THE gods are not without employment, wrote the Greek bishop Synesius of Cyrene (c. 373 – c. 414) – but their “descent to this earth” is not continuous.
They descend according to orderly periods of time, he said, “for the purpose of imparting a beneficent impulse in the republics of mankind.”
“For this providence is divine and most ample,” quotes W. Q. Judge in his article Cycles —”which frequently one man pays attention to, and affects countless multitudes of men.”
Describing the Gods Synesius wrote: “For there is indeed in the terrestrial abode the sacred tribe of heroes who pay attention to mankind, and who are able to give them assistance even in the smallest concerns:-
“This heroic tribe is, as it were, a colony from the gods established here, in order that this terrene abode may not be left destitute of a better nature.”
These “gods” are also known in India as Mahatmas. No better description of these sages can be pointed to than W. Q. Judge explaining the Sanskrit terms in his article The Mahatmas as Ideals and Facts:
“The whole sweep, meaning, and possibility of evolution are contained in the word Mahatma,” Judge writes. “Maha is ‘great,’ Atma is ‘soul’ — and both compounded into one, mean those great souls who have triumphed before us:
“Not because they are made of different stuff and are of some strange family, but just because they are of the human race.”
God and Gods
Carl Sagan talks about our gods and those of the ancient Hindus, speculating it may be only an “accident” that the ancient Hindu cosmic chronology so closely agrees with modern science! 😉
“The Most High Seer that is in highest heaven,
He knows it — or perchance even He knows not.”
“Who knows from whence this great creation sprang?
That, whence all this great creation came,
Whether Its will created or was mute,
The Most High Seer that is in highest heaven,
He knows it – or perchance, even He knows not.”
“I produce myself among creatures, O son of Bharata, whenever there is a decline of virtue and an insurrection of vice and injustice in the world — and thus I incarnate from age to age for the preservation of the just, the destruction of the wicked, and the establishment of righteousness.”
The first 5000 years of Kali-Yuga ended around the year 1898, marking a critical cycle for humanity. Anticipating this event, the Theosophical Movement of the modern era was re-established by The Sacred Tribe of Heroes, through H. P. Blavatsky, on November 17, 1875.
The Pale Blue Dot
On February 14, 1990, NASA commanded the Voyager 1 spacecraft, having completed its primary mission, to turn around and photograph the planets it had visited. One image Voyager returned was of Earth, 4 billion miles distant, showing up as a tiny dot. Carl Sagan narrates:
“With the onset of Kali Yuga, 3102 BC,” writes Allan J. Stover in The Thesophical Forum, “it was as though a curtain had been dropped before the stage of history.” Stover continues:
“… the death of Krishna occurred. Science has discovered that for several thousands of years previous to this date a ‘climatic optimum’ existed during which the world climate was much warmer than at present …
“Soon after the coming of Kali Yuga, all this was changed, and some 4,000 years ago, roughly speaking, the arctic seas began to refreeze… Since then this cooling trend has advanced and retreated in minor cycles — each accompanied by the wars and migrations of peoples which we know in history.”
Adepts in America
Clearly The Sacred Tribe of Adepts has been acutely interested in America for a very long time. In her Theosophical Glossary, H. P. Blavatsky places Krishna’s disciple Arjuna’s visit to America (Patala) at 5,000 years ago.
“Arjuna, Krishna’s companion and chela, is said to have descended into Patala, the ‘antipodes’ — and there married Ulupi, a Naga (or Nagini rather) — the daughter of the king of the Nagas [Serpents] Kauravya.
“… the late Pundit Dayanand Saraswati — certainly the greatest Sanskrit and Puranic authority in India on such questions — personally corroborated that Ulupi was daughter of the king of the Nagas at Patala, or America, 5000 years ago — and that the Nagas were Initiates.”
Nagas – Ancient Initiates
About the devotional classic of Theosophy, which she titled “The Voice of the Silence,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote in the Preface: “The work from which I here translate forms part of the same series as that from which the ‘Stanzas’ of the Book of Dzyan were taken, on which The Secret Doctrine is based.
“Together with the great mystic work called Paramartha, which, the legend of Nagarjuna tells us, was delivered to the great Arhat by the Nagas or ‘Serpents’ (in truth a name given to the ancient Initiates), the ‘Book of the Golden Precepts’ claims the same origin.” (The Secret Doctrine)
Billions of Stars
Their influence in America continues into our recent history, according to Theosophical Pioneer William Q. Judge:
“More is claimed for the Theosophical Adepts than the changing of baser metal into gold, or the possession of such a merely material thing as the elixir of life,” Judge wrote, in his article The Adepts In America in 1776:
“They watch the progress of man and help him on in his halting flight up the steep plane of progress.”
“They hovered over Washington, Jefferson, and all the other brave freemasons who dared to found a free government in the West, which could be pure from the dross of dogmatism.
“They cleared their minds, inspired their pens and left upon the great seal of this mighty nation the memorial of their presence.”
We Are All Arjunas
[William Quan Judge – Essays on the Bhagavad-Gita]
“Arjuna, called Nara, represents not only [the human race], but also any individual who resolves upon the task of developing his better nature.
“What is described as happening in the [Bhagavad-Gita] to him will come to every such individual.
Hit the Mark
“Opposition from friends and from all the habits he has acquired, and also that which naturally arises from hereditary tendencies, will confront him, and then it will depend upon how he listens to Krishna, who is the Logos shining within and speaking within, whether he will succeed or fail. We see that the fight is to be fought by every human being … ”
“Let us hit the mark, O friend! – and that mark is the indestructible, the highest spiritual life we are at any time capable of.”
The Charter for Compassion