The subject of Gnostic anthropology
explores the history of our planet Earth, and describes in detail the civilizations
that have inhabited the Earth in the past and that will inhabit it in the
future. Gnostic anthropology is radically different than what present-day
historical, anthropological, and archaeological texts teach us, and is
best studied with an open mind and with the help of inner meditation. A
study of Gnostic anthropology will enable us to see more clearly where
our present civilization stands, as well as where we personally stand,
with respect to the overall history of the planet. "History repeats
itself" is a profound statement, not only because social and political
incidents seem to recur, but because larger cosmic cycles and events also
repeat themselves. These major cycles determine the final destiny of humanity,
and by understanding them we are able to grasp where our civilization is
Gnostic anthropology is primarily concerned with the major races of humanity that
inhabit the Earth at different times. Every planet must support seven major
races of humanity, called "root races", during the planet's existence.
After these seven races have emerged, subsisted, and dissipated from its
surface, the planet becomes a lifeless moon. During the previous cosmic
day our moon was a planet full of life. Following the course of every planet,
however, it supported its seven root races and eventually became what it
is today - a barren, lifeless moon that now orbits the Earth.
Present-day humanity is part of the fifth root race of
the Earth, called the Arian race. The first root race was the Protoplasmatic
race. These beings were fully awake, divine individuals, with bodies that
were semi-physical, semi-etheric. They were androgynous beings, having
neither male nor female sexual organs. They lived on the continent of Thule,
which was located where the North Pole is now found. The second root race
was the Hyperborean race. These beings lived on the continent of Hyperborea,
in what in now Northern Europe. They were also awake, divine, and androgynous
beings, and reproduced by fragmentation. The third root race was the Lemurian
civilization. The Lemurians inhabited the great continent of Mu, which
was found where the Pacific Ocean is now located. The first half of the
Lemurian race consisted of beings that were hermaphrodite, whose bodies
had both sets of sexual organs. The splitting of the sexes into male and
female occurred during the second half of the Lemurian civilization. The
fourth root race was the Atlantean race. These beings inhabited the continent
of Atlantis, located where the Atlantic Ocean now stands. After the submersion
of Atlantis, the fifth root race to inhabit the Earth is our current Arian
race. The sixth and seventh root races are yet to come, following the end
of our Arian civilization.
Each root race exists on Earth for as long as it takes
the solar system to go around the entire zodiacal belt. This length of
time is called a "sidereal year", and is documented in modern astronomy. Each sidereal year
lasts 25,68 years, and, for the purposes of Gnostic anthropology, begins
and ends when the Earth is found in the zodiacal constellation of Aquarius.
The Earth stays within each constellation for 2164 years before moving
on to the next. Following Aquarius it moves to Capricorn, then to Sagittarius,
and so on. At the end of the sidereal year the Earth completes the cycle
by moving from Pisces back to Aquarius. On February 4, 1962 the Earth passed
from the constellation of Pisces to that of Aquarius, and we thus entered
the Aquarian Age.
During its life-span over the course of one sidereal year,
a root race undergoes four seasons, or ages: a Golden, Silver, Copper,
and Iron Age. During the Golden Age, no member of the race possesses the
psychological ego. It is a true "Golden Age", and during this
period the esoteric mysteries are alive and flourish. The psychological
ego begins to take form in the Silver Age. It is still a noble period,
but the mysteries have begun to lose a bit of their light. The light of
the mysteries continues to diminish in the copper age, as the ego expands,
while this light is almost completely gone in the Iron Age, when the ego
is fully alive and present. This relationship of the ego with the four
ages began with the Lemurian civilization, and recurred again during the
Atlantean and Arian races.
A root race begins at the start of a sidereal year. The
Golden Age begins
while the Earth is in Aquarius, and, as the Earth moves through the zodiacal
belt, the ages also progress: from the Golden, to the Silver, to the Copper,
and finally to the Iron Age. By the time the Earth enters Pisces and then
returns to Aquarius, the Iron Age of a civilization has begun.
During the Iron Age a civilization has degenerated from the time of its Golden Age.
