“Aryan peoples have everywhere adopted the moralistic religions, born of Arihat, which mark the end of the Kali Yuga. The wisdom of the Assurs, linked to Shaivism, has survived, however, like the Shiva cult itself, but secretly, in an esoteric and initiatic tradition [of which Dionysus is the ideal in the West]. The history of the three cities represents the end, with the aid of extremely powerful weapons, of a highly technologically advanced civilization. It is the recollection of a distant past event or a premonition of the future? Perhaps both. What is important and concerns us about this story is what it teaches us: that is, that it was a change in the religious, social, and moral concepts which caused the decline of the Assurs. The worship of the phallus, symbol of the principal of life, the practice of Tantric Yoga, and the quest for an understanding of cosmic realities and the natural order were replaced with sentimental and negative notions, abstinence, puritanism, nonviolence, equality, and the like. The present time gives us a disturbing image of this. It is a strange pride that motivates man to try and replace the divine order, the natural order, with a human order [italics original], which opposes so-called moral virtues to the magic rites, and sacrifices, and disregards the power obtainable through the practice of Yoga. This attitude, which leads to negation of the order of the world, can only result in disaster….Even scientific works, impartial in principal, do not dare to mention realities that conflict with the ideologies born of the Arihat’s teachings. (p. 207-208) While the Gods Play
Mark Stavish, the Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies, is a life-long student of esotericism with over 35 years experience in comparative religion, philosophy, psychology, and mysticism with emphasis on Western spiritual traditions. Mark is the author of over a dozen books, as well as edited and contributed to an equal number of publications. His writings are popular in several languages, including French, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish, and Estonian. A frequent media quest, Mark has appeared several times on Coast to Coast AM (C2C) with George Norry, as well as Just Energy Radio, Paranormal Science, Bob Hieronimus 21st Century Radio, History Channel, A&E, and has been a consultant on numerous media productions. As a graduate of King’s College, in Theology (B.A.), and Communications (B.A.), and Rhode Island College (Providence), with a Master’s degree in Counseling emphasizing psycho-spiritual modalities and Psychosynthesis, Mark brings a unique blend of tradition with modern research to the application of esoteric philosophy.