The lost city – continent of atlantis.
The empire returns?
(Note: This is the introduction. Most chapters are conversations.)
Stories of Atlantis. Why do they exist and where do they come from? Why are they so persistent? And why is the subject of Atlantis so fascinating to so many people? Many scholars now cite archeological evidence of ancient civilizations that were destroyed by a great catastrophe, which they believe could be the source of the stories. But that raises even more intriguing questions, if Atlantis was once a great civilization, who were the people of Atlantis, and what were they like?
Within the recorded history of many cultures, there are references to the great island continent of Atlantis, and its highly sophisticated civilization. Some people still dismiss this as myth. However, many of these cultures had no known contact or knowledge of each other’s civilizations, so why would such diverse ancient peoples, such as the Maya, the Egyptians, the Hopis, or the Greeks, have the same legends?
Plato, a highly respected Greek philosopher and teacher, gives a detailed, non-fiction account of Atlantis. Due to that and other factors, many scientists no longer argue about the existence of Atlantis – just the whereabouts. Even marine scientist and explorer, Jacques Cousteau, searched for underwater archeological evidence of Atlantis. It ended with his son believing Atlantis was probably in the Caribbean or Atlantic, and Jacques believing it was in the Mediterranean. Even though they both found what they believed to be evidence of an ancient sunken civilization, neither had definitive proof that they’d discovered the remains of Atlantis. However, little absolute archeological proof is likely to even remain from any civilization destroyed by a cataclysmic disaster, let alone tens of thousands of years ago, let alone one sunken beneath the sea in a totally unknown area. Even the great “Titanic” was only recently found, and only after extensive searches, even though scientists knew approximately where it sank. Furthermore, it went down only decades ago, and it sunk from “merely” hitting an iceberg, whereas Atlantis allegedly sunk long, long ago, in an unknown location, and was totally devastated by unimaginable natural catastrophe. A disaster so great, that it may have had a “ripple” effect around the world, which brings us to the legends of “the great flood”.
Cultures the world over, who don’t have a specific legend of Atlantis, still have stories of a great flood that destroyed most life, (which happen to be very similar to the story of the sinking, and flooding of Atlantis). Descriptions of the destruction of Atlantis, say it involved great earthquakes and volcanic upheavals, and the actual sinking of the entire land mass. So perhaps some legends of a great flood could have come from secondary flooding, that resulted from unimaginably gigantic tsunami waves generated by an event that was the greatest geological disaster in history (like the one most scientists say caused the extinction of the dinosaurs). Such waves could have swept the globe, flooding many, if not most, parts of the world, and eruptions could have darkened the sky, and created other disastrous ecological consequences.
The various cultural stories of the “great flood” often tell a tale of refugees who managed to escape the great disaster. Some legends, like those of the Hopi tribe, describe the Hopi as such refugees. They depict the Hopi escaping the calamity, and coming to their new land on “Giant flying tortoise shells”. It is said that once they arrived, they were led to safety from an environment gone mad, by a bird headed “Kachina” who guided them to underground passages.
To the open mind who researches this subject, the evidence that Atlantis did indeed exist, is overwhelming. But if Atlantis, as Plato described it, was a highly advanced, sophisticated civilization, with technology that even surpasses that which we have now, shouldn’t there be some other remnant of their society? Not necessarily. But just perhaps…
According to the legends, Atlantis was so thoroughly destroyed by natural catastrophe, that there was nothing left. Yet, couldn’t there have been some Atlanteans with enough foresight to leave beforehand, and escape the disaster? Or some that were traveling in other parts of the world at the time? It seems quite possible that, given the stories of how advanced and sophisticated a civilization it was, that at least some traders or travelers were elsewhere in the world at the time. Some theories say the mythological inhabitants of Mt. Olympus, the gods of Greek and Roman mythology, were actually survivors of Atlantis.
Note: This is not in the book but in the television show ” Stargate “, they recently indicated that the lost city of the ancients was Atlantis and on Earth. It is closer to the truth than many think. Back to our story.
Now just consider this amazing possibility – what if groups of Atlanteans, not only survived, but established communities in various places. What if they continued to pass on their heritage, their history, philosophy, and religion, even to this day? Such people could teach us so much, and fill us in on this great missing piece of human history.
That is where this book comes in. It was written by a priest who’s order traces their lineage from Atlantis, to Egypt in the days of the construction of the Sphinx and Great Pyramid.
Oddly enough, this book isn’t about Atlantis. It covers some little known “ancient history”, but only as necessary background. Instead, the book focuses on the philosophy and spiritual practices that originated there. Atlantis is just ancient history now, but the teachings of their spiritual tradition are all still invaluable in the present. Most importantly though, the author brings an urgent message. And rather than a “new age” philosophy about life, he presents “age old” ways to live by, that can really change your life, and world.
Fortunately, it’s all presented in a fascinating format in which the reader gets to discover everything themselves, through the eyes (and experiences) of a young North American. We get to be with him during his three years at a monastery, share his personal trials, and see his changes. We also get to experience some of his amazing encounters after returning to the “real world” as an enlightened teacher, and head of the order.
Besides presenting the author’s experiences, and simple teachings about how to find your own enlightenment, the book has another message for the world. He points out similarities between the present state of affairs in the world, and the last days of Atlantis. What if we have come full circle in a historical cycle? You may have heard the saying – “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it”. The author tells us that our future depends on the choices we make, and on what we have learned from our past. If that is true, the story of Atlantis may well be the most important history lesson of all time. But other than “filling in” a possibly vital part of human history, the book gives us something perhaps even more important. It presents us with a beautiful spiritual philosophy that guides us toward a better life, through personal growth. The wisdom and teachings it imparts, are wonderful, fascinating, and also very useful when applied to our everyday lives.