The swastika, the ancient symbol of Hinduism, has been found abundantly on Neolithic European ruins during the past two centuries of archaeological excavations. This has convinced scholars, past and present, that prehistoric Europeans practiced an early form of Hinduism (with its high spiritual concepts of the Eternal Soul, Transmigration, Karma, Yoga, the Third Eye, and Nirvana). The rise of Christianity ended European Hinduism—plunging Europe into the dark ages.
Geometric mosaic depicting ancient Roman
swastikas. Roman-Germanic Museum, Cologne, Germany.
We saw in Part 1 how swastikas found on ancient European artifacts has convinced scholars that prehistoric Europeans practiced Hinduism—long before Christianity swept through and overtook the continent.space
The “Aryan Invasion Of India”
Early in India’s prehistory, scholars believe, massive groups of Aryans from Central Asia, possibly Tibet, invaded the Indian sub-continent. Trekking eastwards in successive waves, these Aryan tribes reached the fertile Gangetic plain. The native Indians, called “Dravidians,” were pushed slowly southwards by the Aryan incursions. The results of this cultural clash can be seen still today, with southern India appearing quite different to its northern counterpart, both in terms of language and traditions. These Aryans spoke “Indo-European”, the language that scholars assert forms the basis of all the European languages; it is primarily for this reason that many scholars assert that these same Aryans (trekking westward from India into Europe) became the first Europeans as well.
Records of the Aryan presence in India may be found in the Vedas, the oldest extant body of Hindu literature, written down between 2000 and 1000 BC. Veda in Sanskrit means “body of knowledge.” Some scholars have suggested that some of the Vedas may derive from an oral tradition brought to India by the Aryans. From India, the Aryans migrated westward into Europe, where they helped to create the high cultures that evolved into Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, and so on.
If the Aryans practiced Hinduism in India—putting aside the question of whether or not they brought it with them into India or learned it in India—and the Europeans are descended from Aryans, it seems logical to conclude that our pre-Christian European ancestors, at some point in time, practiced a form of Hinduism, with its high spiritual concepts of the Eternal Soul, Transmigration, Karma, Yoga, the Third Eye, and Nirvana.
Hinduism – The Religion Of The Ancient Aryans
We see evidence of this European Hinduism in how the swastika, the central symbol of Hinduism, is prominent on ancient European ruins and artifacts:
Ancient Iliou Melathron mosaic in Athens, Greece.
We read in Barbarian Tides, a 1982 publication from the highly respected Time-Life Books library, that “Aryans” (a term used by pre-Nazi era scholars to describe the “white” inhabitants of Europe) introduced “Hinduism” onto the Indian sub-continent before settling in Europe:
“These people, the Aryans, would bestow their social institutions on the Indian subcontinent and spawn a unique spiritual culture, Hinduism.”
—Time-Life Books, 1982
Many Hindus feel that the “Aryan Invasion of India” theory, which is still upheld by a grat many of the world´s scholars, is insulting and racist. Indeed, we should keep in mind that racism formed a core belief among many of the world´s peoples leading up to World War II, even scholars.
William Henry Goodyear (1846 – 1923), a noted American archaeologist, art historian, and museum curator (and son of Charles Goodyear of Goodyear Tires) was convinced that the swastika symbol actually originated among pre-Aryan peoples living in ancient Europe. According to his thesis, the Aryans migrated to Europe from India. He wrote in his book Grammar of the Lotus:
“…the Swastika was an “Aryan emblem”… The supposition that the Aryan Hindus carried the Swastika with them to India is…perfectly tenable, since it belongs to early prehistoric art of Europe…”
—William Henry Goodyear, Grammar of the Lotus, 1891
William Henry Goodyear was the first curator of
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Whatever its origins, Hinduism proved more durable in India than in Europe. While Christianity replaced Hinduism in Europe, Hinduism remained active in India.
“Censored” symbol around an 1898 Yale University
study showing “The Swastikas Of Ancient Europe.”
