Our discussion is now going to take another turn. We are in present time, looking at our past to see our future, so we can learn to be in the NOW!
Just like our body has flows of energy in it, with acupuncture point, chakras, and kundalini, so do the planet Earth. As shamans of the past and present have stated, our planet is a living Being, going through its own evolutionary process. In fact, the changes we see and are about to be part of over the next few years are more the Sun’s and Earth’s spiritual evolutionary process, than ours. If we act right, we can be lucky enough to share in that process. If we are not up for the task, we too can go the way of the dinosaurs. The kundalini of the planet is called by many names, but the one I like the best is Serpent of Light as presented by one of my great teachers, Drunvalo Melchizedek.
In his book, “Serpent of Light Beyond 2012,” Drunvalo states that for several thousand years, up until approximately 13,000 years ago, this Serpent of Light came from the center of the earth and broke surface in Atlantis, around what is now known as the Bimini Islands. The decline of Atlantis started during the last ice age after a series of asteroids struck the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of what is now the state of Georgia, USA, some 16,000 years ago. Atlantis eventually sunk into the ocean, never to be seen again. As the giant ice sheets started to melt, the Sea level rose 125 feet, with four thousand years of almost non-stop rain. This could be considered the Great Flood. Plato and several channelers, including Edgar Cayce, have given the world information about the events surrounding Atlantis.
In Atlantis’ heyday, it was a place of huge spiritual growth. Atlantis had very advanced technology that rivaled or even surpassed the technology of today. A few hundred years before Atlantis sunk, the inner priesthood, known as the Nakkal Brotherhood, realized the Serpent of Light was about to move. They charted a possible course and decided it would end up high in the Himalayan Mountains. They traveled there by some sort of aircraft and started a bold project to prepare for the Serpent of Light to arrive. They built a huge pyramid here which is still standing, and is the largest one in the world at over 300 meters tall. It is located in the Qing Ling Shan Mountains, about 100 km southwest of Xi’an, an area now occupied by China. It is said the inner Nakkal priesthood made it there well before Atlantis sank into the depth of the Atlantic, and readied the pyramid to receive the Serpent of Light. The rest of the Atlanteans left rather late, barely making it to what is now considered Mayan land in the Yucatan, Belize and Guatemala. There are several murals and steles depicting the fall of Atlantis to this day among Maya and Incan ruins, and it is very much part of current-day Maya and Incan lore.
Some of the Atlanteans made it as far as Egypt and Mesopotamia (Sumer) to form a brotherhood there. All of this, of course, happened around 13,000 years ago.
With the Serpent of Light ending up in the Himalayan Mountains, it made Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, China and India centers of deep spiritual growth over this entire period of time. Some feel that is when the shamans of Mongolia and Siberia moved up into the high mountains of Tibet, to become the Tibetan Bon master shamans. The world has since been witness to the advanced spiritual teachings coming out of that area.
As we all know the government of China overtook Tibet in the late 1950’s, with the Dali Lama and his court leaving to be a government in exile in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala India. Even to this day the Dali Lama, being an advocate for peace, is not asking the Chinese to have Tibet separate from China. He wants a peaceful resolution to the Tibet issue, with freedom for the people of Tibet to practice whatever religion they want.
What happened relatively lately with Tibet, have gaven me two very big lessons: watch what you ask for and we are more powerful than we think, especially if many join together in the same thought. In May of 2008, before the Beijing Olympic Games, there was a huge protest around the world about Tibetan separation. On the nightly news of Europe and North America you could see people all over the world protesting, saying they would boycott the Olympic games unless China let Tibet separate into its own country. I was over in Siberia and Mongolia during this time. All protests came to an abrupt halt when there was a huge Earthquake high in the Sichuan Mountains, killing at least 68,000 people. What most people didn’t realize at the time was, this area is on the border of China and traditional Tibet. Literally the country was physical trying to separate from China, just like the people around the world were asking for. So watch what you ask for, you just might get it! Our minds are powerful, especially if we focus on one thing as a group.
Though it has been several thousand years since many people left Mongolia for Tibet, there has always been a strong cross-pollination between the two cultures. Even today, Tibetan Buddhism is the major practiced religion in Mongolia. Before the Chinese and Russians fought over this territory, splitting it up into communist states, Tibetan Buddhism was the major force in Mongolia. At that time 48% of the adult males were monks. There were over 3,000 monasteries. The leader (Bodgo Gegen, the living Buddha) of the country was similar to the Dali Lama, being an eighth reincarnation of himself. He was both religious and political leader. He was also known as Bogd Khan and is considered third in ecclesiastical hierarchy, after the Dali Lama and Panchen Lama. His present incarnation (ninth), now theoretically lives in Tibet, under Chinese house arrest. Buddhism is strong and well today in Mongolia. The bi-lateral connection doesn’t stop there.
