PART TWO: INVISIBLE HISTORY
“Were it possible, we would keep this work out of the hands of many Christians whom its perusal would not benefit and for whom it was not written…
An analysis of religious beliefs in general, this volume is in particular directed against theological Christianity, the chief opponent of free thought. It contains not one word against the pure teachings of Jesus, but unsparingly denounces their debasement into pernicious ecclesiastical systems that are ruinous to man’s faith in his immortality and his God, and subversive of all moral restraint.
We cast our gauntlet at the dogmatic theologians who would enslave both history and science; and especially the Vatican, whose despotic pretensions have become hateful to the greater portion of enlightened Christendom. The clergy apart, none but the logician, the investigator, the dauntless explorer should meddle with books like this. Such delvers after truth have the courage of their opinions.”– H. P. Blavatsky
(Preface to Isis Unveiled, Part 2)
VIII. The Perennial Philosophy
Despite the wide variety of philosophical thought, despite all the contradictions and mutually exclusive claims to truth, there is in all philosophy a One, which no man possesses but about which all serious efforts have at all times gravitated: the one eternal philosophy, the philosophia perennis.
– Karl Jaspers
To the exponents of the Perennial Philosophy, the question whether Progress is inevitable or even real is not a matter of primary importance. For them, the important thing is that individual men and women should come to the unitive knowledge of the divine Ground, and what interests them in regard to the social environment is not its progressiveness or non-progressiveness (whatever those terms may mean), but the degree to which it helps or hinders individuals in the their advance towards man’s final end.”
-Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy
“God, if I worship Thee in fear of hell, burn me in hell. And if I worship Thee in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise; but if I worship Thee for Thine own sake, withhold not Thine everlasting Beauty.”
– Rabia al-Adawiyya
Currents of Thought
If it is true that human civilization extends further into the past than anyone has believed, and that divine wisdom can be traced back to these archaic cultures, then what happened to it? Why is it no longer present in our world? If humanity steadily ascends in intelligence, in technology and in standard of living, then how is it that our greatest understandings have become lost to us? Why can’t we lift 300-ton stones or maintain peace for even a decade? Why can’t we discuss in a calm, collected manner the great mysteries of the world of the dead?
Certainly a prominent contributing factor has to do with the discussion covered in the first chapter – that the mainstream currents of science resist change as oil does water. True, Egyptologists will resist the concept of Egypt’s ‘ancient ancestor civilization’, historians and cartographers will fight the concept of global maps existing in ancient times, and Darwinists will fight the ideas of cataclysmic evolution, but is this really the only blockade between the human race and its awareness of its own origins?
It seems as though there are, once again, more pieces to the puzzle. In the time that separates us from Ancient Egypt, we have seen many movements by the elite members of the world to either push the truths of reality out into full public view, or else to snuff out those who attempt to preach the doctrine so that they themselves might have a monopoly on the information.
The search for these uprisings and censorships is one that is full of controversy. We will end up realizing that dark powers exist and that they prey on the public – controlling the way that everything in the human world is run. At the same time, there are those who expose these forces and seek to open minds.
It paints a picture of a sort of timeless battle, one that has been fought for millennia. Now, however, it seems as though it is all coming out, and ideas that come out to the public, cannot simply be put back away. That’s why the darker forces always seek to extinguish the flames of any enlightening information before it gets the chance to ignite the public mind. For the coldhearted elite the goal is control and once they have control, they will only seek more.
Part Two of this book strives to pull from history evidence of where and when power was used for selfish and dishonest purposes, as well as when it was placed in the hands of the righteous. We will follow the path of ancient knowledge as it travels towards our present moment. It will be seen with increasing clarity that history as we know it has been more a game of chess than a free form progression of events, as those in command would have us believe. They are the players and they expect us to move like pawns across their board. It is sad to admit that they are often successful, or at least they have been up to this point. As we will see, they have perfected the art of sedating massive populations and keeping the public consciousness busy with fancy products, services, entertainment and other unnecessary distractions.
When living in a Dark Age, one does not call it a dark age. It is only after the dawn of a new breakthrough that the previous time is thought of as primitive and unrefined. I expect that soon enough, it will be common knowledge that the age we are now living out was one of coldness, of darkness, of unnecessary destruction and negativity. It will not be a golden age, nor silver or bronze. It will be remembered as the ‘petroleum age’ or as the ‘plastic age’. It will soon be realized that there is no need for these things and that, in fact, there is a pressing need to eliminate them from our cultural identity.
The fact that we believe the current age of man to be the greatest version of civilized culture yet, demonstrates the delusion of our time. On what basis should one judge the success of a civilization? First one must establish what the ideal society would look like and form a solid concept of what its goals would be. I believe that a perfect society would provide clean water, food and shelter for all its occupants. It would allow for maximum freedom for individuals, but would halt criminal activity. ‘Criminal activity’, in my mind, has a very simple definition – acts that are harmful to others or to the environment – that is the only crime, period. Politically, the ideal system would not seek to gain control over the people, but on the contrary, an ideal government would prevent any group or individual from attaining such power. It would seek to maintain a system in which all citizens have equal power and govern their own lives.
Based on such criteria, and on the evidence discussed in Part One combined with our knowledge of today’s world, it seems that one would be entirely ignorant to suggest that the current system is the best one yet. In my own mind, I see much to suggest that we are actually doing very poorly at the moment due to several factors.
For one thing, there have never been so many self-seeking individuals in such high places of power. What many do not realize, is that the very same power structures that control our planet today have been in place since these ancient ages. The same forces have been working upon the Earth. When we begin to think of time from outside the short term perspective of a human life, and to look at the (third dimensional) Earth from above, we begin to embrace a cosmic mindset, rather than a planetary one. There are energies that shape our world and our biology. Humanity acts as a mirror of these principle vibrations and in every age, will reflect the properties tied to that age.
So it is natural to recognize that Our current leaders are ruled by darkness, as we are only just coming forth from the darkest age. They are servants of the Kali Yuga, becoming obsolete in this Dvapara Yuga. They fail to recognize the fact that we live or die together. No one thrives while others are starving and no one is free while others are imprisoned. There are surprising lines of continuity that run through human history for millennia.
Therefore the reason that modern society suffers from ethical dysfunction is intimately tied to the story of ancient wisdom and how it has been lost to all but the dedicated seeker. It is for this reason that we must examine the path and note the losses along the way.
In Part One, we’ve had an introduction to the great lie. Whether from Egypt, India, Mexico, South America, Antarctica, Easter Island, Cambodia, Japan, Europe, etc… we know that the Ancients were far superior to the preconceived descriptions given by modern historians;
They knew how to calculate Longitude and mapped out the entire globe.
They built structures from megalithic stones with incredible precision.
They could track extremely large periods of time.
They knew the distances to certain celestial bodies, and the measures of the Earth.
They knew of the Earth’s natural ‘navels’, or acupuncture points.
They knew of planetary geometry, and of the Ages of Precession.
They knew of the cycles of time that affect all life on Earth.
They were astrologers, astronomers, spiritualists, alchemists, mathematicians, physicians and so much more. They possessed major secrets of the multi-dimensional Universe. We have still not understood much of what they tell us in their legacy of stones and stories. We are still in the dark regarding so many aspects of our own past.
Let us now walk along the dark road of history and observe the ways in which the lost doctrine has been hidden, shared, banned, discovered, twisted, corrected, burned, preserved, and forgotten. It is the greatest journey we can conceive of – the path of universal knowledge through millions of minds, structures, myths, times, countries, leaders, and peasants. It is a study that is vital to the restructuring of our species’ way of life, to our understanding of our own nature and to the way we view the knowledge as it exists today. It is vital for the survival of humankind.
The Divine Ground
In order to understand the mechanism that drives human spiritual development, we should examine the concept of the Perennial Philosophy. Though the concept has existed since the dawn of our history, one of the first known references to the term apparently belonged to Agostino Steuco (1497-1548) who authored De Perenni Philosophia Libri X in 1540. It seems, though, that Steuco created this work based on an already existing philosophy, which was largely built up by Marsilio Ficini (1433-99) and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463-94). Ficini and Giovanni would be the perfect ones to acknowledge the Perennial Philosophy. These men were actually aiding the ‘perennial process’ by reintroducing Hermetic knowledge to Europe at the beginnings of the renaissance.
The central tenet is that all religions and philosophies are One, though separated by time, space, geography and culture. We think of a perennial flower planted in the ground. These are plants that will grow back each year when the time is right. The same concept is applied to philosophical and spiritual bodies of wisdom to arrive at “de Perinni Philosophia.” Like the Phoenix born from its own ashes, this body of truth arises from amongst the ignorance of the profane when it is called for.
The concept can be easily observed when studying the history of thought and of the spiritual yearning of man, in other words, religion, philosophy, psychology, and related fields. It is important to remember though, that comparative theology is a relatively new study. As we will soon see, many ancient texts, which have a great part to play in this mystery, have only recently been discovered. Also, some of the greatest religions of all belonged to the Far East, and their messages were only available to scholars who pursued their original languages. Today, many of these texts have been translated into English. Therefore, it has only been in the last century or so that we have been given a view of the full spectrum of our world’s spiritual understandings.
We can begin to formulate the Perennial Philosophy by remembering the comparisons made by Von Dechend and Santillana in Hamlet’s Mill. After all, myths were one of the primary predecessors of religion. To note the similarities between them is a proper introduction to this idea. However, it applies to the entirety of spiritual progress of mankind with just the same accuracy.
In 1945, Aldous Huxley reintroduced the term with his book, The Perennial Philosophy – a brilliant anthology of all faiths that have moved across the earth, tying together the key aspects of each. Upon reading this work, it is hard to imagine that any of these bodies of spiritual wisdom developed from any source but the one Divine Ground. The details that all these varied versions share are incontrovertible proof that they all were woven of the same threads and drawn from the same well.
“The metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic that places man’s final end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent Ground of all being; the thing is immemorial and universal. Rudiments of the perennial philosophy may be found among the traditional lore of primitive peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions.”
“The Perennial Philosophy is expressed most succinctly in the Sanskrit formula, tat tvam asi (‘That thou art’); the Atman, or immanent eternal Self, is one with Brahman, the Absolute Principle of all existence; and the last end of every human being, is to discover the fact for himself, to find out who he really is.”
The Perennial Philosophy is the system by which the darkened world is filled with light. When a Seer, or Prophet is needed, then such a pure one will be born and access to the Divine Ground will be offered. The message will be retrieved for mankind. This is the underlying idea, and the strength of the Prophet as well as the direness of the need from the population will directly correspond to the fullness of the information. It applies to the medicine man of a small family clan or tribe, just as it does to Christ or Buddha.
It was discovered by Huxley, as well as several others in this field, that one of the most complete incarnations of the Perennial Philosophy available to us belongs to Hinduism. The ancient Aryan tradition of India, Tibet, Southeast Asia and other surrounding areas was the only civilization in the entire eastern hemisphere whose wisdom could compare to that of Egypt. It is difficult to say which had a greater understanding of the universe or a more highly developed version of the philosophy, but it is clear that these two cultures were parallels – both having possession of unimaginable wisdom. The major difference is that the Hindu religion still exists today, whereas the living Egyptian culture is no longer directly available (at least publicly).
In fact, Hinduism is so old that within itself we see the rise of the Perennial Philosophy over and over again. The makeup of the religion is designed specifically to allow for modification. The Upanisads, for instance, were written by many different authors across huge spans of time. According to A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy, (Charles A. Moore and Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan), they “belong to sruti or revealed literature, and are the utterances of sages who spoke out of the fullness of their illumined experience.”
