Monday, August 15, 2016

Celebrating Sri Aurobindo's 144th Birth Anniversary and the Recovery of the Light of Vedic Gnosis

The Inner Chamber of the Mother's Temple as constructed in The New Way, Vols. 1 & 2respecting the Mother's original vision of the Temple featuring the Vedic symbols of  Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
[The] transformation to be effected ... [is] an integral transformation of all that we now are or seem to be, by the joining — Yoga — of the finite being in Time with the Eternal and Infinite. All this difficult result can become possible only if there is an immense conversion, a total reversal of our consciousness, a supernormal entire transfiguration of the nature. There must be an ascension of the whole being, an ascension of spirit chained here and trammelled by its instruments and its environment to sheer Spirit free above, an ascension of soul towards some blissful Super-soul, an ascension of mind towards some luminous Supermind, an ascension of life towards some vast Super-life, an ascension of our very physicality to join its origin in some pure and plastic spirit-substance. And this cannot be a single swift upsoaring but, like the ascent of the sacrifice described in the Veda, a climbing from peak to peak in which from each summit one looks up to the much more that has still to be done. At the same time there must be a descent too to affirm below what we have gained above: on each height we conquer we have to turn to bring down its power and its illumination into the lower mortal movement; the discovery of the Light for ever radiant on high must correspond with the release of the same Light secret below in every part down to the deepest caves of subconscient Nature. And this pilgrimage of ascension and this descent for the labour of transformation must be inevitably a battle, a long war with ourselves and with opposing forces around us which, while it lasts, may well seem interminable. For all our old obscure and ignorant nature will contend repeatedly and obstinately with the transforming Influence, supported in its lagging unwillingness or its stark resistance by most of the established forces of environing universal Nature; the powers and principalities and the ruling beings of the Ignorance will not easily give up their empire.  
‒ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, CWSA Vols. 23-24, p. 132 [Bold emphasis added] 

15 August 2016 is not only the 69th Anniversary of India’s Independence, it is also the 144th Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s birth in 1872. I have wondered all year if and how India would celebrate his extraordinary life, yoga and teachings on this special anniversary. Looking at the news today, there is no evidence of such a national celebration of the Light that he cast into the Darkness of our present mental-egoic consciousness. It is understandable given the truth of the above quote and given the extraordinary effort and reversal in consciousness India will need to make to be able to meaningfully recognize and acknowledge Sri Aurobindo’s accomplishments regarding the recovery and restoration of the truth of India’s and the world’s Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Truth/Law of Being and Becoming), which is inseparable from the recovery of the true Tropical/Solar measure and essence of the 12-month sacrificial year (yajna) of the Vedic Rishis as made fully apparent by the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet. As is, India at large holds on to and perpetuates a mis-measure of the yajna which according to Sri Aurobindo and the Vedic Rishis is the sole basis for the recovery of the Lost Sun or Soul of the Sanatana Dharma from the cave of darkness/ignorance (Vala) which humanities present fragmented egoic-mental consciousness. For more information on the importance of re-establishing the true, solar measure of the Earth's year (as opposed to the un-Vedic sacred calendar which is based on the constellations) see Patrizia's articles on the subject at www.aeoncentre.com.
It is in the revolution of the year that the recovery of the lost Sun and the lost cows is effected, for we have the explicit statement in [Rig Veda] X.62-2… “by the truth, in the revolution of the year, they broke Vala”…’  
– Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p.177 

A few nights ago I had a fantastically vivid, colorful and beautiful dream of dynamic slivers and forms of light dancing about a dark cave. The quality of the light was unusual, it was similar to a ray of golden sunlight, but more defined, more colorful, more liquid or plasma-like. The light seemed alive in the sense that it made delightful choices about how it manifested. With the delightful light was a sense of blissful awe and the feeling that it was the beginning of the end of the darkness in the cave. 

This is how Sri Aurobindo’s work and the work of the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (who have helped to bear forth the seed of his Light in the world) occurs to me. It is the beginning of the end of rampant, world-wide and age-old distortions, mis-measures, mis-understandings, mis-perceptions regarding the Sanatana Dharma as shared with the world Vedic Rishis some 5,000 years ago. Sri Aurobindo's yoga ‒ which has turned out to be a collective yogic effort ‒ occurs to me as the dawn of the true Divine Light or Gnosis of the Individual and World-Soul, rising out of the darkness of our ideas, superstitions and religions which have in essence occulted or eclipsed the light or higher truth and potential of our Earthly birth, manifestation and evolutionary journey. 

I am perpetually delighted by the Light and Consciousness-Force of Sri Aurobindo and to celebrate his birth and yoga I will share some quotes below from Sri Aurobindo’s book The Secret of the Veda which emphasize the Vedic theme of the recovery of light of all-unifying Gnosis from the cave of mental ignorance. The context/path of this journey of recovery and victory is solely the 12-month Vedic Year. Via gnosis of this mahas pathah (great path of the Truth) according to the Rishis, we recover living gnosis of the unified field of Time and Space. As long as the sacred solar year and solar world (Swar) of the Rishis continues to be widely mis-measured in India, the Rishis great path of Truth remains largely in dis-use, as do the transformative and unifying teachings of Sri Aurobindo. Sri Aurobindo and other sages, including Vivekananda, have written about India becoming a world-Guru (Vishwa Guru) and many Indians intuit and cherish this destiny as well. The truth is, this destiny and great yoga is absolutely and irrevocably linked to the recovery and re-establishment of the true measure and proper understanding of the sacred year (yajna) of the Vedic Rishis, which at present does not seem to be on the Indian population's radar or its collective or national ‘to-do’ list. As is, sadly enough, few in India and subsequently in the world seem to be aware that the true origin and essence of yoga is the Vedic yajna. 

Those who sacrifice for ten months are the Dashagwas, seers of the ten rays who enter with Indra into the cave of the Panis and recover the lost herds [of light]. – Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p. 242 
“They who travel towards the goal and attain that treasure of the Panis, the supreme treasure hidden in the secret cave, they, having the knowledge and perceiving the falsehoods, rise up again thither whence they came and enter into that world. Possessed of the truth, beholding the falsehoods they, seers, rise up again into the great path,” mahas pathaḥ, the path of the Truth, or the great and wide realm, Mahas of the Upanishads. – Ibid., p. 181-182
[T]he Night of the Veda is the obscured consciousness of the mortal being in which the Truth is subconscient, hidden in the cave of the hill; that the recovery of the lost sun lying in this darkness of Night is the recovery of the sun of Truth out of the darkened subconscient condition …. Ibid., p. 202 
[The] rising of the Sun which was lost in the obscurity—the familiar figure of the lost sun recovered by the Gods and the Angiras Rishis—the sun of Truth … the higher light, the gold of the Truth, … this [is the] treasure … for which the Vedic Rishis pray to the Gods. – Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, , p. 130 [The] light which is its substance and constituent reality, is the light of Truth. But at present it is enough to emphasise this point that it is a heaven concealed from our vision by a certain darkness, that it has to be found and made visible, and that this seeing and finding depends on the birth of the Dawn, the rising of the Sun, the upsurging of the Solar [light out of its] secret cave. – Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p. 152 ‘It is when enriched in light and force of thought by the Angirases that Indra completes his victorious journey and reaches the goal on the mountain; “In him our primal fathers, the seven seers, the Navagwas, increase their plenty, him victorious on his march and breaking through (to the goal), standing on the mountain, inviolate in speech, most luminous-forceful by his thinkings” …. It is by singing the Rik, the hymn of illumination, that they find the solar illuminations in the cave of our being, … It is by the stubh, the all-supporting rhythm of the hymn of the seven seers, by the vibrating voice of the Navagwas that Indra becomes full of the power of Swar … and by the cry of the Dashagwas that he rends Vala in pieces (I.62.4). For this cry is the voice of the higher heaven, the thunder that cries in the lightning-flash of Indra, and the advance of the Angirases on their path is the forward movement of this cry of the heavens … It is by the satya mantra, the true thought expressed in the rhythm of the truth, that the hidden light is found and the Dawn brought to birth. … For these are the Angirases who speak aright … they are able to hold the seat of illumined knowledge, to mentalise the supreme abode of the sacrifice ….  – Ibid. p. 185 



Bonus Content: Sri Aurobindo’s commentary on India’s independence:

On a Savitri Era blog entitled THE FREEDOM OF INDIA I found the following predictions by Sri Aurobindo regarding India’s independence.

Since 1907, we are living in a new era which is full of hope for India. Not only India but the whole world will see upheavals and revolutionary changes. The high will become low and the low high. The oppressed and the depressed shall be elevated. The nation and humanity will be animated by a new Consciousness, new thought and new efforts will be made to reach new ends. Amidst these revolutionary changes, India will become free. (Sri Aurobindo :  The Hope of Man, P. 350, originally published in a weekly paper called India, 1910.) 

You can take it from me, it is as certain as the rising sun of tomorrow.  The decree [of India’s independence] has already gone forth, it may not be long in coming. (Evening Talks with Sri Aurobindo, p. 19, 1918)   

According to this post, he later said independence would be established on his birthday. 

Below is message Sri Aurobindo prepared at the request of All India Radio, Tiruchirapalli, India, for broadcast on 14 August 1947, the eve of India’s independence.

August 15th, 1947 is the birthday of free India. It marks for her the end of an old era, the beginning of a new age. But we can also make it by our life and acts as a free nation an important date in a new age opening for the whole world, for the political, social, cultural and spiritual future of humanity.

August 15th is my own birthday and it is naturally gratifying to me that it should have assumed this vast significance. I take this coincidence, not as a fortuitous accident, but as the sanction and seal of the Divine Force that guides my steps on the work with which I began life, the beginning of its full fruition. Indeed, on this day I can watch almost all the world-movements which I hoped to see fulfilled in my lifetime, though then they looked like impracticable dreams, arriving at fruition or on their way to achievement. In all these movements free India may well play a large part and take a leading position.

The first of these dreams was a revolutionary movement which would create a free and united India. India today is free but she has not achieved unity. At one moment it almost seemed as if in the very act of liberation she would fall back into the chaos of separate States which preceded the British conquest. But fortunately it now seems probable that this danger will be averted and a large and powerful, though not yet a complete union will be established. Also, the wisely drastic policy of the Constituent Assembly has made it probable that the problem of the depressed classes will be solved without schism or fissure. But the old communal division into Hindus and Muslims seems now to have hardened into a permanent political division of the country. It is to be hoped that this settled fact will not be accepted as settled for ever or as anything more than a temporary expedient. For if it lasts, India may be seriously weakened, even crippled: civil strife may remain always possible, possible even a new invasion and foreign conquest. India’s internal development and prosperity may be impeded, her position among the nations weakened, her destiny impaired or even frustrated. This must not be; the partition must go. Let us hope that that may come about naturally, by an increasing recognition of the necessity not only of peace and concord but of common action, by the practice of common action and the creation of means for that purpose. In this way unity may finally come about under whatever form—the exact form may have a pragmatic but not a fundamental importance. But by whatever means, in whatever way, the division must go; unity must and will be achieved, for it is necessary for the greatness of India’s future.

Another dream was for the resurgence and liberation of the peoples of Asia and her return to her great role in the progress of human civilisation. Asia has arisen; large parts are now quite free or are at this moment being liberated: its other still subject or partly subject parts are moving through whatever struggles towards freedom. Only a little has to be done and that will be done today or tomorrow. There India has her part to play and has begun to play it with an energy and ability which already indicate the measure of her possibilities and the place she can take in the council of the nations.

The third dream was a world-union forming the outer basis of a fairer, brighter and nobler life for all mankind. That unification of the human world is under way; there is an imperfect initiation organised but struggling against tremendous difficulties. But the momentum is there and it must inevitably increase and conquer. Here too India has begun to play a prominent part and, if she can develop that larger statesmanship which is not limited by the present facts and immediate possibilities but looks into the future and brings it nearer, her presence may make all the difference between a slow and timid and a bold and swift development. A catastrophe may intervene and interrupt or destroy what is being done, but even then the final result is sure. For unification is a necessity of Nature, an inevitable movement. Its necessity for the nations is also clear, for without it the freedom of the small nations may be at any moment in peril and the life even of the large and powerful nations insecure. The unification is therefore to the interests of all, and only human imbecility and stupid selfishness can prevent it; but these cannot stand for ever against the necessity of Nature and the Divine Will. But an outward basis is not enough; there must grow up an international spirit and outlook, international forms and institutions must appear, perhaps such developments as dual or multilateral citizenship, willed interchange or voluntary fusion of cultures. Nationalism will have fulfilled itself and lost its militancy and would no longer find these things incompatible with self-preservation and the integrality of its outlook. A new spirit of oneness will take hold of the human race.

Another dream, the spiritual gift of India to the world has already begun. India’s spirituality is entering Europe and America in an ever increasing measure. That movement will grow; amid the disasters of the time more and more eyes are turning towards her with hope and there is even an increasing resort not only to her teachings, but to her psychic and spiritual practice.

The final dream was a step in evolution which would raise man to a higher and larger consciousness and begin the solution of the problems which have perplexed and vexed him since he first began to think and to dream of individual perfection and a perfect society. This is still a personal hope and an idea, an ideal which has begun to take hold both in India and in the West on forward-looking minds. The difficulties in the way are more formidable than in any other field of endeavour, but difficulties were made to be overcome and if the Supreme Will is there, they will be overcome. Here too, if this evolution is to take place, since it must proceed through a growth of the spirit and the inner consciousness, the initiative can come from India and, although the scope must be universal, the central movement may be hers.

Such is the content which I put into this date of India’s liberation; whether or how far this hope will be justified depends upon the new and free India.


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The March Equinox and the Vedic Truth Underlying Easter and the Easter Egg Hunt

Agni Hotra: a daily ritual enactment of Agni's Sacrifice
[Image found sans credit via Magical Forrest, text added by me.]

The real basis for our modern tradition of celebrating Easter beginning with a morning Easter Egg Hunt is thoroughly Vedic. These traditions, however degraded and distorted they have become over time via our mental-egoic consciousness, arise out of the Solar Year or the Solar Sacrifice of the Vedic Rishis which is the Earth’s Tropical Year. The Sacred Egg of the Vedic Rishis is the triply-
Image found at Northlakebaptist.org
formed Hiryanagharbha – the golden egg or embryo or light of the Sun/Soul – is hidden or embedded in the 'spring' of creation (i.e. the March Equinox) and eventually found, recovered or reborn 9 months later upon the December Solstice. The Egg and its full gestation and immanence are inseparable from the Year. According to the Vedic Rishis the Sacred Egg is the seed of the Earth's 12 month Solar year and is simultaneously the seed or Dawn of our 24 hour Day and our entire creation. This Egg is the yoke of the Solar (Tropical) Year and together they form the essence of Yoga in which the light of the Sun/Soul progressively illuminates the unity or oneness of All that is. In the Vedic system of equivalences, the 12 months of the sacrificial year refer not only to a Solar Year but also to the Great Year of the Precession and to larger cycles of time. Meaning, whereas it may take only 9 months in our yearly journey to reach the December Solstice where upon the Sun’s light begins to increase in the Northern Hemisphere, much larger stages, spans and cycles of time are needed to foster ‘the return of the Light’ in terms of the evolution of our consciousness wherein we eventually find our Lost Egg, Hidden Sun/Son, or Lost Oneness (the true meaning of our unnecessarily dreaded ‘apocalypse’).

