Atlantis and the Rising of the Phoenix
The above is, of course, exactly the message
of St. John s
Revelation (21:1) concerning the New Jerusalem. The
New Jerusalem is Atlantis, reborn from its cinders, as a sort of Phoenix,
the bird that personifies Paradise in Greek myths. These myths were indeed
copied from Egypt who, in turn, cribbed them from India. India and, more exactly, Indonesia, is the true land of the Phoenix, as is relatively easy to show, since it is from there that comes the name of the
Benu bird of the Egyptians and that of the Phoenix of the Greeks.
This mystic bird was called
Vena in the
Rig Veda. So, if the Phoenix indeed symbolizes Atlantis-Paradise resurging from its own cinders, as we believe it does, there can be little doubt that the legend is originally Vedic, and originated in the Indies. The name means nothing that makes sense in either Egyptian or Greek. But in the holy tongues of India it means the idea of Eros (Love) and, more exactly, the Sun of Justice that symbolizes Atlantis rising from the waters of the primordial abyss. This myth forms the essence of the one of the Celestial Jerusalem, as well as, say, those of the Orphic Cosmogonies, those of the Egyptians, and those of most other ancient nations.
Egypt and the Origin of the Legend
Plato concedes that he learnt the legend
of Atlantis from Solon who, in turn, got it from the Egyptians. But those,
in their turn, learnt it from the Hindus of Punt (Indonesia). Punt was
the Ancestral Land (To-wer), the Island of Fire whence the Egyptians
originally came, in the dawn of times, expelled by the cataclysm that razed
their land. From there also came the Aryans, the Hebrews and Phoenicians,
as well as the other nations that founded the magnificent civilizations
of olden times.
It is from the primordial Lemurian Atlantis
that derive all our myths and religious traditions, the very ones that
allowed the ascent of Man above the beasts of the field. From Atlantis
derive all our science and our technology: agriculture, cattle herding, the
alphabet, metallurgy, astronomy, music, religion, and so forth. These inventions are so clever and so advanced that they seem as natural as the air we breath and
the gods we worship. But they are all incredibly advanced inventions that
came to us from the dawn of times, from the twin Atlantises we utterly
It is in India and in Indonesia, that,
even today, we find the secret of Atlantis and Lemuria hidden behind the
thick veil of their myths and allegories. The crucial events are disguised
inside the Hindu and Buddhic religious traditions, or told as charming
sagas like those of the
Ramayana and the
error that led the ancients, along with the modern researchers, into believing
that Atlantis lay in the Atlantic Ocean is easy to understand now that
we know the true whereabouts of the sunken continent. When humanity moved
from Indonesia into the regions of Europe and the Near East, the "Occidental
Ocean" of the Hindus became the Oriental Ocean, for it then lay towards
The (Hindu) myths that told of Atlantis
sinking in the Occidental Ocean became interpreted as referring to the
Atlantic Ocean, western in regards to Europe, their new residence. The
Hindus called the sunken continent by the name of
a name uncannily similar to that of Atlas and of Atlantis (by the appending
of the suffix
tiv = "mountain", "island", in Dravida, and pronounced "tiw").
It is from this base that names such as that of the mysterious Keftiu of
the Egyptians, the "Islands in the Middle of the Ocean (the "Great Green")"
ultimately came (Keftiu =
Kap-tiv = "capital island" or "Skull
Island" = "Calvary" in Dravida, the pristine language of Indonesia). But
this is a long story which we tell elsewhere, presenting the detailed evidence
for this uncanny allegation of ours.
The Reversal of the Oceans and the
It is to this "reversal" of the Cardinal
Directions just mentioned that Plato and Herodotus make reference, along
with other ancient authorities. Interestingly enough, even the Amerindians
who came in, at least in part, from Indonesia into South America via
the Pacific Ocean impelled by the Atlantean Cataclysm often confuse the
direction of their primeval homeland, which they sometimes place in the
east, sometimes in the west. But, strangely enough, they never place it
towards the north, as they should, if they came in via the Bering Strait.
The ancient Greeks attempted to mend their
myths calling, by the name of "Atlantic", the whole ocean that encircles
Eurasia and Africa. But the result was even worse than before and the confusion
only grew. Herodotus used to laugh at this ridiculous attempt by the geographers
of his time (Hist. 2:28). Aristotle, in his
De Coelo, is
also very specific on the fact that the name of "Atlantic Ocean" that
is, the "Ocean of the Atlanteans" was the whole of the circular, earth-encompassing
So, we able to conclude that Atlantis can legitimately be localized
either in the ocean we presently call by that name, or, even more
likely, in the ocean where the ancients placed their legends and their
navigations, the Indian Ocean. This ocean they named Erythraean, Atlantic,
and so on, names which are indeed related with that of Atlantis, "the land
of the Reds", the Primordial
Erythraea, whose names mean "the red one".
It should perhaps be emphasized that it is the name of the Atlantic Ocean (or "Ocean of the Atlanteans") that derives from that of Atlantis, and not vice-versa. And that name far predates Plato, being mentioned, f. i., by Herodotus, who wrote his
History fully a century before Plato wrote the
Critias. Moreover, as Herodotus explains, the name of "Atlantic Ocean" originally applied to the Indian Ocean, rather than the body of water now so named. So, it is on that side of the world, and not on ours that we should expect to find Atlantis.
Atlas, Hercules, Atlantis, and the
Itinerary of the Heroes
Greek myths often embody the confusion
of east and west that we just pointed out.