Twelve Prophetical Fragments,
On Our Cycle and the Next One
Carlos Cardoso Aveline (Ed.)
Statements and commentaries on the
future of mankind, selected from the writings
of H. P. Blavatsky and the Mahatma Letters.
The references are at the end of each fragment.
1. A Master: The Law of Rebirth of the Past
… Nor do we feel in any way concerned about the revival of our ancient arts and high civilization, for these are as sure to come back in their time, and in a higher form as the Plesiosaurus and the Megatherium in theirs. We have the weakness to believe in ever recurrent cycles and hope to quicken the resurrection of what is past and gone. We could not impede it even if we would. The “new civilization” will be but the child of the old one, and we have but to leave the eternal law to take its own course to have our dead ones come out of their graves; yet, we are certainly anxious to hasten the welcome event. Fear not; although we do “cling superstitiously to the relics of the Past” our knowledge will not pass away from the sight of man. It is the “gift of the gods” and the most precious relic of all. The keepers of the sacred Light did not safely cross so many ages but to find themselves wrecked on the rocks of modern scepticism.
(“The Mahatma Letters”, Letter XXVIII, pp. 214-215.)
2. HPB: The Past Contains the Seeds of the Future
“The world’s great age begins anew,
The golden years return,
The earth doth like a snake renew
Her winter weeds outworn.”
-SHELLEY [Hellas, lines 1060-63]
“My friend, the golden age hath passed away,
Only the good have power to bring it back …”
What had the author of Prometheus Unbound in his mind’s eye when writing about the return of the golden days, and the new beginning of the world’s great age? Has his poetical foresight carried his “Vision of the Nineteenth Century” into the “One Hundred and Nineteenth,” or has that vision revealed to him in gorgeous imagery the things to come which are the things that were?
Fichte assures us it is “a phenomenon of frequent occurrence, particularly in past ages,” that “what we shall become is pictured by something which we already have been; and that what we have to obtain is represented as something which we have formerly lost.” And he adds, “what Rousseau, under the name of the state of Nature, and the old poets by the title of the Golden Age, place behind us, lies actually before us.”
Such is also Tennyson’s idea, when he says:
“Old writers push’d the happy season back,-
The more fools they,- we forward: dreamers both …” 
Happy the optimist in whose heart the nightingale of hope can still sing, with all the iniquity and cold selfishness of the present age before his eyes! Our century is a boastful age, as proud as it is hypocritical; as cruel as it is dissembling.
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, pp. 186-187.)
 “The Golden Year”, lines 65-66. (Note by Boris de Zirkoff)
3. A Master: How a March to Absolute Evil is Arrested
When your race – the fifth  – will have reached at its zenith of physical intellectuality, and developed the highest civilization (remember the difference we make between material and spiritual civilizations); unable to go any higher in its own cycle – its progress towards absolute evil will be arrested (as its predecessors the Lemurians and Atlanteans, the men of the third and fourth races were arrested in their progress toward the same) by one of such cataclysmic changes; its great civilization destroyed, and all the sub-races of that race will be found going down their respective cycles, after a short period of glory and learning. See the remnants of the Atlanteans, – the old Greeks and Romans …
(“The Mahatma Letters”, Letter XXIII-B, pp. 156-157.)
 The mahatma seems to be referring into a large extent to the fifth (Western) sub-race, which has been leading the fifth root-race. The teacher himself belongs to the fifth Root-Race. If he meant the fifth root-race as a whole he could have said “When our race – the fifth…”. In his sentence, “your” means “Western”. He is writing to a British citizen. Besides, the master is here talking about civilizations, which are a relatively short-term phenomenon and relate more to sub-races than to entire root-races. However, any particular sub-race, and even a particular civilization – like the present Western one – may lead an entire root-race for some time. Our Western civilization can lead mankind to a disaster of considerable proportions, through a nuclear war or other forms of environmental disruption; but the duty of Theosophists is to help prevent unnecessary suffering. Hence the warning made by the Eastern teacher. The next fragment, “An Anxious Process of Self-Annihilation”, confirms that the master is referring mainly to Western Civilization and the fifth sub-race. (CCA)
4. A Master: An Anxious Process of Self-Annihilation
What do you know of America, for instance, before the invasion of that country by the Spaniards? Less than two centuries prior to the arrival of Cortez there was as great a ‘rush’ towards progress among the sub-races of Peru and Mexico as there is now in Europe and the U.S.A. Their sub-race ended in nearly total annihilation through causes generated by itself; so will yours at the end of its cycle.
(“The Mahatma Letters”, Letter XXIII-B, p. 149.)
5. HPB: The Deceptive Appearances of Western ‘Civilization’
Those who are not to be moved by either hysterical emotion or a holy fear of the multitudes and propriety; those, whom the voice of their conscience – “that still small voice” which, when heard, deafens the mighty roar of Niagara Falls itself and will not permit them to lie to their own souls – remain outside.