The Upanisads were not collections of stories written about some inspired individual, like the New Testament, but written by many individuals who were able to tap into the source of the ‘eternal religion’. It was understood that this matrix could be entered by anyone, and instead of cutting themselves off from foreign influence, their system sought to include all sacred scriptures in order to attain the deepest truths. This was the process used in the forming of the Vedas, of which the Upanisads are the end.
The reason Hinduism, or Indian Philosophy in general, is such a complete form of religion probably has much to do with this attitude of openness to all things. The culture of India has encouraged the growth of this body of wisdom, and has embraced the concept of a higher reality, which can create miracles within our own reality. That is why miraculous events occur so frequently in India, though they are not thought to be miracles as they do not fall outside the realm of possibility and therefore do not seem to be ‘supernatural’. Instead, the understandings inherent in the culture of India explain the nature of reality to be a much wider playing field than we Westerners accept.
The name ‘Hinduism’ was invented by the Persians, whereas the original form of the system was known of as Sanatana Dharma. Dharma generally refers to the Divine Law, or the Way of right living, similar to the Tao. Sanatana means eternal or immutable. Thus Hinduism was called by its own name, the Eternal, immutable law or way. It refers also to the Manava Dharma, the universal religion of man. This is synonymous with the Perennial Philosophy – an eternal, unchanging truth.
Let us now observe this process at work on a larger scale – within the whole of Indian thought.
“In broad outline, Indian philosophy may be said to have had four major periods of development up to the time of its serious decline about A.D. 1700. The Vedic Period is dimmed by obscurity, but it may be placed approximately between 2500 and 600 B.C. This is the period during which the Aryans, having come down into India from central Asia, settled their new homeland and gradually expanded and developed their Aryan culture and civilization…
The second period of philosophical development is the Epic Period, dated approximately from 500 or 600 B.C. to A.D. 200. This period is characterized by the indirect presentation of philosophical doctrines through the medium of nonsystematic and nontechnical literature, especially the great epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata…
The third period is the Sutra Period, which is dated approximately from the early centuries of the Christian era. In this period the systematic treatises of the various schools were written and the systems took the basic form they were to preserve henceforth…
The fourth period, the Scholastic Period, is that in which commentaries were written upon the Sutras in order to explain them. Without elaboration and explanation the Sutras are almost unintelligible… It is impossible to provide dates for this period with any degree of certainty.”
– A Sourcebook in Indian Philosophy
Here we see a perfect example of the perennial philosophy. Here it is used properly, preserving the old wisdom and building onto it. This is not always the way. Today, we could not imagine the Catholic Church including the Quran within the Bible, though Islam does acknowledge many prophets that came before Mohamed.
We will see in the following chapters that oftentimes, the philosophy will sprout like a seedling only to be uprooted and killed by those too set in their ways – intolerant of others. We will also see that there is nothing that can ever stop or restrict the message from coming through – it is the true doctrine of the nature of reality – as long as mankind exists and thinks, it will be among us in one form or another.
What is the Philosophy itself? What are the central pillars of its structure and how is it that this system works? There are many aspects that are seen across the board of all religions. Some of these include the subjects of
Non Attachment / Right Livelihood
Good and Evil
Time and Eternity
Salvation and Deliverance
Immortality of the Soul
Prayer / Faith
Spiritual Exercises and
Contemplation or meditation
The greatest factor of all though, is the existence of the Divine Ground. This is the ‘ultimate reality’ – the land outside of space, and the day outside of time – which is visited by the Sage, Adept, or Magi. It is Brahman, Nirvana, Heaven, the Source Field, Time-Space, the Akashic Field, Ether, Nonlocal or Collective Consciousness, the Elysian Fields, the Superconscious, and in many cases it is simply called God.
It is whatever is constant.
It is the source of everything we experience, be it matter, energy, thoughts, time…
It knows no boundaries in any dimension.
It is what unites all the cells of our bodies with common purpose and it does the very same to all people, planets and galaxies.
It is a constant, flowing existence, which pours out of itself all lesser existence.
It is the soul of the Universe, whose body is the entirety of all physical mass.
Just as an acorn has written within it the plans for the Oak, Brahman contains the entire story of everything that could ever possibly exist or happen. It is not merely the acorn, but also the soil in which it is planted and the sun that feeds its growth.
There is no alternative – all life, all matter, all energies have their roots planted in this presence. It is the aim of all Mystics, Seers, Bodhisattvas, Alchemists and really everyone and everything that is separate from this whole, to once again be reabsorbed into it, whether they realize this goal or not.
The idea is that we, as humans, maintain a threefold existence – mind, body, spirit – mental, physical, spiritual – Father, Son, Holy Ghost – Subtle, Gross, Active principle – Knower, thing known, act of knowing. These three spaces could contain endless examples. This is the Trinity, the number three, and the first three emanations of the Divine Light. These are the first three Sephirahs within the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. In other words, these are the three great forces that compose our Universe, and Man exists on all three of these levels.
We can see how all the various religions have tried to describe this concept. Some personify it as a godhead. Some give it many names and faces as in Hinduism. Some call it a process by which one connects with this realm, like Nirvana, divination or theurgy. The important factor when trying to determine the moral value of a religion is whether their description of the Divine Ground seeks to enlighten their congregations as to the truth of spirit, or to intimidate them with a twisted simile.
It is how the religion speaks of the Divine Ground that determines its legitimacy. After all, without God there would be no religion. But this is of the utmost importance because if the world were aware of the reality of a super conscious force that generates the universe, the world would be very different. For one thing, everyone would realize that they are all part of the same life force and perhaps they would forget their differences and live for the best interests of the earth and all life thereon. Also, if people knew that they could access this power through clairvoyant training, then they might actually seek a path of purity and righteousness, as a virtuous life is a prerequisite of access to Brahman. There is also one other major facet of the Perennial Philosophy that, if described properly, would profoundly affect mankind and its utterly pathetic, indulgent mindset.
Nearly all religions mention immortality of the soul, be it in Heaven, Hell, or Earth. In some religions it is a possibility or a goal to be obtained. Even outside of religion we see countless versions of the quest for immortality whether it’s the elixir of life produced with the philosopher’s stone or the fabled fountain of youth. Our insecurity regarding death has fueled the human spirit since its inception to explore any potential path to eternal existence.
There are few religions in the world, however, that describe the truth about immortality. Eastern thought is the exception. Soon it will be acknowledged as fact that souls are very real things. There is an energy that enters our bodies in the first moments of our lives and leaves us with the last breath. There is a very real entity, whose presence or absence distinguishes a living being from an empty carcass.
In this day and age, more than enough evidence suggests that this entity goes somewhere else when it leaves the body. This evidence is found in many forms. For one thing, near death experiences take place frequently, in which people describe leaving their bodies. The similarities found in these stories are too great and numerous for them all to have been cries for attention or mere hallucinations. Generally, hospital machinery will confirm that subjects are dead when these situations occur, but they will reawaken, sometimes after several minutes of ‘death’. There is now such a large body of research and information regarding near death experiences that it hardly needs mention. These sources alone contain enough scientific proof to end the debate once and for all.
At the very end of his life, John West helped David Solomon to write a book entitled The Dead Saints Chronicles. This is one of the best books on the subject, and was written as both author’s fought cancer. Neither of them won the battle against cancer, but both conquered death in a sense, by producing this book just in time.
These experiences have also been reported in dreams, when a person will remember having looked down at themselves sleeping or other such situations. In the magical tradition, the art of leaving one’s body is called Astral Projection. In the U.S. Military and scientific community (if ever it is spoken of), it is called Remote Viewing. It is clear from these events and practices that YOU are not your body, and that at death you are only leaving the body.
Reincarnation expresses that in such a state, one is held within a different level of reality, much like a dream. As a soul departs the body at death, there are several potential outcomes awaiting it. If it is not yet solidified and strengthened, all its constituent parts may be scattered from whence they came – ideas and memories to the mental plane, body to the earth, and spirit-material to the great spiritual reservoir called Brahman. A well contained, solidifed soul, on the other hand may seek a new destination; potentially inhabit a new human body. Everyone has spirit within them, but some have used this substance to ‘build’ a soul within them.
A reincarnating soul in the borderlands remembers its true purpose, its goals and aspirations. With this view from above, it listens for new opportunities. If it is aged and experienced enough, it may ascend to higher realms and escape the binding ties of materialism. The perfected soul, that of a spiritual master, may ascend from this cycle and choose not to return to a physical body. This is only possible when one’s soul has been conditioned and purified into one-pointed selflessness.
If one is not yet ready, then it will find itself attracted to a new material experience. The vibrations radiating from two lovers would call out to the entity and invite it towards a new body – the energy being similar to that which would suite the individual’s next life’s challenges. For instance, if the soul looked back to see his past life as a military commander who waged bloody wars, perhaps he would seek to neutralize the damage by seeking a position as one who sought to heal people.
This is reincarnation in a nutshell and it is self evident that if the world accepted this as fact, selfishness would diminish. Would oil company CEOs still desecrate the earth and sky if they realized that they might be living here thousands of years from now? Many religions teach that, at death, you will either go someplace else or be gone and never live again. Neither gives any reason to care about the condition you leave the earth in. Reincarnation states that you must be good caretakers of the planet. Your purpose and your story are much larger than you think. You are not an insignificant speck of life in an infinite universe – you are an immortal being gathering experience in the mortal sphere.
This idea was of great importance in Egypt and India. In fact, all the cultures discussed in Part One had an infatuation with immortality and specifically in navigating the afterlife. With conscious effort they were able to direct their souls, to remain earthbound, to traverse space to other solar systems, or to ascend from crude matter entirely. If immortality of the soul used to be common knowledge, then what happened?
As we progress through history, we will see how these two main foci of the perennial philosophy have become skewed and distorted. The Divine Ground and the Doctrine of Immortality form the heart of the vast body of mystical teachings. They are at the core of every religion, yet they are not taught by them all.
As we have already mentioned, some religions and ‘powers that be’ working in the development of humankind, would rather hide knowledge from the public so that they can use it as a weapon to their benefit. There is no concealing the fact that the Catholic Church has been appallingly guilty of this, demanding reverence and threatening eternal damnation.
This is not to call on Jesus as a false prophet, nor is it to infer that the Bible is not divinely inspired. We will cover all these points soon enough. For now, it is simply important to keep in mind that the perennial seed will sprout, but it is the gardener who is responsible for watering, protecting, harvesting and eventually, sharing the crop with his neighbor. For all of this process to be completed, there is no guarantee.
To begin a somewhat chronological dissection of history we must start in the third millennia BC, when Egypt and India served as two great capitals of learning. In the Americas, societies were developing on a slightly smaller scale, but all in all they were quite similar to the eastern world.
In the Far East, religion did not shift far from its origins, as today there are still followers of the Vedas and of the Buddha. Tibetan Buddhism is still nearly identical to its ancient roots. Though the East has had important effects on thought through all of history, the greater story that needs telling is that which emerged from Egypt and was eventually taken by Europe. So we return to Egypt at a time when monotheism first shows itself.
All flows out from the Deity, and all must be absorbed in Him again.– Zarathustra
“And from the non-existent He made Something; and all forms of speech and everything that has been produced; from the empty void He made the material world, and from the inert earth He brought forth everything that hath life. He hewed, as it were, vast columns out of the intangible air, and by the power of His Name made every creature and everything that is; and the production of all things from the twenty-two letters is the proof that they are all but parts of one living body.”– Sefer Yetzirah
I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.– Isaiah 45:5,6