Wisdom Books: Disciples of the Mysterium by Michael Tsarion
Ancient sages believed that humanity had been cut off from the source and meaning of life. There is not a single ancient race or aboriginal culture that did not speak of a prehistoric age of gold, wise magi, dragon-slaying heroes, and high civilizations that eventually fell into oblivion due to moral declination and misuse of technological power. The elders and shaman make no bones about it. In their estimation man has fallen from a great height and lost his way morally and spiritually. The world’s many myths and legends even go so far as to tell us why man became disconnected and unsane. They preserve information that speaks of terrible celestial and terrestrial cataclysms that devastated the Earth and shook the consciousness of human beings to its foundations.
Regrettably, obscure myths and legends do not interest most mainstream academics. Their strange accounts have not preoccupied the vast majority of prestigious western philosophers, regardless of whether they were Rationalists or Empiricists. Evidently, erudite scholars have more on their minds than a prehistoric age of chaos and confusion. They are not inclined to spend time considering how human consciousness was affected and altered after an age when men witnessed not only fire and ice raining from blackened skies, but the universal annihilation of millions of Earth creatures.
We cannot blame the intelligentsia for disregarding prehistoric upheavals and their effect on consciousness. After all, until very recently, the vast majority of people adamantly believed the entire creation to be a mere four thousand or so years old. Most “civilized” academic philosophers were ardent Christians or Deists. The antiquity of the planet was not a major intellectual concern for them, and neither was the lifestyle of miserable savages and semi-savages who, in the opinion of most moderns, eked out an existence before the gleaming angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary.
However, in our estimation, academic philosophers might have profited enormously by paying attention to the sagas of antiquity; given that they were preoccupied with the mysteries of human consciousness, and given that it was Plato’s own father Solon, who, after hearing the dread testimony of Egyptian priests, brought to Athens and the West the legend of lost Atlantis, the continent supposedly destroyed in a frightful cataclysm.
…there occurred portentous earthquakes and floods, and one grievous day and night befell them, when the whole body of your warriors was swallowed up by the earth, and the island of Atlantis in like manner was swallowed up by the sea and vanished; wherefore also the ocean at that spot has now become impassable and unsearchable, being blocked up by the shoal mud which the island created as it settled down – Plato (Timaeus)
It was not to be. Despite Plato’s intriguing accounts of his father’s conversations with Egyptian adepts, western clerics and patrons of knowledge paid only fleeting attention to the matter of prehistoric wreck and ruin. It had a similar significance for them as any fantastic bedtime story has for a dozing infant. From Plato’s time onward, the message of tribal storytellers and medicine men has habitually been ridiculed and rejected by the vast majority of the western world’s academics and laymen. The very few savants of science who have offered evidence to corroborate the declarations of “primitive” storytellers, such as psychologist Julian Jaynes – author of Origins of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind – have also found mainstream academics dismissive toward their revolutionary findings.
Loud is the claim of the nineteenth century to pre-eminence in civilization over the ancients, and still more clamorous that of the churches and their sycophants that Christianity has redeemed the world from barbarism and idolatry. How little both are warranted…The light of Christianity has only served to show how much more hypocrisy and vice its teachings have begotten in the world since its advent, and how immensely superior were the ancients over us in every point of honor – Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky