Golden Age and Golden Race — part 2: Ancient Zorastrian History
A time when time was not
We once lived in a world quite different from the one we have created for ourselves today. In a word, we lived in a paradise where time was not measured, cold winds did not blow in winter storms, and heat waves did not parch the verdant soil. It was a “Golden Age” wherein disease and death were not experienced by human beings, who walked the earth for hundreds of years and then ascended back into the higher realms of Light when their missions were complete. A time when gods inhabited the Earth and walked among us, bringing heavenly ordinances with them to set the dominion thereof in the earth. Together, we created a world of infinite beauty and copious abundance. Then the “evil one” came and all was lost – or “hidden by the gods,” as the ancient peoples perceived the natural cycles of planetary evolution that brought about changes that radically impacted our own evolution of consciousness and physical form.
So goes the story of Man as recorded in ancient scriptures, the most ancient of which are to be found among the Zoastrian archives – predating the ancient Greek and Roman classical literature, in which grew the roots that brought forth our Western culture and where the golden age tradition got its start.
I am intrigued and greatly entertained by the exhaustive research of David Wilcock which he has so masterfully compiled into his fascinating book THE SOURCE FIELD INVESTIGATIONS – The HIDDEN SCIENCE and LOST CIVILIZATIONS behind the 2012 PROPHECIES — of which Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods, writes in the foreword: “Magnificent. . . . There is a tremendous amount of good science here, much of it new to Western readers.” On the back of the book’s jacket he writes: “David Wilcock is a leading thinker who makes a magnificent case . . . that a Golden Age is indeed within our grasp and can be brought into manifestation if only we choose to make it so.”
On page 416 Wilcock references a 1952 scholarly paper by H.C. Baldry entitled “Who Invented the Golden Age?” which he wrote for the Classical Quarterly journal, which one has to be a scholar oneself to read. In this paper, Baldry offers his analysis of how the idea of a Golden Age got its start.
“There are many passages in ancient literature which depict an imaginary existence different from the hardships of real life – an existence blessed with Nature’s bounty, untroubled by strife or want. Naturally this happy state is always placed somewhere or sometime outside normal human experience, whether off the map in some remote quarter of the world, or in Elysium after death, or in the dim future or the distant past. Such an imaginary time of bliss in the past or the future has become known as the golden age . . . .
“[We know that] (i) the picture of a happy existence remote from ordinary life … came from sources earlier than any extant classical literature; (ii) this traditional picture was normally known in antiquity before the Roman Empire as the age of Kronos [Time] or Saturnus; [and] (iii) gold and the use of gold had no place in the traditional picture …. When first mentioned in [Hesiod’s] Works and Days (42-46) [circa 800 BC] it is not explained, but briefly alluded to as the state which men would now enjoy if the gods had not hidden the means of life from them….
“References in later literature show an even greater variety of belief about the time and place of the happier life – a variety which cannot be traced back to Hesiod or any other single source, but suggests an old and widespread tradition handled at different times and places, and by different authors, in many different ways . . . . Further confirmation may be sought in the various parallels contained in Eastern literature, notably the Indo-Iranian myth in which Yima of the [Zoroastrian] Avesta and Yama of the [Hindu] Vedas must have had their common source – the story of a past age of happiness under a ruler who, when it ended, became lord of a Paradise inhabited by the souls of the blessed. . . .”
The Golden Age represented a “Paradise inhabited by the souls of the blessed.” Baldry mentions a common source that we can trace all the Golden Age prophecies back to – namely the primordial “Indo-Iranian myth” which gave rise to both Zoroastrianism and Hinduism. Both religions appear to be talking about the same hero-king, the name slightly changed depending on which religion you look at. His name was Yima in Zoroastrianism and Yama in the Vedas.
Wilcock references the Traditional Zoroastrianism Website for an “extremely comprehensive collection of research articles on the subject, and in ‘History of the Ancient Aryans’ by Porus Homi Havewala,” he writes, “ we find out more about this primordial Indo-Iranian civilization that later (probably much later) splintered off into Zoroastrianism and Hinduism:
“All of the ancient Zorastrian scriptures speak of an earlier homeland from where our people came, the lost “Airyane Vaejahi” or seedland of the Ayrans. From this homeland the Indo-Europeans or Aryans moved to upper India, Iran, Russia and the nations of Europe such as Greece, Italy, Germany, France, Scandinavia, England, Scotland and Ireland. . . . The “Vendidad” is one of the ancient scriptures of the Zorastrians. . . . In the first “Fargad” or chapter, the Golden Age of the ancient Aryans is outlined with their greatest king “Yima Kshaeta” (Yam Raj in the Indian Vedas), who banished old age and death.
Then, the ice age broke on the ancient home, and the Aryans were forced to migrate southward, to the southeast and the southwest. Mr. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, a great Brahmin (Indian Aryan) scholar of India in the last century, studied the Vedas and the Vendidad to find an ancient homeland of the Aryans. The Vedas are scriptures written by the Indo-Europeans or Aryans after they migrated to India. From the descriptions of the weather patterns mentioned in the Vedas, Tilak concluded that the ancient home must be in the Arctic regions, i.e., above present Russia. The Aryans migrated from the ancient home to Iran, and from there to India and Greece and Europe. Tilak also said that the most ancient historical scripture was the Iranian Vendidad, which actually describes the ancient homeland of the Aryans ….”
“Thus Spake Zarathushtra”
The great nineteenth-century Indian scholar Bal Gangadhar Tilak concluded that the Zoroastrian Vendidad was the “most ancient historical scripture” in the world. The name Zoroaster is actually a Greek pronunciation of”Zarathushtra,” so both names refer to the same man. Zarathushtra allegedly made contact with Ahura Mazda, the Zoroastrian equivalent of God – but according to the Vendidad, this was only a more recent reconnection.
“Zarathushtra asked Ahura Mazda: “O Ahura Mazda, righteous Creator of the corporeal world, who was the first person to whom You taught these teachings?” Then spoke Ahura Mazda: “YIMA the splendid, who watched over his subjects, O righteous Zarathushtra. I first did teach the Aryan religion to him, prior to you.'”
The author then describes the prior Golden Age in which “there be neither cold wind nor hot wind (neither extreme winter or summer), [and] there be no sickness nor death,” in which people are “undying and unwanting, and gloriously happy.” We then have a very interesting statement about time: “In the first I,OOO years of his rule, Yima the splendid enjoined righteous order on his Aryan subjects. He controlled invisible time itself, making it so much larger in size so as to praise and spread the righteous law.” It is very interesting to speculate on what was meant by controlling “invisible time itself.” Given what we now know, this carries much more potential impact than most people may realize. Graham Hancock points out similar statements from Egyptian texts in his introduction to this book — that life is maintained by the “progress and movement of time” – and these words now sound very cutting-edge.
As the Vendidad continues, we have what appears to be a very clear description of the coming of the last major Ice Age.
“That glorious age of the Aryans did not last for ever, O Zarathushtra. It was time for the evil one’s attack. I Who am Ahura Mazda spoke then to Yima Kshaeta: ‘O splendid Yima, toward the sacred Aryan land will rush evil as a severe fatal winter; evil will rush as thick snow flakes falling in increased depth. From the three directions will wild and ferocious animals attack, arriving from the most dreadful sites. Before this winter, any snow that fell would melt and convey the water away. Now the snow will not melt (but will form the Polar ice cap) … Now, there will be no footprints discernible at all on the packed sheets of hard ice that will form.'”
Concluding this section, he writes:
Hence, the ancient Aryan civilization appears to have originated in what is now the frozen wasteland of northern Russia-prior to the coming of the last great Ice Age. Given all the work of Graham Hancock and others, we can safely associate this with the time of the purported civilization of Atlantis.
I will leave it there for now to be continued in my next post. I find it most interesting, as well as significant, that all of this took place in the Middle East and Europe, where devastating turmoil is the current experience of that part of the body of Humanity. And here we are in the Americas, the West, enjoying a completely different lifestyle in a country that holds great promise for the future of Mankind, a promise that our forefathers entrusted into our hands. Or are we?
Out of the East our tomorrows arise daily with the rising Sun. As I have pointed out before, with the passing of the old world a new world emerges from out of the ashes. Let us consider ourselves fortunate that we live in Western Civilization, but also responsible for the future of Mankind and the Earth upon which we live and have our being. It is up to us to seize the day – or rather let the Day seize us – and allow the Golden Age of our time emerge and fill the world with love, happiness and abundance of life. Let us not live in fear or condemnation of what is befalling Humanity on the other side of the globe, lest it fall upon us here as well and destroy every hope of a Golden Age emerging. For what we fear may well come upon us. Let us rather be utterly compassionate for our brothers and sisters suffering and dying in the Middle East– and in other countries like Nigeria — as the angels incarnate in each one of them play their chosen roles in dismantling the old barbaric world of yesteryear. Let us be about our role and business of building the New Earth here in America, the land of love, a land that too many have taken for granted. Until my next post,
Be love. Be loved.
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