THEOSOPHY, Vol. 21, No. 5, March, 1933
(Pages 220-225; Size: 18K)
(Number 45 of a 103-part series)



THE rising of old continents -- metamorphosed -- will precede and conduce to that state wherein new powers and discoveries will help the poor rather than the rich. Sociologists and reformers are welcome to conclude that this means a very early appearance of new lands. Theosophists, who perceive all too well that the moral evolution of humanity -- upon which social justice depends -- proceeds in literal fact far more slowly than any known geological process, are willing to concede to Nature all the time she wants for the upheavals!

Let us examine into the evidence for contemporary flexibility of the earth's figure -- such flexibility being already granted to the long-distant past. That evidence when examined brings vividly home to the mind the fact that, so far from existing upon a stable and finally settled planet, present-day humanity is in the very midst of a period of instability, geographically speaking.

The earthquakes of June 7, 1931, raised portions of the bed of the North Sea by several hundred feet.(1) In 1923, parts of the Japanese sea bottom sank 1,200 feet. Consider that if such movements are possible anywhere, they may be possible everywhere; and that if taking place in certain regions, they would add sub-continental areas to the world's land-surface!

Alterations in the sea-bed became a matter of very personal -- not to say panic-stricken -- interest, to a large portion of the population of Oaxaca, Mexico, in the summer of 1931. Following a series of earthquakes, the sea invaded the land permanently as much as fifty yards in spots, converting seashore hills into islands.(2) Any such change of necessity results in an equal upheaval somewhere else. The coast of England is known to be steadily sinking at the rate of nine inches per century; the Bank of England has subsided six inches since 1868.(3) The above-mentioned upheaval in the North Sea was evidently a corollary. According to the Secret Doctrine, Great Britain will be one of the first to suffer in the next great subsidence -- which has long been under way. What were once flourishing English sea-ports are now only forgotten submerged ruins from half a mile to a mile offshore. In default of leveling records dating from their times several hundred years ago, it has often been tacitly assumed that this was due to the sea cutting away the land. A different opinion is well substantiated by present-day investigations.

A coral reef at a high altitude in the Pennsylvania mountains has been discovered.(4) This indicates not only the birth of this region of the United States by an upheaval of continental size, but a very different climate in those days -- regarding which the Secret Doctrine also has much to say. And more than one Greek and Roman edifice has been discovered submerged intact below Mediterranean waters.

An article by Dr. Wm. Beebe(5) gives in definite figures the magnitude of some of the changes which very evidently were part of the Atlantean submersion in its last phases, and which, owing to location, very probably had to do with the upheaval of the East coast of the United States. An examination of submerged sea-beaches of the glacial epoch -- only a few hundred thousand years ago at the most, probably much less -- show that the island of Bermuda at that date was 230 square miles in area instead of its present 19. Still other submerged beaches, over a mile and a half deep, would bring the area to 576 miles.

A correspondent of the New York Times,(6) (curiously signing himself "H.P.B."), remarks that the upheaval of an area like South America -- which undoubtedly happened -- necessitated the submergence of an equal area. Both North and South America, he says, were undoubtedly formed this way; and both Atlantis and a Pacific continent must have had real existence. He calls attention to the fact that Lake Titicaca, ten thousand feet high in the Andes, was once a salt water body.

Dr. Sohon, of Georgetown University, remarks upon the appearance of two new islands, which, combined with recent seismological evidence, points in his mind to the probability of a whole archipelago like Japan rising from the South Atlantic in a few hundred thousand years -- a few hundred thousand years meaning as little to a geologist as it does to a Theosophist!

Of late years scientific evidences have shown a marked tendency toward the gratifying phenomenon of convergence toward Theosophical teachings. In respect to Atlantis, evidence from geology, anthropology, zoology, and linguistics, has shown ever more volume and ever more synthesis of direction. Verily, the time being ripe, the past is being permitted to leak through the wall of oblivion!

Count de Prorok, whose African researches have made him as sure of Atlantis as of his own existence, was during 1931 attempting to organize, in company with other responsible scientists, a submarine expedition to search for final proof. With admirable directness of logic, the intelligent Count appears to consider that the place to look for Atlantis is the place where Atlantis actually was! Nothing more having come to hand regarding the project, we fear that it met the financial obstacles which have been encountered in the interim by other enterprises.

