Ancient Prophecies of the End of Civilization

Ancient traditions of the religion of the sun preserve accounts of a series of world ages that were destroyed by global catastrophes. They describe how civilization periodically goes through golden and dark ages, and declines over time to be destroyed and spiritually renewed over again. Their ancient texts and teachings state that such a catastrophe lies ahead for our civilization too.

In case anyone is wondering, the design embroidered on my dress was discovered on an ancient burial urn unearthed in Poland – it’s a solar cross called Rece Boga or the “Hands of God.”

References

A special thanks to my husband Mark, whose spiritual experiences and knowledge provided the impetus to research the ancient sources in this video. In my research, I consulted primary sources, including Hindu, Norse, Greek, Christian, and Egyptian texts, as well as talks by Hopi elders. I’d also like to thank Graham Hancock (see his books Fingerprints of the Gods and Magicians of the Gods), for his work on bringing together the archeological and scientific evidence that correlates with these ancient prophecies.

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About the Author:

Lara Atwood is a researcher and practitioner of the indigenous Indo-European religion of her ancient ancestors, which is a branch of the ancient Religion of the Sun. She runs the YouTube channel SakroSawel and the website sakrosawel.com ("sakro sawel" means "sacred sun" in the Proto-Indo European language). Writing alongside her husband Mark, she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun.

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  1. Aleksandr May 18, 2018 at 6:40 am - Reply

    On second viewing I noticed the mention of Rahu from the muni Markandeva quote, in the Mahabharata. Here is the quote as reference:

    “And when the end of the Yuga comes, everybody will be in want … innumerable meteors will flash through the sky foreboding evil. And the Sun will appear with six others of the same kind. And all around there will be din and uproar, and everywhere there will be conflagrations. And the Sun, from the hour of his rising to that of setting, will be enveloped by Rahu (unidentified rouge planet).”

    I heard Rahu mentioned by my wife who is interested in Vedic astrology. In Vedic astrology, is the north node of the Moon – the northern intersection of the Moon with the ecliptic. Likewise, Ketu is the southern node of the Moon. The location of Rahu and Ketu in an individual’s birth chart have a significant influence on the events of the individual’s life. The influence of Rahu on an individual is destructive. Here are a few quotes from a book I have:

    “Rahu and Ketu are terrible, responsible for the greatest traumas and difficulties. Unlike Saturnn who creates the inevitable changes that each individual must at some time experience, Rahu and Ketu are responsible for the changes that are unexpected or unique to each individual…”

    Though terrible and uncivilized, Rahu and Ketu are intelligent, highly intelligent in fact and responsible for many of the most amazing, though often destructive, feats that man has performed” ~(Wilhelm, p. 172)

    “Rahu also has some less desirable names, two of which are Ghata, “destruction” and Pata, “falling.” Rahu is very capable of brinign about both of these if he is poorly placed in the horoscope or severely afflicting other Grahas. He can destroy that which is desired and have us fall from position, fall from grace or fall into despair.” (Wilhelm, pp. 60-61)

    Rahu and Ketu are the ones who always cause eclipses as they swallow the Sun or the Moon (because by definition they are located on the line between the Earth and Sun). The color red is related to both Rahu and Ketu, as red is the Moon during a lunar eclipse.

    In myth Rahu and Ketu are said to be born during the churning of the milky ocean from the demon Svarbhanu. The story in described in the book by Ernst Wilhelm as well as online, but I have yet to find a primary source. As described, Rahu is the severed head of Svarbhanu, while Ketu is the body. The two parts survived because the demon Svarbhanu, before being cut in two by Vishnu, partook of the Amrita.

    I thought this may be relevant because it seems that Rahu has an individual as well as a global influence. I do not know whether there is another external source to the global influence, but find it curious that the influence on the individual and on the world are so similar.

    References:
    Ernst Wilhelm, Graha Sutras – Planets of Vedic Astrology, 2006

    • Martin May 25, 2018 at 7:56 am - Reply

      Well spotted Aleks, thanks for sharing.

    • Michael May 25, 2018 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Thanks for sharing that Alex. The influence of cosmic forces upon our lives in an interesting matter, which may be a cause for reflection.

    • Aleksandr May 27, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

      To finish off my comment I have found the story related in the Mahabharata. Here is the relevant passage from Book 1, Section XIX of the Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli, and available online at: http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01020.htm

      “And all the gods at that time of great fright drank the Amrita with delight, receiving it from Vishnu. And while the gods were partaking of
      it, after which they had so much hankered, a Danava named Rahu was also drinking it among them in the guise of a god. And when the Amrita had
      reached Rahu’s throat only, Surya and Soma (recognised him and) intimated the fact to the gods. And Narayana instantly cut off with his discus the
      well-adorned head of the Danava who was drinking the Amrita without permission. And the huge head of the Danava, cut off by the discus and
      resembling a mountain peak, then rose up to the sky and began to utter dreadful cries. And the Danava’s headless trunk, falling upon the ground
      and rolling thereon, made the Earth tremble with her mountains, forests and islands. And from that time there is a long-standing quarrel between
      Rahu’s head and Surya and Soma. And to this day it swalloweth Surya and Soma (during solar and lunar eclipses).”

