Cycles of Time and the History of Root Racesby Prof. Asiananda
The five of these root races, to be very brief, are: (1) Polarians (2) Hyperboreans (3) Lemurians (4) Atlanteans (5) Aryans. The 6th and the 7th Root Races are still in the womb of the future and evolution, on which we can of course dare some speculations, as we do below which is the ad vantage of taking this Blavatsky route.
The Polarians were primarily spiritual (Astral/Etheric), did not even manifest except as vibrations at some chakra levels, and did not leave any physical remains, may be the first involuted state of the Quantum Brahman! Also the Hyperboreans were non-physical and etheric; in the devas category or of the Superman who were Spirit, they were sometimes identified with the Ultima Thule of the nineteenth century Western occult teachings.
Map of Lemria
Map of Atlantis
Blavatsky teaches that these Atlanteans were the ancestors of the fifth root race, the Aryans of her times, and these Aryans have existed here on the earth for a hundred thousand years! Aryans are the Indo-European speakers. Like today English has spread the world over, Indo-European once spread much of Eurasia from the Saptha Sindhu to ‘Ireland’ which is the Anglicization of ‘Arya-land’! Proof of the Indo-Aryan language family is established in some sort of common parentage to all the languages in this vast Eurasian space in the Indo-European speaking peoples, to which belongs the Eastern group or the ‘Satam (100) branch’ of Sanskrit, Avestha, Uralics, Slav, Baltics, and the Western ‘Centum (100) branch’ of Latin, Greek, Germanics, Celtic, etc. Could the cultural interactions of the historical times have brought about this common bond among so many languages? The existence of a Prot-Indo-European (PIE) with an incredible common fund of lexical and grammatical bonding during the millennia that had developed no writing and restricted human movement is no commonsense. So could it have been because these language groups lived together in some long historical past like the Arctic Home as Bal Gangadhar Tilak and the Airyanəm Vacjah suggest? Or is it because they shared some intimate common past in some root race like that of the Atlantis which Blavatsky wants us to believe, with some sort of collective subconscious or archetypal memory? Where in human body is our memory located? Is memory like our soul non-local? Is it transmitted through some non-local morphic or morphogenetic means as Rupert Sheldrake seemed to have found out? Is trans-temporal non-local communication possible as happens in subatomic cosmos?
This fifth root race of the ‘theosophical Aryans’ and those of the 'Aryan invasion theory' should not be thrown into the same pot. While the third and the fourth root races destroyed each other or got destroyed in nature's cataclysms, the theosophical Aryans of the fifth root race are the carriers of civilization completing its human and planetary girdle. While it must again be underscored that the proto Indo-Aryans of the ancient world and the twentieth century 'Aryan myth' of the Western group that flared up in the Nazi holocaust are happenings millennia apart and were totally different cups of tea, both the Eastern and the Western groups must be seen as having completed their civilizational missions: with the Indo-Aryans of South Asia it was called 'Sanskritization' which by and large embraced the whole Indian subcontinent and then broadened in the ‘civilizing and spiritualizing advances’ through Buddhism that brought nearly the whole of Southeast Asia, Sino-Nipponic North Asian and the Mongol-Tartaric central Asian within its civilizational perimeter which then was crippled by the aggressive spread of Islam. Similarly, a tide of what may be called rationalization and modernization, industrialization and democratization, went off from the Western Aryan branch that has by now engulfed the entire planet, so we can now see the phenomenon of globalization as the harbinger of the coming unified world civilization.
This civilizational accomplishment of the fifth root race understandably is also perceived as ‘colonialism’ and ‘imperialism’ and the ‘Western domination’, climax of whose postcolonialist articulation is the Aryan invasion theory and such other racialist theories. But let us be clear that the term 'Aryan' is perceived and interpreted differently in the theosophical and postcolonialist narratives. Theosophy is a wisdom religion, insists on the scientific corroboration of its doctrines, it is yoking of science and religion in the glory of human spirit, the European expansion of the modern period has brought about the convergence of humanity in the global village within a virtually common world language and communication network – call it modernization, aryanization, civilization, whatever! The theosophical Aryan fifth root race I for one believe has done its job.
Sixth root race: NEO-LEMURIA? In theosophical writings this root race remains vaguely identified with America, not in the restricted sense of the United States but of the NEW WORLD of the Americas of the age discovery whose symbol is the Statue of Liberty encompassing the coming sixth root race of the Aquarian New Age. It is the unfolding racio-spiritual expression of a ‘postmodern world order’ not on the animal instinct of FORCE and nuclear weapons but the psychological unity of the totalized human race; this sixth root race has the calling to bring about such a nuclear weapon-free Global PEACE Order, since it like the Lemurians has the opening of a third eye, indicating group consciousness and telepathic rapport, high intelligence and intuitive skills, combined with numerous other possibilities and potentialities of the Aquarian New Age and its unfolding holistic planetary consciousness. In this context we have mentioned above the names of the great evolutionary futurists like Teilhard and Sri Aurobindo, and such notions as planetization, noosphere, the Omega of the converging World Mind as well as the descent of the Supramental. This formulation, very innovative and forward looking then remains now challenged if not threatened as the future of nanotech, cyborgs, genetic engineering, transhumanism and the Singularity seems like drastically overtaking any theosophical version of a coming sixth root race. What happened to Lemuria and Atlantis will be repeated is still an open question.
Seventh root race: NEO-ATLANTIS? Should our civilization ever be the scene of the seventh root race, may be centuries or millennia hence, or even after eons repeating the fate of Lemuria and Atlantis, the seventh root race will be the return to the Polarians and the Hyperborians in the same astral or ethereal vibrational forms. The great adepts and initiates will once more produce mind-born sons immaculately, and there will be a race of angels devas or buddhas, sons and daughters of god, the purity of the krita-age being re-established (SD 2:274, 483). The characteristics of sex will gradually disappear, and humanity will slowly once again be becoming androgynous. Offspring will be born in a manner generally similar to that which prevailed during the second and early third root-race periods, the superman of the Spirit is the ‘becoming’ Sat-Chit-Ananda, the eternal Truth-Bliss-Consciousness. Back to the quantum Brahman?
Geological-Astronomical Span of Root-Race Evolution
We must only remember that these theosophical root races assume form and come to pass in time-frames that are conceived in terms of the theosophical yugas, kalpas adopted from the Hindu cosmology. Alan Watt the author of Perennial Philosophy explains:
"To the philosophers of India, however, Relativity is no new discovery, just as the concept of light years is no matter for astonishment to people used to thinking of time in millions of kalpas, (A kalpa is about 4,320,000 years). The fact that the wise men of India have not been concerned with technological applications of this knowledge arises from the circumstance that technology is but one of innumerable ways of applying it."
Map of Pangaea to the Present
It is this geological and cosmological span of time that went into the vedic conception of yugas and kalpas and was adopted by Blavatsky in her calculations of the root races. If the first root races took millions of years for their rise and fall, the fifth rose and transformed in hundred thousand years, and the sixth could follow the footprints much shorter time spans because history we know is infinitely accelerating. The formation and consummation of these sixth and seventh root races should then be the story of the unfolding of what I envisage as the TRANS-VEDIC MEGACYCLE, which is Indian history’s planetary cycle. Homo sapiens at best has a history of fifty or two hundred years or let us make it two million going down to our distantly related mammalian primates, yet the root races go back to billions of years because the total geological and astronomical span is holographically ingrained within each of us which is both the root of our race and our humanity which is verily one and indivisible like the truth of our quantum cosmos. Root race is verily the unfolding of quantum Brahman that is verily the atman in each of us. No Aryo-dravidian binary can ground the truth of our civilization, it is human divine cosmic.
Back to Historical Times – Svastika, Cross, Ankh
In the quantum cosmos our inner Selfis the total non-locally registered memory and inheritance of this cosmos the Self, which makes this cosmos a WHO not a What; because we know very long and uncharted geological spans eons are within us including all these root races that went and that are yet to be; continents races civilizations planets stars and cosmoses were formed and unformed many times before, our universe is so vast, with billions of light years and trillions of galaxies and stars more in numbers than all the sand grains of the shores of all our seven seas put together! With all our science and our presently ten-dimensional Superstring and M Theories we shall never know more about this Universe than what the Neanderthal man knew about the planet he lived in; if we at all knew it, it is not through our intellect but the intuition, the intuition that is awaiting us of the 6th and the seventh root races, in which we the individual and total human race could be participants and co-creators: there is something eternal, Sanatan, that is the Order, RTA in Sanskrit, that is underlying the endlessness the infinity of this chaos. Inasmuch as we measure ourselves and grasp our human and historical reality in terms of the Pre, Post and Trans-vedic Megacycles I have attempted to evolve, we ensure to ourselves an open human past and future, at the same time we are also Co-creators of the 6th and 7th root races that is going to be the story of the aeons to come.
While this Universe for us remains utterly ungraspable and our transience as individuals in this vast and infinitely immeasurable cosmos a grotesque joke, the beauty of it all is that we could relate ourselves to the pre-vedic, post-vedic, trans-vedic Megacycles in terms of the most familiar and extremely manageable three archetypal symbols which is the very soul of the 5th root race of the theosophical Aryans – the Svastika the Cross the Ankh .
If the Svastika is the archetype of the cosmic level of evolution and devolution, Cross stands for redeeming progression of our historical process. Jesus the Messiah, before fulfilling this Cross with his own crucifixion and resurrection, at the Table of his Last Supper, invited the Jew and the Gentile, the slave and the Greek, the Pharisee and the Sadducee, the fisher and the tax collector, as equals in washing their feet, breaking the bread and partaking in the covenant to which his Church was obligated until a world wide community on that principle was covenanted at the Atlantic Charter and internationally legalized in the birth of the United Nations to which every nation of the world, the big US no less the little Honduras, belongs as an equal member, thus every human being remains as much joined to every other human being as equal as anyone else – at least in principle and before justifiable law of our present national and international order. Thus the Christian cross is the symbol of the archetypal redeeming salvific principle, it stands for law and self-surrender, and above all for Christian charity and the human nobility of showing the other cheek, it stands for humanism, enlightenment, subsidiarity and participation. Much of humanity’s problem is due to the virtual negation of this Cross, alone with its affirmation and renewal the Neo-Lemuria the 6th root race will have any chance of surviving the terminator and flourishing itself as planetary souls.
Such is the curve of the Trans-vedic Megacycle, the planetary cycle of the Indian Spirit the Higher Truth, we should be capable of envisaging; while I have by now given a fairly good idea of my no-end Pre-Vedic and Post-vedic Megacycles through the easy route of Blavatsky’s seven root races. , I have hardly said anything about my Post-vedic Megacycle, which could be touched upon in the following section with which we come to historical times and situate the ‘Aryan/Non-Aryan Origins of Indian Civilization on the Megacyclical View of Indian History’.
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