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Map showing Lemuria at its greatest extent, from The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria, by W. Scott Elliot. The maps in this book were based on originals that Theosophist Charles W. Leadbeater had studied in the retreats of the masters.
Map showing Lemuria in a later time period, from The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria. According to Scott-Elliot, a series of cataclysms preceded the final sinking of the continent.
Map showing Atlantis at its greatest extent and a smaller Lemurian continent in what is now the Pacific Ocean, from The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria.
Map showing the world after the sinking of most of Lemuria, with most of Atlantis still intact, from The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria.
Map showing the world after the sinking of most of Atlantis, with the remnant known as Poseidonis still intact, from The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria.
Map of Lemuria from The Lost Continent of Mu, by James Churchward (1927). This map, based on Churchward’s reading of ancient texts, shows the continent of Lemuria as it was before its final destruction.

Mu, or Lemuria, was the lost continent of the Pacific, which, according to the findings of James Churchward, archaeologist and author of The Lost Continent of Mu, extended from north of Hawaii three thousand miles south to Easter Island and the Fijis and was made up of three areas of land stretching more than five thousand miles from east to west.

Churchward’s history of the ancient Motherland is based on records inscribed on sacred tablets he claims to have discovered in India. With the help of the high priest of an Indian temple, he deciphered the tablets. During fifty years of research he confirmed their contents in further writings, inscriptions, and legends he came upon in Southeast Asia, the Yucatan, Central America, the Pacific islands, Mexico, North America, ancient Egypt and other civilizations. He estimates that Mu was destroyed approximately twelve thousand years ago by the collapse of the gas chambers that upheld the continent.

The culture of the Mother

The cult of the Mother, destined to come into prominence in the twentieth century, was the foundation of the civilization of Lemuria—that lost continent that sank beneath the Pacific Ocean many thousands of years ago. The evolution of life in the Motherland and her colonies represented the initial thrust of Spirit into Matter on this planet. Here, where the early root races completed the cycles of their divine plan during not one but several golden ages that reached their apex prior to the Fall of man, the masculine ray (the descending spirals of Spirit) was realized through the feminine ray (the ascending spirals of Matter) in the world of form.

In the main temple of Mu, the flame of the Divine Mother was enshrined as the coordinate of the flame of the Divine Father focused in the Golden City of the Sun. Perpetuating the ancient rituals of invocation to the Logos and intonation of sacred sounds and mantras of the Word, priests and priestesses of the sacred fire held the balance of cosmic forces on behalf of the lifewaves of the planet. Throughout the far-flung colonies of Mu, replicas of the temple and its flame-focus were established as shrines of the Virgin consciousness, thereby creating between the earth and the sun an arc of light, anchored in the flame below and the flame above, which conveyed the energies of the Logos necessary for the precipitation of form and substance in the planes of Matter.

Far beyond our own meager accomplishments, the great advances in technology made during centuries of continuous culture on Mu were brought forth through a universal at-one-ment with the Divine Mother, whose consciousness embraces the laws governing all manifestation in the earth plane. The accomplishments in every field of endeavor of a people dedicated to the plan of God revealed through his All-Seeing Eye show to what heights a civilization can rise when the Mother flame is honored and adored in every heart and guarded and expanded in shrines dedicated to her name. And it becomes clear that man’s fall from grace was, in actuality, the result of his falling away from the cult of the Mother and his misuse of the energies of the seed atom focused in the base-of-the-spine chakra, which establishes the light of the Mother flame in the physical body.

The Fall of man on Lemuria

The fall of Mu, then, was the direct result of the Fall of man, which reached its lowest point in the desecration of the shrines to the Cosmic Virgin. This came about gradually through compromise with Principle, separation from the Holy Ghost, and the loss of vision that inevitably results therefrom. Blinded by ambition and self-love, priests and priestesses no longer tended the flames; forsaking their vows, they abandoned the practice of those sacred rituals that had remained unbroken for thousands of years—even as the holy angels keep perpetual watch over the unfed flame that burns upon the altar of the Most High God.