      The link between Svarbhanu (and/or Rahu and Ketu) and eclipses is further mentioned in other books, including Rig Veda (5.40.5-9). The below quote is from the Rig Veda translated by Ralph T.H. Griffith, available online at: http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/rigveda/rv05040.htm

      “5 O Sūrya, when the Asura’s descendant Svarbhanu, pierced thee through and through with darkness,
      All creatures looked like one who is bewildered, who knoweth not the place where he is standing.
      6 What time thou smotest down Svarbhanu’s magic that spread itself beneath the sky, O Indra,
      By his fourth sacred prayer Atri discovered Sūrya concealed in gloom that stayed his function.
      7 Let not the oppressor with this dread, through anger swallow me up, for I am thine, O Atri.
      Mitra art thou, the sender of true blessings: thou and King Varuṇa be both my helpers.
      8 The Brahman Atri, as he set the press-stones, serving the Gods with praise and adoration,
      Established in the heaven the eye of Sūrya, and caused Svarbhanu’s magic arts to vanish.
      9 The Atris found the Sun again, him whom Svarbhanu of the brood
      Of Asuras had pierced with gloom. This none besides had power to do.”

      • Lara Atwood May 28, 2018 at 3:39 am - Reply

        Thanks for those quotes Aleks – great research.

      • Karim June 2, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

        I liked reading that quote from the Mahabharata Alex. It seems like a wonderfully told story, but full of concrete deeper meanings.

      • John Roberts August 27, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply

        The Mahabharata War and the death of Krishna was the beginning of the Kali Yuga.

    • John Roberts August 26, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      I studied Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) in India many years ago.

      I wrote, and had published, numerous articles on Vedic Astrology, in the magazine Times of Astrology (Delhi).

      Rahu and Ketu have absolutely nothing to so with the end of the Kali Yuga.

      The end of the Kali Yuga begins mid 2020s. This date will coincide with the beginning of the mini ice age (Maunder Minimum).

      Prepare accordingly.

      • Aleksandr August 28, 2018 at 6:43 am - Reply

        Hi John,

        I also do not think that Rahu and Ketu (as per their meaning in Vedic astrology) have something to do with the end of Kali Yuga. The quote from Muni Markandeva (that I quoted above) says: “And the Sun, from the hour of his rising to that of setting, will be enveloped by Rahu (unidentified rouge planet).”

        I have never heard of such a long eclipse, so I am guessing that Rahu here means something else.

        The reason that I related information from Vedic astrology is because the personal meaning of Rahu is so similar to its cataclysmic meaning described in the quote above. I think this is an example of using the same symbols to describe similar inner and outer concepts. So, although the end of Kali Yuga may not be experienced by all, the personal influence of Rahu will, and is worth preparing for.

  2. DavidP May 1, 2018 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Thank you for this impressive video Lara and team, for its content of joining all the dots together and for the professional production. Very well done by all the team.

    It’s incredible to have so many similarities in these prophecies across different times and cultures. It certainly makes a strong case for heeding the warnings and it’s disconcerting to consider how far into the Kali Yuga we are now.

    It makes me wonder how near the end are we now? What will I live to see? Do I meet the standard to be spared the horror of the end? What am I doing each day to make sure I get off the wheel of samsara? The stakes could not be higher!

    • Martin May 2, 2018 at 6:54 am - Reply

      Excellent questions David, things don’t look too good currently, there is a great learning ahead of humanity.

    • John Roberts May 3, 2018 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      David, since you asked, I will be happy to answer.

      We are at the very end of the Kali Yuga. Or from another perspective, we are on the cusp between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius.
      As you know the Kali Yuga is the age of darkness, and the next age to appear will be the Dwapara Yuga, which will herald the return of the Light.

      Before the Dwapara Yuga can begin, EVERYTHING of the Kali Yuga must go. All modern civilization. All modern ways of seeing, and not seeing.
      All economic systems. All political systems. All religions. Look around you now……everything you see will be gone.

      We are receiving previews of coming attractions now. During the 2020s the main attraction begins: The coming mini ice age will bring: Extreme cold, food shortages and famine, massive dislocations of people, war, extreme volcanic activity, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Only about 5% of the people alive today will be alive when the cleansing is complete.

      By the end of the 2030s the show will be over, and the few who survive will fall to their knees in gratitude, and welcome the return of the Light.

    • Olga August 28, 2018 at 2:38 am - Reply

      Hi David, I just glanced at your comment again:

      ”What am I doing each day to make sure I get off the wheel of samsara?”

      It got me thinking how such questions (what am I doing each day towards xyz etc…) and their accompanied honest personal assessments are so vital at the start and end of each day.

  3. Ella April 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this video. Honestly, it took me a long time to watch it, because I find the emotions that come up when I face this topic very hard to deal with. But I really appreciate the efforts that have been made by you Lara, and Mark, and everyone who has come before to warn humanity. It’s not an easy thing to say or to face, at least I know it’s something I don’t know how to broach with people who don’t already know, and something I find very hard to come to terms with myself. Everything still seems so stable in the western world. There is always the rumblings of war going on in the background but the west is still pretty comfy, but it would only take a slight shift for things to crumble. I find my mind looking for solutions practically, to make steps to live more sustainably, away from big cities and to create a life that’s not so reliant on the structures that we take for granted remaining the same doing just that. Perhaps it’s partly because I like this way of life anyway, perhaps it’s a waste of time in the end, but if things are to deteriorate I want to be far away from the chaos that will inevitably erupt when people have their sense of normality shattered. It only takes a small disaster to see how the animal inside that’s kept under an acceptable facade emerges in the struggle to survive. The way people behaved in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the US years ago is a case in point. I know that the only way to survive this in a greater sense is to liberate ourselves from the Wheel of Samsara, and again, I’d like to say thank you again for helping me to face this inherently very sad topic and with that to make steps to use my time here, in the sun, for awakening.

    • Martin April 27, 2018 at 2:28 am - Reply

      Thanks for your insightful comments Ella,

      I understand how you feel about talking to people who don’t already know, it can all get a bit difficult at times. You are not the only one who is looking to take practical steps to get away from it all. There seems to be a growing number of people searching for an exit clause as everything slowly degenerates around us; whether they be spiritually inclined or not.

  4. Layla April 12, 2018 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for such a sobering call to reality.

    I think people feel the stronghold of evil in the world but rarely do we see the microcosm of it within ourselves, rarely asking where am I like that in my life and that’s something that I struggle with in my own personal searchingl.

    I found it very interesting how you explained everything moves in cycles as there is an illusionary idea that everything will keep going. I was looking at a hibiscus plant near my home and how the flowers would unwind from a bud, bloom and then whither away and fall on the ground returning to the earth from which they came and all that happened within time.

    It must seem very unusual how estranged we have become from our own existence, even though being surrounded by this message of cycles through the cycles of day and night, summer and winter, the trees and the plants as they grow, fruit and seed, to then repeat on a different cycle, which I feel you said with warmth and kindness when you said “summer doesn’t last forever”.

    I also really appreciate all that you have done to renew this message left by the ancients to let people know, as sorrowful as it may be to digest the reality of it all, its a message of great care from you and Mark.

    I wish everyone the strength and courage to see, face and overcome the darkness within, and be uplifted.

    • Layla April 21, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

      I also came across this site called NEOShield,(NEO is ‘near earth object’), http://www.neoshield.eu/science-technology-asteroid-impact/ and they have a video about how their aim is to come up with a solution to deflect an impact.

      Under the heading, ‘Can we protect our civilization from the next major impact?’ they say,” As many scientific researches highlight, impacts of near-Earth objects (NEOs) have contributed to mass extinctions and evolution. Moreover it is a proven fact that NEOs will continue to hit the Earth at irregular intervals in the future, with the potential for catastrophic damage to life and property.”

      They also have conferences, like this one, http://www.neoshield.eu/pdc2015-impact-scenario/, in which they explain how “all the experts on planetary defence [who are part of this project] enacted a scenario in which an asteroid is on collision course with Earth. Using such a scenario the people can learn how political leaders, citizens, and the media would respond in the case of such a threat.”

      I suppose this brings a modern reality to it, since they say millions of dollars are being spent to actively work out how to deflect such a scenario..

  5. Karim March 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    ‘Everything in nature moves in cycles.’

    Perhaps an obvious thing but hearing it like that made me see this a bit more clearly in life around.

    An interesting cycle is the one of human reproduction and the continuity of generations. Where we’re born, have our childhood, become older children, early and then late teens, waiting for and then realising the time has actually come that we’re adults. Seeing that generation of people around us become parents, to a new cycle of children that grow so quickly. The parents become grandparents. Great grandparents bodies start to run their course. etc.

    It seems like an obvious cycle to be aware of. Yet feeling its reality is easily missed or seen as something disconnected to us. Somehow for so long throughout our life we can feel our generation is at the centre stage. But maybe that’s a trick of nature, for people to only realise once their generation’s time has passed.

    • Michael March 25, 2018 at 9:07 am - Reply

      I can relate to what you said Karim, as I have also become increasingly aware over recent years of how relentless the momentum of the cycle of lives is.

      If I think back to when I was a boy, I can recall hearing about celebrities passing away, or sometimes older family members, but these seemed to belong to an older generation, which I wasn’t part of. But now the celebrities are those whose music I listened to, whose TV shows or movies I watched, or who I may have aspired to be like as a teenager.

      It also brings a greater sense of my own mortality when those who have passed away are of a similar age to me, particularly as a number of schoolmates and friends have already passed away over the years, or are currently battling potentially terminal illnesses.

      We all know intellectually that our bodies will eventually decay and die, but it seems to take a long time for this theoretical knowledge to translate into action. However, when the sense of mortality starts to appear more frequently, through the lives of those around us, or even in our own lives, it can change that intellectual understanding into an urgency to change, to avoid the same terrible fate.

  6. Martin March 5, 2018 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Great work Lara! .

    Those quotes at the end are fantastic. Talking about the steam rising and the weather changing; this is exactly what we are seeing today. Something that stood out in those quotes was how people won’t be prepared for the end when it comes and how this is in our nature. People not being prepared or preparing for anything is entirely accurate in my experience.

    It is a tragedy that life is made difficult for people who live with values and principles in the dark age; hopefully these people will attain a great learning experience and reach to the divine.

    Thanks for putting in the time to research and present this valuable information.

  7. Tone February 11, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Many thanks Lara for this video. That’s very sobering indeed. There is a sense that time is running out, and I find it scary, and it can bring up a lot of anxiety. On the other hand, there seems to be a sense of hope in it all. I just pray that we are given enough time and guidance to make the very best of opportunities given.

  8. John Roberts February 11, 2018 at 3:30 am - Reply

    So here we are……at the end of the Age as the Great Kali Yuga draws to a close. We are here now to bear witness to the transformation. The Light will return and the old ways will be practiced again, but first the cesspool must be drained. This time it will be ice and cold. As the mini ice age approaches. The cold will bring great disruption. Many lands will be abandoned, massive migrations will occur. Crops will fail, and starvation, war, and pestilence will become commonplace. As the cold increases, the volcanoes and earthquakes will bring the Ring of Fire to life. Most humans will not make it.

    Of course you are wondering……When will this happen? I have that answer. During the 2020s events will unfold, and by the 2030s, there will be total collapse, and wise men and prophets will be gone.

