In Hindu mythology, Vaivasvata appears as the Indian Noah, and various legends relate how he was saved from a great deluge. Helena Blavatsky called him “the progenitor of our fifth race, who saved it from the flood that nearly exterminated the fourth race.” She specifies further that each manu “has to become the witness of one of the periodical and ever-recurring cataclysms (by fire and water in turn) that close the cycle of every Root-race.”
- Helena Blavatsky, Collected Writings, vol. 4: 1882–1883 (Wheaton, Ill.: Theosophical Press, 1969), pp. 577, 578.