Why do civilisations fall? Why do ages turn? In our western teaching of the history of this shared world, we have passed through dark ages, the middle ages, the renaissance, the enlightenment and we are still 300 years short of where we are, and moreover, have not included any of the human history prior to the birth of Christ! History is constantly being made by human endeavour alone. But human beings, mankind (two perfectly good words, in their own right but, perhaps not so good together as one) is neither alone, nor does it act alone.
We share the planet with a plethora of perfectly evolved creative creatures, that have themselves, by their own endeavours, adapted the environment for we humans to take advantage of, as we so often have adapted it, equally unwittingly, for them. We know that some of these species are so reliant on each other for mutual survival, that they have a shared life/death cycle that allows their shared environment to support each species without allowing either or any one to dominate the other but more significantly, not to dominate the land.
The relationship between the north american caribou and the grey wolf that preys upon it and depends upon it, as no other large mammal inhabits such northerly latitudes on that continent, is an example. Biologists who have surveyed these migrations for decades, have come to the same conclusion that the indigenous people had already come to scores of generations earlier, after having had to watch (and themselves having had to rely on) the migrants for thousands of years, to learn their habits and the habits of the wolf packs that followed and harried them without relent.
South African scientists have also learned, or rather have relearned (the San Bushmen who have lived on these lands for thousands of years had previously learned the knowledge for themselves), that acacia bushes in the Kalahari desert of southern Africa are aware that if there is imminent danger of being overwhelmed by grazers, the plants can communicate the danger, chemically, to surrounding acacia shrubs which can enhance production of a toxin strong enough to kill almost immediately. It will ensure that this hardiest of bushes will survive, to hold the soil together and prevent the disaster that would be desertification. Animals that pay no heed pay the ultimate price, as scores of herbivores discovered all to late during one particularly arid, dry season. The mass, simultaneous casualties alerted the wildlife authorities and they could get to the bottom of the matter. The chemicals that led to the deaths of the animals was left behind in the blood and could be traced to the acacia bushes that they had fed on, the only vegetation that had survived that searing summer.
Consciousness seems to be a constant in nature, whether it be the humble acacia or the somewhat less humble German Shepherd, that leaps into a furious current to rescue her drowning master. In that instant, realising the nature of life and of death. Upon dragging the eternally indebted master to the safety of the shore, she resumes her role as the cuddly, clumsy, canine companion.
Cycles are a constant of nature and a constant in our human history too. Are they mutually exclusive? Or are they not more likely to be themselves inter-connected, as other natural cycles have been discovered to be? In both the testament and the writing of ancient scribes, shaman and story keepers, cycles of time are a known phenomenon and within these ages or eons, are cycles of civilisation, of influence, the influence of man and the influence of nature; on earth that means the climate and geography but there is also the location of the earth itself, relative to it’s neighbours and the position of other celestial entities. Each of the planets in our solar system and the other heavenly bodies that we can see and can not, have cycles.
The men and women who had been crossing the land bridge between the eurasian and american continents, to participate in the life cycle of the deer and the wolf, were also bringing with them, their cultures, their costumes and their chromosomes. As the grazers left a scent trail for the carnivores to follow, the nomads left a genetic trail for the students of such a thing, to follow in the future. The indigenous peoples of the far east of what is now Russia, people are alive with the same genetic code in their blood as the people that we call Native Americans have pumping through theirs. They are the same. They just moved.