    This is all part of the natural cycle. Although is seems like a great tragedy, it is actually a great blessing.

    Soon the Light returns as Mother nature bats last.

  9. carmel February 10, 2018 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Thank you very much for this wake up call and the video relates to me, how we must make changes now and not waste any more time as it is disappearing very rapidly.

  10. Dimi February 7, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

    A message of truth and.. a reality check for humanity. Time seems to be running out for this humanity, but I still hear ‘hope’ in your message Lara and Belsebuub. Despite that which is unfolding in this day and age (of iron) and even though it is described as being part of the overall ‘cycle of life’, it seems current societies have eroded and so a new cycle and age is needed. It sounds to be a very difficult time, a time of mass destruction (as history has proven 4 times over)… Thank you for this message…

  11. Nathan February 6, 2018 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara and Mark for another great video. When you mentioned just how carefully these warnings were preserved, it made me feel very grateful towards those people in ancient times who worked to do so.

    It’s amazing just how many civilizations have similar stories about past cataclysms happening – really, it just seems to add another layer of confirmation that they must have occurred. The logical thing to take from that is that if they happened before, they could happen again, yet it’s a topic that sadly can be dismissed so easily. I remember reading some of This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, where she mentions (in regards to environmental harm) that humanity has a tendency to “look and then look away”. I think it’s true when dealing with the end of civilization, it’s like the mind can’t properly process it for some reason.

    I think the mind often has a hard time contemplating our own mortality, almost as though it’s not a part of its programming or that it has no point of reference or experience to understand it (as we’re alive right now and usually have no memories of dying). I’ve found that when a friend or family member has passed away, an understanding of how limited my time actually is comes more to the foreground of the mind, but inevitably it seems to slip away as other things become priorities subconsciously.

    It reminds me of a Latin quote I heard before: Memento Mori – Remember you will die. Apparently in the past, European society made an effort to keep an awareness of that in mind, in order to emphasise how transient the world is and how one should focus on the salvation of the soul. It was even a common theme in early medieval music. Here’s a verse from a song written in 1399:

    Ni conversus fueris et sicut puer factus
    Et vitam mutaveris in meliores actus,
    Intrare non poteris regnum Dei beatus.
    Ad mortem festinamus peccare desistamus.

    If you do not turn back and become like a child,
    And change your life for the better,
    You will not be able to enter, blessed, the Kingdom of God.
    To death we are hastening, let us refrain from sinning.

  12. Seraphim February 2, 2018 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much, Lara and Mark, for this video and the information. It is impressive that various cultures from different parts and ages of the world give a similar message about the destruction of this world.

    It is scary that the time run out very quickly, if there is any, as the catastrophe is ahead of us.

    From the other side, we live in a dark, negative and materialistic age, away from even the basic spiritual virtues of Sun, in such massive way that it is shocking. So it is fair to happen

  13. Christos February 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Quite an amazing video. Thank you for this message Lara & Mark. It is very revealing that different ancient civilizations had similar messages about the end of the world in the same way they had similar messages about the beginning of it. Interesting that looking back in history can show us our future.

    It is puzzling that we have become so short-sighted. It only takes a bit of reflection to get at least a hint that whatever we do unless it is for the Spirit it just cannot be there for ever. And yet things that pass keep managing to have us enchanted.

  14. Sue January 31, 2018 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I’ve just watched this amazing video again.

    It seems that the message is very clear and has stood throughout time. And, we certainly don’t need to look very hard today to see how poorly people treat each other and their lack of respect for our planet and its creatures.

    I heard that quote recently too Geraldine, about the greatest wonder. it’s so true.
    And it’s very scary that it seems time is running out.

    Thank you so much for this very sobering, but motivating, video.

  15. Andrew January 30, 2018 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    A good reminder on a less than popular topic! Despite my own critical thoughts about the dire nature of our times, I did resonate with the quotes from the Kolbrin and Jesus which outlined that due to our human nature, we will become forgetful and be caught off guard. I’ve often thought that while there is so much adversity and suffering in the world today, that we are quite lucky to be living in this era. It is a very exciting time to be alive and our time is very precious.

    Thank you Lara & Mark for this message which so many cultures and wisdom keepers have tried to pass on. It gave me the chills a bit, but it also brought a lot of power into my consciousness which I hope to leverage.

    Very nice production value too! I can see each video getting better and better. Good job production team!

  16. john perez January 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I find that the evidence on this topic is very clear, hopefully it sinks in deeply.

    Thanks Belsebuub and Lara, I enjoyed every moment of this video.

  17. Fotis January 28, 2018 at 8:42 pm - Reply

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    Thank you for covering this serious topic in that way.
    A lot has been said and from time to time some media reproducing with one or another way different scenarios. Remember what happened with the 2012 and Mayas calendar around that time. It’s very easy to slide into a catastrophology theory and from time to time when one is coming up  to spread the fear and misery to people.

    But the way you covered it, felt to me be more neutral, simple and clear. Like how the reality is, neither good or bad, but like something which is normal to happen at some point as have happened before. Obviously, there is a lot of fear anyway around these things but like the type of fear of death is very human to exist.
    Putting it though, inside the context of spirituality and awakening in light, gives another perspective more encouraging and a push to go on more determined.
    Thank you also for that!

    Very nice production and quality video as well, great job guys!

  18. Karim January 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara and everyone who’s helped this video come together.

    The presentation here showing the similarity between those ancient quoted messages is something striking.

    Some of those quotes at the end of the video ring so true with things happening in the world, even if some of these things are not recognized as such by people today. That in itself though is one of those major signs, people having lost touch with ‘right and wrong’, feeling spiritual principles, and the awareness of the existence of things beyond normal perception.

