Remembering ancient wisdom

As a product of an Asian communal culture, I feel that I am more aware of the implicit connection of humans with one another, and with both Earth and the rest of the Cosmos than many of my fellow-citizens in a Western nation whose ethos is individualism. This latter code for conduct does offer more personal freedom than communalism, but lays less responsibility for others upon each of us.

However, unlike the human body, in and on which every part has a contributory role in maintaining the whole, human beings may not be requisite (ie. needed) components of an autonomous and complex cosmic system  – so grandiosely extensive – whose meaning is beyond us. Yogananda’s experience of cosmic consciousness (refer my recent post) describes but does not explain (how could he?). We are possibly akin to vermin but (hopefully) with prospects of evolving into angels.

That evolution might occur if we do not keep getting eliminated as a species or civilisation from time to time. Seemingly, there have been advanced civilisations with great skills before each major cosmic calamity, the last one associated with the Universal Deluge and its trigger from space.

The folklore of early (ie. pre-Deluge) cultures, some of which were not technologically advanced, clearly indicates a high level of morality and spirituality (eg. Native American societies). A claimed confirmation of certain planetary movements at that time dates the Vedas of the early Hindus to about 9,000 years ago. These writings display a high level of intellectualism (refer my recent posts).

If there had been any technologically advanced military cultures in pre-history,   such as the mythical Atlantis or its alleged enemy the Rama Empire of India, they must have been buried or drowned. Cultures such as the Maya, or the builders of the pyramids and the Sphinx, or the Incas have, on the other hand, left legacies which are challenging. Intimations and indications of huge scientific and technological knowledge abound – through myth, megaliths, and art.

Contrary to those who cannot accept that advanced thinkers and achievers had once made great contributions to humanity in earlier times, increasingly there seems to be a merging of the old with the new, when recent researchers have broken out of the strait-jacket of the scientific method (with its necessarily limited purview).

There seems to be more than one path to understanding where we live, and its past. As Edgar Cayce said, many of those who had asked him about Atlantis had lived there in an earlier life. Could those modern scientists who are investigating cultures which had existed in pre-history had actually lived there?

That is, does the past illuminate the present through rare soul memories? Could ancient wisdom be increasingly accessible through some individuals encouraging their minds to be in tune with their own hidden soul-memories? I am attracted to Hinduism’s adage that the human mind is only an instrument of Consciousness.

Since Consciousness envelops and simultaneously infuses us, could we also seek to find or establish links through it to the wisdom of ancient cultures, our figurative ancestors?

 

A civilisation more spiritually advanced?

In ‘Fingerprinting the Gods,’ Douglas Kenyon states that “(Graham) Hancock presents breakthrough evidence of a forgotten epoch in human history that preceded, by thousands of years, the presently acknowledged cradles of civilisation in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Far East. Moreover, he argues, this same lost culture was not only highly advanced but also technologically proficient, and was destroyed more than 12,000 years ago by the global cataclysm … “

He cites “Evidence of comprehensive ancient knowledge of the 25,776-year precession of the equinoxes (unmistakably encoded into ancient mythology and building sites … )“ and “Evidence that the monuments of the Giza Plateau were built in alignment with the belt of Orion at circa 10,500 BCE … “

Kenyon goes on to say “Hancock believes the entire Giza site was constructed after the crust of the earth had stabilized following a 30-degree crustal displacement that destroyed most of the high civilisation then standing.” As well, “The Giza complex was built, Hancock speculates, as part of an effort to re-map and re-orient civilisation. … The pyramids are a part of saying this is where it stopped. That is why the perfect alignment, for example, to due north, of the Great Pyramid is extremely interesting, because they obviously would have had a new north at that time.”

Here is the punch-line. “Despite a determination to stick with the hard evidence, Hancock is not uncomfortable with the knowledge that his work is serving to corroborate the claims of many intuitive and mystics. … Our whole cultural conditioning is to deny those elements of intuition and mystery in ourselves. But all the indications are that these are, in fact, vital facts in human beings, and I suspect that the civilisation that was destroyed, although technologically advanced, was much more spiritually advanced than we are today.”

This is not difficult to believe. Materiality over-rides spirituality.

