When Mr. Sinnet asked to Master Kuthumi:
Has there been in the past civilizations as great as our in regard to intellectual development that have utterly passed away?
This was what the master answered him:
« No doubt there was. Egyptian and Aryan records and especially our Zodiacal tables furnish us with every proof of it besides our inner knowledge.
Civilization is an inheritance, a patrimony that passes from race to race along the ascending and descending paths of cycles.
During the minority of a sub-race, it is preserved for it by its predecessor, which disappears, dies out generally, when the former “comes to age.” At first, most of them squander and mismanage their property, or leave it untouched in the ancestral coffers.
They reject contemptuously the advices of their elders and prefer, boy-like, playing in the streets to studying and making the most of the untouched wealth stored up for them in the records of the Past.
Thus during your transition period (the middle ages) Europe rejected the testimony of Antiquity, calling such sages as Herodotus and other learned Greeks — the Father of Lies, until she knew better and changed the appellation into that of “Father of History.”
Instead of neglecting, you now accumulate and add to your wealth. As every other race you had your ups and downs, your periods of honor and dishonor, your dark midnight and — you are now approaching your brilliant noon.
Do you know that the Chaldees were at the apex of their occult fame before what you term as the "bronze Age"?
And that the "Sons of Ad" or the children of the Fire Mist preceded by hundreds of centuries the Age of Iron, which was an old Age already, when what you now call the Historical Period.
We hold that far greater civilizations than our own have risen and decayed. And we affirm that a series of civilizations existed before, as well as after the Glacial Period, that they existed upon various points of the Globe, reached the apex of glory and died.
For example, every trace and memory had been lost of the Assyrian and Phoenician civilizations until discoveries began to be made a few years ago. And now they open a new, though not by far one of the earliest pages in the history of mankind.
And yet how far back do those civilizations go in comparison with the oldest?
And even them, history is shy to accept. Archeology has sufficiently demonstrated that the memory of man runs back vastly further than history has been willing to accept, and the sacred records of once mighty nations preserved by their heirs are still more worthy of trust.
(For example, in the Hindu sacred texts.)
We speak of civilizations of the ante-glacial period; and (not only in the minds of the vulgar and the profane but even in the opinion of the highly learned geologist) the claim sounds preposterous.
What would you say then to our affirmation that the “Chinese” (I now speak of the inland, the true Chinaman, not of the hybrid mixture between the fourth and the fifth Races now occupying the throne) the humans who belong in their unallied nationality wholly to the highest and last branch of the fourth Race, reached their highest civilization when the fifth had hardly appeared in Asia, and that its first offshoot was yet a thing of the future.
You cannot think that we, who have such tremendous odds against the acceptance of our doctrine would deliberately go on inventing Races and sub-races were not they a matter of undeniable fact.
And a prove you find it in the group of islands off the Siberian coast discovered by Nordenskjol of the “Vega” was found strewn with fossils of horses, sheep, oxen, etc., among gigantic bones of elephants, mammoths, rhinoceroses and other monsters belonging to periods when man (says your Science) had not yet made his appearance on earth.
How came horses and sheep to be found in company with the huge "ante-diluvians"?
The horse, we are taught in schools — is quite a modern invention of nature, and no man ever saw its pedactyl ancestor. But the group of the Siberian islands may give the lie to the comfortable theory.
The region now locked in the fetters of eternal winter uninhabited by man, will be very soon proved to have had not only a tropical climate (something your Science knows and does not dispute) but having been likewise the seat of one of the most ancient civilizations of that fourth race, whose highest relics now we find in the transformed Chinaman.
But if you could have access to the hidden historical records (the Akashic Records) you would discover that civilization is still older, and so for example, in the Eocene Age — even in its "very first part," the great cycle of the fourth Race men, the Atlanteans — had already reached its highest point. And of course the 4th race had its periods of the highest civilization.
But we can even go further in the past, and Greek and Roman and even Egyptian civilization are nothing compared to the civilizations that began with the 3rd Root-Race (Lemurian).
And we can say that there was when the human civilization really started, because the humans of the second Root-Race were not savages but they could not be called civilized. »
(Mahatma Letter 23B, p.150-154, extracts)
Currently, anthropologists believe that civilization began about 7’000 years ago, but new discoveries are changing their minds. And for example, in 1994 a complex of pillars and sculptures known as “Göbekli Tepe” was discovered in Turkey and it is considered that it was established between 9,000 and 8,000 BC. This shows that there were already quite advanced civilizations, at a time when before it was thought that only wild tribes existed.
And it is very likely that as new discoveries are made, the date of the beginning of civilization will go back more to the past. However, these findings will only belong to the current fifth Root-Race, but the Atlanteans and the Lemurians also had great civilizations.
Unfortunately, the vestiges of those previous Races-Roots are going to be more difficult to discover them, because the continents where they developed are currently submerged. (See the continents emerge and submerge several times)
And surely several of you will ask:
But if civilizations have emerged so advanced in the past, then why we are not more advanced today?
And the answer is because evolution does not take place in a straight line, but in a wavy line where periods of development are then followed by periods of decay, then grow back a little higher, and then fall again a little less, etc.
And for a better understanding of what Master Kuthumi said, I recommend you read: