in them their viharas. Such viharas are to be met with in profusion, to this day, in the rock-cut temples of India and the valleys of Jalalabad. It is at the entrance of some of these that five enormous statues, of what is regarded as Buddha, have been discovered or rather rediscovered in our century, as the famous Chinese traveller, Hiuen-Tsang, speaks of, and saw them, when he visited Bamian in the VIIth century. 1
Thus, the largest is 173 feet high,2 or seventy feet higher than the “Statue of Liberty” . . . as the latter is only 105 feet or 32 metres high. The famous Colossus of Rhodes itself, between whose limbs passed easily the largest vessels of those days, measured only 120 to 130 feet in height. 3 The second statue, cut out in the rock like the first one, is only 120 feet (15 feet taller than the said “Liberty”). The third statue is only 60 feet high — the two others still smaller, the last one being only a little larger than the average tall man of our present race. The first and largest of the Colossi represents a man draped in a kind of toga; . . . Notwithstanding the fact that most of the now existing figures of Buddha, represented in the posture of Samadhi, have large drooping ears, this is a later innovation and an afterthought. The primitive idea was due to esoteric allegory. The unnaturally large ears symbolize the omniscience of wisdom, and were meant as a reminder of the power of Him who knows and hears all, and whose benevolent love and attention for all creatures nothing can escape. . . . Gautama Buddha was an Aryan Hindu, and an approach to such ears is found only among the Mongolian Burmese and Siamese, who, as in Cochin, distort them artificially. The Buddhist monks, who turned the grottos of the Miaotse into viharas and cells, came into Central Asia about or in the first century of the Christian era. Therefore Hiuen Tsang, speaking of the colossal statue, says that “the shining of the gold ornamentation that overlaid the statue” in his day “dazzled one’s eyes,” but of such gilding there remains not a vestige in modern times. The very drapery, in contrast to the figure itself, cut out in the standing rock, is made of plaster and modelled over the stone image. Talbot, who has made the most careful exami- nation, found that this drapery belonged to a far later epoch. The statue itself has therefore to be assigned to a far earlier period than Buddhism. 1
When the Buddhist Arhats and Ascetics found the five statues at the entrance of their future abode, they covered the figures with plaster to represent Lord Tathagata. . . . The interior walls of the niches are covered to this day  with bright paintings of human figures, and the sacred image of Buddha is repeated in every group. These frescoes and ornaments — which remind one of the Byzantine style of painting — are all due to the piety of the monk-ascetics, like some other minor figures and rock-cut ornamentations. But the five statues belong to the handiwork of the Initiates of the Fourth Race, who sought refuge, after the submersion of their continent, in the fastnesses and on the summits of the Central Asian mountain chains. Moreover, the five statues are an imperishable record of the esoteric teaching about the gradual evolution of the races. 2
Statues 1 to 5 portray Humanity’s five Races. The largest is made to represent the First Race of mankind, its ethereal body being commemorated in hard, everlasting stone, for the instruction of future generations, as its remembrance would otherwise never have survived the Atlantean Deluge. The second — 120 feet high — represents the sweat-born; and the third — measuring 60 feet — immortalizes the race that fell, and thereby inaugurated the first physical race, born of father and mother, the last descendants of which are represented in the Statues found on Easter Isle; but they were only from 20 to 25 feet in stature at the epoch when Lemuria was submerged, after it had been nearly destroyed by volcanic fires. The Fourth Race was still smaller, though gigantic in comparison with our present Fifth Race, and the series culminated finally in the latter.
These are, then, the “Giants” of antiquity, the anteand post-diluvian Gibborim of the Bible. They lived and flourished one million rather than between three and four thousand years ago.
In everything that pertains to prehistoric times the reader ought to bear the wise words of Montaigne in his mind. Saith the great French philosopher: →
. . . It is a sottish presumption to disdaine and condemne that for false, which unto us seemeth to bear no show of likelihood or truth: which is an ordinarie fault in those who perswade themselves to be of more sufficiency than the vulgar sort.
