Summary and discussions
Chapter XV –INDIA THE CRADLE OF CIVILIZATION
Pages 595-598The previous blog ended with a note :
The true religion and traditions of Incas are preserved to this day in all their original purity, in inviolable secrecy, despite the cultural and ethnic genocide perpetrated on them by the conquering Spaniards.
Hidden treasures of the Incas
H.P.B. mentions, as said in the previous blog, that the ruins which cover both the Americas and the West Indian Islands are all attributed to the people of the submerged continent of Atlantis, and that its Hierophants had built a network of subterranean passages linking Atlantis with the newly risen continent of Americas. Though Atlantis itself has disappeared under the water, the catacombs in South America still exist and are known to some Peruvians. H.P.B. gives an account of it which one such native, whom she encountered in her travels in the Americas, narrated to her. She says that his account was corroborated by an old Italian priest who had the secret divulged to him, at confession, by a Peruvian Indian.
The last of the Inca chiefs was held a prisoner by Pizzaro, the Spanish conqueror, as a ransom for obtaining the hidden treasures of the Incas. The wife of the Inca chief offered a room full of treasure to Pizzaro in exchange for release of her husband. She kept her promise, but Pizzaro, according to the practice of Spaniards, broke his promise. Marvelling at the glittering treasure Pizzaro declared that he would kill her husband unless she revealed to him the place from where the treasure came. He had heard that Incas had inexhaustible treasure in miles of subterranean crypts running. The queen begged for time, went to consult oracles. The priest showed her in the “Black Mirror” the unavoidable murder of her husband, whether or not she delivered the treasure demanded by Pizzaro. The queen gave orders to close the entrance, a door cut into the rocky wall of a chasm. It was closed with huge masses of rock. The Inca chief was murdered, and the unfortunate queen committed suicide.
Oracular Magic Mirrors
HPB says they are generally black, was used universally in ancient world. The secret of preparing black oracular mirrors are known in India, Tibet and China. Brasseur de Bourbourg quotes a native historian that the ancestors of Quiches brought them to Mexico from Egypt, and that Peruvian Sun-worshippers used it. When Spaniards had landed, according to the native historian, the king of the Quiches consulted the black mirror in order to learn the fate of his kingdom, and it reflected the present and the future as in a mirror.
A secret now first told
HPB’s said she learnt from her Peruvian informant that at various times different governments sent out exploratory teams to search for the hidden treasures of Incas under the pretext of scientific exploration, but failed to obtain any clue. She says this tradition is corroborated by reports of Dr. Tscuddi and other historians of Peru. In order to find further evidence of the veracity of the accounts given her, she personally visited Peru the second time. South of Lima, near Arica, she was struck by an enormous, nearly perpendicular, standing in solitude on the shore, apart from the mountain range of Andes, said to be the tomb of the Incas. Under the illumination of the last rays of the setting sun one could discern curious hieroglyphics inscribed on the surface of the volcanic rock.
She speaks of once famous Temple of the Sun at Cusco, which was roofed with thick plates of gold, and walls and eave-troughs covered with precious metal. The west wall was cut out an aperture in such a way that when the sun beams reached it, it focused them inside the building, illuminating the idols and disclosing certain mystic signs, but at other times invisible. It was only by understanding those hieroglyphics that one could learn the secret of the tunnel and its approaches. It leads directly into an immense tunnel which runs from Cusco to Lima, then, turning southward, extends to Bolivia. At a certain point is is intersected by a royal tomb, inside of which are cunningly devised two doors or enormous slabs turning on pivots, and so tightly closed as to be indistinguishable from other portions of the sculptured walls, except by secret signs, whose key is in the faithful custodians. One of these turning slabs covers the southern mouth of the Lima tunnel, the other, the northern one of the Bolivian corridor, which turning southward, passes through Trapaca and Cobilo of Arica, not far away from the river Pay’quina—the boundary between Peru and Bolivia. River is called so, because its waves used to drift particles of gold from Brazil. Not far from this spot stand three separate peaks which form a curious triangle, included in the chain of the Andes.
But without the secret of its land marks, an Army of Titans may rend the rocks in vain in the attempt to find it. Even if the entrance is found, says H.P.B., and gained entrance up to the turning slabs, and blast it out, the superincumbent rocks are so disposed as to bury the tomb, its treasures, and a thousand warriors in one common ruin. She says that along the length of the corridor from Bolivia to Lima and Cusco, there are smaller hiding places filled with treasures of gold and precious stones. They are accumulation of many generations of Incas, the aggregate values of which is incalculable.
HPB was entrusted with accurate plan of the sepulchre. The treasures will remain hidden till the last vestige of Spanish conquerors leave north and south America
The old Peruvian who conducted her entrusted to her the accurate plan of the tunnel, the sepulchre, and the doors. She said if she had thought of profiting by the secret, it would have required the cooperation of the Peruvian and Bolivian governments on an extensive scale. Many a exploration have been undertaken by adventurers to exhume the hidden treasures but in vain.
In the part III of the blog, what the Teachers say about the Gobi desert and the secrets it holds of pre-historic civilizations, and the least studied unexplained natural phenomena of deserts and wildernesses will be covered.