The Downfall of Atlantis
These are the essential points Plato makes about Atlantis.
He described it as a great and powerful empire, almost magical, and said that this was the same empire which attacked the Hellenic states.
He attributes the power and glory they tasted after this venture to their eventual demise, writing that the love for these ego-driven desires that soon developed among Atlantean kings “lured” them from “the pathway of wisdom and virtue.”
“Filled with false ambition, the rulers of Atlantis determined to conquer the gods into his holy habitation and addressed them. Here Plato’s narrative comes to an abrupt end, for the Critias was never finished.”
Plato also tackles the subject of Atlantis in his Timaeus, writing of a story told by Solon – who himself is said to have heard the story in Egypt, passed on to him by a priest via hieroglyphic inscriptions in a temple in Sais – in which a violent cataclysm sank the continent.
Thus, the Island of Atlantis completely disappeared.
“A technologically sophisticated but morally bankrupt evil empire – Atlantis – attempts world domination by force. He only thing standing it its way is a relatively small group of spiritually pure, morally principled and incorruptible people – the ancient Athenians.
Overcoming overwhelming odds…the Athenians are able to defeat their far more powerful adversary simply through the force of their spirit. Sound familiar?
Plato’s Atlantean dialogues are essentially an ancient greek version of ‘Star Wars’.”
Professor of archaeology,
“Frauds, Myths and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology.”
The Egyptian connection is also interesting to bring up here because Crantor, another ancient Greek philosopher, asserted that the Egyptian priests declared the story of Atlantis to be written upon pillars which were still preserved circa 300 B.C.
Manly P Hall has noted that, before this cataclysm, a portion of the population left and did not succumb to the egoistic tendencies which apparently led to downfall of Atlantis.
Was the philosophic, religious, and scientific knowledge of Atlantis passed on? There are many similarities between the reported teachings of Atlantis and those of other cultures, such as the Mayas of Central America.
According to Manly P. Hall, from the Atlanteans,
“The world received not only the heritage of arts and crafts, philosophies, and sciences, ethics and religions, but also the heritage of hate, strife, and perversion.
The Atlanteans instigated the first war; and it has been said that all subsequent wars were fought in a fruitless effort to justify the first one and right the wrong which it caused.”
“Before Atlantis sank, its spiritually illuminated Initiates, who realized that their land was doomed because it had departed from the Path of Light, withdrew from the ill-fated continent.
Carrying with them the sacred and secret doctrine, these Atlanteans established themselves in Egypt, where they became its first divine rulers.
Nearly all the great cosmologic myths forming the foundation of the various sacred books of the world are based upon the Atlantean Mystery Rituals.”
One of the most interesting parts of this story, to me, is the fact that this place is often remembered as a place of glory, light, and abundance, which it was.
But they were not immune to the dangers of avarice, either, as H.P. Blavatsky makes clear:
“Under the evil insinuations of their demon, Thevatat, the Atlantis race became a nation of wicked magicians.
In consequence of this, war was declared, the story of which would be too long to narrate; its substance may be found in the disfigured allegories of the race of Cain, the giants, and that of Noah and his righteous family.
The conflict came to an end by the submersion of the Atlantis, which finds its imitation in the stories of the Babylonian and Mosaic flood.”