The worship of the Moon Mother, the Great Whore mentioned in the Book of Revelation,[1] replaced the worship of the Sun Mother, the Woman whom John saw “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.”[2] A black crystal set in lead and stone became the focus for the perversion of the Mother ray and the symbol of the new religion. One by one the inner circles of the temple orders were violated through the diabolical practice of black magic and phallic worship taught by the Luciferians, until a completely false theology wiped out the pristine patterns of the Mother Cult.

Life on the continent of Mu was further corrupted by aliens and fallen angels with their grotesque genetic miscreations, mocking the Godhead and violating the sacred science of the Mother by engaging men in wars of the gods.

The sinking of Lemuria

By and by the early rumblings of cataclysm were heard by the inhabitants of Mu. The altars of the most remote colonies were the first to topple. When the last strongholds—the twelve temples surrounding the main temple—were taken over by the Satanists, the momentum of light invoked by the remnant of the faithful was not great enough to hold the balance for the continent.

Thus Mu finally sank by the sheer weight of Darkness that her children had invoked—and which, because their deeds were evil, they had come to love more than the Light. She went down in a horrendous mass of volcanic fire and exploding lava, and the flame focuses that had sustained a mighty people and a mighty civilization were no more. What had taken hundreds of thousands of years to build up was torn down in a cosmic interval—the achievements of an entire civilization lost in oblivion, the spiritual-material evolution of man stripped from his outer memory!

The loss of the Mother flame

Devastating though that cataclysm was for millions of souls, of far greater consequence was the destruction of the focus of the Mother flame that had blazed on the altar of the main temple—a life-giving fire, the insignia of each man’s Divinity made manifest as Above, so below. Alas, the torch that had been passed was let fall to the ground. The strategies of the fallen ones, who had worked night and day with a fanatical zeal, were successful in accomplishing their end: the Mother flame was extinguished on the physical plane.

For a time it looked as though the Darkness had completely enveloped the Light. Beholding the defection of the race, cosmic councils voted to dissolve the planet whose people had forsaken their God; and this would have been its fate had Sanat Kumara not interceded, offering to exile himself from Hesperus (Venus) in order to keep the flame on behalf of mankind and hold the balance of the Light for Terra until such time as mankind should return to the pure and undefiled religion[3] of their ancient forebears.

Although the physical focus of the Mother flame was lost when Mu went down, the feminine ray has been enshrined on the etheric plane by the God and Goddess Meru in their temple at Lake Titicaca.

Paradise lost

The souls who perished with the Motherland reembodied upon a naked earth. Their paradise lost, they roamed the sands whose atoms were etched with the edict of the LORD God “Cursed is the ground for thy sake....”[4] Having no recall of their former estate and no tie thereto—for they lacked the Flame—they reverted to a primitive existence. Through disobedience to the laws of God, they forfeited their self-mastery, their right to dominion, and their knowledge of the I AM Presence. Their threefold flame was reduced to a mere flicker and the lights in their body temples went out.[5]

Man, no longer found in the image of the Christ, became one of the species (Homo sapiens), an animal among other animals, his God-potential sealed for a thousand days of cosmic history. Thus began the tortuous trek of evolution that has brought civilization to its present level and which is intended to culminate in a golden age of Christ-mastery and full God-realization.

The Mother flame rising again

In 1971 devotees of the sacred fire serving in an outer retreat of the Great White Brotherhood magnetized the Mother flame of Mu to the physical octave, thereby anchoring the lodestone for the Aquarian-age culture being initiated in the final decades of the twentieth century. Once again, the torch has been passed; and this time, by God’s grace and man’s effort, it shall not go down!

Just as the worship of God as Father has dominated religious thought for many centuries, so in the next cycle the appreciation of God as both Father and Mother will provide the theme of an Ascended Master philosophy and way of life. This promises to be an era of perfecting the precipitation of Spirit in and as Matter as man takes dominion over the four elements—fire, air, water and earth—which represent the four planes of God’s androgynous consciousness whose cycles he must master prior to his reunion with the God Self. Through the worship of the Motherhood of God and the elevation in society of the functions of the Feminine aspect of the Deity, science and religion will reach their apex and man will discover the Spirit of God as the flame enshrined upon the altar of his own being even as he discovers the Matter of God in the cradle of nature. Moreover, through the enlightenment of the Divine Theosophia he will accept his role as the living Christ—the seed of the Divine Woman.

