The Cycle of Time is a version of history that was virtually forgotten, even though it was common to all great civilizations of antiquity. It tells us of a time when humankind experienced the highest stage of civilization and how this was eventually lost. It also points to the possibility of a return to that state.
A growing number of books are bringing up the subject of ancient wisdom and the search for ‘lost knowledge’. Labelled as alternative history, most of them inevitably end with a question mark.
One of the first to explore this field was Egyptologist Schwaller de Lubicz, who believed we need a radical revision of our past — “It took an incredible decadence for man to accept materialistic theories such as those of Lamarck and Darwin. All traces of confidence in a divine order and harmony, and of legitimate pride, must have vanished in our lack of reaction against the science that lowers us to the brute state of so-called prehistoric man or anthropoid.”
The fact that the ancients went through a period of chaos and changes, and left us important warnings was clear to scholar Immanuel Velikovsky: “I soon realized that those sages lived in a frightened state of mind, justified by the events they or their close ancestors had witnessed. The ancients’ message was an anguished effort to communicate their awe engendered at seeing nature with its elements unchained.”
One thing seems certain: there exist huge gaps when it comes to explaining our origin and our understanding of ancient history.
In the midst of these findings, there is an interesting view to consider. It comes from India, the place once called the land of Dharma – a path that remembered humankind’s ancestors as enlightened beings who lived in a land of truth. The images of deities depicted in temples are but a reflection of a bygone era; an attempt to preserve the memories of a still remoter culture, whose traces were lost in the shadows of the past.
In ancient India the quest for lost knowledge developed into a myriad of paths and schools of thoughts, which aimed for a complete understanding of life. No efforts and resources were spared in attempting to know the eternal self and its interaction with nature and the divine.
The Cycle of Time is a non-fiction account based on research and experience, a collage of quotes from old and contemporary sages. It aims to reveal the essence of the existing patterns between events and their relation with human consciousness.
More than an interpretation of history, the Cycle is a journey of the spirit through time. The teachings that the concept of cyclic time encodes are profound and will certainly require meditative experience to be understood in its deeper aspects.
I hope this can be the beginning of a journey for you as it was for me, for this is indeed a fascinating perspective — one that is not only able to scrutinize the distant past but also dares to envision the future and beyond.