Return of the Warriors - INTRODUCTION

Author: Theun Mares. Link to original: (English).
Tags: Toltec Teachings Submitted by Yalis 10.09.2016. Public material.

Translations of this material:

into Esperanto: Reveno de la Batalantoj - ENKONDUKO. 27% translated in draft.
Submitted for translation by Yalis 10.09.2016


About the author

The name Theun Mares, (pronounced Tayoon Mah-rez), is the
closest rendering in the English language of the author's ancient
Toltec name. It means "Theun of the Great Water".

Theun's function amongst Toltecs is what is known as the
nagal* (pronounced nah-hal), or spiritual leader within a unit of

Born in Zimbabwe, of a father who was a gold miner, and a
mother who was a natural seer, Theun spent most of his early life
in the bush, amongst the animals, the birds and the natives of
the area, with their rich and abundant folklore. It was in the
wilds that Theun resumed his training in this current lifetime,
under the tutelage of the Nagal J.

After studying for an Arts Degree at the University of Cape
Town, Theun spent most of his working life in education.

During a year's study leave through Europe and North
America in 1977, Theun began having flashbacks of his training
as a warrior in previous lifetimes and, by 1978, his memory of all
his previous training had been restored.

In 1992 Theun resigned from his work and started to
prepare for his life as a nagal. In 1994 he started training the
members of his unit, and also commenced his assignment of
disclosing the Toltec teachings to the world at large through a
series of books.

In addition to his own personal apprentices, Theun also has
other people working under his guidance towards the
furtherance of the evolution of awareness through the medium
of the Toltec Tradition. He resides in Cape Town.

This book is a salutation to my own beloved
teacher, the Nagal J., who has always guided
my fellow warriors and myself with the iron
will and uncompromising discipline of a
man who does not take his responsibility
lightly, and yet his unconditional love for us
all, and his profound wisdom, have ever been
our deepest inspiration.


To all the many people who have given so freely of their time and
energy in helping me to bring these books into the light of day.
A great big hug and thank-you to you all!


Up until 1968 when Carlos Castaneda published his first book
entitled The Teachings of Don Juan: A Taqui Way of Knowledge,
it was generally assumed that the Toltec tradition was long gone
and forgotten. However, the curiosity and fascination sparked
off by this book quickly earned for Mr. Castaneda not only fame
and recognition, but also a large enthusiastic following, dotted
here and there with the inevitable critics trying their level best to
discredit him. Doing what he could to avoid the onslaughts of
both fan and critic, Mr. Castaneda continued to bring out book
after book in a quietly consistent manner. Now, many years later
and after the publication of several books, the readers of Carlos
Castaneda are still perplexed by two haunting questions -
questions which neither his fans nor his critics have ever been
able to answer with any great deal of satisfaction or conviction:
firstly, did the now-legendary Don Juan really exist; and
secondly, if Don Juan did exist, were Mr. Castaneda's incredible
experiences real or fictional?

Although the nature of this book will make it appear at
times as if it is an attempt to defend the personal claims of
Carlos Castaneda, this is not the intention, for should Mr.
Castaneda wish to be defended then he is assuredly very capable
of doing so himself. This book has instead another purpose
which is fourfold: firstly, to verify the continued existence of
Toltecs throughout the ages; secondly, to substantiate the
authenticity of the teachings to which Mr. Castaneda bears
witness; thirdly, to reveal to the world at large the true essence
of these ancient teachings; and fourthly, to pave the way for
Toltec warriors as they return to the public eye after their long voluntary 'exile' to take their rightful place once again amongst
the true spiritual leaders of mankind.

One point only will be made in defence of Carlos
Castaneda, and this is that he could not have published what has
heretofore always been a strictly oral tradition without the
consent of the Toltecs. If the truth be told, Mr. Castaneda was
destined to re-introduce to the world a system of knowledge
which has for ages been assumed obsolete. The reason for this,
and why this book reveals who the Toltecs are and what their
tradition entails, is because the great wheel of evolution has
turned a mighty circle. In response, the call has gone forth to
Toltecs the world over to unite once again under the banner of
their common goal, and to put their combined knowledge and
power at the disposal of Those who have ever guided the destiny
of all life upon this planet from behind the scenes - Those
known to Toltecs as the Guardians of the Race. This call has
gone forth because the world in general, and humanity in
particular, has reached a crucial crossroad - a juncture which
poses for all life upon this planet a vital choice, and at the same
time an unprecedented opportunity.