The Rishis called our Sacred and collectively Lost Egg by many names. Primarily they called it Agni – the hidden One, the triple One, the divine flame, the triple fire, the son of force, the eternal spring of life, leader of our evolutionary march (journey), the preserver, our deliverer, world savior and hero of all heroes. In the Western tradition, Agni is known as Aries (or Mars). He is often depicted as a hunter. The true antiquity of this yogic mythology, depicting our evolutionary march towards reunion with the light of our soul and hence with all of creation (past, present and future) is unknown. It is found in the Rig Veda – the world’s oldest sacred text that was an oral tradition until it was written down some 5,000 years ago. Symbols of the Solar or Vedic Year can be found in the Sphinx of Giza (Lion-Man) which some believe is at least 12,000 years old. In 1939 a Lion-Man figurine was found in a cave in Germany in 1939, dating to 40,000 years old. Both are symbols of the 12 month Vedic Year symbolizing the Leo and Aquarius axis. The Lion-Man also figures in Hindu mythology as one of Vishnu's incarnations, which irrevocably links Vishnu to the Zodiac. In the Rig Veda, Vishnu the Preserver, is linked to the preservation signs of the Zodiac via his three steps (trikrama) across the universe. [1]

Religious traditions and rituals that separate the ‘hidden’ or ‘golden egg’ from the Spring Equinox serve to keep the Egg hidden – i.e. distorting or hiding the truth of the Vedic Solar Gnosis and unity consciousness it contains and births in time. The Christian celebration of Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox is one such distortion, as is the Nirayana or Sidereal measure of the yajna (year) which celebrates the birth of Agni, and hence entrance into the fire sign of Aries on 13/14th of April some 23 days late.[2] The Sidereal separation of entrance to Aries from the March Equinox will continue increasing one day ever 72 years with the Precession of the Equinoxes. Both of these distortions are products of losing the Solar context of the Vedic Gnosis … i.e. the Egg being the solar seed, and binding point (bandha) or yoke of the Solar Year and simultaneously of our entire creation.

Efforts are underway in India to correct this distortion, via the work of Aeon Centre of Cosmology as well as via Hindu Dharma Acharyashave, Acharya Darshaney Lokesh and T.V.Sivaraman. [See:  www.reformedsanathancalendar.in, from which the below quotes and images are borrowed. Sanathan means eternal and Sayana below refers to Solar/Tropical Zodiac].

sanathan calendar “You have formulated the Tithi Patrak and Calendar strictly on the basis of Vedas, Puranas and Siddhantas and the Dwaraka Mutt feels that every Hindu in the country would be enriched culturally and spiritually by following it. H.H Dwaraka Acharya of the past had exhorted 120 years ago, that religious festivals and fasts should be observed on the basis of Sayana only and the Mutt’s affirmation of this stands for ever” says H.H Jagatguru Sri Swarupananda Saraswathi Maharaj

sanathan calendarSMKATP & RSC have shown “a way for the Hindu Community and especially to the publishers and authors of Panchangas to mull over the facts and factors presented in this Panchang. A time has come for the elite to revamp the presentday almanacs in tune with Vedic injunctions, H.H Jagtguru Sri Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal of Kanchi Mutt, had said.

sanathan calendarH.H Gangadharendra Saraswathi Swamiji of Shri Sonda Swarnavalli Mutt is “also of the opinion that our present day panchangas have to be modified to fall in line with the sayana system, at least for religious purposes. The Mutt will “always support your efforts at adding glory to the spiritual life of the people of Bharat.”

Recommended Reading: 
A Center that Holds (a 12 March 2016 post on this blog) 
A List of More articles about the true measure and significance of the Vedic Year via Aeon Centre of Cosmology
The Gnostic Circle a book by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet. 


Notes:
[1]  See: Cosmology in Rigveda — the third premise and Secrets of the Earth-Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet

[2] Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, director of Aeon Centre of Cosmology, has written much on the un-Vedic nature of modern-day astrologers, who measure the 12 month sacred year via the Sidereal Zodiac, and who call themselves ‘Vedic’ astrologers. She writes that the path to our higher consciousness remains greatly hampered or hidden by this distortion prevalent not only in India but in many corners of the world.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Centre that Holds - commentary on Aditi Banjeree's article, 'Let’s Stop Funding Our Enemies'

Conquerors through our history typically attempt to gut or wipe out the traditions and cultures of their conquests. Although the British were forced to relinquish their hold on India in 1947, the traditions and culture of India are still under attack by the Eurocentric or Western world. Swaraja magazine just published an article entitled 'Let’s Stop Funding Our Enemies' wherein the author Aditi Banjeree, writes, 'It is well-known that the academy—the system of universities and scholarship prevalent in the West and in India today—is virulently anti-Hindu and anti-India.'  

Below are Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet's comments on the article together with a few other voices (originally posted with the article on http://swarajyamag.com), which deserve to be widely shared.
Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet • [10 Mar  2016] 

I follow assiduously what Hindus in the USA and their organisations are doing to try and promote a more sophisticated reality and appreciation of Hinduism. I especially appreciate Aditi Banerjee’s inputs which are clear, to the point, and informative. In this latest she has driven home the point better than ever, for me at least though there will not be many takers among Hindus on the issue I will highlight. Perhaps because a serious crossroads of destiny has been reached, the gravity of which is difficult to gauge when we stand in its midst.

In all these efforts something essential is missed – not surprising because it falls in line with a carefully crafted strategy set in motion many centuries ago: Hinduism is lost in the toss and tumble of the Periphery. I use the word in a geometric sense – i.e., the periphery of a circle. Most Hindus will pride themselves on their great diversity (as represented by that periphery), where any cult or sect is welcome and is offered a place in the circumscribing firmament of Hinduism, even those in stark contrast to the basic tenets of the Sanatan Dharma. This is the classic definition of paganism, and we all know its fate at the hands of the exclusivist religions that overtook the world during the past Piscean Age. But really it wasn’t the arrival of those exclusivist faiths that finished off the grand diversity that paganism represented: it was the lack of, in the words of Yeats, a centre that holds.

Paganism actually did itself in because it had lost its way when it lost sight of the centre that holds. This was always provided by the Time-Spirit in the ancient world and in India as well; and the harmonies of the Time-Spirit were carried over to the calendar that regulated societies – or better said that served as the centre that holds. When that cosmic connection was lost (and this is not the place to discuss why and when that took place; we can only state the fact based on an assessment of the results of that loss) the decline was predictable. We are faced with a central void – and for the Sanatan Dharma with its foundation in Fullness, a void as ‘centre’ is perhaps the worst fate imaginable; it spells doom by any standards.

Regarding contemporary Hinduism, the only remaining repository of paganism in the modern world, the central void is more than apparent. If not it would be impossible for the anti-Hindu forces to overtake the movement so totally. Hindus are doing themselves in because the Dharma harbours a central void. The Time-Spirit has been forsaken – a fact that is clearly in evidence by the very method provided to a society as diverse as the Hindu to hold its own against all attacks: Hinduism is collapsing in on itself because it has eschewed the method to unify diversity which is the calendar it adopts for ritual and horoscopic purposes; when the centre is left void anyone and anything can seek to fill that void. This is what is happening: collapse, caving in – and in spite of the best efforts hostile forces gain supremacy, as Banerjee points out. No amount of signatures collected as in political and human rights campaign can remedy the situation since they too are part of the periphery and only further compound confusion. The centre is filled by its yogic realisation, and not otherwise.

For the past several hundred years the Hindu calendar makers have imposed a system on the Samaj that not only celebrates diversity, it positively foments it. The calendar is the connection to the cosmos and is the means for the Time-Spirit to act in the world throughan enlightened society. The contrary is taking place today, and until that is recognised, until voices arise within the Samaj that demand a careful inspection of what the current Nirayana calendar is doing to Hinduism, things will only get worse until the last bastion of paganism is wiped off the face of the Earth. For that is the ultimate goal.