(This article by Kenyon is included in “Forbidden History” edited by Kenyon.)

Are there inherited tribal fears?

Baby monkeys have been observed to cry out in fear when sighting a snake for the first time. The explanation? Instinct! No denying that. How did that instinct arise? Through its ancestors’ learning, and which has been transmitted through the generations without affecting the genome; through epigenesis. This is comparable with Lamarck’s theory about the inheritance of acquired (learned) characteristics, generation by generation.

In a somewhat comparable manner, an older relative of mine in Malaysia placed a large handkerchief on his head when very, very slight rain fell. No other relative present at the funeral we were attending did that. Since I had played hockey through cold winter drizzles in Melbourne, and (once) through a light fall of snow in colder Hobart in Tasmania, I too ignored the Malaysian drizzle.

Yet, I remembered that, in my boyhood, I and my cousins were never allowed out even in the lightest of rain. On the other hand, we had watched with envy Indian boys playing happily in the rain. Since my handkerchief-relative had (so I believe) been born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), I have wondered whether there is a tribal memory within the older Ceylon Tamils which associates pestilence (or disease) with rain.

I can understand that (perhaps) some of us will fear an unspecified danger from the sky, while the majority know nothing about this danger – except that one might catch a cold or fall ill by becoming wet. The idea of a collective amnesia is not persuasive; what you do not know cannot be blamed for some allegedly deep collective wish not to remember. This is not comparable to an instinct.

Was there a tribal fear underpinning the claim by some Australians in the 1950s that the Martians will attack us? Or, was that fear triggered by the Roswell Incident – an alleged ET crashing in Mexico? The claimed fear that Indonesia will attack Australia one day; is that any more than the projection of prejudice by many Christians against Islam?

Indeed, is there any substantive evidence of an inherited (not a learned or taught) tribal fear, comparable to the instinctive fear of snakes displayed by baby monkeys?

Unexplained constructions

“The author of more than a score of works on ancient mysteries, sacred geometry, UFOs, unexplained phenomena, and the like, (John) Mitchell … … argues that across much of the earth are ancient earthworks and stone monuments built for an unknown purpose, and that their shared features suggest that they might be part of a worldwide system … … .

Mitchell suggests, in this connection, that the most significant modern discovery is that of leys, a mysterious network of straight lines that link the ancient places of Britain and have their counterparts in China, Australia, South America, and elsewhere. … …

In detailed descriptions of phenomena such as the precise terrestrial and celestial alignments of ancient monuments along long ley lines, advanced ancient scientists of numbers and sacred geometry, and sophisticated prehistoric engineering, Mitchell paints a picture of a vast and coherent world-wide order beyond anything imaginable today. … …

The question of technology becomes more pressing, but even more difficult to answer, when one considers the giant stones of ancient sites which were actually cut, tooled, and moved. ‘It is a mystery, actually,’ he concedes, ’this incredible precision. And again in megalithic times, the extraordinary weights involved – raising blocks of one hundred tons or more, transporting them, and setting them up. They used terrific labour ingenuity and, no doubt, principles that are not recognised today.’

Could such principles have included some kind of levitation? ‘There are very persistent references from the Classical writers to the power of sound,’ he says, ‘of the use of song and music and tone to make things lighter, work songs where there’s a rhythm got up, where you can move things without a lot of effort.’”

These extracts are from Douglas Kenyon’s ‘Megalith England: The Atlantean Dimensions’ – A conversation with John Mitchell.
The following extract is from Christopher Dunn’s ‘The Obelisk Quarry Mystery’
Both articles are from ‘Forbidden History: prehistoric technologies, extraterrestrial intervention, and the suppressed origins of civilisation,’ edited by Douglas Kenyon.

“On the base of Hatshepshut’s pair of obelisks are inscriptions that tell us that the pair were quarried and raised into position in a seven-month period. To merely quarry the raw block in such a time would mean that the cutting rate would need to be increased at least thirty-seven times. Tools capable of such efficiency are not part of the archaeological record. … … the ancient Egyptians were much more advanced than what we have allowed in the past.”