    An interesting aspect to some of those quotes, mentioned already even back then, is (if I may paraphrase very generally) that people won’t ‘believe’ it until it happens. I can also see how by then it will literally be too late, there will not be the time, because it simply takes time to make those great changes within us. So even if we wanted to, that would not be enough. I guess that’s the whole point of a warning. To bring the knowledge of the reality of an upcoming event so that in the current moment someone can act more seriously and strongly.

    I also hear the accent you put on how carefully some ancient people tried to pass on this knowledge to future generations, to us. Though in the noisy whirlwind of the modern day life this legacy is but a whisper, even if there were those who’d worked so hard in the past to pass on the need to… ‘repent’, that is in the true sense.

    Some of the quotes which I wasn’t familiar with, like the Norse ones, were inspiring to hear. Amazing job on finding those and bringing them together in the way you did Lara.

    • Lara Atwood January 30, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Karim,

      On the point you made about it being too late to makes changes within, when I was researching for this video, I read a few interviews and speeches by some Hopi elders. They made that exact point – that it takes time to change within, a long time to change our hearts, and that at some point we will run out of time to change. I thought it was very perceptive of them to make that point, because so many people today believe that making changes within is easy, or even that it can happen overnight.

      I suspect that’s why there are some warnings were given some time ago in history, because people needed to be given as much time as possible to make the required changes within themselves – over many lifetimes. People can make fun of older warnings, like saying – look, we’re all still here, but I think there is more to it than first appears. Our time will run out long before the actual destruction comes.

      • Lucia January 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

        This is such an important point you guys have made. I can definitely see how the inner change takes a lot of time, since it is the “change of the heart” as you pointed out Lara. Interestingly, this particular thing stood out to me from this video too – how just partial changes or change maybe in one area of our life are not enough, but in order to change our destiny we need to completely change our whole way of being and interacting with the world, our innate characteristics so to speak. I guess that is a part of the overall energetic change that happens on the spiritual path.

        • Olga January 31, 2018 at 10:06 pm - Reply

          Thank you Lucia for your input, it certainly put more weight on the subject, and the need for complete and unconditional change.

      • Jiri January 31, 2018 at 6:28 am - Reply

        Hi Lara,
        you made a great point about the inner change, I completely agree that the inner change is very difficult, that the egos growing inside for many lives put us into difficult position in this life when we face many difficulties of this “modern” era, also facing the end of time of this civilization and all this with accumulated strenght of all egos bring us into something that sounds almost impossible, to get awaken. It can take extremely long time to even make a small step, but do we still have that time?

        My motivation is to reach at least the point that will allow me to leave this world. In the video you said that there will be time when men have no mercy on other men, and for me not to stick around when such time comes, would be a very wise decision. Anyway even if there is still enough time, it would be much better for us to be without egos.

        I also have a feeling that someone is helping us, I mean awaken man, a lot and because of his great help our time has been extended.

        Thank you for this video and your help.

      • Paty January 31, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

        Thanks very much for this clarification, Lara.
        I have often thought of these times that are coming and realise that it would impossible to
        do any kind of psychological work upon yourself with so much destruction going on around you.
        Thank you for sharing the Hopi wisdom – it reminds me of the article Mark wrote: ‘Why Enlightenment takes time”

        https://belsebuub.com/articles/why-enlightenment-takes-time

      • Olga January 31, 2018 at 10:03 pm - Reply

        Thank you Lara for sharing and giving more to reflect on.

        Just recently looking into the Mahabharat there was a passage that said something along the lines of when our time passes, it is too late to repent.

        Perhaps it’s because, in many ways, we genuinely know and are responsible for the passing of time.

        • John Roberts February 11, 2018 at 3:57 am - Reply

          Since you mentioned the Mahabharata, you might find this interesting:

          The death of Krishna and the beginning of the Kurukshetra (Mahabharata) war marked the beginning of the Kali Yuga.

          • Olga February 16, 2018 at 11:10 am

            Hi John, that’s an interesting time frame to contemplate. Perhaps the time of the Mahabharata was one of the last times humanity came close to spiritual heights and societal harmony, respecting the guidance and opinions of spiritual teachers. Even then, you can see the degeneration of those values and the conflicts that, to their surprise, began to arise and tear down the religious presence of authority, thus crumbling the society into the hands of greed and power.

            Either way, when people themselves choose vice over goodness, light departs.

            It seems back then there was at least some remorse for the departure from the spiritual. At the same time, I wonder if someone could really say they didn’t see it coming.

          • John Roberts August 27, 2018 at 6:01 pm

            HI Olga.

            The Yugas are considered the in breath and the out breath of the Creator.

            They are repeating cycles.

            Sat Yuga is the time of greatest light. Then it descends down to Kali Yuga the time of greatest darkness, then it ascends again toward light.

            The entire process takes almost 26,000 years. This is the same as the Great Year in Western Astrology.

            Kali is coming to an end, just as the Little Ice age is about to begin.

            Nothing of Kali may enter the coming age of increasing Light.

            The Little Ice Age, massive volcanic eruptions and earthquakes will cleanse the planet of the darkness.

            Only the Magicians who dance in the Light will make the transition.

      • Tone February 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm - Reply

        Thanks Lara. I get a sense that we do have time if we want to make the effort. At the same time it’s had to push past a feeling of overwhelm and a fear that I’ve left it too late. Thankfully, when I get past all that and get clear of the inner turmoil, there is a sense of hope and an inner encouragement to just do it. Many thanks for the work that you and Belsebuub do here. We’d be lost without it.