Europeans today identify more with the Jewish religion instead of their ancestral religion of Hinduism. We are all taught the biblical stories of Moses and the Ten Commandments, the Exodus from Egypt, the arrival into the Promised Land, the kingship of David and Solomon, and so on. Jewish history has been unnaturally grafted onto the European psyche in a way that makes Europeans identify with Jewish ancestry as if it were their own.
The Aryan / Atlantis Connection
This Aryan / Atlantis connection was brought into the modern era by the famous Russian mystic Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831-1891), founder of “The Theosophical Society” in New York City in 1875. Her magnum opus, The Secret Doctrine, was published in 1888. Her influence on Adolf Hitler and other top Nazis such as Heinrich Himmler completely altered the course of the 20th century. Note the swastika on her organization’s logo:
Left: Helena Blavatsky. Right: Logo of the Theosophical
Society, New York City, 1875. Note the swastika.
Ignoring the Biblical “God-made-man-in-six-days” concept, Blavatsky asserted the antiquity, primacy, and universality of the so-called Doctrine of the Fall of Man and His Descent into Matter, which forms the root doctrine of much of eastern thought (Hinduism, Buddhism), Greek philosophy, and modern western esoteric and occult circles.
It teaches that beneath the flesh men and women are “gods” or “eternal souls” that have fallen into the “material world” from our higher “spiritual home” in the heavens back to which the soul must eventually return. During its descent, the soul has put on a thick vesture of clothing in the form of a physical body, so that it no longer recognizes its own inner, eternal, and divine nature.
“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”
“Man is a god in the body of an animal according to the pronouncement of ancient philosophy…”
—Dr. Alvin Boyd Kuhn
“A man is a god in ruins.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
According to Blavatsky, the soul’s Fall is a “leftover wisdom” from what she imagined as the highly-sophisticated antediluvian civilization of Atlantis. Plato, who first named Atlantis in the fourth century B.C., referred to it as a now-submerged island kingdom that once flourished in the Atlantic Ocean.
Plato maintained that the Atlanteans possessed a highly spiritual wisdom-religion, which enabled them to “see” their own “soul” inside the physical body. Seeing the “soul within” allowed the Atlanteans to harness its higher power, until slowly their “human” part began to overtake their “divine” part:
“…the divine element in them became weakened…and their human traits became predominant, and they ceased to be able to carry their prosperity with moderation.”
—Plato, Timaeus and Critias
While scholars of Blavatsky’s day had traced the origins of the Aryans to the Caucasus Mountains region—from which the term “Caucasian”, invented by German anthropologist Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752-1840), came into widespread use—Blavatsky traced the Aryan homeland east of the Caucasus to Tibet, the so-called “roof of the world,” where she claimed to have spent years researching her books. The Floodwaters that overtook Atlantis, she asserted, sent Atlantean refugees into high-altitude Tibet, where they remained safe for generations. These hypothetical Tibetan Aryans were the direct descendants and blood inheritors of the Atlanteans.
Map of the Aryan Invasion of India from their theorized homeland.
Blavatsky’s admiration for Tibet was shared widely in the 18th and 19th centuries. The German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804), describing Tibet a century before Blavatsky, tells us that:
“…this is the highest country. No doubt it was inhabited before any other and could even have been the site of all creation and all science.
The culture of the Indians, as is known, almost certainly came from Tibet, just as all our arts like agriculture, numbers, the game of chess, etc., seem to have come from India.”
Blavatsky saw the Flood myths—parallel legends of global catastrophe after which man and civilization were forced to begin anew—as stemming from a dim cultural memory of the sinking of Atlantis. From this catastrophe, a general devolution occurred. Not just a cultural confusion of tongues; a devolution in the physical Atlantean “race” itself. The Atlantean capacity to “hold the vision” of the “soul within” became lost. Only the “idea” of the eternal soul remained—and it is still with us even today. Over the course of millennia, the Atlantean race died out; Blavatsky maintained that the “Aryan” or “white” race arose in its place.
