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Theosophy is a movement founded in the late nineteenth century by Helena Blavatsky. It proposes that there is a universal truth known to humankind for millennia. Over time, that truth has become hidden, scattered among the religions of the world. Blavatsky sought to uncover the truth through the comparative study of science, philosophy and religion.
According to Theosophy, the evolutionary timeline is quite different to the one presented by modern science. From a theosophical perspective, humanity descended from the infinite. We passed down through mineral, plant and animal existence to eventually take on human form. This is described as involution. It was after this that human evolution began. Throughout the evolutionary process, humans have taken many different forms. We have been evolving for over a hundred million years. Theosophy describes the different life forms through which we have evolved as root races.
As the first root race we were ethereal beings. We were gender-less. We reproduced in the same way amoebae do. It was during the second root race that we moved from astral to physical bodies. The third root race were the Lemurians. They divided into two genders for reproduction. They developed a strong sexual impulse. They even mated with animals. This was how apes came to share so much DNA with modern day humans. Here is one of the crucial differences between Theosophy and material science. Theosophy proposes that the Lemurians were the progenitors of the apes. The Lemurians were succeeded by the Atlanteans. They were the fourth root race. They had larger physical bodies than humans do today. The continent of Atlantis was immense. The Atlanteans developed a tendency towards materialism. Theft was a major problem in their society. They also practiced the dark arts to achieve their desires. This ultimately brought about their downfall. Humans existing on earth today constitute the fifth root race. We came into being around one million years ago. The fifth root race has developed a tendency towards competition and a veneration of glamour. This is evident in celebrity culture and also the fixation with numbers of followers or likes on social media. We also have an ability to develop complex social structures. The fifth root race has millions of years to continue until the the sixth root race appears. Telepathy will increasingly become a common form of communication. As we evolve into the seventh root race we will once more develop ethereal bodies.
Each of us reincarnates. We have lived copious lives. We have taken many different forms. A multitude of incarnations lies before us. When the earth comes to an end new cycles of involution and evolution will begin on other worlds. The universal consciousness will continue to unfold through the wonders of life experience.
How did the human race come into being? One should accept nothing at face value. Each of us is free to come to our own personal conclusions about the evolution of humanity. Theosophy provides one story of evolution. And evolution has so many questions that still remain unanswered.
Photo from an original artwork by Jane Hodgson.
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