        • Michael February 24, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

          Hi Tone,

          Yes, I think it’s important to push past those feelings of being overwhelmed, fearful etc. It’s important to understand the urgency of change and to act upon that realisation, but the feelings you mentioned can potentially bring about a resistance, which is detrimental. For example, they could lead to the defeatist attitude of thinking “Well, I’ve lost my chance already, so I might as well just enjoy life while I can”.

          Better to start taking steps to change as soon as possible. Like you said, there’s still time, if we start making the right efforts now. Although the goal of awakening may seem impossible, Mark has repeatedly said that this work is for ordinary people to do, but that it takes a lot of effort to achieve it.

          We can’t build a mansion overnight, just as the ancients who built the pyramids didn’t complete their task within a few days. But if we can make the task of building the spiritual within us our main focus in life, it’s much easier to build up a momentum that can sustain us. It’s easy to leave it until tomorrow to lay the next brick, but if we can work hard to lay the foundations, the end goal seems more achievable, as we can see the structure that is developing.

          I think you inadvertently used a very appropriate slogan from the Nike ads in summarising that process of getting over the hurdles of resistance: “Just do it!”

          I wish you all the strength in pushing forward Tone!

      • Karim February 26, 2018 at 7:23 pm - Reply

        If I think of a medical study with a speciality such a thing might take 8-12 year to complete for example, someone wouldn’t be able to do that in a single day. I think that with the metaphysical nature of consciousness and subconscious of a person being not as physically tangible. And with it being not generally understood today what makes up a person inside, ‘who someone is’ might all appear as this… “vague”. But it’s much more concrete than that.
        I see that within me there’s Whole volumes! of subconscious that need to be uncovered, and behind each volume there’s a deeper level again on the same subject. But in this case it’s not just an external intellectual study of information, but a change within ourselves and growth of consciousness. I find it’s been taking a lot of strength and perseverance, to be able to keep going through the difficult situations of life which are needed to see the next page and deeper layer of our inner attachments to he world. It’s a life’s work, really.

        But rather than being overwhelmed by it the inner study is also immensely empowering because it gives us the choice to start changing within right now. So we don’t have to wait on anything.

      • Michael March 19, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

        Hi Lara,

        I reflected on some points in relation to your comments about enlightenment taking time and the need for people to receive the same warnings multiple times, even over many lifetimes, due to humanity’s collective inertia when it comes to inner change.

        Towards the end of Mark’s biography, he mentions that he was given just one life to complete the spiritual path, and I wondered for those who are already on their last life in this cycle, whether there is still the opportunity to be reborn in another life to complete the work, following the completion of the first mountain. Or does the whole of the path need to be completed within one lifetime, if it is a person’s last?

        • Lara Atwood April 18, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

          Hi Michael,

          As far as I understand, most people who walk the spiritual path go through it’s various stages over a number of lifetimes. The most pressing thing for anyone is to liberate themselves from Bhavacakra/the wheel of life within this lifetime. As I understand, as long as someone does this, they can be reborn in the next cycle whatever life they are on.

          • Martin April 19, 2018 at 5:11 am

            Thanks for that reply Lara, it’s greatly appreciated.

        • Michael May 6, 2018 at 11:12 am - Reply

          Thanks very much for clarifying that Lara. It is good to know that there is still the opportunity to complete the later stages of the path in another life, as long as the necessary first stages are reached within this lifetime.

          Contemplating the urgency of change and the scale of the task ahead can bring up feelings of anxiety. These are fears that everyone will need to face at some point in their life, when the reality of their life coming to end is understood. However, I remember Mark replying to a question in one of his weekly talks, where the caller mentioned having this anxiety about doing the spiritual work. Mark commented that doing this work is really the purpose of our lives and that we shouldn’t go through life with anxiety. He said that although we may face tests and challenges along the way, these come in their own time and we shouldn’t think from the perspective that we have to face all of the tests of the whole path all at the same time.

          I think this perspective helps, as we can then see the path as a kind of training. So by building up strength each day, we can gain a greater sense of confidence to face whatever difficulties may arise in our lives. That psychological training is similar to physical fitness, where we can’t just go from being completely out of shape to running a marathon, but as long as a person has a basic level of physical health, with daily training, a much greater level of fitness can be reached.

          Thanks for providing the incentive to undertake this training daily and to work to clear whatever emotions may try to cloud us and prevent us from moving forwards, including those of anxiety or fear. Having Mark’s clear guidance also demonstrates that it’s possible for ordinary people to complete this work and that the goal of enlightenment is not something that can only be attained by those with special privileges, but is something that is open to humanity as a whole, as long as there are people who choose to seek it.

    • Michael February 2, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

      I think you made a very important point about the preciousness of time Karim. It’s easy to think there will always be more time available, but it actually seems like a very finite resource. Not using time well could be likened to someone squandering money on frivolous things, perhaps getting into debt from multiple credit cards and loans, while not keeping a balance sheet. If the debt isn’t paid, the person is eventually hit by interest charges, which become due at a given time, whether the person has made preparations or not. These then accumulate over time, so the overall debt grows larger and larger, making it almost impossible to clear it without very stringent personal sacrifices, in order to make the repayments.

      That seems similar to our situation with karma, where we accumulate debt for our poor actions, but tend to suffer from collective amnesia regarding the inevitable repayment. Even if we see tragedies happening each day on the news, or hear about people we know who have passed away etc., there still seems to be the hidden belief of “That will never happen to me”, which is reflected in our actions. But of course, that’s an absurd belief, as we can be sure that each of us will die, even if we don’t know exactly when. So we carry on living the good life, if circumstances allow, which makes the sense of loss even greater when all that we hold important is taken away from us.

