8000 Years of Spiritual Evolution
Behind the outer form of the major traditions is an inner reality, a spiritual teaching force which works throughout the solar system. This force washes through humanity in waves. The present period of spiritual evolution began almost 8000 years ago in Mesopotamia.
Egypt, China, India
Over the next 3000 years the inner teaching spread out from the Sumerian settlements in the Euphrates Valley, stimulating the communities in the Nile Valley, the Indus Valley and the Yellow River Valley (Egypt, India and China).
A new phase in human society was signalled by the appearance of permanent dwellings, crafted pottery and cultivated, irrigated crops. This was the stage for the birth, development and teaching of the original Zoroaster (not the historically recorded later Zoroasters). His personal development remains unsurpassed within the solar system while his teaching was the root of a new spiritual opportunity that now nears its apex.
Societies come and go. Some rise higher sociologically or scientifically, but all decline eventually. Changing conditions provide a variety of training grounds for developing individual souls. When these conditions have served their purpose they are wiped out to allow the appearance of new ones.
Only traces remain of the wave previous to Zoroaster, which disappeared 10,000 to 12,000 years ago (the end of the Neolithic period). These traces can be found in the ancient spiritual beliefs and practices that exist as an undercurrent in today’s world, especially in those civilisations geographically isolated from the source of the present wave.
This residual knowledge is retained within the older societies by priests and mediums who serve as intermediaries between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Their practices include healing, exorcising, cursing, foretelling the future and worshipping multiple anthropomorphic gods, all facilitated by communicating, consciously or unconsciously, with spirits (jinns).
The evolution of the human intellect over the past 8000 years has cut most people off from their sensitivity to these lower energy worlds, leaving them free, while simultaneously creating an individual responsibility to look for something deeper. Imposed on the background of this previous wave, are the teachings begun by Zoroaster 7,500 to 8000 years ago.
Though the past is obscure, drawing from current archaeological and linguistic evidence, loosely interpreted with a touch of insight, it seems that around 3000 BC, the inner teaching spread out from the Sumerian settlements in the Euphrates Valley, stimulating the communities settled in the Nile Valley, the Indus Valley and the Yellow River Valley (Egypt, India and China).
Great changes occurred in the succeeding 250 years. Egypt was united under the Pharaohs, Hieroglyphics appeared and the esoteric, temple based teachings were firmly established. The Indus Valley saw the birth of the Vedic teachings, along with the evolution of Sanskrit from the Proto-Indo- Aryan language of the time. China produced their pictographic characters and the Yellow Emperor, from whom all Chinese esoteric teachings are considered to have originated.
Meanwhile this period in Mesopotamia produced the ruler Gilgamesh and the written teaching legends based on his life. Over the next 2,500 years the Chinese line gradually spread south from the Yellow River Valley, while the Indo-Aryan line moved south towards India giving rise to the Upanishads and the formulation of the Hindu religion. Egypt was united and the temple teachings stabilised under the pharaohs.
Through the Prophet Abraham (circa 1800 BC), born and raised in Mesopotamia, the inner teaching force continued to grow West, via the Egyptians to the Greeks, Gnostics and Essenes.
The end of this period (around 500 BC) saw the appearance of the great sages, Buddha in India and Lao Tzu in China, along with the extensive schools of the Greeks (Socrates, Plato, Pythagoras, etc). All major present-day genuine teachings can be traced directly back, over the past 2500 years, through one of these 3 lines to their root, the Zoroastrian teaching.
The Hindu based teachings stabilised in India while spreading further east in the form of the teachings of the Buddha. The Daoist teachings stabilised in China while spreading further south-east in the form of the teachings of Confucius. The Egyptian, Greek and original Mesopotamian teaching, under the distant influence of Abraham, were condensed into the Proto-Sufi teachings (also expanding outwardly – following the seemingly inevitable process of external crystallisation – to form the basis of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions).