As was said in the previous page, the universality of certain esoteric knowledge, together with the countless coincidences among different traditions in the matter of ages and cosmic cycles, can only be explained if a common origin is admitted for them all.
In this sense, once this common origin is admitted for such great, enigmatic cultures like the Sumerian and the Egyptian in the Old World, and the Mayan and Aztec in the New, the question naturally arises: where could such common origin be? Many will immediately say that it could only be in Atlantis.
However, at the risk of disappointing Atlantis’ many thousands of fans, it must be said from the start that it could not be in that emblematic island-continent. For while massive evidence has been presented for its existence, mainly in the several thousands of books that have been written about this matter over the years, a careful consideration of all the existing data, particularly the timeframe involved, will show that Atlantis was at best a secondary center that radiated, like many other worldwide culture–radiating centers at different times, at a moment when the current Manvantara was fairly advanced, i.e. when the primeval tradition, being Polar by nature and therefore centered around the Ursa Mayor, had already changed into zodiacal and was now oriented to the Pleiades – a fact that becomes specially relevant if we remember that the Pleiades were Atlas’ daughters, from which they were called “the Atlantides”.
On the other hand, there is no doubt at all that the Atlantis civilization existed. Perhaps the best evidence about it are the countless geographical names on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean that obviously derive from the same source, for example Aztlan, a mythical island which the Aztecs claimed to be their original country (and curiously enough, Atl is the word for water both in the old Mexico and the Semitic countries); and there are a lot more.
Another evidence would be what has been called the great paradox of the ancient Egypt, which seems to have passed, from as early the Old Empire times, from a simple union of proto–historic clans to a most refined civilization capable of building huge pyramids – an immense achievement which favors the hypothesis that it originated in some other part of the world, which would not be other than Atlantis.
However, it is precisely as a consequence of the catastrophic sinking of the island–continent that the biblical Flood would have occurred, which, by placing both events around the same epoch, would make the former an even more unlikely place as a common cultural origin for the current humanity – all the more when, according to certain traditional data, its lifespan would have not exceeded a “great year”, i.e. a half of a precessional period.
Let me refer now to the “sapta–rksha” of the Hindu tradition, a Sanskrit term that means “seven bears”, although “rksha” also means “star”, “light”, and “sapta–rksha” might therefore be translated as “the dwelling of the seven rishis or “wise men”, the seven “lights” by which the wisdom of the preceding cycles was passed down to the current cycle. Now, the fact that such term was not applied later on to the Ursa Minor but to the Pleiades, also seven, regarded as deities by various cultures – e.g. the Incas – denotes, according to Guénon, that at a given moment the tradition was transferred from a polar constellation to a zodiacal one; and here we have another clue towards solving the problem. But anyway, it is clear that what is designated as the seven successive “Poles” or “Earths” are the seven stars of the Ursa Major, to which at a certain moment the projection of the Earth axis would have successively pointed as the period of the precession of the equinoxes progressed on its circular course, thus especially favoring certain regions of the Earth or “dvipas”. An example will help us understand this: some 13,000 years ago, the celestial position of the North Pole was occupied by Vega, and exactly the same will occur 13,000 years from now; at present such position is occupied by Polaris, although due to the greater tilt of the Earth axis, the current path is through the stars of the Ursa Minor.
The Garden of Eden and the Hyperboreas
That the Garden of Eden had the Hyperborean Thule
for its most remote precedent is proven by the fact
that from time immemorial to as late as the European
Middle Ages, it used to be represented as a
paradisiacal place located on the top of an
inaccessible mountain surrounded by the sea – a most
ancient image that is found everywhere throughout
history, and a representation of the Earth that
appears even on the Mercator maps, where the ocean
is depicted as a torrent which, through four mouths,
precipitates into the North Pole’s Gulf to be
absorbed by the Earth’s bowels; and on which the
Pole itself, as the supreme center, is represented
as a black rock that rises to a prodigious height.
In the Land of Eternal Spring
For the rest, it is obvious that only in one of the
two Poles could exist such ideal conditions as to
make it possible an “eternal spring”, the season
that rules throughout the Golden Age. In effect, in
Bhagavata Purana, 5, 20:30, the Sun is depicted as
revolving over the horizon throughout the year – and
not just during a part of it as currently – around
Mount Meru, the archetypal image of the original
center. This original center is located at the core
of Bhu–mandala, a schematic, most ancient
representation of the Earth (and probably of the
solar system, the galaxy, and the entire universe)
consisting of six concentric rings separated by seas
which form altogether, by surrounding the center,
the seven dvipas – “islands” or continents – of the
Hindu tradition. All of this would appear to
ultimately take us back to a time when the plane of
the ecliptic, the Equator, and the horizon of the
Earth all coincided approximately – probably 50,000
years ago, when the orbit of our planet was more
circular and its axis was not as tilted as is today.
Another possible hypothesis
Yet another likely solution would be to push the
Hyperborean times back to over 100,000 years ago,
i.e. twice as much as the combined length of two
precessional periods (2 x 51,840 years), this by
virtue of the existing analogies with the day and
night of Brahma, which appear to occur for cycles of
all orders and would therefore be perfectly
applicable to the case. Even so, science deprives us
of such possibility, for it appears that the last
ice age, that of Wurm (130,000 years ago) had
already started by that time, which would force us
to look further back on to the previous one, that of
Riss – which in turn would have spanned from 230,000
to 180,000 years ago – and the prolonged inter-glacial
period of time that followed, of about 50,000 years
(from 180,000 to 130,000 BC): here the facts do
appear to fit, for this one epoch, in which more
favorable conditions would have prevailed (perhaps
the tilt of the earth’s axis was null, and its
oscillation minimal), approximately corresponds to
that of the of the man of Neanderthal’s and, in
another order of things, to the winter solstice and
mainly to the North within the analogical
correlation with the four seasons of the year, as
well as to the Hyperborean Apollo, the white race
and, among the elements, water.
Lima, May 2010
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Luis Miguel Goitizolo
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