      The video has stressed how vital it is to make changes now, particularly as the time to do the work is limited. Thinking of Mark’s example, it took him just under 30 years of working at a rapid pace to change internally, before almost reaching the completion of the path to enlightenment. Perhaps we could logically hope that we will each have an average life expectancy, so some of us might still have another 30 years ahead of us, even if we wait tomorrow to start making proper efforts to change. But due to the mechanism of karma that is already in place, there are often unforeseen events, which we can’t possibly predict, which can take our lives in very different directions, or even bring our lives to a premature end.

      As many of the indications in the video seem to apply to this current age, it seems far more sensible to start making significant efforts to change right now, rather than just hoping for the best. It’s ultimately in our interest to do that, as if we can find permanent peace, it would surely be worth far more than the pleasures that keep us hypnotised in our daily lives.

  19. Mike January 28, 2018 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Thank you for another excellent video, Lara and Mark. It really inspires a lot of contemplation and serves as a strong call to action to make use of our time here on earth to use it for life’s true purpose.

    From those prophesies, it actually seems like we’re living in borrowed time right now – as though the end could have come long ago but only by some special mercy is humanity still able to live on earth right now, despite all the evil.

    The excerpts you shared at the end were very on-point. That Ancient Egyptian quote sounds like a perfect depiction of the world today:

    “Men will fly in the air as birds and swim in the seas as fishes. Men will talk peace with another, hypocrisy and deceit shall have their day. Women will be as men and men as women, passion will be a plaything of man.”

    • Olga January 29, 2018 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      I feel the same Mike, that prophetic excerpt you shared also brought to mind the world we live in today.

      There were some other passages that have stayed with me over the last few days as well, like God being excluded from temples and religions. Perhaps its just a small observation, but often I have felt a devoid of the spiritual in many places, services, religious holidays and discussions, as though all that is left is the breeze of someone’s departure.

      At the same time, seeing the development of the new world order shows a much greater effort to completely root out the religious and divine from the social spectrum, as attempted by the communists in the Soviet era.

      It is hard to believe that such events could be closing in on us, but whether tomorrow or in 40 years, there is no better time to remember our purpose and the duties that are in one’s reach.

      Thank you Lara, and to those who helped you along the way.

      • Mike February 1, 2018 at 2:40 am - Reply

        Interesting observation, Olga. Indeed it does feel like God is disappearing from religions and society. Holidays like Christmas are becoming more commercial or just about seeing family, and losing those other important themes and reflections. I think with the growth of atheism and atheistic movements also contribute a lot to this, driving all spirituality away. It’s hard to have a conversation with anyone about religion these days.

        Truly, there is no better time to remember our purpose than now!

    • Con February 1, 2018 at 6:22 am - Reply

      Wow Mike,

      I am glad you took the effort to quote the last two lines about Men flying as birds; talking peace but spreading hypocricy and men acting as women AND vice versa.

      Lara, great work as always !

  20. Justin January 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you Lara for this clear and powerful presentation of a very weighty subject.

    The similarities among ancient traditions recounting past cataclysms and foretelling future ones are hard to deny, as is the mounting physical evidence that such catastrophes have occurred in the past.

    It seems easy to have a false sense of security like the one described in the quote from the Kolbrin – that such catastrophic events will not come in our time. And yet, when I researched some of the evidence for past cataclysms that you referred to, I began to feel how fragile our society is and how vulnerable we actually are, floating through a vast universe on our tiny planet.

    I recall a section of the book Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock where he interviews a geologist about what the effects would have been if some kind of cosmic body (like a comet fragment or asteroid) struck the earth near the end of the last ice age. Hearing it described in such vivid detail really brought the possibility to life for me and showed how ancient mythologies and religious texts could be describing some very concrete realities.

    Then of course there is the description in ancient texts of moral decay that occurs near the end times. It would seem hard for a reasonable person to deny this is happening right now, as it has been for hundreds of years. One has to only look at the rampant tyranny, oppression, immense cruelty, hypocrisy, destruction of our planet, violence, inequality, and lack of freedom on so many fronts to see the truth of it. Even though people are more aware of these things than ever before, it seems as a humanity we just lack the collective will to change course.

    It seems that the only ray of hope is for information like this to spread and for more people who hear it to choose a more principled life aligned with spiritual values.

    Thank you again.

    • Michael May 13, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Yes, I agree Justin – the glimmer of hope is in finding the information that provides us with the tools to change, then making a solid effort to apply those spiritual principles to our lives, so that the hope of change can become a reality.

  21. Patricia January 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks Lara for that sobering message. It really is a wake up call for each of us to take action to change our ways and take up the Path while we still have time. Thanks for sharing the different excerpts from the various ancient texts that, as you say, have been so carefully preserved so that these prophesies could stand the test of time in hopes of reaching out to humanity before it’s too late. I really appreciate the Sakro Sawel videos and all the hard work, effort and time put into them.

  22. Roy January 27, 2018 at 10:36 am - Reply

    I had to watch the video a few times to let its message sink in properly.

    Life these days is very immersive and distracting that you tend to forget about the state of the world and the suffering that goes on if you don’t look beyond everyday life. It’s far easier to ignore this, let along consider the destruction of all that is around us. In a way, this reminds me of the times of Noah when he was building his ark and people mocked him and were in disbelieve of a catastrophe coming. The same seems to be applicable today.

    This video is a good reminder of the times we live in and what is ahead. Many cultures before us knew and wrote about it to warn us and that we have a way out.