The degree of degeneration, however, is particular to each race. The Protoplasmatic
and Hyperborean races had not declined during their Iron Age because they
were awake and divine beings, not possessing the psychological ego. The
Lemurians reached a certain level of degeneration, while the Atlanteans
declined even further. Our current Arian race, however, has reached a degree
of degeneration that has not been matched during the entire history of
the Earth. The amount of ego that we carry in our psyches is vastly greater
than the ego possessed by previous races. Wars, hatred, envy, violence,
environmental destruction, ill-will, etc. are commonplace in today's society.
Since the Iron Age of a civilization occurs near the end of the sidereal
year, every race comes to an end during its Iron Age. It can be considered
as the Earth "purging" itself from the corrupt humanity that
is inhabiting it.
Although every root race exists on the Earth for only
one sidereal year, the period of time between the end of one race and the
beginning of the next can be many thousands or millions of years. In other
words each root race lasts for only one sidereal year, but many sidereal
years may pass before the next root race begins. But why does each race
end? What brings about its demise, thus preparing the way for the next
race? To properly answer these questions it is necessary to understand
certain cosmic cycles that have occurred and that will continue to occur
throughout the entire life-span of the planet Earth.
A very important cosmic event takes place each time the
Earth enters the zodiacal constellation of Aquarius. This event causes
great natural disasters to occur, and has been responsible for the end
of every root race that existed upon the Earth. At the end of every sidereal
year, after moving from Pisces to Aquarius, the orbit of the Earth approaches
the orbit of a planet found in the Tyler Solar System. In Gnosis this planet
is known as "Hercolubus". In the Bible this planet is referred
to as "Wormwood", while modern astronomers have named it "Barnard
I". Hercolubus is about 600 times the size of the Earth, and so as
the orbits of the two planets get closer their gravitational and magnetic
fields exert forces on one another.
never comes close enough to physically collide with the Earth, but due
to its size exerts very strong gravitational and electromagnetic forces.
These forces cause great natural catastrophes to occur on the Earth, such
as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tidal waves, hurricanes, etc. In addition,
Hercolubus' gravitational fields cause the Earth's axis of rotation to
tilt. Currently it is tilted about 23 degrees from its original position,
and as Hercolubus comes closer and closer the tilting will accelerate.
This will result in the poles becoming the equator and vice versa. Currently
we are in the 37th year of the Age of Aquarius. Hercolubus and the Earth
reach their closest distance during the beginning of the Aquarian Age;
the natural catastrophes that have resulted have been responsible for the
end of the previous four root races, and will be responsible for the end
of our present civilization. We are already seeing more natural disasters
throughout the world than in the past. As Hercolubus approaches these disasters
will accelerate exponentially.
The encounter of the Earth with Hercolubus takes place
every sidereal year, and is thus a natural cosmic event. The first few
races were not afraid of the disasters since they had not degenerated.
They still had extraordinary powers, and used them to escape the catastrophes.
The Protoplasmatic and Hyperborean races, for example, simply submerged
themselves into the 4th dimension when the catastrophes began multiplying.
The portion of the Lemurian civilization that had not degenerated did the
same, while the rest perished. The vast majority of the Atlanteans died
during the submersion of Atlantis, but a small minority was able to escape.
Unfortunately, due to the extreme degeneration of the Arian race, there
will be few who will survive the upcoming cataclysms.
Master Samael Aun Weor openly declares in his writings
that we are at the times of the end. He states that when the disasters
begin occurring , those who have eliminated 50% of their psychological
ego will be taken to a place where they will be safe from the catastrophes.
They will watch, in safety, the cataclysms that will take placed on the
rest of the planet, while continuing to work on themselves in order to
eliminate the rest of their ego. This group of people will provide the
seed for the sixth root race, and no one with ego will be allowed to inhabit
the Earth during the Golden Age of that race. This is why the Gnostic teachings,
which were taught in secrecy only in authentic mystery schools, are now
being made freely available to the public - in order for whoever genuinely
works on himself or herself to be able to escape the upcoming disasters.
In order to eliminate the psychological ego and to awaken
consciousness we must practice the Three Factors for the Revolution of
Consciousness. The Three Factors are the foundation and the essence of
the Gnostic Esoteric Work. By practicing the Three Factors we will be able
to study Gnostic anthropology in an experiential manner, and to verify
its validity through direct, personal, and conscious experience. In this
way we will not naively believe or disbelieve, but rather we will know
the truth for ourselves.
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