This crossroad in the history of mankind, recorded in a
prophecy of unimaginable antiquity, has long been in the
planning and patiently awaited by the Guardians of the Race. As
time has spun out the web of destiny Toltecs have come to
recognise the part assigned to them in the history of the planet,
and as their knowledge has grown they have begun to grasp this
ancient prophecy for themselves. Here follows a transcript of this

'Together we now will manifest the Temple of the Spirit!'
cried the seventh Son, the Dragon. Thus the seven great
Sons of Beingness, who are the enthroned Three, moved
four-square to their places in the East, the North, the West
and the South to commence their mighty task.

The doors of the Temple were barred and guarded. Inside it
was dark for not yet could the Light shine forth. Thus was
no part of the Temple visible. Not a sound disturbed the
utter silence, for the sacred Word too could not yet be
sounded. The Seven showed not their colour nor resonated
their vibration, only, a silent communication passed
between them marking the progress of the work.

Aeons passed until at last there came the sounds of life
from outside the Temple and a lesser son of Spirit knocked
upon the Temple door. Briefly the Temple doors were
opened to admit this son of man, and as he entered into the
Temple so he too added his power to that which was within.
So came the sons of earth one by one, and as they in turn
were admitted into the Temple, so the light within began to
flare ever brighter.

The sons of men traversed the Temple from North to South
and from West to East. In the centre they came to stand
before the Rose, and there theu. found the heart, the
knowledge and the power to work. They pushed aside the
veil to the inner shrine and stood bathed in pure White

Time continued to pass, in which the Temple became ever
more beautiful, as slowly its architecture, proportions,
detail and finishes took form in the growing light.

Then came forth a call from the East: 'Open now the doors
to all the sons of earth, so that they may seek the Light and
find the Temple of the Spirit. Remove the veil to the inner
shrine so that all may enter into Light. Let the Warriors of
the Spirit, who have for so long concealed their labours,
now precipitate upon the plains of earth the Temple of Life.
Let the Light shine forth, let the Word too sound forth, let
the work of transmutation begin.

'Thus it is that the Temple of Light shall be transferred to
earth, to illumine there the dream of the dreamer. Thus will
man awaken in the East, and by confronting his fear meet
his challenges in the West. Thus shall man be guided to find respect in the South and gather his strength in the North.
Then shall man seek the only true light and learn the secret
of the orange-red Light which shines ever in the East'

'Why are we to allow all this!' demand the Seven, the
enthroned Three.

'For now the time has come, the Warriors are ready and
the Spirit has already, moved in the light, so revealing the
sacred colour and sounding the creative vibration. Now all
the sons of men are able to seek pow/er and to engage in
the battle for freedom. Naught else remains to be done.'

Then so be it,' answ/er the Seven, the enthroned Three. 'So
will all the sons of earth go forth to do battle.'

So speaks the ancient prophecy, recorded in a time before
time, from an oracle not of this world. The works of Carlos
Castaneda, as well as this book, are but the fulfilment of this
prophecy, for clearly the Toltec teachings belong to no one
particular sect, but are the divine birthright of every man and

Since the principal raison d'etre of this and subsequent
books is to put the reader in touch with the true essence of the
Toltec teachings these books have, for the sake of clarity, been
divided into separate volumes. Furthermore, so as to enable the
reader to become systematically familiarised with this ancient
teaching this first volume has been written in three parts.
Starting from a broad overview each part gradually yields to
greater detail and complexity.

The first part of this book covers the origin and historical
development of the Toltec tradition. This history should be seen
as the necessary backdrop against which to project the various
concepts, since many of these will at first glance appear somewhat foreign.