If we take a look at the haplogroup (genetic family) R1b, that can be found in the DNA of the Cherokee, the Seminole, the Chipewyan and three other tribes of North American natives, we discover that it is also the haplogroup to which belong upwards of seventy per cent of the peoples of the British Isles, around sixty per cent of Iberians and Frenchmen, almost half of the modern day German and Italian populations, as well as being the genetic group of particular clans from Chad, in north Africa and of the Rajputs from Rajasthan, in western India, who are unlike the other Kyshastriya castes of northern Indian states, who are predominantly of the R1a haplogroup. The origins of R1b can be traced to central Asia, where it emerged from it’s parent group, ‘R’, to give us the original R, R1b and later, R1a. R1b is recorded by modern geneticists as being R1b, from bodies dated to around 13 300 BC in modern day Armenia. Before this time, when it emerged in it’s own right, it was part of the parent group that emerged in Tanzania 190 000 years ago as group A*; taking 145 000 years to travel no farther north than to Kenya, where it had mutated, and was now part of the haplo super group, KLT. By 38 000 BC it had arrived in the lands of a future Persian capital, Persepolis. At 32 000 BC the men carrying that particular sequence of genes were in what is now Tel Halaf, in the Levant and it is known as the, ‘Scythian P’. It split in the area of another future Persian capital, the present seat of government, Tehran. The group that headed east from here carried their R1b inheritance across the length of the largest of land masses, to Samarkand, Bishkek, Novosibirsk and onto Krasnoyarsk, the last point in Asia before crossing into the americas.
At Krasnoyarsk too, there was a parting of the ways. Not all, it seems stayed put or journeyed on toward the rising sun. Some headed south and east, to Ulan Batar (present day Mongolia) and to Ulanqub, where it again fractured, with a few going on to the coast, modern Shendong, in China, among whose population today can be found a remnant of that ancient migration. Others had gone west and those that did stopped at Zhangye in 2370 BC, before Khotan in Tibet and crossing into the subcontinent, to the plains of the northern India. The Jatts and the Kushans (sub clade, R1b1a2), who were among the invaders from the north, had emerged around 3500 BC, at Bashkortostan, in today’s Russia to the north of the Tibetan plateau. The high altitude desert of Tibet was bypassed by the northern route and the deserts of eastern Persia and the Gobi desert both had to be negotiated either by passing to the north or to the south. No groups dared pass directly through these inhospitable and dangerous wildernesses.
Those who had not headed east into the morning sun, all those thousands of years before distant relatives would arrive on the plains of the Punjab, headed north west and south. Those that stayed in the caucuses are there today, the heartland of the R1b clade. Many haplogroups were at this time clustered around the Black Sea, which was a freshwater sea at that time and a haven for many, as much of Europe was uninhabitable in a line north of the Pyrenees, the Alps and on toward the north east. Populations and therefore their genetic codes, were compressed by necessity, a consequence of the ice age that covered most of Britain and Scandinavia and which had reached it’s maxim by 13 000 BC when R1b was in it’s infancy. The retreat of suffocating sheets of ice allowed for the advance of humanity into virgin lands.
From their lands on the eastern shores of the Black Sea, men carrying the marker moved very quickly to Rostov on Don, on the northern shore and on into Europe proper; firstly to Romania and on to Greece, with each of these settlements providing corroborating evidence for the marker R1b L23. Hungary, L57, Germany and Poland, L11, France, P312, Spain, DF 27, and the British Isles, L 21. Brethren who left Armenia around the same time, 13 000 BC, arrived first in Anatolia where many settled and others retraced their ancestors footsteps south, back into Africa and Egypt, giving rise to the tribes we came to know as Copts, Berbers and Fulani. From Egypt some migrated across the continent to the area round Lake Chad, as had others, notably the Dogon people of the western Sahel, whose migration into relative wilderness, preserved the ancient knowledge of the Egyptian culture that they had left behind. As a consequence of the ground breaking research undertaken by the American, Dr Laird Scranton, who successfully decoded the hieroglyphics used by the Dogon and realised that these symbols and the symbols used by ancient Egyptians were effectively one and the same. The people who would become the Dogon were originally from Egypt.
The same cycle of mutation and migration is replicated in each of the haplogroups, that run from A through until T. By the time the R1b clade had emerged, mutated and migrated, those belonging to it would be found on every continent, be of every variety of human skin colour, hair and eye colour, be from clans of tall men and from clans of short men. They would become both celtic clans and native american clans, he could be the pharaoh, Tutankhamen or Prince Charles Edward Stuart.
The tiger is thought to have evolved in the cold climate of northern Asia, some 1.6 – 1.8 million years ago, before migrating south, changing as it did so, to meet the demands of the new environments that they encountered. The fossil record shows that they had also used the same Bearing Straight land bridge crossed by the R1b’s and many others, to Alaska. By the late Pleistocene period, it is thought that the tiger had crossed the Himalayan ranges and into the heat of the subcontinent, into the lives of the people already there, making their living from the most fertile of lands, however most people would probably feel confident in asserting that tigers were in India long before it had been populated by people. By the time it had arrived in the steaming jungles and sweltering sal forests, the ancestral tiger had mutated according to climate and had become two distinct species, each with their own subspecies, the Bengal being but one of the continental group that included the Siberian and Caspian, South China and Indo-Chinese, and the Malay.
The closest living relative of the tiger, is the snow leopard. They shared a common ancestor until approximately 2.88 million years ago when they split from the other big cat (panthera) species, whence beginning their separate and distinct lives on the same, shared continent. From that mutual ancestor have come two beautiful cats but one is spotted and one is striped.
According to hindu lore, that culture is around 40 000 years old, meaning that the tiger, the mount of Shakti or Durga would have had to have been incorporated into the pantheon of deities. Prior to the incarnation of Durga in India during the Vedic era, the tiger was being depicted on the seals of the Indus civilisation, that predated the aryan migration by a number of millennia. Furthermore, the area of the central asian steppe that it is assumed that they had departed from in the second millennium before the birth of Christ, would itself have been home to tigers when peninsular India was not.
Precession theory alerts us to the reality that the angle of the earth itself changes every 23000 years by 23.5 degrees, effectively meaning that the north star changes from being Polaris to Vega. A cycle that was identified, understood and monitored religiously by Mayan, Greek, Egyptian, Dogon, Sumerian, Babylonian and Hindu priests alike. The earth turns and the ages turn. Times do indeed change and every living and non living thing are affected, completely impotent in the face of the extraordinary cosmic forces, unleashed in a timely fashion, again and again. Within each of these enormous cycles of time are shorter ages. Irrespective of the culture, the priests were aware that, although each age begins with a golden dawn, as time moves on, that initial light loses it’s power to illuminate and as time slides ever onwards and farther from that original blast of consciousness, the age darkens until it comes to the natural end of it’s cycle and it turns again, into the light of a golden age.
When creatures, men or beasts, evolve, they must do so, by definition, at a particular time, and that point must fall within a time that is golden, or in a silver age, a bronze or in the darkness of an iron or black age. The Vedic priests identified these chapters of time within each successive age and other aforementioned cultures, from all points on the globe, albeit with a different view of the same cosmic spectacle, corroborate such an understanding. Indeed, even the venerated books of the modern day monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, are based on this ancient premise that there is a beginning and there is an end and according to their testament, that end time is upon us.
In a golden age of consciousness, a spiritual and immaterial utopia, the illusory nature of everything is apparent. As time drifts on so things evolve, physically, materially. We learn more, discover more, develop our environment more and more until at this point, we have changed much of it out of all recognition and usefulness. We have moved from, or mutated from the spiritual to the physical; even the interpretations of holy books have become based on the physical, whether they be strips of land, buildings, relics or clans or tribes of flesh and blood creations. According to the keepers of the ancient knowledge of Egypt, the monuments of Giza and other places were not built by slaves but by sound. Hospitals were built for doctors to cure by water, specifically by the sound that it makes as it flowed through constructed networks of tunnels. Sound, light and water are of course material, however they are the original material that allows everything else to live. Everything has come from these.
In the twenty first century, deep into the age of darkness, far from the original conscious state, far from the spirituality and immaterialism of our nature, we are being educated to invent things that require to be physically manufactured, everything that previously we could to with our senses. We have evolved into twenty haplogroups, some with scores of sub-clades. Each identifying and defining themselves, perhaps as an individual but one who is part of a broader culture or community, from a particular place on a map, from a particular tradition of values. Most have lost the belief in the values they still maintain that they subscribe to. They have become fixed physical entities; they believe they were always from their homeland, the homeland has never changed. No one migrated and mutated. There is no magic. There is no illusion. Everything that we have built will remain, as our own, as we intended them, our cities, our cultures, our civilisations and our conscious thoughts.
The history of mankind, and that of the nature, of which we are all a part, tells us, if we really take the time to think, a very different story. A beautiful story of creation consciously connected.
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