. . . But reason hath taught me, that so resolutely to condemn a thing for false and impossible, is to assume unto himself the advantage to have the bounds and limits of God’s will, and the power of our common Mother Nature tied to his sleeve, and that there is no greater folly in the world than to reduce them to the measure of our capacity and bounds of our sufficiencie. 2
6. Though perfected in materiality, they degenerated in spirituality
Black magic, bestiality, selfishness, and self-adoration spelled the demise of that proud race.
The Atlanteans were vegetarians. Their sleep was not disturbed by dreams. Herodotus speaks of the Atlantes — a people of Western Africa which gave its name to Mount Atlas; who were vegetarians, and “whose sleep was never disturbed by dreams”; and who, moreover, “daily cursed the sun at his rising and at his setting because his excessive heat scorched and tormented them.” 1
But they boasted of possessing the land in which all the gods had received their birth and used magic incantations even against the Sun! These statements are based upon moral and psychic facts and not on physiological disturbance. . . . If the Atlanteans never had their sleep disturbed by dreams, it is because that particular tradition is concerned with the earliest Atlanteans, whose physical frame and brain were not yet sufficiently consolidated, in the physiological sense, to permit the nervous centres to act during sleep. With regard to that other statement — namely, that they daily “cursed the Sun” — this again has nothing to do with the heat, but with the moral degeneration that grew with the race. It is explained in our Commentaries. “They [the sixth sub-race of the Atlanteans] used magic incantations even against the Sun” — failing in which, they cursed it. The sorcerers of Thessaly were credited with the power of calling down the moon, as Greek history assures us. The Atlanteans of the later period were renowned for their magic powers and wickedness, their ambition and defiance of the gods.
It was black magic, coupled with anthropomorphic worship, that brought about the “Great Flood” of Atlantis. . . . for this reason also the Initiates — those who had remained true to primeval Revelation — formed themselves into separate communities, keeping their magic or religious rites in the profoundest secrecy. The caste of the Brahmanas, the descendants of the “mind-born Rishis and Sons of Brahma” dates from those days, as also do the “Mysteries.” 3
None of us has descended from apes. We are fallen angels, not risen apes. It is in the suddenly arrested evolution of certain sub-races, and their forced and violent diversion into the purely animal line by artificial cross-breeding, truly analogous to the hybridization, which we have now learned to utilize in the vegetable and animal kingdoms, that we have to look for the origin of the anthropoids.
In these red-haired and hair-covered monsters, the fruit of the unnatural connection between men and animals, the “Lords of Wisdom” did not incarnate, as we see. Thus by a long series of transformations due to unnatural cross-breeding (unnatural “sexual selection”), originated in due course of time the lowest specimens of humanity; while further bestiality and the fruit of their first animal efforts of reproduction begat a species which developed into mammalian apes ages later. 1
As to the separation of sexes, it did not occur suddenly, as one may think. Nature proceeds slowly in whatever she does. 2
The ape we know is not the product of natural evolution but an accident, a crossbreed between an animal being, or form, and man. . . . Nor was it intended by Nature that man should follow the bestial example [of the apes] — as shown by the comparatively painless procreation of their species by the animals, and the terrible suffering and danger of the same in the woman. The Ape is, indeed, . . . “a transformation of species most directly connected with that of the human family — a bastard branch engrafted on their own stock before the final perfection of the latter” 3 — or man. The apes are millions of years later than the speaking human being, and are the latest contemporaries of our Fifth Race. . . . The numberless traditions about Satyrs 4 are no fables, but represent an extinct race of animal-men. . . . It is from this unnatural union that the present apes descended. The latter are truly “speechless men,” and will become speaking animals (or men of a lower order) in the Fifth Round, while the adepts of a certain school hope that some of the Egos of the apes of a higher intelligence will reappear at the close of the Sixth Root-race. 1
Atlantis was in Kali-yuga when it was finally destroyed. All races have their own cycles, which fact causes a great difference. For instance, the Fourth Sub-Race of the Atlanteans was in its Kali-Yuga when destroyed, whereas the Fifth was in its Satya or Krita Yuga. The Aryan Race is now in its Kali Yuga, and will continue to be in it for 427,000 years longer, while various “family Races,” called the Semitic, Hamitic, etc., are in their own special cycles. The forthcoming 6th Sub-Race — which may begin very soon — will be in its Satya (golden) age while we reap the fruit of our iniquity in our Kali-Yuga.
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