The second part deals in depth with the fundamental
concepts which form the framework of the teachings. These
fundamentals must be grasped fully if the finer aspects of the
teachings are to have any value at all.

Inherent within all of the Toltec teachings are a great many
axiomatic expressions which are upheld as being the life-essence
of the teachings. These axioms, which have traditionally been
termed aphorisms, are universal and timeless truths. For ease of
reference all the aphorisms used throughout this book have been
lifted out of the text.

The third part of this volume contains detailed instructions
on the first steps taken by all apprentices of the Toltec tradition.
However, a word of caution is appropriate at this point, namely
that the Warrior's Path* is like no other path known to man. As
such it should not be rushed into helter-skelter, but approached
with due consideration and respect.

In this day and age when the public is being offered all
manner of ways in which to achieve so-called instant
enlightenment, it will perhaps come as a disappointment to
some to find that I am not claiming to bring the reader a
formula for 'The Lazy Man's Way To Miracles'. I am not hereby
implying that Toltecs are incapable of performing miracles, but
merely that in order to do so even Toltecs have to serve a long
and difficult apprenticeship. A condensed workshop yields a
short-lived career and, as is well known, a little knowledge is
inevitably dangerous knowledge.

I would be doing the reader an injustice if I were to infer
that the Warrior's Path is easy, for this is far from the truth. Of
all possible paths the Warrior's Path is quite honestly the most
difficult. Few are the people who are prepared for the hardship
required to obtain that knowledge which is needed in order to
master the highest grades of this noble path. Nevertheless, provided that this path is tackled one step at a time, it is within
every adult's capability to master enough of the elementary work
to enhance the quality of his or her life beyond imagination.

* The traditional name given to the Toltec teachings.

The Warrior's Path is a bit like having to scale a sheer cliff
face - at first glance it seems impossible, but then we see a
handgrip, a foothold and we begin to climb, only to find more
grips, more footholds. But the golden rule in such a climb is
never to look up except to find another grip, and never to look
down, to avoid being overcome by fear of failure.

It is a long haul to the top of the cliff, but what an
accomplishment, what a freedom and what a power, and it all
starts with the very simplest of exercises. Yet this is exacyly where
every apprentice discovers the first difficulty; namely that it all
looks too easy and too simple. It is a Toltec axiom that
everything which has power rarely, if ever, attracts attention, for
man's rational mind is geared towards academic complexity.

Here lies the difficulty of the Warrior's Path, not in its
academic complexity, but paradoxically, in its utter simplicity.
Many of the teachings are so subtle as to be quickly and easily
overlooked by the overly enthusiastic novice. Perhaps this point
will be more firmly grasped if it is pointed out that in having
read this far the reader has already taken his first step upon the
Warrior's Path.

Apropos the origin and historical development of the Toltec
tradition, the only comprehensively written documentation
upon the Toltecs is the history of the Toltec civilization which
flourished in the Valley of Mexico from 950 to 1160 C.E. Yet
this period is but a tiny part of the Toltecs' history, and mostly
distorts the true story.

To narrate the history of a people who have mainly kept to
themsleves behind the scenes, and who in addition have gone to
extraordinary lengths to erase their personal and collective
history from the memory of their fellow men, is no mean task.
Matters are further complicated by the fact that Toltecs are seers who base their knowledge upon what they see*, and since this
does not often coincide with the theories of orthodox science,
their rendition of Toltec history seems to become ever more
irrational as it is traced back in time.

* Common Era.

In order to grasp not only the origins of Toltecs, but also
the true nature of their teachings, the utmost care must be taken
not to try to place Toltecs within any frame of reference other
than their own. Contrary to what mankind presently believes,
there are frames of reference different to the one commonly
adhered to by most of the western world. Toltecs, as well as their
origin and purpose, must be seen in their own context if their
teachings are to have any meaning at all. This is not to infer that
Toltecs are dogmatically adhering only to their own particular
doctrines, but rather that Toltecs recognize and move within
many frames of reference across the barriers of time. Fantastic as
it may sound, Toltecs utilize four dimensions, and thus cannot
be understood within a frame of reference which is strictly threedimensional.

