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Going over Shiva Purana, this highly important text from the Kashmir Shaivism, we find the amazing story of the civilization that preceded us, a story about the past life of our generation.

Here, two catastrophes are stated with crystal clarity: one that caused the end of the Assures civilization (over 60000 years ago) and one that led to the destruction of the cities of Indus by the Arien invaders.

This event, which occurred more than 2000 years before the birth of christ, marked the beginning of Kali Yuga, the age of decline for humanity, of which we are also a part.

Shiva Purana gives us indications about the conditions that lead to the decline of an entire generation of humanity, at the end of each cycle. Therefore, one should look upon the story of the Assures not only as a reflection of the past but also as a prophecy for a possible future.

There is an obvious parallelism between the events, religious conceptions, ideologies, social and moral theories that caused the destruction of the Assures and those that characterize our societies.

The history of the Assures also tells us how we can prevent this disaster from happening, through our moral and social convictions and ideas. This history, if properly understood and applied, may allow many of us to safely cross the cataclysm and to become part of the golden age for humanity.

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The Assures, people with a great level of civilization, presented in the scripture as fervent worshippers of Shiva and His symbol, the lingam, created and built three undefeatable citadels, with the help of the architect Maya.

These citadels were as follows: one, on Earth, made of copper, the second between earth and heaven, made of silver, and the third in the heaven, made of gold. Here, as in other traditions, we encounter the symbolism of the macro cosmic body, present in all three essential universes: material, subtle and divine.

Shiva Purana tells that the Assures were powerful people, with dark, long, curly hair, heroic, proficient in the art of war, religious, open at heart and possessing knowledge that included the use of solar energy and solar light for various purposes. They lived in their wonderful citadels, without caring much about the rest of the world. (cf. Rudra Samhita (1), 5.1., 10-78).

Shiva, the principle of Time, the only measure of Space, is the only God that has the power of destruction and transformation. Therefore, He is one of the Gods the Arien race turned to when they wanted to annihilate the Assures and their wonderful citadels.

The Arien gods sought Shiva’s favors in order to be able to destroy the Assure citadels. Yet, Shiva, the God of the just and righteous, could not let Himself be dragged into this dispute.

“The Assures, He said, are without sin and are my respectful worshippers. I could destroy them only if they turned their back to me. Thus, the Arien gods went to Vishnu and He said: “you cannot destroy these citadels unless you obtain the help of the Master Shiva”, so the Arien gods organized then a great sacrifice in Shiva’s honor.

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From the fire emerged numerous malefic and armed spirits (Bhuta). Although these spirits were all directed towards the citadels, they did not manage to harm any of them.

Vishnu explained this new defeat thus: “as long as they worship Shiva, and His mysterious symbol, the phallus , all their desires are fulfilled and they are protected. You would have to make them denigrate Shiva, the only God who protects them, and the only God who can destroy them.” (cf. Rudra Samhita, 5.3., 30-50.)

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