    Thanks for gathering many resources and creating this wonderful video. There is a lot to reflect on and I’m hoping it will help others to grow in understanding too.

  23. Jenny January 27, 2018 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Wow! Thanks very much for this video and for all of the work that went into it. It’s extremely well done.

    I have learned/known about these cycles, but it had seemed to me really distant and un-relatable somehow – even though I can clearly see the devastating state of the world right now.

    In the past few weeks I too had just started reading Magicians of the Gods by Graham Hancock, where he goes into a lot of the history and evidence for past global cataclysms, and shares accounts from ancient cultures of what happened in those times and writings about how the same thing will happen again.

    So I had already been pondering all of this while reading the book, and reading the various accounts is really grounding, and then here comes this amazingly well done video on the topic which goes into even more depth into aspects of this, especially with the spiritual principles behind it.

    I too paused the excerpts at the end of the video, and yeah taking all this in, something has really finally clicked for me in understanding, the realness of this taking place, that it has happened, and it will happen again.

    The video had excerpts from texts that I hadn’t come across before, and it’s really striking how when it talks about how things will be at the end of the age, it describes how humanity behaves today.

    I think it’s really important to fully learn about and understand these principles and these cycles, as to me it helps to understand ourselves and our life in perspective to bigger things and understand how important and precious the time that we do have is. And like you say at the end of the video, how important it is to take advantage of the opportunities we do have to learn, grow, change, and live and follow spiritual principles, while we have the time to do it.

  24. Geraldine January 27, 2018 at 2:33 am - Reply

    Hi Lara,

    Like others have said, it is a very sobering video, but yet I am very thankful that it was made, and thanks to Mark for the guidance in producing it. Listening to you, and seeing how the same message was repeated across the globe by so many different cultures and reading the ancient texts, which could have been written now, is what is really striking and shows the dire state our humanity has fallen into. And what is awaiting it. Also, one the last sentence in the Kolbrin is what really stood out to me as important:

    “But come, the day surely will, and in accordance with his nature man will be unprepared.”

    It reminded me of a passage in the Mahabharata, a sage asks yudishtera questions by a lake, and one question is:

    “What is the greatest wonder?”
    “The greatest wonder is that each individual knows that Death is the ultimate truth and yet believes that maybe he is immortal.”

    That sense of false security, of ‘in the end, it will be alright’ seems to cloud the true reality that, no it is not, ignorance is not bliss.. It seems so important then to be able to understand those cosmic principles and enact and live by them and remove the darkness within so that consciousness can be truly liberated from the wheel of life.

    • Michael May 13, 2018 at 9:13 am - Reply

      That quote from the Mahabharata is very appropriate Geraldine. Thanks for sharing it.

  25. Jenny January 26, 2018 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    Very interesting topic (and great video as always). It’s one thing to be perceiving this all around you and to feel oppressed by it, but then to read it described so clearly in ancient texts and legends is really astonishing (many of those references I’ve not seen before, especially the ones from the Kolbrin — sounds like it’s time to read that text!). Also interesting how widespread the understanding of this issue has been across the continents, and how far removed we seem to be as a society today from recognizing its nature.

  26. Daniel M January 26, 2018 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much, Lara and Mark!

    It is so sad to see us as a Humanity not being able to perceive and understand reality.

    Talking for myself, I know I need to make bigger efforts in order to help myself and be prepared to help others; however, I get too easily distracted by virtually anything in life! A post like this one helps me remember more often time is really fleeting and opportunities disappear as easily as they come.

  27. David January 26, 2018 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Thanks for the video Lara, it’s a very sobering message and to Mark for providing the impetus for it. I’ve been reading Magicians of the Gods, and the scientific evidence Graham Hancock provides there of the likelihood of further impacts with the remnants of the comet that caused the last great flood, along with all the passages and evidence you have provided from ancient texts and cultures should be a wake up call for everyone. Even knowing the serious nature of this though it’s easy to get caught up in things that don’t matter. The “anxieties of life” as Jesus says in the text quoted at the end of the video.

    • Paty January 26, 2018 at 10:53 am - Reply

      Hi David,

      I totally agree with your last two sentences David. Sad reality.

    • Jordan January 26, 2018 at 4:53 pm - Reply

      I’m about three-quarters through that book now too David and I see what you mean. I can’t help but be very thankful though for the main message that Lara highlights in the video and that we all explore on the Spiritual Sun as you know – i.e. that there is actually something one can do about all this within oneself and in the way that we live our lives.

      Great video Lara (and team) – best one yet!

  28. Craig January 26, 2018 at 6:46 am - Reply

    This is a very serious video Lara.

    Thank you, and Mark, for taking the time to bring our attention to the messages from the ancient texts.
    To read the texts properly I pressed pause, and was moved by how so many traditions, from all parts of the planet, all have the same message.

    To me, your video shows how utter futility in the way that society demands that we live. To me, it shows that we must do better, we must change and finally, how we must prepare ourselves spiritually.
    Like your other presentations, there is a lot of information to absorb and reflect upon!

  29. Paty January 26, 2018 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Surely it is difficult to deny so many similarities between so many ancient texts and peoples scattered throughout the world.

    I can certainly see so many signs of our degeneration on this earth; from the way that we disrespect Mother Nature to ourselves and others. How is possible that humanity can reach so much depravity? But this is our reality and we must face it to be able to overcome it as what we see externally we also have within, Not an easy reality to accept.

    But we are here now in these times for a reason.

    Thanks very much for this revealing and informative video. Much to reflect on and take action on.

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