The decision to disclose to the world at large the true story
of the Toltecs was not a decision accompanied by the. naive belief
that the world would simply embrace their story as undeniable
fact. Toltecs are clearly aware that humanity, being as yet threedimensional
and as such bound by the concepts of time and
space, will instinctively view the Toltec story with scepticism.
However, Toltecs are who and what they are simply because they
have never been of a kind to be affected by public opinion. The
motto of Toltecs is that truth is more important than public
belief, and any man who feels the need to adjust his knowledge so as
to receive public approval is a man unworthy of trust. It is then in
the spirit of this motto, and without any attempt at justification,
that this account of Toltec history and knowledge is freely
offered, allowing the reader to decide for him or herself whether
or not to believe what is stated.

* The ability to access knowledge by arcane means.
This concept will be explained more fully in later volumes.

This book is firstly for the thinkers of the world who have
seen for themselves that humanity cannot continue indefinitely
upon its present course, and that a drastic change in human
attitudes and thinking is necessary if world prosperity is to be
ensured. Secondly, it is for those to whom the truth is more
important than words, who believe that experiential knowledge
is life's priceless gift, and who acknowledge the interrelationship,
interdependence and interaction of all life. But perhaps most
important of all, this book is for those who have up until now
been seeking a truth they sense exists, but which they have not
yet been able to find. These are the truly gentle souls who do
not despair, but who wait patiently in true humility. Maintaining
within their hearts the quietness of life, these people know that
their opportunity will one day come.

Since the task of having to write this book has fallen upon
me at a time when it would seem that credentials matter more
than the man himself, I could not help but wonder what sort of
qualifications would be deemed acceptable for this purpose.
Realising that neither my academic qualifications nor my career
seem to have any overt connection with the tale it is my duty to
tell, I decided to turn my attention to the current vogue in this
kind of literature. What I found baffled me enormously, for it
soon became clear that current credibility appears to be focused
upon books channeled by either discarnate beings or extraterrestrial

In view of this amazing discovery, let me hasten to state
that I am neither discarnate nor extra-terrestrial, but a living
man of flesh and blood just like any other man walking this
earth. Furthermore, I do not see myself as being particularly
gifted or extraordinary in any way whatsoever, except that I am a
product of the Toltec Tradition. Nevertheless it never ceases to
amaze me that even though this tradition is a system of teaching as old as humanity itself, yet stories concerning it still seem to fill
most people with a sense of awe and fear. The reason for this is
that although the Toltec teachings are the natural heritage of
mankind, humanity in general has until now not been ready to
receive them. Consequently, my people have acted as custodians
of this tradition since time immemorial, and have thereby,
fortunately or unfortunately, earned for themselves the dubious
honorific of'sorcerers'.

It would then appear that the uncertain title of 'sorcerer' is
also the qualification I have inherited by virtue of my
descendancy. But as sorcery normally raises eyebrows in polite
circles, and as sorcerers are generally regarded as being just a
little suspect, it would perhaps have been somewhat more
expedient to have claimed discarnate or extra-terrestrial status, as
this could possibly have engendered more credibility and

Such an option could have seemed tempting, if it were not
for the fact that I fail to understand why discarnate or extraterrestrial
beings should in some miraculous way be more
trustworthy than plain common-thinking human mortals. After
all, if a man is a liar whilst in a physical body, why should he
suddenly speak the gospel truth once he is disembodied?
Likewise, who in their right minds would trust an extraterrestrial
being, who is totally unknown, to be unequivocally
superior to mankind in intelligence? Such logic makes little
sense, and since this book is being offered to sane sensible
people, it would perhaps be more profitable not to confuse an
already obscure issue with even more ambiguity.

Since in the final analysis I have then been unable to come
up with anything concrete which can possibly substantiate my
authority to write this book, I will present just my plain human
self. Nevertheless, I shall endeavour not to become boring in my

Here then, without any further ado, is the story of my

© © Theun Mares 1995.