The Sayana system that follows the Sun is the way forward, the way that all pagan societies have followed throughout the ages. Considering the lofty place the Sun holds in the worship, it is obvious that the Nirayana calendar that does away with the solar connection as reflected in the Earth’s equinoxes and solstices is patently wrong. Hindus fortify this connection in their hearts and souls when they chant the Gayatri Mantra at dawn. Why then is this not reflected in the calendar they adopt to regulate and unify the great diversity paganism stands for?

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
Director
Aeon Centre of Cosmology

Patricia Heidt > Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet • [12 Mar 2016] 

Hinduism has an inbuilt mechanism that allows it to keep renewing itself, over the aeons. It is still as alive and relevant today as it was from Vedic ages. Is this what you mean by the term time-spirit?
 
Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
> Patricia Heidt • [12 Mar 2016] 

I have always contended that the Vishnu Line of Ten is the backbone of the Sanatan Dharma mainly for this very reason: it allows for eternal renewal making use of the cosmic harmonies to do so, together with the forward impulsion of Time, reflected and measured in an enlightened calendar that unifies and does not divide society. But as things stand in our times, this too has been used as a device to confuse the issue. Today any Guru with a sizeable following and a well-packed bank account, given that Mammon reigns supreme, is an ‘avatar’, usually meaning one of Vishnu’s line. That it is the backbone of the Dharma is clear when we consider that the epics of the 7th and 8th of the Line are the revered heroes of the two national epics.

The best way to distort matters to the point where the Dharma becomes unrecognisable is by flooding the field with candidates, none of whom have the right ‘credentials’ – these are COSMIC credentials. It is to be noted that another epithet of the members of the Line is that they are ‘emanations of the Time-Spirit’. Such being the case, those cosmic credentials have to be recognisable and indisputable. But none of the many candidates today can comply with this important aspect of the appearances. However, there is more to note: their very births – occurring at specific points in time, with intervals between each appearance of approximately 6000 years – are the only means to re-set the cosmic clock and thus to permit Bharat to fulfil her destiny of centre-soul of the Earth, which is so tightly intertwined with Time. The reason for this connection is, as I wrote earlier, because it is through Time and Calendar that the higher will is transcribed here below for the larger community; Time provides the binding force as well as an infallible protection and power of renewal ever faithful to the Dharma.

There has to be a unifying factor rooted in the heart and soul of the Dharma that extends beyond individuals but embraces them all and draws together their aspirations around a single central One. As it stands now, the place that should be occupied by that One is the Void because there is no such unifying factor. The currently-used Nirayana calendar based on the circle of the constellations far out in space rather than the Sayana tropical zodiac, giver of our seasons on Earth and the harmonics we are intrinsically linked to, cannot convey those credentials. In effect, they have ceased to exist in an appreciable manner from the moment the Nirayana system was adopted several centuries ago.

Of course, this is a free society – and no group is freer than the Hindu Samaj – so the will of the majority is thought to prevail. However, in the present instance, the majority is not consulted. There is a small cabal that dictates terms pontifically in this essential area, and they alone are ‘authorised’ to establish timings for the entire Samaj. It is a very sad situation. All aspects of the problem must be brought forward and discussed threadbare and the veils removed that make this question of Time appear so mysterious and apparently reserved for an elite. Leaving it closed within the walls of this cabal keeps the larger Samaj in ignorance of the true situation and looking for solutions where they can never be found. But this call to meet and discuss is never heeded; the reason is clear: this is the way to maintain control and power. However, the death knell is being heard loud and clear and the Nirayana calendar is being questioned on an increasing scale. It won’t be long before its adherents will be forced to accept the invitation to a public debate. With its tradition of free speech and liberal exchange of ideas, Hindus in the USA should be in the forefront of this movement and organising a discussion of this sort.

Here is a link to one such group that offers Hindus a complete calendar/almanac based on the Vedic Sayana system. This link is to the Hindi version: darshaney.smkatp@gmail.com [LT note: I will find and post the correct link here when I find it]. There is also the Tamil/English version available at www.reformedsanathancalendar.in. Included are letters from the Shankaracharyas to the authors urging the Samaj to consider switching to the Vedic calendar and praising them for their efforts. PNB

pshakkottai > Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet • [12 Mar 2016] 

Higly speculative. Hindu Dharma is integral reality and is being understood to be so thanks to Rajiv Malhotra. There is no void in the center of Dharma because Dharma has no center and edge.

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet > pshakkottai • [12 Mar 2016]   

'...Dharma has no center and edge', you write. Sounds pretty much like a void to me. Reading this reminds me of the renowned Teacher J. Krishnamurti who famously stated, 'Truth cannot be measured. What can be measured is not truth.' That conveniently leaves out the entire material manifestation - the field where the Goddess manifests her infinite complexity and diversity. Truth, however, is far more mathematical than that and happily CAN BE MEASURED. This is the Divine Maya of the Veda, and can also be proven today through the physical Ganga whose actual physical measurements as she flows across Bharat prove the point. We need to integrate the material and bring it back to a oneness with Spirit and not allow science to hog the field.

Karan Gupta • [10 Mar 2016]   

Excellent article, but don't agree with the ending. "Dharma" is not some Pagan tradition. The Vedas clearly defines the absolute as one and formless the "Brahman" which can be evoked by the vibration of "Aum". Dharma is at the least not a Pagan Tradition.

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet > Karan Gupta • [12 Mar 2016]   

With the advent of the exclusivist religions, I am aware that 'paganism' has become a dirty word, equated with the devil and devil worship. It was a job well done. But the truth is that paganism stands for all-inclusiveness and recognition of the Goddess as the architect of the Supreme, known in the Veda as the Divine Maya - Maya being the root connected to measure. In other words, the Divine Maya sanctifies material creation - a concept which we could well use today when we are destroying our planetary home. PNB


Monday, December 21, 2015

Recovering the True Sense of the Winter Solstice

The Year divided by its four Cardinal Points and 12 months, © Lori Tompkins

The Cross is in Yoga the symbol of the soul and nature in their strong and perfect union, but because of our fall into the impurities of ignorance it has become the symbol of suffering and purification. 
 ‒ Sri Aurobindo, Aphorism 168 
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The Deva or Godhead is both the original cause and the final result [of the Vedic sacrifice]. Divine Existent, builder of the worlds, lord and begetter of all things, Male and Female, Being and Consciousness, Father and Mother of the Worlds and their inhabitants, he is also their Son and ours: for he is the Divine Child born into the Worlds who manifests himself in the growth of the creature. ... He is the wise, mighty and liberating Son born from our works and our sacrifice, the Hero in our warfare and Seer of our knowledge, the White Steed in the front of our days who gallops towards the upper Ocean.
‒ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p. 371

MANY MAY CELEBRATE the December Solstice as the 'Return of the Light' and appreciate that it is the fourth arm of the cardinal cross of the Tropical Zodiac; but few truly understand the true nature of this celebration (Holy Day or Holiday) and the evolutionary victory or Divine Birth it portends. The tradition of celebrating this day ‒ the entrance or gateway into the 10th month and last quadrant of the 12 month Tropical Year ‒ has been attributed to pagan ritual, but in truth its origin is Vedic. The way to truly appreciate or grow into the understanding of why this much celebrated point in the Earth's year is associated with a Divine Birth, with God's sacrifice, with a holy cross and with the ultimate victory over falsehood and death is to begin to understand the Vedic Gnosis and Sanatana Dharma of the Vedic Rishis which stands as our world's oldest known transmission of this Divine story. Until we understand this story of our own Divine Birth ‒ the evolution and birth of our indwelling Divine Consciousness ‒ our Holidays (Holy Days) and rituals celebrating the Return of the Light and Divine Birth will remain in the 'fake it til you make it realm.', i.e. a necessary placeholder for our eventual realization.

From the early 20th century Sri Aurobindo began his work towards illuminating the nature of this simultaneously Vedic and new-age realization which he wrote of as the 'Recovery of the lost Sun', as the victory of the Divine Son [1], Child or Flame Agni, and ultimately as the Supramental Realisation. He wrote of this as an evolutionary eventuality in which our indwelling hidden higher consciousness, becomes manifest and ushers our world into an entirely new phase of evolution on Earth. In The Secret of the Veda, he establishes that the Rishis linked this Divine Victory (Divine Birth) with passage into the 10th month of our 12 month year.
‘[The] possession of our complete divine consciousness delivered from all falsehood by the free descent of the truth, gives us the secure possession of the world of Swar and the enjoyment of mental and physical being lifted into the godhead above darkness, falsehood and death by the in-streaming of our divine elements. This victory is won in twelve periods of the upward journey, represented by the revolution of the twelve months of the sacrificial year, the periods corresponding to the successive dawns of a wider and wider truth, until the tenth [month] secures the victory. What may be the precise significance of the nine rays [months] and the ten, is a more difficult question which we are not yet in a position to solve.’
‒ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p. 182
Sri Aurobindo acknowledged in his writing that the birth of the Supramental Gnosis in our world would descend in stages, from the Transcendent, through the Cosmic, and born out in the Individual. In the course of these stages, which continued after his own mahasamadhi in 1950, this difficult question of the precise meaning of the important passage from the 9th and 10th months of the 12 month sacrificial year was eventually solved. The 12-petal circle-symbol of the Cosmic Mother pervaded the entire field of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram for over fifty years, but it was not until the Mother's (Mirra Alfassa's) final years and her passing in 1973 that the full significance of this symbol and of the passage from the 9th to the 10th month of the 12 month sacrificial year and its relation to the Supramental Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother would be revealed.


Before her departure the Mother had a vision of a Vedic temple (Matrimandir) in 1970 based upon this symbol which became the key by which the truth of the Rishi's 10th month of Victory ‒ i.e. the truth of the ancient story of the Divine Birth and Golden Age that has followed us through the ages ‒ became known to Thea (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet). [2] Through her writings it becomes clear that the secret which Sri Aurobindo wrote of in The Secret of the Veda is the realization of the Divine Child in the 10th month of the Vedic Year (sacrifice).

[The] Rishi spoke of the Deva [Agni] as the divine child preparing for birth, involved in the world, in the human consciousness .... [p. 358] 

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Agni’s birth here ... is the greatest of his terrestrial births; fostered by them as the swift Mares of Life he grows at once to his divine greatness, fills all the planes with his vast and shining limbs and forms their kingdoms in the soul of man into the image of a divine Truth. [p. 391] 

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The Rishi prays ... that the secret soul in us who is the Father of things but in us appears as the child of our works and our evolution, may open itself to the vast Truth-consciousness. The Divine Flame will destroy all the powers of falsehood and evil who seek to make us stumble and would rob us of our heavenly treasure. [p. 402] 

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The divine Seer-Will [Agni] ... leads [the human] in its journey through the stages by which the sacrificer rises to the supramental divine consciousness; he is its vanguard and front-fighter in the battle of the divine with the undivine and the march of man to his goal. Agni is ... the Seer-Will of the one & infinite Divine Conscious-Existence at work in the universe.... [He] is its vanguard and front-fighter in the battle of the divine with the undivine and the march of man to his goal.... The Seer-Will ... sacrifices in the order, the right seasons, the right periods, the twelve months ... he knows the time, place, order by which the Swadha, the self-arranging self-movement of the divine Nature in man that is developing itself, progresses till it turns itself into the Swaha, the luminous self-force of the fulfilled divine Nature of the gods. This order of the sacrificial seasons ... represents the progressive movement of development of the hidden truth of things in man.

‒ Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire,
Commentaries and Annotated Translations
[3]

Central to Thea's revelation and restoration of Vedic Gnosis was the realization that the correct measure of the Vedic Year and hence entrance into this 10th Month (Makar Sankranti/Capricorn) is absolutely essential in terms of achieving and consciously celebrating the birth of higher gnosis, i.e. the birth of the One which unifies our consciousness and our field of creation. The opening image was constructed via arcing the radius of the circle from the bases of the cardinal points (equinoxes and solstices) through the center point to form (mark) the 12 months of the Earth's year. The tip of the 10th petal demonstrates Capricorn (Makar) as entrance into the last and highest quadrant of the year, which Thea associates with Swar ‒ the Divine consciousness born, manifest on Earth in the natural course of our evolutionary journey. Sri Aurobindo wrote:

Like other gods, [Agni] is said to be born of the Truth; the Truth is at once his birthplace and his home. 
 ‒ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p. 391 

Thea realized that the home and birthplace of Agni ‒ and thus our collective Eternal Truth, known in India as Sanatana Dharma, and the truth of Vishnu's Dasavatars to boot [4] ‒ could only be found in the Tropical Zodiac, not in the Sidereal Year (constellations) currently utilized in India which entirely separates Agni and the cardinal points of the Vedic Sacrifice from the Equinoxes and Solstices.

According to Thea this separation, which is 23° and growing via the Precession of the Equinoxes, must be corrected if India is ever to recover the Truth (the Divine Birth or Singularity) underlying its ancient culture and facilitate the world's rise into gnosis as Vivekananda and Sri Aurobindo foresaw as India's destiny. This correction, though not yet well-appreciated or understood in India or elsewhere in our world, is inseparable from the hidden Truth of our collective evolutionary story ‒ our hero's journey ‒ as told by the Vedic Rishis, which is born forth in our consciousness and in our world via the vehicle or womb of our own 12-month year. It is an essential correction for any who wish to understand and participate in the true story of the Return of the Light (Recovery of the Lost Sun) and the evolutionary achievement that we are unwittingly celebrating every December Solstice Holiday season.

In essence, the Truth of the December Solstice and of the Zodiac is something that our consciousness grows or evolves into. It becomes progressively apparent or real to us, only in the course of our evolution. Up to a point in our evolution, the Zodiac and the Capricorn Cardinal point merely symbolizes our Divine Birth or shift into Divine consciousness. Eventually it ushers forth the real thing. Different ancient cultures call this victorious and Divine Son by different names, including Aeon, Bacchus, Dionysus, Horus, Triptolemus, Brimos, Kalki and Quetzalcoatl; but the real story and the real victory to be won in our consciousness remains one and the same.

How this is possible or in any way true cannot be fully appreciated without investigating and understanding the full scope of Sri Aurobindo's yoga and of the Supramental Gnosis he established. In this sense, coming to celebrate the true nature of the December Solstice is inseparable from coming to celebrate the true nature of Sri Aurobindo's Supramental Yoga.

Set within thee Will that knows all the births, the divine sacrificer in the seasons; today let thy sacrifice march forward unceasingly, thy sacrifice shall open to thee the whole epiphany of the godheads. 

‒ RV 1.22, translated by Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p. 455-456 
Set within you the Fire that knows all things born, the Fire ever young, the Carrier of the offerings, the divine Priest who does sacrifice in its season. Let our sacrifice uninterruptedly march on most strong today to reveal the gods. Strew, strew the grass of the altar for the session. 

‒ RV 5.26.7-8, translated by Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, p. 292 
All this Vedic imagery is easy to understand when once we have the key, but it must not be mistaken for mere imagery. 