So, what’s new? The evidence is probably deep under water, covered by a vast amount of volcanic lava. Refer the cosmic cataclysm and the following universal deluge (which would have drowned much of the evidence we need) about 13,000 years ago.

How could Man be a privileged species?

There is a view that Earth was specially prepared for mankind. Why would what appears to be no more than a small molten-rock ball, with a permeable cover allegedly capable of being made to slide over the interior by powerful external forces, be waiting to provide a home for mankind?

Since complex organic compounds and bacteria have been found in space, could it be possible that fully-formed humans also came to Earth from ‘up there,’ as claimed in the folklore mentioned in a recent post? Or, were the arrivals from space (the ETs, extraterrestrials) advanced beings who merely ‘seeded’ (impregnated) Earthlings, thus allowing the descendants of their progeny to believe that they had ‘descended’ from ‘up there’? This then raises the question: how did these Earthlings come about?

Sumerian writings, drawn upon by the authors of the Bible and by Zachariah Sitchin, say that ETs from planet Nibiru created ‘the Adam’ (mankind) by implanting their genes into an animal species on Earth. This allegedly occurred 300,000 years ago, almost 145,000 years after their arrival – so said Sitchin.

Is there any point in asking how motile air-breathing animals initially arrived on Earth? Do we know? And how they evolved into the species allegedly manipulated by the Anunnaki? That all life forms on Earth share a gene pool, except for the 223 exceptional genes (refer Sitchin) not found in species other than Man; and that the genetic difference between chimpanzees and humans is only about 1.4 %; suggests that we did all originate on Earth.

If Earth is compatible with humans, then it is also compatible with the bacteria, the vegetation, and certain life-forms which enable us to survive.

Our morality does, however, suggest a close link with the carnivores in the animal kingdom, except that we will kill fellow humans and other animals even when we are not hungry for sustenance. Yet, our ethereal souls can uplift us to great heights, offering hope that we can repeatedly recover from each cosmic cataclysm; that is, that the human species will earn its right to live on Earth.

Planetary amnesia – another myth?

When Velikovsky shattered the fragile glass bowl of uniformitarianism (that all change on, or affecting, Earth are gradual in occurrence), self-selected protectors of this bowl apparently went ballistic. Defending reigning scientific ‘theology’ is understandable; but how explain the ferocity of the personal attacks?

To recapitulate: allegedly, in the 1800s, agreement had been reached that Earth and its passengers had never been exposed to catastrophes. ‘In the case of the “Velikovsky affair,” the organised frantic defence of entrenched belief produced one of the most pathological episodes in the history of science. Had Immanuel Velikovsky penetrated the veil of “planetary amnesia”?’ (Steve Parsons in The perils of planetary amnesia in Forbidden history, edited by Douglas Kenyon.

Velikovsky, a qualified psychoanalyst, in his Mankind in Amnesia, claimed that ‘the ancient sages exhibited a frightened state of mind, haunted by a particular fear based on terrible events their ancestors had experienced when their world had been ripped apart by monstrous natural forces.  He described the means by which this deepest of collective trauma was gradually buried and forgotten over the years, but not eliminated.’ (Parsons). But had he relied on more than Jewish writings?

Like Carl Jung’s collective unconscious, a collective amnesia, affecting all mankind, for all time, is now offered to explain the behaviour of humanity. Thus, Velikovsky’s planetary amnesia is now being claimed to explain human violence. However, does our tendency to violence merely reflect our origins – part animal (refer ‘the Adam’ created by extraterrestrials, thus injecting the 223 foreign genes not found in the animal kingdom – so says Sitchin), or as a wholly terrestrial being (evolved, without external interference, from a faunal predecessor).

Parsons says that ‘Velikovsky understood our tendency to suppress trauma but also to express and repeat trauma in peculiar ways. … we barely recognise our own violence, and certainly don’t associate it with ancient roots.’ Certainly not!

How credible is all this? Should we blame our foreign genes (if Sitchin is acceptable); or our own ‘animal’ genes; or our own moral immaturity; or an unpredictable imbalance in our limbic (emotional) responses?

As for planetary amnesia, while everything in existence in the Universe is seemingly linked to everything else, and in an etheric manner; and if some of us have difficulty in overcoming personal trauma; why assume that it is an inheritable propensity? Perhaps ‘planetary amnesia’ is just another myth.

And not all myths have relevance for understanding the human psyche, while some history may be explicable through a sensible interpretation of folklore.

Universal memories speak for themselves

David Talbott, an American mythologist, developed a method for comparing the myths of far-flung cultures. ‘… according to Talbott, there are hundreds of common themes in world mythology in which different words and different symbols point to the same remembered events. The more peculiar the points of convergence, the more unreasonable it is to dismiss them.’

‘When allowed to speak for themselves, these universal memories tell a coherent and detailed story, Talbott claims. … what the ancients worshipped and feared as powerful gods were planets positioned extremely close to Earth. … Their instabilities and unpredictable movements gave rise to … the wars of the gods. In these dramatic stories, the gods pounded each other with cosmic lightning while fire and stone descended on Earth. If the gods were planets, then the thunderbolt of the gods were nothing less than interplanetary lightning discharges.’ (Mel & Amy Acheson in Thunderbolts of the gods in Forbidden history, edited by Douglas Kenyon)

‘Hebrew tradition has remembered well the lightning of the gods. Psalm 77 proclaims ”The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: lightnings lightened the world: the Earth trembled and shook.” From India, the Mahabharatha and Ramayana relate that lightning of the gods filled the heavens like a rain of fiery arrows. From ancient Egypt, Babylon, Scandinavia, China, and the Americas, myths and legends describe the conflagrations attributed to thunderbolts from the gods.’

‘These stories of cosmic battles provide much of the content of the myths we know today … But Talbott reminds us that if there is anything to these global memories, the physical evidence should be massive. … a call for objective investigation of the surface features of planets and moons.’ (Mel & Amy Acheson, above).

Steve Parsons in The perils of planetary amnesia (see previous post) states that Talbott has shown ‘… the way that Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Venus were intimately tied to human experience during primordial times. These planets traveled very close to Earth, actually assuming a stable and symmetrical, colinear configuration immediately prior to the myth-making epoch. The “Age of the Gods” … harkens both to the stable/peaceful period and to the violent/dramatic period when the colinear configuration destabilised and collapsed completely.’

What caused this destabilisation, the war in the heavens, and the withdrawal of the planets to safer distances?

Allowing ancient civilisations to tell their tales

The lamentation by an Egyptian sage about the disaster which befell his country, recorded in the Papyrus Ipuwer, matched those in the Book of Exodus. So said Velikovsky, referring to the fall of stones (hail) and ‘burning pitch.’ He also noted in the Book of Joshua that a shower of meteorites preceded the Sun’s ‘standing still.’ That would imply that the rotation of Earth had been suspended. What does it take to have that effect?

I recall reading many years ago about an ancient Chinese claim that the sun did not set for days; and that, in Central America (on the opposite side of the globe), the sun had not risen for days. Why shouldn’t these reports be regarded as credible? Another recollection of mine is that a Chinese emperor had sent someone (Yu?) to locate the cardinal points, because the extended period of darkness (another catastrophe?) which had overtaken the land had thereby denied the sighting of the sun (where is the east?).

Then there is the issue of Venus. Against the standard view of Venus as planet, Velikovsky claimed that it had been a comet. That was because of ‘what ancient people actually said about Venus. They said that Venus was a comet. They called Venus the long-haired star, the bearded star, and the witch star. They said Venus … was a fierce dragon who attacked the world.’ (Steve Parsons in The perils of planetary amnesia in Forbidden history, edited by Douglas Kenyon.) If Venus had always been a planet, what had dislodged it?

Parsons also states ‘… the traditional theory cannot account for the invisible remnant of a comet-like tail extending forty-five million kilometres into space. The Venusian tail was detected by the Earth-orbiting SOHO satellite and reported in the 1997 issue of New Scientist. So, the ancients were not wrong!

Wallace Thornhill, a physicist, states (quoted by Parsons) ‘You have to observe what nature actually does, not what you think it should do.’ Thornhill’s approach does allow ancient human testimony to count as credible evidence. As Parson says ‘Fables, legends and myths don’t prove Thornhill’s ideas, but they provide ideas.’