One of the problems which has done much to obtain a favorable view of Atlantis in the scientific mind, is the origin of the mysterious high civilizations of Central America; the latest addition to which is the Aztatlan of the West Coast of Mexico.(7)

Dr. Herman Waldegg, of the Colombian National Library, has discovered what he considers a definite relation between the language of the Mayas and the Chinese, Japanese, and Sanskrit.(8) According to Theosophy, all are Atlantean descendants, as are the Eskimos. The latter betray the usual post-Atlantean characteristics of descent from a higher order, like the rest.

Henry B. Collins, archeologist of the Smithsonian,(9) who thinks they originated in Asia, finds himself unable to understand why they remained in such an inhospitable climate, and why the beautiful art of their "Golden Age" degenerated. But in point of fact their case parallels that of the Cro-Magnons, the "Old Stone Age" men whose art was so superior. The latter was, says H.P.B., a last atavistic flare of racial genius. Since then, the Atlantean plasm of the Eskimos, as in so many other cases, has become tenanted by simple, good-natured savage egos, as incapable of high art as a pig is of criticizing Corot.

H.P.B. remarks that the ruins which "cross North America along and beyond the Rocky Mountains" (ruins largely yet undiscovered or unrecognized by science), are the work of the Cyclopes, the actual giants of old -- and of Atlantean origin. Significantly, therefore, a road gang in British Columbia discovered a number of skeletons of a prehistoric race whose "skull formation was much larger and of different shape than others discovered in the same district." It was found that the local Indians had legends of a race of giants who inhabited the country before the coming of the Mongolian peoples.(10) The old story again; the large-statured remnant of older Atlantean sub-races destroyed by a newer invading sub-race or the forerunners of a new stock entirely.

The racial confusions which arose upon the destruction of Atlantis are intriguing indeed; and every new flash of light makes them more so. How the last sub-races of Atlantis, still forming the bulk of mankind, got into Asia to reappear again as Indians and Eskimos ages later in nearer America, forms a mystery -- unless America was then submerged. The Mayas, now taken by Atlantean enthusiasts to have been directly descended from Atlantis, really belong, according to H.P.B., to the American continent as such, though contemporary with Plato's Atlantis, the last island. Undoubtedly they were of Atlantean descent. The strange fact that the Mayas, alone of all high civilizations, never developed the wheel, has a certain light thrown upon it by the meager Theosophic descriptions of Old Atlantis -- the original, not the Platonic land. One gathers from these descriptions that the old Atlanteans may never have needed wheels -- they had superior machinery and methods of transportation. And the racial river of their degenerate descendants could not rise above its source. If this is the case, then the Mongolians probably acquired the wheel from the contiguous new Fifth Race, while the isolated Mayas had no such advantage. Certainly the Mongolian to this day tends to use the wheel in inept and inefficient ways as compared with other races.

H.P.B. mentions a strange association:

Did not the Spaniards in the Cibola expeditions meet with WHITE savage chiefs; and has not the presence of African negro types in Europe in the pre-historic ages been now ascertained? It is this presence of a type associated with that of the negro, and also with that of the Mongolian, which is the stumbling-block of anthropology. (S.D. II, 744).
Running from a point opposite Los Angeles, down to the Mexican border, California possesses an ancient dry estuary which includes the Coachella and Imperial valleys, and the recently formed Salton Sea. The old sea-beach is visible on the shores, the valley having been cut off from the sea by mud from the Colorado River, the water later evaporating. At Palm Springs, near the old shore, is a natural growth of palms unlike anything found elsewhere on the continent, and variously reported as native only in Africa and the South Seas. A few miles north, in the desert, is a patch of shrubbery unlike anything else known on the continent. Did these growths come from drifting seeds -- or were they imported by water in prehistoric times? If the latter, the mysterious prehistoric negro here enters the picture. A small carven stone figure of a horse was found in this region by a road gang, in strata which showed that the artist had lived thousands of years ago. But the horse was unknown on the continent prior to the Spanish Conquest. Again, "Fig Tree John," a famous Indian of Coachella Valley, bequeathed to one of his friends the figurine of a negro god.(11)

The puzzled reader is invited to make what he can out of this -- with the aid of the "scriptures."