‒ Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire, pp 28-30 

In 1986 Thea established Aeon Centre of Cosmology (ACC) to begin to bring this One all-integrating Truth to light, demonstrating how it comes to be known and how it is applied in terms of upgrading and shifting our consciousness into Divine or Supramental) ranges. Her latest publication Ganga ‒ soul of Indian culture ‒ Her descent to Earth shows both India's and Ganga's intimate connection with Capricorn and how the mythology and symbolism of Indian culture are based on the very real evolutionary adventure and victory of consciousness as outlined by the Vedic Rishis. As Sri Aurobindo wrote, the universal and unifying soul of the myth and symbol lies hidden and lies in wait to be fully rediscovered in India and throughout the world. In 2014 ACC presented The Future Realisation [TFR] exhibition at Aurodhan Art Gallery in Pondicherry, India dedicated to this cause. In January 2015 an expanded version of TFR exhibition was presented at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts' Mataghiri venue in New Delhi. Currently ACC is planning its third TFR event in Washington DC which will be expanded to demonstrate the important cosmological connection between India and the United States.

Lori Tompkins 
21 December 2015 
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Endnotes:
[1] The English word 'son' comes to us from the Sanskrit word sūnu, found in the Rig Veda meaning 'son, child, offspring'.
[2] This Temple was never built correctly, but the knowledge content it contained and revealed to Thea is documented in The New Way - the rise and establishment of a gnostic society, Volumes 1-3, and in Chronicles of the Inner Chamber.

[3] This is Sri Aurobindo's commentary on the first verse of the Rig Veda as found in CWSA, Vol. 16http://incarnateword.in/cwsa/16/rv-i-dot-1-1-6
[4] See Secrets of the Earth, Aeon Books, 2009, Thea.


Related Articles/Books/Websites:
'The Importance of Makar Sankranti in Hindu Calendar Reform', Puranic Cosmology Updated, Thea, 30 December 2010

'Reflections on Sri Aurobindo’s contribution to the evolution of consciousness on his 143rd birth anniversary 15 August 2015', www.aeoncentre.com, Thea. 
The Magical Carousel - a zodiacal odyssey, Thea, Aeon Books, 1979.
Thea's Booksite: www.patrizianorellibachelet.com  


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Friday, July 24, 2015

The Tropical Zodiac, the Vedic Journey & Misguided 'Vedic' Astrologers

'Gnosis, now enhanced by the descent of Supermind, is found only in the Vedic Journey as mapped out in the tropical zodiac. And, above all, it is only with the tropical zodiac of the ecliptic plane, balanced on the unchanging equinoxes and solstices that we can read the cosmic credentials of the Vishnu Avatar and his line in this 9th Manifestation.'

- Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
'Those Unsettling New Paradigms'
Part 1 (July 2015) 

More from the same article:

'[The tropical zodiac] is what we find as the foundational language of the Puranas and its mythology and displayed in every temple across India. The sacred mountain is the most prominent and obvious connection. When the devotee passes through and beneath the main gopuram to enter the sacred precinct, it brings to his visit the lived experience of Mt Meru, the sacred Mountain of Capricorn. In the symbolism of sacred architecture the Gopurams are that Mountain. 

The main Gopuram of the Srirangam temple
in Tamil Nadu, South India, where the purest tradition is found.
'Lamentably, during the Dark Ages a different formulation gradually gained ascendancy and ultimately did away with the former based on the tropical zodiac and its related mythology, as in the cosmology of the New Way. It introduced another ‘zodiac’ based on the imaginative animal figures made up of the fixed stars in the sidereal sphere, called Nakshatras. In the traditional astrology practised outside of India they are known as the Mansions of the Moon and were brought from India by Al Biruni, the Arab scholar-traveller who in the 12th century planted the damaging seeds that later flowered into the full-blown Nirayana system of astrological computations and ritual timings in use today. 

'I have stated many times and I must state again that these misguided reformists, whatever their motivation, are measuring in the wrong circle. At the end of this article I offer readers a graphic image of the problem and a brief explanation with the facts of the case. 

'Al Biruni’s Mansions of the Moon divides the zodiac circle into 27 parts based on the mean daily motion of the Moon which is 13.20 degrees. Moving through the circle cumulatively, from 0 degree through to the 360th, each point where this measure falls is called a ‘critical degree’. Any competent astrologer knows that when a planet is located on one of those degrees, whatever that planet represents will play a prominent role in the individual’s life. 

'Unfortunately Nirayanis, who call themselves by the misnomer Vedic Astrologers, carried the matter further – because there is a secret agenda behind this rise of thought in India. Muslim invaders, their own history records, destroyed thousands of temples across the land because of the role temples stepped in to play during the Puranic Age to preserve the Veda. But there was a far more insidious attack in the wings, with the potential of bringing the Sanatana Dharma to an end as it was known in the Vedic Age. The simple yet potent device was 1) to do away with the Veda’s foundational language of the zodiac itself, whether tropical or sidereal, and pari passu 2) to destroy the cosmic connection India had enjoyed from time immemorial (see the Capricorn symbol-map); indeed, to disengage the cosmic wheel from the true Zero Point (ayanamsha), the start of the ‘journey’, as it was called in the Rig Veda, on the Aries equinox of 21 March each year. This was cleverly done by insisting on measuring in the wrong circle, and claiming, as Al Biruni had advocated centuries earlier and the Nirayanis continue to proclaim: Aries has shifted, it has moved on; it is no longer there (at the March equinoctial point). ‘The solstice has kept its place but the constellations have migrated, just the very opposite of what Vahara has fancied, he wrote (India, II, p.7). With this Al Biruni plants the undermining seed of a shifting zodiac, erroneously equated with and measured in the sidereal sphere.

'There is what is called the Cardinal Cross in the tropical zodiac. it is composed of four signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. They are the equinoxes and solstices. Therefore an intrinsic part of the constitution of Aries is the thrust of energy as in the gunaic mode of Rajas, or Creation of the fundamental trinity Creation, Preservation, Dissolution. Actually Aries does not ‘exist’ disconnected from the March equinox; similarly with the others on the Rajas/Creation cross. So, to claim, as Al Biruni did, that while the solstice remained in place the constellations (zodiac) have moved away from the zodiacal connection with the Cardinal Cross, reveals a basic ignorance of the cosmic harmony. What is extraordinary is that no pundit, to my knowledge, rose up and refuted his claim. This is the crux of the Nirayana system Hindus follow, this claim that a ‘shift’ has taken place and therefore periodic ‘corrections’ must be made to accommodate it. 

'According to these Nirayanis, while measuring that purported 0 degree Aries in the wrong circle – the circle of fixed stars where no equinoxes and solstices exist – this 0 point has shifted, therefore a correction is needed to move the start of the circle back by 23 days. Consequently, based on their astronomical wisdom, disconnected from the alleged superstition of astrology which astronomers believe they have improved upon, we must agree to celebrate each new zodiacal year on April 14-15 and not 21 March; or, even worse, the Capricorn entry (Makar in Sanskrit, perhaps the most important festival for the Hindu collectivity) is also shifted by 23 days to 14-15 January, instead of the fourth Cardinal Cross solstice on 21 December each year when Capricorn actually begins for the whole world, not merely for Hindus, with no change – because these unchanging equinoxes and solstices are the temporal and spatial pillars of Hinduism

'In addition, the so-called shift that needs ‘correction’ varies from pundit to pundit because accuracy is impossible to achieve in the circle of fixed stars with relation to Earth, given that they are zillions of kilometres away from our solar system. The result is confusion and chaos; ultimately what should be the single most unifying factor for Hindus, a calendar that unequivocally secures the true cosmic connection, has become a most effective tool for dis-connection and endless dispute. 

'Today the supporting cosmic pillars of the Dharma have been wiped out of the cultural fabric where they can only be meaningful when the true link to the cosmic harmony exists. It no longer does for all practical purposes today in India, regardless of vociferous claims by the Nirayanis to the contrary. Practically, factually it exists only in the updated Indocentric cosmology of the New Way. 

'The tactic of undermining was superb indeed because Time itself, with each passing day, undoes the very Dharma it holds in the secret recesses of itself. Time, in the land where Mahakala is known to be above all the Gods, is made to work against itself: instead of a creative power it is one of undoing.' ...
 
Read the Full Article at www.aeoncentre.com
  

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Higher Purpose of Time and the Key to its Harmonies - An Online Course

Aeon Centre of Cosmology is currently hosting a 6 month online course entitled: 'The Higher Purpose of Time and the Key to its Harmonies'. I'll be a consultant for this course ... following along, answering questions and contributing to the course in whatever ways seem necessary or called for. The Gnostic Circle and The Magical Carousel - a zodiacal odyssey will be the primary course material. As of 22 June 2015 registration is still open. Below is ACC's course invitation, description and info about cost and such:

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‘The Bhagavad Gita, one of India’s most profound scriptures, tells us that this is the highest truth, this is the truest perception that the seeker can aspire to in his or her lifetime, this is the Vision of visions. Though it is reserved only for the most intrepid, the Gita affirms for all times that it is Mahakala who holds the grandest truths. The Time-Spirit is the apex in the formidable pyramid constituted of the seemingly unending experiences that throughout the ages seekers have had of God.’ Thea – ‘Time & Imperishability’ - ‘Transcendence and the Immanence of the One’
Over the millennia the Mystery School tradition has preserved and sustained the thread of higher knowledge and consciousness that we find woven through all ancient civilizations. The guardians of the mysteries were charged with the preservation of the ancient knowledge and the preparation of initiates so that they were fit to receive it. These wisdom traditions divided their secret knowledge into two distinct categories; the lesser and the greater mysteries. The lesser mysteries, available to a wider spectrum of the populace, dealt with mysticism, the secrets of the mind, psychism, and certain divinatory techniques which together resembled an early form of esoteric psychology. The greater mysteries which were taught under a seal of secrecy and only to initiates who had risen through the ranks of the lower knowledge dealt with the most profound secrets of Time and Space. The Aeon Centre of Cosmology is pleased to continue this revered tradition with what may be considered the greatest of all mysteries, the vision of ‘Mahakala’ – the Time-Spirit and the unbreakable bond between Time and the Soul.

Outline of Course

“…We cannot proceed further in our development until the Gnostic Cell of a new collective consciousness touches upon the higher purpose of Time, discovers the Key to the foundations of its inherent harmony and reveals this to the world.'’ Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, Thea, The New Way
Session One: explores objectives for the Course (see Thea’s Open Letter). Through an in-depth study of the Map of the 12 Manifestations students discover the meaning of the Avatar’s descent in the last three manifestations of the earth: to renew or update the ancient perennial knowledge (the Sanatana Dharma). The goals of the Integral yoga of Sri Aurobindo (The Transcendent Divine/the 9) and the Supramental yoga are discussed. Students are introduced to the concept of the zodiac as the horoscope of the earth revealing not only their own individual destiny but that of the entire planet. They start their studies (the initiatic journey) with the first triad of the zodiac - Cosmic Sunrise (or the reddening of the Earth in alchemical terminology); and begin to see that the story of The Magical Carousel - which details the 12- stage Vedic sacrifice of the cosmic year - is the new myth for the new Age.

Session Two: students continue their studies/their cosmic journey; they see the odyssey of The Magical Carousel as a quest in search of the Divine Mother (the 6). Here the focus is on the second triad of the zodiacal year - Cosmic Midnight (the darkening of the Earth). The symbolism and purpose of ‘the fall’ in the sign Cancer and how it differs from the Biblical Genesis is explored. Students are introduced to the sign opposite Cancer in the wheel - Capricorn - and the importance of this axis in the Tropical Zodiacal Calendar and in the unfolding of world affairs (India/Capricorn and America/Cancer).

Session Three: offers a deeper appreciation of the descent of Supramental Knowledge now unfolding on Earth via the Third in the Solar line - the principle of the Individual Divine (the 3). Autobiographical details of Val and PomPom (the courageous children in the myth of The Magical Carousel) will be discussed. The focus is on the third triad of the zodiac - Cosmic Sunset - the critical phase of the journey, where we explore the role of human death in the scheme of evolution, and the method by which the Earth is liberated from its hold. Students are given guidance on how to use the key of supramental knowledge, The Gnostic Circle.

Session Four: In 1956 The Mother of Pondicherry told ashramites that the Time had come; Supermind had descended on Earth. In Thea’s cosmology this is symbolized by the opening of the fourth quarter of The Gnostic Circle - Cosmic Midday (the Sun is overhead, casting no shadows - the alchemical process is complete and the color is white). Students will reflect on the extraordinary time in which we have taken birth, during an age in which the universalisation of Truth-Consciousness is available for all mankind, and all four principles of the earth (9/6/3/0-1) are embedded in its core.

Information

Time: Each Session is six weeks in Length. Beginning date for Session one: 21 June 2015.
Fee: In the USA and elsewhere, course fee is $360.00 for the four session course.
In India, course fee is rs 7,500 for the four session course.
Faculty (contact info): Robert Wilkinson (robtw@sprynet.com) and Patricia Heidt, PhD (patriciaheidt@gmail.com ).
Consultants: Lori Tompkins and Arinaya

Course Expectations:

The above outline presents the general direction of the course. Faculty will also address specific needs of the students and help them achieve their particular goals. Send with your registration:
  • a short bio
  • why you are enrolling in this course or
  • any particular content which you wish to learn/develop more specifically
Students are expected to have access to the two required texts: The Magical Carousel and Commentaries and The Gnostic Circle - a study in cosmic harmonies – both available through Aeon Books.
 
A supplemental reading list will be emailed to students at the beginning of each of the four sessions. They are expected to study at their own pace and contact mentors weekly either by email or skype to discuss with them ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
  • an original idea
  • a quote from their readings indicating the meaning it has for them
  • a drawing, a collage, etc.
  • a question that has puzzled them and their new understanding of it

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sidereal or Tropical Zodiac? - The Debate Continues


[The following exposition by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet [a.k.a. Thea] on the true measure of the Zodiac is taken from Aeon Centre of Cosmology's Forum. As of this posting, this forum discussion is still active. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to LINK HERE TO VIEW OR PARTICIPATE IN THE FULL DISCUSSION.]

[For] a number of years there has been an on-going debate as to which ‘zodiac’ is the true one and should be followed for calendrical considerations.

... I consider the tropical zodiacal computations to be the only means to capture the body of higher knowledge the zodiac contains, and which has been a means to keep the perennial knowledge available to humankind across the millennia. Having stated that, for me the only important point to highlight is the zodiac itself, with its hieroglyphs and animal symbols that are modified between cultures, as for example has been the case with Makar/Capricorn. Then, to create a calendar that allows us to apply that knowledge for an entire civilisation, as has been done across the ages and for all societies, we need to have the accurate ZERO POINT. That is, when do we set the zodiacal wheel in motion; without the correct starting point no knowledge will come forth from this sacred wheel. And please note that this sacred script is primarily for initiatic purposes, as it was in all the ancient civilisations, the Vedic included, where it was described as the Journey of the Aryan. Predictive usage was secondary. However, we cannot deny that astrology based on this script can produce fine results as a tool for prediction, but that was not the reason for its preservation over the millennia; lamentably in India astrology has descended only to the level of a predictive art, devoid of higher knowledge and purpose.

As in all things on this blessed planet, we turn to then Sun for illumination – be this the physical Sun to which Hindus send forth praises on a daily basis at dawn; or be it the inner, subtle Sun, upholder of the outer phenomenon. The Sun is seen to move along the ecliptic (the plane on which the planets travel in their respective orbits around the Sun) and is a harmony that is unchanging.

This ecliptic plane is balanced on the four Cardinal Points which we experience on Earth as East (corresponding to Aries, the first zodiacal sign), the second as South (Cancer), then West (Libra), and finally North (Capricorn/Makar). According to the Rig Veda this ‘one wheel’ is stable and unchanging (‘it shakes not in the least’):

    Twelve spokes, one wheel, navels three.
    Who can comprehend this?
    On it are placed together
    Three hundred and sixty like pegs.
    They shake not in the least.

    (Rig Veda 1.164.48)

These four pillars are wisely incorporated in every Hindu temple when the Vastu Purush is laid out as the foundation plan at the start of construction: the orientation is to those very Cardinal Points. It is the same in the Great Pyramid at Giza, with an orientation that is astonishingly accurate. Therefore we can well assume that wisemen and women across the ages were as aware of the unshakable four pillars, on which our Earth Time finds its balance, as the ancient Rishis were. All pagan civilisations followed the same process: the calendar devised by the wise for the society always ‘followed’ the Sun. It started with the first sign Aries at the first Cardinal Point, the equinox on 21-22 March each year, with no variation. This balance on the four pillars translates itself into the four seasons. With accuracy in this single item, the 365 days of the year would find their place in the Harmony....

Getting back to the Vedic verse quoted above, the next important item is mention of ‘one wheel’. This is truly the single-most important clue the Veda provides for seekers across the ages, but ‘Who can understand this?’ the Rishi wisely asks. That single (‘one’) circle – the ecliptic divided into 12 ‘spokes’ with 360 ‘pegs’, is unchanging (‘they shake not in the least’). It is the KNOWLEDGE background for the entire science of Jyotish ­ or rather the ART, I would say. This has been proven time and again; but in the course of this debate we can bring to the public the proof I can provide to substantiate the statement. For this is the issue here: we want proof for everything that is stated. By this I mean an application in higher knowledge of what is sustained. In other words, the statement must be able to show results of its application in a body of knowledge based on that special sacred Language – it is the background Language that has been with us since time immemorial.

.... I need to point out that Nirayani astrologers base their calculation of the Zero Point ON THE WRONG CIRCLE. You use the sidereal with its constellations composed of Fixed Stars many light years away from Earth. According to your claim that zodiac ‘has shifted’ its Zero Point, for which a rectification is required both for the calendar and all matters astrological. But the true one and only zodiac is the 12-part division of the ecliptic plane, marked off by the four pillars of Earth Time, the equinoxes and solstices. That outer distant circle is the invention of astronomers when astronomy became a separate discipline from astrology. The heavens speak to us in the language of the zodiac symbols. Otherwise we have what the astronomers have given us: a meaningless dark void; they fill it by projecting the zodiac onto those distant stars and imaginatively designing the zodiacal symbols therein – which is a totally inconsequential exercise since those animal symbols do not cover a neat 30 degrees, as the Rig Veda prescribes. Any sincere seeker knows this. Yet to accommodate this misconception, Nirayanis have resorted to using predominantly the Nakshatrasdo not contain a body of higher knowledge as the tropical wheel does. It all becomes a meaningless exercise. And this is what we are told has reached us from the Rishis! This debate will prove otherwise.

More explicitly, Nakshatras are an important element in zodiacal lore, not restricted to India. They arise not out of a fictitious sidereal zodiac divided into segments of 30 degrees, a wholly arbitrary application, it needs to be added. They are fundamental divisions of that ‘one circle’ of the Veda, based on the mean motion of the Moon – i.e. 13.20 degrees are counted, starting with the correct Aries/March equinox and moving forward throughout the entire circle adding segments of 13.20 along the way. This addition process, lunar in essence, results in what is appropriately called the Mansions of the Moon; I believe it was Al Biruni who found them in India and now bear his name. Whatever their usefulness in locating which planet may have greater significance in an individual’s horoscope when found on one of these 13.20 ‘critical’ degrees, with remarkable precision I might add, the original Nakshatras, or Mansions of the Moon, never displace the greater ‘one circle’ of the zodiacal 12, as is presently the case in India. These are always secondary divisions within that One Wheel. Various enlightened methods of dividing the Circle has been India’s contribution to the sacred art of Astrology.

There is the question of the lack of accuracy in the sidereal sphere. Not only is it because of the distance involved which compounds the error tat is translated on Earth in perhaps hundreds of years, the fact is the Nirayana system is entirely speculative. The equinoxes and solstices, our fixed and unchanging pillars of Earth time, are not speculative. Nor do they require the wisdom of any pundit or scientist to help us navigate through the labyrinth of cosmic harmonies with the required accuracy. This is the domain of the mystic, the sage, the seer. Year in and year out the tropical zodiac commences on the equinox of 21-22 March; no guessing is required, no rectification as in the Nirayana system. We are blessed with an arrangement that eliminates speculation and consequent error; because the sidereal sphere does not have equinoxes and solstices, there is no absolute Zero Point (the four Cardinal Points indicated in the diagram below). Being practical people the ancients would never have accepted to fall into the black hole of speculation in such a vital part of the civilization’s collective expression. Indeed, thankfully India did adopt the universal calendar (which you erroneously call Christian) for official use, leaving Hindus to engage endlessly in trying to come to terms with the lack of that vital Zero (point) – and, ironically, it was India’s sages (not scientists) who gave the concept of Zero to the world.

In all pagan societies whose calendars were based on the true knowledge, the year always started with the March equinox (in India according to the Nirayana system it starts 23 days after the equinox based on the irrational and speculative ‘rectification’ – where none is required), and the months therefore were named accordingly. For example, March comes from Mars, ruler of that first sign Aries. Moving on from that point we have September from the Latin that is derived from the word meaning seven, or the 7th month from that equinox – and indeed it marks entry into the 7th zodiacal sign, Libra; then the 8th and October with entry into the 8th sign Scorpio, again from the Latin for 8, the 9th in November, the 10th in December, and so on. This is what we find in the Veda as well: the month of the Victory is the 10th, or December/January counted from that same March equinox, like in all ancient civilisations.

Here are two diagrams illustrating the erroneous circle used by Nirayanis in constructing a horoscope. 

Constellations (outer sidereal circle) and the Tropical Zodiac (inner circles) with four Cardinal Points
The Precession of the Equinoxes, marking the backward passage through the zodiac of the Astrological Ages: each completed round consists of 25,920 Earth years; an Age is 2160 years. We are in the Aquarian Age since 1926.

They employ the outer circle of stars (sidereal) which is light years away from Earth and ‘shifts’ wildly with each astrologer and astronomer giving their own calculations for the ‘rectified’ zero staring point (ayanamsha) of the wheel. We all know that the constellational sphere is used as the backdrop to measure the passage of the astrological ages of thousands of years (see The Map of 12 Manifestations) via the Precession of the Equinoxes; but never for casting the individual’s horoscope or for ritual timings within our Earth year of a mere 365 days. But the Precession too is basically an Earth measure because it is the equinoctial plane that traces a line across the heavens. However, this is not determined by the sidereal sphere but rather that ecliptic plane where the Sun’s family of planets travels in precise orbits. The zodiac is projected out there for the purpose – i.e. the very same circle divided into 12 of 30 degrees each, not the irrational constellations astronomers have made up of the zodiacal images imaginatively designed on the basis of the fixed stars and bearing no empirical truth: they are the result of astronomers seeking a tangible item, something that they can see and therefore measure – even if that measure be entirely inaccurate; it makes no different to the astronomer as he thrusts himself into a domain reserved for the sage; the intervention of astronomers has only created huge confusion where there need be none.

To be more precise, in conclusion it is virtually impossible to determine the correct Zero Point in that sphere; this is secret and sacred Knowledge that comes through in a special initiation. It is, above all, revealed by the appearance of Vishnu’s Avatars. Without that knowledge, accuracy cannot come; for this reason there are so many ayanamshas (zero points of the wheel). Even a slight variation, given the enormous distance over which we are measuring can mean centuries in Earth time.

Thea 
14 May 2015