Profound and intriguing truths and facts, potentially of tremendous importance to humanity, are revealed for the first time in Letter #XXIIIb of “The Mahatma Letters.” There is much in the first part of the letter about the now submerged continents of Atlantis and Lemuria, the homes of the fourth and third Root Races respectively. Atlantis and Lemuria are popular buzzwords into today’s New Age movement but are often seriously misunderstood and misrepresented therein.
It was Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement who first presented the spiritual teaching to the world regarding Atlantis and Lemuria, chiefly in Blavatsky’s monumental masterpiece work “The Secret Doctrine” and also in books by other Theosophists such as “Esoteric Buddhism” by A.P. Sinnett, which was based on information from these Mahatma Letters, which were at that time not yet published. In the excellent new book “Atlantis and the Cycles of Time” by Joscelyn Godwin, the author shows how spiritual teachings about these two lost and ancient civilisations became progressively more fantastical, ridiculous, and sensational following Blavatsky’s death and particularly with the rise of channelled messages. It would seem that many New Agers would make excellent science fiction and fantasy novel writers but make for poor philosophers and even poorer exponents of what little amount of the Ancient Wisdom they are able to comprehend.
In this particular letter, the Master Koot Hoomi writes, “Lemuria can no more be confounded with the Atlantic Continent than Europe with America. Both sunk and were drowned with their high civilizations and ‘gods,’ yet between the two catastrophes, a short period of about 700,000 years elapsed.”
Because Lemuria and Atlantis are often spoken of together, many people have mistakenly assumed that they must have been more or less the same thing. But this is not the case. Lemuria was the huge Pacific continent and Atlantis the huge Atlantic continent. The great watery masses of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans are where these continents once stood. They were certainly not called “Atlantis” and “Lemuria” in reality but these names were coined as descriptive terms in the 19th century for sake of easy reference and comprehension. HPB explains in “The Secret Doctrine” that the name “Lemuria” was actually the invention of the zoologist P.L. Sclater sometime between 1850 and 1860 and that it was also used by the eminent German biologist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel in his “Pedigree of Man.”
But whatever the names of these two continents actually were, their definite existence is strongly asserted by the Masters, who alone hold the secret records regarding them. Lemuria and its diverse people – the Lemurians – preceded Atlantis and the Atlanteans and were destroyed by subterranean fire, volcanic action, and the sinking of their land while Atlantis and the Atlanteans were still in their infancy as a civilisation. The Atlantean Root Race was the predecessor of our own Aryan (also called Indo-Caucasian) Root Race and in light of this fact, combined with how incredibly long ago it was that Atlantis flourished – not to mention its prehistoric Pacific parent civilisation of Lemuria – it is obviously erroneous and impossible that the Atlanteans or Lemurians were of white or caucasian appearance in any way, despite the New Age movement’s preference and peculiar inclination to portray them as such. The majority of them bore relatively little physical resemblance to modern man at all. Many of the Atlanteans were gigantic in stature and the Lemurians even more so. The Lemurian epoch was so long ago and so far back in the primal infancy of physical man that the Lemurians – who are said to have possessed a “Third Eye” in the back of their heads which in modern man is degenerated into and represented by the pineal gland – never even developed any form of speech or verbal communication beyond a basic monosyllabic grunt. Theosophy deals with fact while the New Age movement deals with fantasy. But back to the letter…
Here the Master K.H. describes Atlantis as “the great continent, the father of nearly all the present continents” and states that the destruction, flooding, and submergence of its last remaining portions occurred “11,446 years ago, when its last island, that, translating its vernacular name, we may call with propriety Poseidonis – went down with a crash.” Bearing in mind that these words were written in 1882, we can work out that this event was 11,576 years ago as of 2012 or, in other words, it was 9,564 B.C. This specific date is also quoted later on by the Masters.
Speaking again of this event – the final and complete destruction of Atlantis – and revealing more of the story behind it, he says, “The great event – the triumph of our ‘Sons of the Fire Mist’ the inhabitants of ‘Shambullah’ [i.e. Shamballa] (when yet an island in the Central Asian Sea) over the selfish but not entirely wicked magicians of Poseidonis occurred just 11,446 ago.” Master Koot Hoomi explains in this letter that the Master Morya had suggested that he give “a few more details upon Atlantis since it is greatly connected with evil if not with its origin.”
Explaining some aspects of what we could call “esoteric ethnology,” he says that today’s oriental races such as the Chinese, Mongolian, Tibetan, Malaysian, Indonesian, Japanese, Vietnamese and so on are largely descended from the seventh and final sub-race of the Atlantean Root Race, while the indigenous peoples of Africa and Australia originate from earlier Atlantean sub-races as well as the seventh and final sub-race of the Lemurian Root Race. The first sub-race of this present Root Race is that of the Indian people while the latest sub-race of this Root Race is that of the white Europeans. The Master states that these latter are “the highest people” in terms of what he calls “physical intellectuality” but that the Indians are the spiritually highest people on earth today. HPB echoed this in one of her own letters to A.P. Sinnett when she wrote, “Spiritually they [the people of India] are immensely higher than we are. The physical point of evolution we have reached only now – they have reached it 100,000 years ago, perhaps. And what they are now spiritually you may not hope to reach in Europe before some millenniums yet. They are almost ready for the evolution of their sixth race units, and Europe has yet to whistle for them and must thank her stars for evoluting even occasionally Hindu like spiritual and beautiful characters.”
In accordance with cyclic law and the ongoing and inevitable process of evolution, each Root Race or Epoch always eventually comes to an end by having its own particular continent or lands (along with the majority of its people) destroyed – alternately by fire and water – and submerged beneath the ocean, to rise again at a later date many millennia down the line.
In this Letter XXIIIb we learn some interesting details about the coming destruction of the Aryan Root Race which is also numerically referred to as the fifth Root Race in Theosophical teaching. This is not due to happen until many thousands of years from now but when it does, the British Isles will be the first victim of the necessary calamity, followed by France “and other lands.” These will be destroyed by fire and then submerged in the waters, whereupon the now submerged continents of Lemuria and Atlantis will “immediately” rise and reappear. Those great continents, having risen from the ocean floor, will eventually become home to parts of the sixth Root Race. They will of course be uninhabitable to begin with due to having been part of the ocean floor for hundreds of thousands of years or even longer. When the seventh and final sub-race of the future sixth Root Race is flourishing on “Lemuria” and “Atlantis” – the massive Pacific and Atlantic continents – the lands which sunk at the end of the fifth Root Race, including the British Isles and the ill-fated parts of Europe, will reappear.
* Read further insights from the Mahatma Letters in the articles The Masters and Cyclic Law and The Masters Deny the Existence of God. Several other articles especially related to this one are Human Evolution in The Secret Doctrine, Chains, Globes, Rounds and Root Races, The Destruction of Atlantis, The Religion of the Lemurians and Atlanteans, Speech and Language in the Root Races, and The Third Eye and the Pineal Gland.