Allowing the facts to speak for themselves

When prominent protectors of the status quo could not bury Velikovsky with their barrage of professional scepticism (much of it undeserved and decidedly spiteful), there has been considerable research into Velikovsky’s theory of global cosmic cataclysm. So I discovered half a century after I had first read Worlds in collision (in 1953).

Allan & Delair wrote Cataclysm (see my earlier posts) to explain the ‘bone caves’ which contained the fossils, all over the world, of ‘incompatible prehistoric animals,’ within each cave, and the remains of humans ‘found in similar conditions, radiocarbon-dated to times consistent with the animal deaths’; these included a diversity of ethnic groups buried together. Their conclusion suggests a catastrophe of mythic proportions’!

Paul La Violette, systems analyst, physicist, and mythologist, discovered evidence of a ‘different sort of cataclysm – a volley of cosmic waves resulting from an explosion in the galactic core.’ He detailed his case in his Earth under fire (‘a synthesis of astrophysics and ancient mythical and esoteric traditions’). ‘Within months of the event, La Violette says, a shroud of cosmic dust would have caused severe climatic changes on Earth, periods of darkness, severe cold and then extreme heat, massive flooding, and incendiary temperatures as the dust interacted with the Sun …’

‘La Violette builds a scientific and mythological foundation for cataclysm as a cyclical event …’ ‘The galactic core explosion cycle is another important cycle that Earth must reckon with,’ La Violette says, citing numerous ancient traditions, many of which reveal that advanced astronomical knowledge, and therefore advanced human beings, existed in pre-cataclysmic times.’

The extracts above are from Cataclysm 9500 BCE by David Lewis, in Forbidden History, edited by Douglas Kenyon.

What we Seekers of understanding (if not knowledge) need are open minds, not infallible sceptics. Scepticism establishes nothing. Go seek!

Could myths not reflect reality?

This conclusion seems undeniable: that there were (highly) advanced cultures in existence on Earth before the Universal Deluge of about 13,000 years ago. The Deluge has been attested to by a very large number of widely-separated cultures – about 500. That some stakeholders in the physical sciences treat such tribal (oral) histories as myth is irrelevant. Traditionally, so-called myths were accepted as attempted explanations by earlier societies of events then inexplicable to them.

But where tribal memories of experienced events are involved, in the form of tales passed from generation to generation, it would be extremely foolish for us now to assert that such tales must refer to non-events; that is, made-up stories. Why would these people do that? There is a great deal that we do not know. Denying that is equally foolish.

Worse still, so much of what we are told are scientific facts seem, so often, to be only plausible speculative conclusions; the best possible explanations. I instance 2 theories which are posited as reliable, if not proven: the Big Bang theory of cosmogony, and Darwin’s theory of evolution. These are only tentative conclusions which, in time, may be seen as myth (attempted explanations).

“Graham Hancock, in his book Underworld:The mysterious origins of civilisation, visits the remains of a prehistoric, worldwide civilisation using the monuments it left behind. He posits that this worldwide culture was brought to an end by superfloods. Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D. contends in Voyages of the pyramid builders: the true origins of the pyramids from lost Egypt to Ancient America that the geological, linguistic, and geographical evidence associated with the worldwide megalith monuments demonstrates the actual existence of such a prototype civilisation, a civilisation that was dispersed around the globe by rising sea levels caused by a flurry of comets.”

So says Peter Bros in The case for the flood: exposing the scientific myth of the ice age in Forbidden History, edited by Douglas Kenyon. Bros is the author of ‘a multi-volume exposition that sets forth a consistent picture of physical reality and humanity’s place in the universe’ titled The Copernican Series.

In passing, Bros is critical of Charles Lyell’s theory of uniformitarianism (that geological processes occur only gradually), and of Louis Agassiz, the inventor of ice ages (both now challenged by others as well). Where uniformitarianism can accommodate sporadic interventions from the sky, ice ages may qualify as a modern myth which explains nothing.

A cosmic ‘collision’ affecting the tilt of Earth or its distance from the sun could surely explain the sudden emergence of ‘snowball’ conditions such as the Younger Dryas.