One of the most significant facts, and one of the strangest cases of psychic intuition encountered for a long time occurs in the book, Easter Island: Home of the Scornful Gods, by Robert J. Casey. "A strange malign influence," says he, "seems to emanate from the statuary that crowds the crater slopes." No wonder! Those statues represent the work of the most malign beings who ever existed in human form.

The Easter Island relics are, for instance, the most astounding and eloquent memorials of the primeval giants. They are as grand as they are mysterious; and one has but to examine the heads of the colossal statues, that have remained unbroken on that island, to recognize in them at a glance the features of the type and character attributed to the Fourth Race giants. They seem of one cast though different in features -- that of a distinctly sensual type, such as the Atlanteans (the Daityas and "Atalantians") are represented to have in the esoteric Hindu books. (S.D. II, 224).
Further, the stone caps on the heads of these figures are red. To this day the red cap is the insignia of the Black Magician -- the Dugpa sectarian -- of Tibet. Since it was in Tibetan regions that the purified Atlantean race -- its select refugees -- took asylum at the time of the great submersion, it seems evident that a germ of the destroyed Black Art -- some moral weaklings and potential traitors among those rescued -- also arrived there to plant a lethal seed in the heart of the new order. Certainly the Dugpa, under one guise or another, has been coeval with the Great Lodge in Central Asia since the beginning.

Mr. Casey speculates whether Easter Island is not the remnant of a sunken continent. Prof. Macmillan Brown, in his Riddle of the Pacific, remarks that everything about the island indicates an organization and a populace which was directed and supported by fertile islands in the neighborhood. Little do any of them dream that these statues are so old as to have become part of geological history itself! H.P.B. elucidates the case clearly: Easter Island is a remnant of Lemuria which was seized by Atlanteans fleeing from their own great catastrophe, the latter being responsible for the statues. They being destroyed in turn by eruptions -- which probably ruined a considerably larger area than the present Island -- the island was later upheaved with its statues to become the standing puzzle of modern archeology. Which incidentally explains why the statues are nearly buried in volcanic material. They were thus at the bottom of the sea for aeons -- nearly four million years, otherwise they would probably not have survived the weathering. The present handful of natives who drag out a miserable existence on this pile of rocks have no connection with the statue builders; and archeologists who presume to have translated inscriptions on the island have probably made a very elastic use of the scientific imagination -- as Mr. Casey remarks in effect.

How vital a bearing does all this have on our present-day fortunes? It has had considerable on those of the British citizens who would have inherited the property of the lost seaports -- even though they are quite unaware of the fact!

No less important to the Theosophist than the reappearance of Atlantean geological relics, is the reappearance of Atlantean human tendencies. Upon what new lands will those traits run out the fullness of their future Karma? Let us look to the areas of oceanic instability; the Asiatic coast, the east coast of Central America, the Pacific area, North America, the South Atlantic, and so on. Particularly to those points where fertile soil is being created by erosion from present lands; the Gulf of Mexico, the mouth of the Yellow River, the Gulf of California, the Niger and Congo deltas. For as H.P.B. said, were the same identical lands to rise, the ocean bottom chalk would render them barren for ages.

For all we know, those now living may see the rise of the first premonitory habitable areas; we hope at least to see scientists universally admit in the near future the inherent instability of the dry land of the earth, with all the vast racial planetary changes therein involved.

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(1) A.P. dispatch, July 10, 1931.
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(2) Los Angeles Times, Sept. 6, 1931.
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(3) Do. Sept. 7, 1932.
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(4) New York World-Telegram, July 20, 1931.
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(5) Science, Dec. 18, 1931.
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(6) Dec. 15, 1929.
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(7) Science News Letter, Nov. 22, 1930.
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(8) Los Angeles Times, April 7, 1932.
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(9) Do. Oct. 12, 1931.
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(10) Los Angeles Examiner, Jan. 13, 1932.
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(11) Harry Carr, Los Angeles Times, Mar. 11 and 23, 1931.
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