This Aryan / Atlantis history was supported by some 19th and early 20th century Theosophist scholars and intellectuals. Austrian philosopher, educator, and social thinker Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), wrote:
“The greatest part of the Atlantean population declined, and from a small portion are descended the so-called Aryans who comprise present-day civilized humanity.”
—Rudolf Steiner, Cosmic Memory
American congressman Ignatius Loyola Donnelly (1831 – 1901), best known today as the creator of the insidiously influential idea that blue-eyed, red-haired Irishmen were the prototypical Aryans, wrote a chapter entitled “The Aryan Colonies From Atlantis” in his book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, where he said:
“Did the Aryan…race come from Atlantis?”
“The center of the Aryan migrations (according to popular opinion)…was Armenia. Here too is Mount Ararat, where it is said the ark rested—another identification with the Flood regions, as it represents the usual transfer of the Atlantis legend by an Atlantean people to a high mountain in their new home.”
“The Greeks, who are Aryans, traced their descent from the people who were destroyed by the Flood, as did other races clearly Aryan…herein we find another evidence of relationship between the Aryans and the people of Atlantis.. the Greeks, an Aryan race, in their mythological traditions, show the closest relationship to Atlantis…We have seen that Zeus, the king of Atlantis, whose tomb was shown at Crete, was transformed into the Greek god Zeus.”
“There is another reason for supposing that the Aryan nations came from Atlantis. We find all Europe… occupied by nations recognized as Aryan.”
—Ignatius Donnelly, Atlantis: The Antediluvian World, 1882
Ignatius Loyola Donnelly
Donnelly claimed that the ancient Mayans and Egyptians were also Aryan refugees from Atlantis.
During the slow demise of the Atlanteans and rise of the Aryans, which occurred over a period of millennia, two physiological changes or mutations occurred, one of which (according to Blavatsky) is very important.
The Aryan / Atlantean “Third Eye”
The Atlanteans were several feet taller than us today, but lost their stature as their spirituality faltered. The second and more significant mutation prevented the new Aryan race from lucidly “seeing” the “soul within.” This left their descendants—modern humans—unable to see or recognize our own inner divinity. Blavatsky believed the Atlanteans once possessed this mysterious ability due to the existence of an enigmatic, luminous organ inside the brain that she called the “Cyclopean Eye” or “Third Eye.”
A strange and beautiful appendage, the postulated Third Eye is associated with the forehead above and between the two eyes. As our two eyes see outward at material things, this single Eye sees inward at spiritual matters—like the soul. When the Atlanteans devolved into the Aryans, the Third Eye atrophied. Blavatsky wrote:
“…the “third eye” was once a physiological organ, and…later on, owing to the gradual disappearance of spirituality and increase of materiality (spiritual nature being extinguished by the physical), it became an atrophied organ.”
—Helena Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, 1888
Though atrophied, Blavatsky insisted that modern humans, like our Atlantean ancestors, can still access this forgotten organ; some 19th and early 20th century scientists identified this organ as the obscure pineal gland, described as follows:
“A small…conical appendage of the brain of all craniate vertebrates that in a few reptiles has the essential structure of an eye…postulated to be a vestigial third eye, an endocrine organ, or the seat of the soul…”
—Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary
French philosopher René Descartes (1596-1650) called the pineal gland the “seat of the soul.” Single “Eye” and “Third Eye” depictions stretch back many thousands of years, appearing in ancient myths, sculptures, engravings, and paintings worldwide.
Ancient Cyclops Mosaic with Third Eye in the Villa Romana, Sicily.
Readers familiar with Hinduism will recall the Third Eye as having a long history in India, where it is known as the “urna” or “trinetra,” marked by a dot in the middle of the forehead above and between the eyes. Though mystics and adepts often speak of its mysterious occult powers, on a simpler level it denotes spiritual insight, providing one with a vision of his or her inward soul—one’s true eternal being:
Bodhisattva statue from the 3rd century found in present-day
Afghanistan. Note the Third Eye symbolized by the forehead dot.
The Third Eye is used extensively in the east, appearing in varied disciplines; it is used in meditation practices like Yoga and Ch’an Buddhism as well as martial arts like karate, qigong, and aikido. It forms the pinnacle of Hinduism’s Kundalini Yoga teaching, with its famous “chakra” system; the Third Eye or “ajna” chakra is the sixth of seven chakras and is awakened when we balance our solar “pingala” channel on our body’s right side with our lunar “ida” channel on our body’s left side:
Kundalini Yoga, the Third Eye yoga. Note the on sun the
right-hand side and moon on the left-hand side.
Though Easterners are quite familiar with the Third Eye, this concept is largely foreign to the West. e
The “Third Eye” Secret Of The Freemasons
Incredibly, the design of a sun on the right, moon on the left, and single Eye in the middle is featured on the regalia, drawings, and artifacts of the Freemasons, an entity that claims to be the oldest Secret Society in Western history. The single Eye—i.e., the Third Eye—is usually drawn centered between the sun (pingala) and moon (ida):
Masonic Tracing Board, 1820
Is the Masonic Fraternity a storehouse of lost ancient Third Eye wisdom from Atlantis? Was the Masonic Fraternity created in response to the rise of Christianity as a way of protecting Aryan / Atlantean Third Eye wisdom?
The Masons have long been rumored to be guarding a blasphemous and heretical secret from Antiquity. Consider the sudden persecution of the Masons by the Catholic Church, beginning in the early 1700s.
“… after the example of our predecessors, we intend to turn our attention to the Masonic society, to its whole doctrine, to its intentions, acts, and feelings, in order to illustrate more and more this wicked force and stop the spread of this contagious disease …”
—Pope Leo XIII, Humanum Genus
This condemnation would seem to indicate that the Masons are heretics, possessors of some sort of religious doctrine that contradicts official Church canon. For many 19th and 20th century thinkers and academics, the Third Eye is precisely that doctrine:
“…the All-seeing eye…This is the eye of freemasonry, the third eye. While I am credibly formed that few Masons understand their own symbols, the fact remains that they use them…”
—Dr. George Washington Carey, The Wonders of the Human Body,1918
“The Order of Freemasonry acknowledges the ‘All Seeing Eye’ as the Eye of Great Wisdom.’ This ‘Great Wisdom’ is said to offer those who seek the sacred mysteries an understanding of illumination, inner vision, and intuitive knowledge. Contact with this great wisdom occurs through the ‘Third Eye’ (pineal gland) located inside the forehead.”
—Dr. Joye Jeffries Pugh, Eden, 2006
“The common eye sees only the outside of things, and judges by that, but the ‘all seeing eye’ pierces through, and reads the heart and the soul, finding there capacities which the outside didn’t indicate or promise, and which the other kind couldn’t detect.”
—Mark Twain, Famous American Author and Freemason, 1899
“The Great Pyramid is a central occult symbol that is often depicted with the “all-seeing-eye” or “third eye” inside it. In this form it is the symbol of mystical Freemasonry.”
—John Bowlt, Wendy Salmond, and Marie Turbow, The Uncommon Vision of Sergei Konenkov, 1874-1971
“The All-Seeing Eye…also emblematic of the…third eye of the human being…has been found amid the ruins of every civilization….”
—Grace Morey, Mystic Americanism, 1924
Albert Pike (1809-1892) was an autodidact, slavery apologist and Confederate general who became a leading Masonic historian. Pike believed that true Freemasonry represented something akin to the ancient doctrine of the Aryan race. Pike, a pillar of American Masonry, is best known for his 1871 book, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. He penned two other noteworthy books that examine ancient Aryan spirituality: Aryan Deities and Worship as Contained in the Rig-Veda, and Irano-Aryan Faith and Doctrine as Contained in the Zend Avesta.
“The world owes all its correct and profound conceptions of the Deity, and its knowledge of the existence of the human soul, to the great Aryan race.”
—Albert Pike, Irano-Aryan Faith and Doctrine as Contained in the Zend Avesta
Albert Pike (1809-1892).
