During the era of Pisces which ended in 1962, the battle between science and religion had many battlegrounds, and the story of Atlantis was certainly significant: for centuries the subject of Atlantis has been ridiculed, mocked, and perceived as mere fantasy. In the new Aquarian era, humanity is starting to realize that our "official" history is woefully far from the truth, and the story of Atlantis — rooted in fact, but misunderstood — is due for investigation, not only to scientifically confirm the truth, but also cast out all the nonsense that foolish people have invented about Atlantis.
Atlantis was a civilization that existed long before the history taught in schools. Yet, its history is only remembered in esoteric traditions whose knowledge has been preserved for this new era, a time when humanity would begin to understand it.
Atlantis was the fourth root race to exist on this planet, whereas we are the fifth. The Atlantean civilization was highly developed and powerful, yet was destroyed and collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean, a process remembered in all of our ancient stories as the univeral flood of Deukalion, Noah, Vaiswasvata, etc. The survivors spread all over the world, and from them emerged many of our most admired civilizations: the ancient Egyptians and Americans especially, among whom can be found remarkable similarities (like pyramids) due to their common root.
"All that which precedes was known to Plato, and to many others. But as no Initiate had the right to divulge and declare all he knew, posterity got only hints. Aiming more to instruct as a moralist than as a geographer and ethnologist or historian, the Greek philosopher merged the history of Atlantis, which covered several million years, into one event which he located on one comparatively small island 3000 stadia long by 2000 wide; (or about 350 miles by 200, which is about the size of Ireland), whereas the priests spoke of Atlantis as a continent vast as "all Asia and Lybia" put together. But, however altered in its general aspect, Plato's narrative bears the impress of truth upon it.* It was not he who invented it, at any rate, since Homer, who preceded him by many centuries, also speaks of the Atlantes (who are our Atlanteans) and of their island in his Odyssey. Therefore the tradition was older than the bard of Ulysses. The Atlantes and the Atlantides of mythology are based upon the Atlantes and the Atlantides of history. Both Sanchoniathon and Diodorus have preserved the histories of those heroes and heroines, however much these accounts may have become mixed up with the mythical element. In our own day we witness the stupendous fact that such comparatively recent personages as Shakespeare and William Tell are all but denied, an attempt being made to show one to be a nom de plume, and the other a person who never existed. What wonder then, that the two powerful races -- the Lemurians and the Atlanteans -- have been merged into and identified, in time, with a few half mythical peoples, who all bore the same patronymic?" —HP Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine (1888)
"Under the evil insinuations of their demon, Thevetat, the Atlantis-race became a nation of wicked magicians. In consequence of this, war was declared, the story of which would be too long to narrate; its substance may be found in the disfigured allegories of the race of Cain, the giants, and that of Noah and his righteous family. The conflict came to an end by the submersion of the Atlantis; which finds its imitation in the stories of the Babylonian and Mosaic flood: The giants and magicians '* * * and all flesh died * * * and every man.' All except Xisuthrus and Noah, who are substantially identical with the great Father of the Thlinkithians in the Popol Vuh, or the sacred book of the Guatemaleans, which also tells of his escaping in a large boat, like the Hindu Noah--Vaiswasvata. " —HP Blavatsky, Isis Unveiled
"From the Atlanteans the world has received not only the heritage of arts and crafts, philosophies and sciences, ethics and religions, but also the heritage of hate, strife, and perversion. The Atlanteans instigated the first war; and it has been said that all subsequent wars were fought in a fruitless effort to justify the first one and right the wrong which it caused. Before Atlantis sank, its spiritually illumined Initiates, who realized that their land was doomed because it had departed from the Path of Light, withdrew from the ill-fated continent. Carrying with them the sacred and secret doctrine, these Atlanteans established themselves in Egypt, where they became its first "divine" rulers. Nearly all the great cosmologic myths forming the foundation of the various sacred books of the world are based upon the Atlantean Mystery rituals." —Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages