Plato’s Atlantis

“From a careful consideration of Plato’s description of Atlantis it is evident that the story should not be regarded as wholly historical but rather as both allegorical and historical. Origen, Porphyry, Proclus, Iamblichus, and Syrianus realized that the story concealed a profound philosophical mystery, but they disagreed as to the actual interpretation. Plato’s Atlantic symbolizes the threefold nature of both the universe and the human body. The ten kings are the tetractys, or numbers which are born as five pairs of opposites. … With the trident scepter of Poseidon these kings held sway over the inhabitants of the seven small and three great islands comprising Atlantis. Philosophically, the ten islands symbolize the triune power of the Superior Deity and the seven regents who bow before His eternal throne.” ~Manly P. Hall

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Candelabra (Trident) of the Andes. A symbol of Atlantis?

One reason we have so much difficulty understanding the writings of the ancients is that we tend to think everything they wrote is intended to be historical fact, or is completely symbolic allegory. Plato’s tale of Atlantis is just one of many that are a mixture of both. The trick is knowing what to look at as fact and what to interpret as allegory and try to find it’s real meaning. In can get even more confusing when something is a historical fact, yet is used as allegory to explain something else. Sometimes, it is fairly obvious, such as when we read about flying ships in ancient Hindu books, that this was almost certainly allegory, but what is it’s meaning?

Hall tells us that the tale of Atlantis is allegory for the threefold nature of the universe and the body. What does he mean by that? I thing he is saying that just as man is made up of three “bodies”: the physical, the psychic and the spiritual, so is the universe, and Plato reflects this in his description of Atlantis. So if you search for a place that meets the physical description of Atlantis in the hope of finding the place, it won’t work. Atlantis was a real place, but the description of it is largely allegorical. Continue reading “Plato’s Atlantis”

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Once and Future Truths

“For a belief to have become, it must have been founded on an immense accumulation of facts, tending to strengthen it, from one generation to another. … Be this as it may, the religion of the ancients is the religion of the future. … Brahmanism and Buddhism, Christianity and Mohametanism [sic] will all disappear before the mighty rush of facts. … ‘Verily I say unto you … greater works than these shall you do,’ promises Jesus. But this can only come to pass when the world returns to the grand religion of the past; the knowledge of the grand religion of the past. … Meanwhile, we must remember the direct effect of the revealed mystery.” ~H. P. Blavatsky

eye of providence illustrationIt is both funny and sad how many in our popular churches of today laugh at the mystery schools and churches of the distant path, labeling them primitive paganism without, in most cases, any effort to study them and learn what they truly were about. They dismiss many as primitive sun worshipers while they hold up a monstrance at a communion service, an obvious solar symbol. Continue reading “Once and Future Truths”

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Ancient Architecture

“In order to institute a better comparison between the specimens of prehistoric architecture to be found at the most opposite points of the globe, we have but to point to the grandiose Hindu ruins of Ellora in the Dekkan, the Mexican Chichen-Itza, in Yucatan, and the still grander ruins of Copan, in Guatamala. They present such features of resemblance that it seems impossible to escape the conviction that they were built by peoples moved by the same religious ideas, and that they reached an equal level of highest civilization in arts and sciences. … The Egyptian cynocephalus assumes the same postures as the Hindu and Siamese Hanouma; and among the sculptured fragments of Copan, Stephens found the remains of colossal apes or baboons, ‘stronglyresembling in outline and appearance the four monstrous animals which once stood in front, attached to the base of the obelisk of Luxor.'” ~H. P. Blavatsky

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Machu Picchu

If you have never visited any of the great ancient ruins, I advise visiting at least one if possible. You can read the descriptions many times over, even view many photographs, but you don’t really get a good idea of the scale, detail, and majesty of these ruins until you visit some of them.

This summer, I was able to visit several such sights in Peru when I participated in the Sacred Places of Power Tour lead by Sean Savoy. We visited such ancient wonders as Machu Picchu, The Nazca Lines, and Sacsayhuaman. By visiting such sights, you are forced to conclude that the ancients were very knowledgeable in architecture and were perfectly willing to work hard for many years to complete development at a sight they considered sacred (forget the nonsense about magic making rocks levitate, or secret chemicals that made them melt). Continue reading “Ancient Architecture”

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Random Thoughts 10-26-2014

EasterIsandStatueAccording to a recent news story, the ancient people of Easter Island who build those strange giant statues either traveled to places in South America or South American’s visited their island, possibly both. When Gene Savoy suggested such things and sailed three different ships based on ancient designs to prove it was possible, he was laughed at by the “experts” because their books told them it was impossible, the ancients just didn’t have the ability to make such lengthy trips.


 

The fact that a number of big “food” companies areMonsanto1 spending many millions of dollars to stop the push for labeling products that contain GMO ingredients shoud tell you something about the crap they are selling. In addition to Monsanto and the other companies that create and sell GMOs, the biggest fighters against labeling are: Pepsi, Coke, and Kraft foods.


 

I saw a recent article about horror movies that really scared us. In my case, the movie that did that was The Exorcist. It may have been because it was promoted as being based on an actual possession case, but it seemed so real to me that I had to sleep with a light on that night and still slept poorly. Continue reading “Random Thoughts 10-26-2014”

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