Like Pike, a Freemason and medical doctor named J.D. Buck (1838 – 1916) was interested in the Aryan history of India, Iran, and in Eastern religions in general. He wrote in his Mystic Masonry:
“The real source from whence the Ancient Wisdom came was…Old India, the Mother of Civilizations and Religions, and of the esoteric or concealed wisdom.”
—Dr. J.D. Buck, Mystic Masonry
Dr. Buck also gave a physical description of the Third Eye and connected its “mastery” to Freemasonry’s third degree of “Master Mason”:
“It has been called “The Third Eye.” The Ancient Hindus called it the Eye of Siva…It is atrophied, and therefore dormant in the average individual…The Eye of Siva is, in fact, an All-Seeing-Eye; for it practically annuls Space and Time as concepts on the physical plane…
A real Master [Mason], then, has the Eye of Siva; the pineal gland, dormant in others, is active in him…”
—Dr. J.D. Buck, Mystic Masonry
If Buck is correct, and practicing an Eastern “occult” art was part of Masonic adherence, then Masonry’s forced secrecy in Europe becomes clear. Due to the power and brutality of the Inquisition, as well as the Church’s stated goal to destroy heretics, the Masons had no choice but to hide themselves in order to preserve their Third Eye traditions, knowledge, and rites.
Otherwise said, the Third Eye is the “great secret” of true Freemasonry, and the Freemasons were a persecuted sect precisely because their Order was established to safeguard the Third Eye religion of their ancient Aryan Hindu ancestors, who supposedly got it from Atlantis.space
Hitler And The Third Eye
Interestingly, having accepted many of Blavatsky’s ideas, Germany’s occult leaders—who rose to power decades after Buck and Pike died of old age—also acknowledged the Third Eye, and even believed Blavatsky’s explanation of its ancient Atlantean origins. Descriptions of the Eye can be found in the writings of several Nazi leaders. Hitler made an indirect reference to it in Mein Kampf:
“…all the human culture, all the results of art, science, and technology that we see before us today, are almost exclusively the creative product of the Aryan. …he alone was the founder of all higher humanity… He is the Prometheus of mankind from whose bright forehead the divine spark of genius has sprung at all times…”
—Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1925
Hitler’s belief in the Third Eye was affirmed by Hermann Rauschning, the former National Socialist Senate President of Danzig. In Hitler Speaks (London, 1939), Rauschning wrote:
“To have “magic insight” was apparently Hitler’s idea of the goal of human progress…There was the eye of the Cyclops, or median eye, the organ of magic perception of the Infinite, now reduced to a rudimentary pineal gland. Speculations of this sort fascinated Hitler, and he would sometimes be entirely wrapped up in them.”
—Hermann Rauschning, Hitler Speaks
Further evidence of his Third Eye belief is set forth in the book Hitler’s Secret Conversations, a transcription of confidential dialogues and discussions that took place at his headquarters from July 1941 to November 1944, which were recorded for posterity. Hitler said:
“In all the human traditions…one finds mention of a huge cosmic disaster…In my view the thing is explicable only by the hypothesis of a disaster that completely destroyed a humanity which already possessed a high degree of civilization. The fragments of our prehistory are perhaps merely reproductions of objects belonging to a more distant past, and it’s by means of these, doubtless, that the road to civilization was discovered anew…”
—Trevor-Roper, Hitler’s Secret Conversations
Hitler’s belief in the Third Eye proves just how influential Blavatsky’s writings really were in Germany before Hitler’s rise to power. Many of his ideas exactly parallel Blavatsky’s, including the swastika logo, the idea of the Aryan race’s primacy and antiquity, and a highly sophisticated and forgotten antediluvian civilization.
Nazi teams of anthropologists, archaeologists and occult scholars were dispatched by Himmler to the far East, India, and Tibet to uncover evidence of Aryan history. Their researches formed the basis for the Indiana Jones movies, in which Nazi officers are depicted searching in forgotten lands for lost artifacts and treasures.
Though she had by then passed away, Blavatsky’s theories—she described the “Hindu Aryans” as “the most metaphysical and spiritual people on earth”—had become validated in the eyes of many 19th and 20th century Europeans. For them, it was the “Aryan” who introduced the highly spiritual Vedic religion, Hinduism, to India; and it was the Aryan who dutifully remembered his ancient, ancestral “Third Eye” practice, the natural human organ through which one is put into contact with one’s eternal soul.
Decoding The Swastika
According to Professor Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, a scholar of Western Esotericism at the University of Exeter, Blavatsky’s ideas reached Hitler and the Nazis indirectly through a Viennese poet and occult icon of pre-Nazi Germany named Guido Von List (1848 – 1919).
Guido Von List (1848 – 1919).
Like Blavatsky, List was convinced that the ancient Aryans had created a highly sophisticated spiritual capital throughout Europe. He credited them with constructing Europe’s unusual megalithic and Cyclopean architecture, based on a mysterious “technique” they had inherited from their Atlantean ancestors, which involved tapping the strength of the “god within” by awakening the “Cyclopean” or Third Eye.
Stonehenge, a magical megalithic monument in present day England.
Following the opinion of the Italian philosopher and Freemason Giordano Bruno (1548-1600), who was burned alive by the Inquisition for refusing to recant his heretical Gnostic views, List believed that the Old Testament, upon which the ethical, moral, religious, and social values of the Western world are based, is a false teaching that has covered up the authentic and far richer Aryan Hinduism, a “spiritual” past now almost forgotten.
Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) great thinker put to death for heresy.
For List, the influence of the Old Testament in Europe overshadowed the original Hinduism brought by the Aryans. The rise of the all-powerful Catholic Church then gave European Hinduism its final death blow. According to Goodricke-Clarke:
“…List was attracted to the ideas of Giordano Bruno…Bruno had proclaimed that Judaism and Christianity had corrupted the ancient and true religion…which had enjoyed considerable popularity amongst the Neo-Platonists of the Renaissance. Bruno also wanted a new dispensation based on the rediscovered ancient gnosis.”
—Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, The Occult Roots of Nazism, 1992
For List, as for Bruno, the Old Testament is not an accurate account of the main lines of human history; instead, the Old Testament has been superimposed over a much more important narrative in human history. Because Europe and the West have wholeheartedly accepted the Bible as if it were the heritage of all mankind (and not just the history of one small group, the Hebrews), Westerners have failed to recognize a far greater history, and a far richer spiritual wisdom—the key symbol of which is the swastika.
The word “Swastika” comes from the Sanskrit “su” (good) and “asti” (being), meaning “good being.” The emblem is formed by crossing two symmetrical but opposing “S” runes—the runes being a mysterious ancient alphabet once used in Northern Europe—putting their two congruent shapes in perfect equilibrium.
Swastika, ancient symbol of the balance of opposites.
List claimed that the ancient Aryans saw in the twin opposing “S” signs of the swastika the doctrine of “balanced duality” (i.e., Sun vs. Moon, Day vs. Night, Light vs. Dark, Hot vs. Cold, Dry vs. Wet, Male vs. Female, Positive vs. Negative, etc.). Blavatsky too believed the swastika’s twin “S” signs symbolize all the “paired opposites” in the material world, much like China’s yin & yang or Freemasonry’s sun and moon:
“The double sign is, as every student of Occultism knows, the symbol of the male and the female principles in Nature, of the positive and the negative…”
—Helena Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine
She explained that crossing the two S’s means unifying opposites or balancing them by giving them a common center—in other words, self-realization by finding one’s center (point in the middle) between the twin “S” opposites (duality).
This is precisely the sacred formula for awakening the Third Eye—the balancing of opposites (i.e., balance of the sun and the moon, of ida and pingala, Boaz and Jachin, etc.). English writer and journalist Perceval Landon (1868-1927), describing his turn of the 20th century travels in Tibet, explained:
“…the swastika…surmounted by a rudely drawn symbol of the sun and moon…marks every main doorway in the country.”
—Perceval Landon, Lhasa: An Account of the Country and People of Central Tibet, 1905
Swastika in Tibet, flanked by sun and moon, from the Iron
Age (1300 BC – 600 BC). From www.tibetarchaeology.com
After arriving in India with the Aryans, the swastika later moved into China and Japan with the spread of Buddhism (an offshoot of Hinduism) in the centuries leading up to Christ. This is why the Buddha—whose 6th Century BC appearance came long after the movement of the Aryans and the spread of Hinduism—is depicted with the swastika emblazoned on his chest, meditating in the crossed-legged lotus position, with an awakened Third Eye (the bindi dot) on his forehead. In other words, by using the swastika, Buddha balanced his solar and lunar halves, awakening his Third Eye (“Buddha” means “he who has awakened”):
The Buddha with swastika on his heart and awakened Third
Eye dot on his forehead—communing with his “soul
within”—the pinnacle teaching of Aryan Hinduism
There is, of course, much more behind the symbolism of the swastika, but it’s basic meaning is to teach us how to find our center within or “god within” and awaken our Third Eye, an act which reveals the fullness of our inner being where all contradiction and conflict—all opposites—vanish, and where the veil of the material world is temporarily lifted, revealing the Self or “soul within” us and allowing us to tap its power to achieve spiritual liberation.
A violent repulsion over the mass murders and vicious racism of the Nazis, and against the equally shameful history of the White Supremacist movement in America, has created a situation where mere mention of the swastika in the United States or Europe is frowned upon by most people. It is nonetheless true that the swastika was and is an important religious symbol for Hindus. Among those Hindus were the Aryan tribes who contributed to the development of European civilization.
The Aryan / Atlantis link propagated by Blavatsky, Donnelly, List, and Himmler is described by many modern scholars as unprovable pseudoscience and willful suspension of disbelief. That does not mean that these long widely-held and influential speculations are entirely without foundation or value. Whether or not there ever was a physical place or culture that matched the mythical Atlantis, it is undeniable that there is a common symbolic and architectural vocabulary among ancient civilizations. That makes the possibility of a common origin difficult to dismiss, however unlikely it seems based on what scholars know today about ancient technological capacities and migration patterns. I think one reason such a possibility is so quickly dismissed today has a great deal to do with academic biases in favor of Christianity, which is seen to represent “Western values.”
The Third Eye doctrine we find in Hinduism (in its modern and ancient incarnations) removes the Old Testament “God” from the spiritual equation completely, by empowering man with the strength of his own divinity. I believe that somehow, whether by Aryans or another group of people, the Hindu religion was established or transmitted to ancient Europe, and that Hinduism is an important part of the heritage of Western civilization as well as of Eastern civilization. Ultimately, we are all Hindus, because there is no God outside our minds. We need to seek our spiritual sustenance from within ourselves.
I think it is high time to take monotheistic religion and racism out of scholarship, particularly when it comes to the study of ancient civilizations, as neither of these ideas has stood the test of time in the way that Hinduism apparently has. The more I look at the artifacts of civilizations from around the world, the more convinced I become that Hinduism is the religion of the past and of the future. Om!
Richard Cassaro’s new book, The Missing Link, explores the meaning, transformations and propagation of the ancient world’s most important religious icon. His first book, Written in Stone, is a wide-ranging exploration of hitherto-unknown connections among Freemasons, medieval cathedral builders and the creators of important ancient monuments, in support of his theory that a spiritually advanced mother culture, lost to history, is behind many of the world’s architectural and artistic traditions.
Prior to the publication of Written in Stone, Cassaro enjoyed a successful career as a U.S. correspondent, professional journalist, and photo researcher for Rizzoli Publications, one of the world’s leading media organizations. Cassaro, who is a graduate of Pace University in New York City, has examined first-hand the ancient ruins and mystical traditions of Egypt, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Sicily, France, England, India, Peru and Spain; he has lectured on his theories to great acclaim in the United States, Egypt, Italy, Spain and Peru.
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