Transmutation of the records of the fall

In a dictation delivered in San Diego, California, the ascended master Ra Mu has called for the students of the masters to give calls for the clearing of the records of the fall of Lemuria:

Out of the depths of the sea I am come, Ra Mu. I descend upon this place for the clearing of the records of Lemuria. This cleansing of the records beneath the Pacific is necessary in this hour for the balance of the coasts and of the planetary systems as well.

We, then, are grateful to gather with you, souls of light, souls of Lemuria. Our mission in this hour is to call you to the heart of the living flame—the violet flame of the Holy Spirit and of Saint Germain. We call to you, beloved, to give dynamic decrees that the violet light might descend into the very depths of the seas, clearing the records of the continent, clearing those records beneath the seas—and above the seas before the sinking of Lemuria.

Many of you who have gathered here on this coast were present in times of Lemuria. You knew its history, you knew its mountains. You saw the warfare of the gods also.[6] You saw the sinking of Lemuria. Thus you are yet on Lemurian soil and thus you have come back to the place for resolution. The resolution is the resolution of divine love, and truly it must take place 360 degrees of the clock....

Sons and daughters of Lemuria and of planet Earth, I speak to you, then. I advocate that you move with great acceleration to give your violet-flame decrees for world transmutation. Every violet-flame decree that you give contributes to the stabilization not only of this coast but of the entire globe. If you could see the future, beloved ones, you would not hesitate to give many hours a day decreeing for the violet flame to consume records that have befallen those who lived on Lemuria, those who were under the high priests and those who were the murderers of priests and priestesses in that era....

In this hour we ask you to call and give violet-flame decrees for the transmutation of the records of the murder of the Divine Mother on Lemuria.[7] This record is a deep record and it must be cleansed ere you will see women truly rise to their full stature in the fullness of their Christhood and their femininity. Thus the records of Lemuria are holding back levels upon levels of souls who cannot move on because the records of Lemuria have not been transmuted.

Thus the Pacific rim is now the place where the violet flame must be injected, where the violet flame must go to the very depths of the sea and remove these records. When these records are removed, beloved, there will be a transformation in society as great priestesses of old come to the fore again, take embodiment and move with others who are of the feminine ray to bring in the balance of the masculine and feminine and to drive back those fallen angels who have moved against Woman and her seed through these long, long, long centuries of departure.[8]

See also

Golden age

For more information

For additional teaching on Lemuria and its fall, see Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path of the Higher Self, volume 1 of the Climb the Highest Mountain® series, pp. 60–78, 411–14.

See also James Churchward, The Lost Continent of Mu (1931; reprint, New York: Paperback Library Edition, 1968).

H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vols. I and II, (Pasadena, Ca.: Theosophical University Press, 1888, 1963), check index for references to Lemuria.


Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 31, no. 26, June 12 1988.

Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path of the Higher Self, volume 1 of the Climb the Highest Mountain® series, pp. 411–14.

  1. Rev. 17:1.
  2. Rev. 12:1.
  3. James 1:27.
  4. Gen. 3:17.
  5. The flame-focuses in the chakras were withdrawn to the heart and the Elohim assumed the responsibility for the natural functioning of the chakras—the distribution of light to the four lower bodies.
  6. In a dictation given on October 18, 1987, the Elohim Peace said: “I remember well and paint before you the akashic records of the era before the sinking of Lemuria when wars were waged by the gods in the misuse of the sacred fire. And by ‘gods’ I mean those fallen angels embodying by their own free will a left-handed path of darkness and death. Thus, a false priesthood and those who betrayed the living light of the Divine Mother by their misuse of the light, energy and consciousness of God did wreak that havoc that caused the sinking of continents. And past golden ages have descended to the state in which we find mankind this day.” See Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 30, no. 64, p. 541.
  7. Refers to the murder of the highest representative of the Divine Mother in that era on Lemuria. In the golden ages of the continent, many adepts and devotees also embodied the flame of the Divine Mother and therefore nurtured a culture that outpictured that Mother flame. See Ascended Lady Master Clara Louise, Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 34, no. 30.
  8. Ra Mu, “Transmute the Records of Lemuria and Claim the Victory of the Feminine Ray,” Pearls of Wisdom, vol. 43, no. 13, March 31, 2002.