The first Dali Lama (Ocean Lama) was appointed to his position by the Mongolian Altan Khan (1578), the grandson of Genghis (Chinggis) Khan. Interestingly the advanced Lama (named Sonam Gyatso at the time) was already the third incarnation of himself. Thus when he was named Dali Lama, he was called the 3rd Dali Lama, even though there was no Dali Lama before himself. The current, or 14th Dali Lama, debates some of the details of what Altan Khan’s intentions were, but agrees the incident happened. Mongolians controlled much of Asia at the time, and the naming of the Dali Lama created a huge increase in Buddhist presence in Mongolia. In a remarkable turn of events, one of Altan Khan’s grandsons (Yonten Gyatso, 1589 – 1818) was named the 4th incarnation of the Dali Lama, as a non-Tibetan. It seems it was a pretty tight circle.
After the Dali Lama moved out of Tibet in the late 1950s, so did the Serpent of Light. It roamed over various parts of the world and had some trying starts and stops, mostly observed only by various indigenous people and a few other sensitive people interested in Gaia’s spiritual evolution. You can read more about this in Drunvalo Melchizedek’s book. The Serpent of Light has now come to rest in its new home, high up in the Andes Mountains of Northern Chile. The location and timing were both prophesied by the Maya and the Inca. This means Chile and Peru are destined to become the future Tibet and India of the next 13,000-year cycle. It is ordained that many great teachers will incarnate into these areas, as we are about to enter a new Golden Age. This Golden Age will be centered in Latin America, and will be a more feminine cycle.
What many would consider one of the darkest eras of Mongolian History was the rule of Genghis Khan and his descendants. It is true the Mongol Empire in 1206 -1368 was the largest empire ever in recorded history, and much of it was won by bloodshed. Of course we have most of the history from the Western defeated side’s point of view. The Mongols have a completely different story, as can be seen in “The Secret History of the Mongols: The Life and Times of Chinggis Khan” translated by Urguge Onon, published 2005, Bolar Sudar. This not-so-secret book has been translated into several languages and was originally written by a scholar of the Chinggis Khan inner court. It was basically a journal of court life, with directions to Chinggis’ descendants on how to rule their Empire. The first thing to note is that in Mongolia, his name was Chinggis, not Genghis as the Westerners wrote. He had a strong drive to do things in the highest good for all.
From a Mongolian point of view, he was both a great hero and somewhat of a shaman. He and his descendants wore a magical blue ring that was said to make them invincible. This ring later became a prized possession of Bodgo Gegen and his future seven incarnations. Chinggis started out as a humble nomadic herder with no political ambitions. He and his direct descendants became the strongest rulers in recorded history. Chinggis felt he got his mandate directly from Tenger Etseg, Father God. He started all of his ceremonies and proclamations with: “Father’s Will of the Blue Eternal Heavens.” He was very tolerant both politically and religiously. When entering a new area he told the people that he was creating a unified force in the Land. If the rulers of the area agreed with coming under unified rule, they were left alone to pay taxes and join his force. If not, no mercy was shown. He left the local religion and most of the politics in place. He never charged taxes to religious organizations, doctors and often teachers. His government was very ethnically diverse, choosing the best his empire had to offer, not caring if they were Mongols or not. The Khan’s inner circle looked almost like a ‘United Nations’. His empire was very good for business, opening up the Silk Road for safe travel. He created clear communication from West, Middle East and Asia, instead of hundreds of warring states, with uncertainty and different taxes at each turn. Under this rule, a person could have clear passage from what is now Europe, Middle East through to the far Orient, with Beijing being the capital.
Some recent studies have shown that Chinggis and his direct descendants were very proliferous. Looking at Y-chromosomes, 8% of males in a large part of Asia are descended from Chinggis Khan (0.5% of the world population). This doesn’t include females, so some feel at least 1% of the world population is descended from Chinggis Khan. Quite a legacy!
If you are interested in learning more, there are many videos on Chinggis’ life, mostly based on the book The Secret History of the Mongols. The two I like the most are: 1. Genghis Khan – A Proud Son Of Heaven (1998 film) – made in Mongolian, with English subtitles; and 2. Mongol, a film by Sergei Bodrov released in 2007 (Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film).
Deep in the Patriarchic era of the Iron Age, there were many times the male ego has gotten carried away. Little kingdoms, earldoms and the whole serf/peasant system were hard times to be incarnated for many people. Did Chinggis and his descendants moderate that suffering to some degree? Was he really following direction from Father Sky God? These are question we will never be able to answer, but they are interesting questions to raise.
If we are coming to the end of the Iron Age, getting ready to enter into the Golden Age as many of us think and feel, what are the obstacles that lay in our path? I can easily say the human ego, and living in the head too much, are strong obstacles. Most people live too much in the past, or the future, with very little time dedicated to their only real gift – The Present. We all have only one time that is real – The Now. As many teachers have stated in different ways — Be Here Now!
I don’t believe we have to get rid of the ego; in fact I don’t think we can. We just need to know the brain and the ego are just two tools of many, and cannot be the exclusive rulers of our lives. This next era we are about to enter should be one of a strong mind (focused on the present) moving forward, with strong pure feelings coming from the Heart.
The joining of Mother Earth and Father Sky in our daily life.
To be continued . . .