Proceedings of the Atlantean Club
(An excerpt from the records)
(The Atlantean Club is a private group of investigators, who have met regularly in Pasadena or vicinity for many years. Its members are men of recognized standing in their various professions.)
Dec. 9, 1930:
On this date our observers visited an extensive habitation, hewn from rock. These lofts or galleries extended for long distance along the face of a cliff, near the sea, and at least six different levels were clearly distinguishable.
"The sixth level is given over to workshops - in one of the rooms a man is at work engraving a tablet. These stone tablets, which constituted the books of the period, are about ⅜ to ½ in. in thickness. The stone is of a very fine, smooth grain, not very hard, and is apparently cut to size and thickness with a wire saw. The engraver is a man well on in years, very dark skinned. He wears a pair of skin-tight trunks of a gray-green material, and a sort of skirt or kilt. The stone on which he is working is soft enough so that he can grave it without a mallet. The characters somewhat resemble the cuneiform, and the language is, of course, the old Atlantean tongue."
(Herewith follow copies of as many different characters as the Observers were able to reproduce for the record. We have no clue to the phonetic values or to the symbolic equivalents of any of these characters. Conceive of yourself watching a stone cutter carving an inscription, in a tongue where the words and letters are unfamiliar to you - and without any comment or explanation - and the situation of the Observer will be more clear. (Note to Ed.))
(This "twig" or "vine" script appeared in Yucatan, where the investigators succeeded in gaining further information. The record of proceedings for May 12, 1931 continues the theme and is prefaced by the following note to the Editor:
"Many centuries prior to the Toltec invasion, colonies from Atlantis were established at numerous points in the area from southern Mexico to Peru; and some of these foundations endured long enough so that derivative languages grew out of the parent Atlantean, much as the Romance languages grew out of Latin. Strong colonies from Atlantis were founded in the territory that later became the Mayan Empire, and among these a language developed that was called Ahuitlan."
The ancient peoples of Yucatan had a script, worked out from conventionalized vine forms, twigs, tendrils, and fruit. In Ahuitla (the ancient name of Yucatan) there are places where gylphus appear among the ornamentation of gates and cinerary tombs. The following characters are copied from inscripts on pillars that marked the gateway of a temple, now in ruins.
The letters are developed from conventionalized vine and tendril forms; and like the pre-Chaldean writings we were discussing at our last meeting, the line of script looks more like ornamental design than characters with a significance. The Ahuitlan script ran from left to right, whereas the pre-Chaldean ran from right to left.
In each character appears the characteristic heavy dash (the twig) and the phonetic value of the character is shown by tendril form appended to the dash. I get the following characters:
Attorney William G. Randall, of Pasadena, to whom we are indebted for the very interesting Atlantean material just preceding, also writes RR concerning his recent examination of certain automatic scripts. The automatist in this case is a woman of culture and excellent social position, whose writings have so far been known to very few persons; attorney Randall is much impressed by their lucidity, coherence, and general character:
"I think autoscript," (Mr. Randall writes), "is peculiarly open to the dangers of subconscious coloring, and where alleged facts are unfamiliar in type they should be received with caution. Yet the need for such caution grows less rather than more, since a structure of quasi-established fact is being built up, which is self-consistent and makes room for further data of a related sort. This is the familiar lawyers' 'measure of adequate proof.' These communicators are unhesitating in their forecast, that the present state of apparent chaos in the world is not the first stage of doom for the human race, but is the forerunner of a new civil order, founded in justice and mutual consideration, that will result in a world state immeasurably superior to anything the human race has known."
This is the general character of recent automatic scripts, according to attorney Randall, and it accords with our own rather scanty information along the same line. We quote it, partly because it is in striking contrast with such predictions as those quotes on page 22 of this issue. As to seance information, the most intelligence communicators whom this writer has questions, either say flatly that they do not know of any impeding disaster - or (sometimes) that they will not tell us about the future - or that their knowledge of uncertain and not much more dependable than ours, on this point. Correct foreknowledge almost certainly exists, among the highly evolved personalities; our great and almost impossible problem is to distinguish the masses of wise and true, from the erroneous and deliberately deceitful. For the masses of us, prophecy is confirmed (or negated) only in the event. The true prophet bears no holy stigmata; his accents have no more nor less conviction than those of pretenders and the self-deceived. No doubt his is the best for us; but it is equally certain we are not satisfied with it, but will go on questioning the future, and accepting those replies which we secretly desire.
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We recommend as of special interest, and not unrelated to the above, the following:
Religion Versus Creed, a 24 page pamphlet by F.G. Hehr, Weaver Pub. Co., Santa Monica, Calif. On request (at least, no price given).
Notes on the Place of Atlantis in World Evolution. Charles J. Ryan, M.A., Theosophical University Studies, No. Five. Address the University, at Covina, Calif. (No price noted in this 6 x 9 booklet). <http://amzn.to/1ytbxqK>
Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research (English). List of contents of Vols. I-XLVII, 1882-1945, with prices of parts of ea. vol. 31 Tavistock Sq., Lon. W.C.1. or F.W. Faxon, 83 Francis St. Boston, Mas.