February 26, 2006 at 9:35 pm #11016
For some reason this weekend, i was idley pondering Life and Teachings of the Masters of the Far East by Baird T. Spalding, a remarkable 6 volume set that was part of the original inspiration for joining the 2002 China trip. The author describes some pretty amazing adventures including personal encoutners with jesus and buddha and witnessing ressurections, all kinds of stuff. when we reached the mist shrouded summit of Qingcheng Shan in 2002, my friend and i were convinced we had achieved on of the temples in the clouds described by Spalding.
Getting to Atlantis now, Spalding describes ancient cities uncovered by his group in remote deserts across central Asia in places like Mongolia, and the various “Stans” that span the region between Iran and China. His claim ws that these cities were 100’s of thousands of years old. After excavating them and recording their history and translating various “lost” documents, they reburied them to protect them from looters and tourists.
My question regards the validity of Spalding’s tale. Is any of it true and were these cities part of the Atlantean or Lemurian civilizations? Will Michael address any of these things in his book on Atlantis?February 27, 2006 at 10:29 pm #11017
Looks like fun reading. I’ll pick up v1 and see if I dig it.February 28, 2006 at 6:36 am #11019
I’ve only glanced through his books. But from what i’ve read from other critics, baird was part of a generation of writers in the thirties/forties – including the editors of Autobiography of a YOgi by Yogananada – that felt the need to create fabulous mystical experinces and extraordinary claims.
So I am very dubious. Not that remnants of ancient atlantean and lemurian civilizations exist – but that he uncovered and reburied them. There are tons of old cities buried in the deserts of western China, i have visited them. But Atlantean? no.
mFebruary 28, 2006 at 10:14 am #11021
You mentioned that you had been through the Xinjiang region. Many writers seem to point to this region as containing the remnants of Shambhala, including Nicholas Roerich. I’ve heard that this was a colony of lemurians. There does seem to be some amazing things going on there – red-haired mummies, populations of mixed mongolian and Caucasian. Its not far from the pazryk burial places. Kun Lun seems to be associated with Hsi WAng MU, the queen mother of the West. Perhaps it was a major meeting point of cultures.
I’ve also heard that some scythian art even has lemurs depicted! This is where the name Lemuria originates from I believe, or perhaps its the other way around. Anyway, the legends of the tamil siddhars in Sri Lanka place the lost continent (Lemuria not Atlantis) all the way from Africa to Polynesia or even further taking in the Easter islands and enabling contact with America.
I remember David Attenborough mentioning that Scientists don’t understand how Lemurs got from Africa to Madagascar. A lost continent would nicely resolve this problem.
Whats your opinion on this?
DylanFebruary 28, 2006 at 9:27 pm #11023
Well we’ve discussed this before. “chasing after stories” we called it there by the big bronze buddha. with that healthy perspective in mind, chasing after stories can lead to some fullfilment–expanding one’s view of the world, thinking outside the box, seeking alternatives. It’s a stage a lot of people on this path go through. perhaps a necessary stage for some.
i dont thinnk knowing one way or the other will take me closer to “enlightenment”, it’s just interesting. But then again, maybe it will, those books really inspired my internal work and eventually led to my move to china. and sold three china tours for you (me, rob, and mom)!! 😉
let’s offer a thanksgiving to Baird for his (inadvertant) support of HT.March 3, 2006 at 4:00 pm #11025
i wholeheartedly agree with you that there are many fascinating mysteries yet to be unfolded in the sands of the “Desert of No Return” in western China. I was just doubting that they were Atlantean.
Many other older civilizations and peoples that bit the dust. Lemuria is trnaspacific, but has many later groups migrating throughout southeast asia.
i think there were some Atlantean diaspora that made it to China, and probably influenced the rise of metal working there.
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