The writer Saint-Yves d’Alveydre (1842-1909) was the first to speak of Agarttha in his work Mission de l’Inde en Europe. This strange book was published in 1886; but the editor did not have time to distribute it to the bookshops. The author, pretexting that superior authorities had ordered him not to deliver secrets which until then had remained unviolated, made him destroy it immediately. One copy escaped destruction. Which allowed another printing in 1910. The number of copies was unfortunately so small that this work rapidly became impossible to find. A few decades ago, it was reprinted by Claude Boumendil and Gilbert Tappa, Directors of Editions Belisane, in Nice, with an introduction by Jean Saunier. The following is an extract of this book, with the description that Saint-Yves d’Alveydre gives of Agarttha according to information given to him by two Hindu Initiates.
Where is Agarttha? In what place exactly does it reside? By what road, through which peoples does one have to travel to enter it?
To this question, that diplomats and war people will not miss asking, it is not appropriate for me to answer further than I am going to do, as long as the synarchic understanding [entente synarchique] is not finalized or at least signed. [Synarchy is government by a group of people.]
But, as I know that, in their mutual competitions throughout the whole of Asia, certain powers touch this sacred territory without knowing it, as I know that at the moment of a possible conflict, their armies must be obliged to either pass through or near it, it is out of humanity for these European peoples, as well as for Agarttha itself, that I am not afraid to pursue the divulgation that I have begun.
On the Earth’s surface and underground, the real extent of Agarttha defies the embrace and constraint of profanation and violence. Without mentioning America, whose underground belonged to it in very ancient times, in Asia alone, almost half a thousand million men more or less know of its existence and size. But one will not find a traitor among them to indicate where its Council of God and its Council of the Gods, its pontifical head and its juridical heart can be found.
If this did however happen, and if it were invaded despite its numerous and terrible defenders, any army of conquest, were it of a million men, would see renewed the thundering response of the Temple of Delphi to the innumerable hords of Persian Satrapes.
Calling to their aid the Cosmic Powers of the Earth and the Sky, even vanquished, the Templars and the Confederates of Agarttha could, if need be, blow up part of the Planet and crush with a cataclysm both the armed profaners and their country.
It is for scientific reasons that the central part of this holy land has never been profaned despite the ebb and flow, the shock and the mutual swallowing up of military empires, from Babylon to the Touranian Kingdom of High Tartary, from Suzes to Pella, from Alexandria to Rome.
The libraries which hold the veritable body of all the antique arts and sciences, for five hundred and fifty-six centuries, are inaccesssible to all profane eyes and to all attacks.
One can only find them underground.
Concerning the Cycle of Ram, they occupy some of the underground parts of the ancient Empire of Aries [the Ram] and its colonies.
The libraries of the anterior Cycles can be found right under the seas which flooded the antique southern continent, right in the underground constructions of the ancient prediluvian America.
What I am about to say here and further on will seem like a story from the Arabian Nights, however, nothing is more real.
The veritable university archives of the Paradesa occupy thousands of kilometres. Since the cycles of centuries, each year, a few high Initiates, in possession of the secret of only certain regions, are the only ones who know the real aim of certain works…
The reader must imagine a colossal chess-board extending underground through nearly all the regions of the Globe.
In each of the squares can be found the splendours of the terrestrial years of Humanity, in certain squares, secular encyclopaedias and those of the millenia, in certain others those of the Minor and Major Yugs.
The day when Europe has replaced the anarchy of her General Government by the Trinity Synarchy, all of these marvels and many others will be spontaneously accessible to the representatives of its first Amphictyonic Chamber: that of Teaching.
But, until then, curious, imprudent people who would start digging the Earth, beware!
They would find nothing but certain disappointment and an inevitable death.
The Sovereign Pontiff of Agarttha, along with his principal assessors, of whom I shall speak, is the only one who gathers completely in its totality the knowledge, within his supreme initiation, of the sacred catalogue of this planetary library.
He is the only one to possess in its integrity the cyclical key indispensable not only to open each of its sections, but to know exactly what is to be found there, to pass from one to another, and above all to be able to leave it.
What good would it be to the profaner, to have succeeded in forcing open one of the underground sections of this brain, this integral memory of Humanity?!…