For these there is no hope in this departing age, and they may as well give up all expectation. They are born out of due time. Such is the terrible picture presented by our present cycle, now nearing its close, to those from whose eyes the scales of prejudice, preconception and partiality have fallen, and who see the truth that lies behind the deceptive appearances of our Western “civilization”.
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, p. 201.)
6. HPB: Will a New Day Dawn for Mankind?
But what has the new cycle in store for humanity? Will it be merely a continuation of the present, only in darker and more terrible colours? Or shall a new day dawn for mankind, a day of pure sunlight, of truth, of charity, of true happiness for all? The answer depends mainly on the few Theosophists who, true to their colours through good repute and ill, still fight the battle of Truth against the powers of Darkness.
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, pp. 201-202.)
7. HPB: What Happens if Divine Wisdom Prevails
If Theosophy prevailing in the struggle, its all-embracing philosophy strikes deep root into the minds and hearts of men, if its doctrines of Reincarnation and Karma, in other words, of Hope and Responsibility, find a home in the lives of the new generations, then, indeed, will dawn the day of joy and gladness for all who now suffer and are outcast. For real Theosophy IS ALTRUISM, and we cannot repeat it too often. It is brotherly love, mutual help, unswerving devotion to Truth. If once men do but realize that in these alone can true happiness be found, and never in wealth, possessions, or any selfish gratification, then the dark clouds will roll away, and a new humanity will be born upon earth. Then, the GOLDEN AGE will be there, indeed.
But if not, then the storm will burst, and our boasted western civilization and enlightenment will sink in such a sea of horror that its parallel History has never yet recorded.
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, p. 202.)
8. HPB: The Victory of Light, and the Western Cycle
… Error is powerful only on the surface, prevented as she is by Occult Nature from going any deeper; for the same Occult Nature encircles the whole globe, in every direction, leaving not even the darkest corner unvisited. And, whether by phenomenon or miracle, by spirit-hook or bishop’s crook, Occultism must win the day, before the present era reaches “Sani’s (Saturn’s) triple septenary” of the Western Cycle in Europe, in other words – before the end of the twenty-first century “A.D.”
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XIV, p. 27.)
9. HPB: The Responsibility of Theosophists
Theosophy first, and Theosophy last; for its practical realization alone can save the Western world from that selfish and unbrotherly feeling that now divides race from race, one nation from the other; and from that hatred of class and social considerations that are the curse and disgrace of so-called Christian peoples. Theosophy alone can save it from sinking entirely into that mere luxurious materialism in which it will decay and putrefy as civilizations have done. In your hands, brothers, is placed in trust the welfare of the coming century; and great as is the trust, so great is also the responsibility.
10. A Master: The Movement is a Collective Antahkarana
I regret deeply my inability to satisfy the honest, sincere aspirations of a few chosen ones among your group – not at least, for the present. Could but your L.L. [London Lodge] understand, or so much as suspect, that the present crisis that is shaking the T.S. [the theosophical movement] to its foundations is a question of perdition or salvation to thousands; a question of the progress of the human race or its retrogression, of its glory or dishonour, and for the majority of this race – of being or not being, of annihilation, in fact – perchance many of you would look into the very root of evil, and instead of being guided by false appearances and scientific decisions, you would set to work and save the situation by disclosing the dishonourable doings of your missionary world.
(“The Mahatma Letters”, Letter LXV, p. 365.)
11. HPB: The Destiny of the Theosophical Seeds
Our Society [the theosophical movement] is the tree of Brotherhood, grown from a kernel planted in the Earth by the angel of Charity and Justice, the day the first Cain slew the first Abel. (..…) Being a nucleus of a true Brotherhood, it depends upon them to make of their Society an ark destined, in a future not too distant, to transport the humanity of a new cycle beyond the vast muddy waters of the deluge of hopeless materialism. These waters are rising and at the present moment flood all the civilized countries. Are we going to let the good perish with the bad, afraid of the hue and cry and the ridicule of the latter, either against The Theosophical [Movement] or ourselves? Are we going to see them perish one after the other, one from fatigue, the other vainly seeking the ray of sunlight which shines for all, without throwing them a plank of salvation? Never!
(“Collected Writings”, H.P. Blavatsky, TPH, USA, volume XI, pp. 281-282.)
12. HPB: Earth Will be a Heaven in the 21st Century
… If the Theosophical [Movement] survives and lives true to its mission, to its original impulses through the next hundred years – tell me, I say, if I go too far in asserting that earth will be a heaven in the twenty-first century in comparison with what it is now [in the nineteenth] !
The above text was published as an independent item in the associated websites on 26 May 2022. It is also part of the April 2022 edition of “The Aquarian Theosophist”, pp. 1-6.