Erle Frayne D. Argonza / Ra
Mystical-esoteric circles across the world have been making noisy contentions since the late 19th century yet about the contributions of certain cultural families to the higher mysteries (Christians’ ‘word of God’, yogi-gurus’ ‘the Teaching’). Western philosophers have been enamored particularly to Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Egyptian, Meso-American, and native North American streams of esoteric thought.
There is an observed undercurrent of ethnocentrism in those thoughts for sure. Western esotericists and occultists have been particularly hyper-valuing the Atlantean ‘tradition’, for the simple reason that Atlantis was part of Western hemisphere. It’s ethnocentrism pure and plain.
The same circles have been pretty silent about other cultural streams’ contributions to the Teaching. A deafening silence, for instance, can be discerned about Malay contributions to the Teaching, a silence that can be misconstrued as racist condescension towards the brown-hued peoples of Southeast Asia whom they subconsciously regard as “halfway between monkey and man.”
Let us take the case of mantras that have fundamental import for purification, protection, and prosperity purposes. If one reads the works of JJ Hurtak, one would rather see the ethnocentric propensity to regard the Jewish stream as the core of all invocative interventions. The rationale advanced is that the high knowledge was passed on by Enoch directly, or by God Almighty, and so contesting such a rather ex cathedra truth is tantamount blasphemy.
I would have none of those subtle dirty tactics of Western thinkers and their cult followers across the globe. The truth of the matter is that all cultures of the planet have contributed in no small measure to the build up of the Teaching (higher mysteries, God’s ‘word’, universal knowledge, mystical science…). Inclusive of such contributions are the invocative interventions or mantras.
Malay culture is among the major cultural families the world over. There must be around 350-400 million Malays across the southeast Asian region, making them so diverse in form. Malays were among the last races of the 4th ‘root race’ (Atlantean), and were among those who survived the deluge that marked the end of the last glacial period (which ended Atlantean civilization and hegemony).
Malays were most likely bred from out of the dark-skinned Lemurians of antiquity. Of gigantic stature, the Lemurians gave birth to the black peoples today. During the advent of the dark-hued Lemurians, a branch of it would become the Polynesian race. A branch of the Polynesians were further isolated and chosen to breed a more light-colored hue of brown pedigree, the Malay race.
One would find in many folklore scattered across island Southeast the traces of the conflicts between the parent race (tall dark-skinned Polynesian-Lemurians) and the offspring race (brown shorter height Malays). There is hardly any ethnic group in the region where the belief in giants doesn’t exist. The ‘shorties’ (Malays) turned out to be smarter and agile than the ‘gigantes’ (Polynesians) who would in the end lose or are isolated.
The Philippines alone, which the Hierarchy chose for me to embody, has about 100 ethnic groups. Scholars have already accumulated research materials about the folklore of the islanders, which indicates a vast storehouse of symbolic constructs that outmatch those found in the West or ‘middle East’ (another ethnocentric Western invention).
Let’s take the category of myths and legends. The Anglo-Saxons have just but a single narrative of Beowulf, which was evidently culled from the Nordic-Teutonic traditions of antiquity. In contrast, the Filipino legends have a variegation of versions, such as Lam Ang of Ilocos, Biuag & Malana of Cagayan, and so on.
If a coterie of scholars would consolidate all the folklore of Filipinos, Malaysians, Indonesians, Bruneians, Southern Thais, Timorese, indigenous Formosans, and related ethnicities, they would most likely be overwhelmed with the magnitude of results. At least 100 volumes of an encyclopedic compendium would be the result.
During our centennial celebration of Philippine Independence in the 1990s, scholars from the University of the Philippines generated around ten (10) encyclopedic volumes of folklore. That is just the tip of the iceberg of Malay folklore, as one can see.
My contention is that it is in folklore where we can mine the higher mysteries and discover their parallelisms and similarities with those already established (e.g. Vedic, Tibeto-Lama, Tao, Hebrew…). While typical esotericists would use scriptures of their choice cultures for mining higher mysteries, among the Malays it would be in the folklore rather than scriptures.
Only astigmatic or parochial minds would reduce scriptures as the sole basis for extracting higher mysteries such as universal laws. Any Western esotericist who’d claim “Hey those Malay guys don’t have scriptures at all so their contribution to high knowledge is negligible” is as smug as the bigoted Victorians imperialists of yesteryears.
Such bigots have a one-dimensional way of looking at things, a fixed idea about sources of knowledge (their way—scriptures), and turn out to be incompetent in dealing with mystical studies amid their university exposures and doctorate degrees even. Ignorance killed the cat, so did ignorance snuff out the chance for mining Malay culture for mystical knowledge.
No wonder that among the 144,000 White Robes sent forth at the ‘end of time’, thousands were embodied here in Southeast Asia. We have Teachers everywhere here, in all sub-regions of the southeast, who hopefully would unearth the Light that has been seemingly trapped in the antechambers of Malay culture.
We have no need to import other traditions here in fact. Even in meditation tools, we have indigenous ones embedded here, now being unearthed by Teachers and seers. I don’t even have to mention martial arts and healing (herbals included), fields that have clearly demonstrated the practical aspects of the Teaching that has been embedded in Malay culture.
So, while the scripturalists of the traditional mold go their way of flattering themselves with having unveiled truths, let the folklorists go ahead and unveil the same truths from out of the folklore of the Malays. For the Teachers sent forth here as embodied Malays, go ahead and spread the Teaching silently, gradually sharing in the process your learnings about the Malay stream of higher mysteries.
In ending this note, let me invoke AKO YAONG AKO. It is Filipino for I AM THAT I AM. I discovered this mantra translation a year ago, and I invoke it every now and then. Ako Yaong Ako! Siya Nawa.
[Philippines, 13 May 2010]
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