Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Symbolism of the Bull and the Cow in the US Presidential Election, and in the Rig Veda

Top of the Ticket, David Horsey, Los Angeles Times, September 9th 2016 (left);
"The Cow with 84 Deities", c. 1912, Ravi Varma Press (right)

In the American 2016 presidential race Trump has earned the reputation of a Bully and a Bull in a China Shop. After the first presidential debate, Clinton has also been portrayed as a matador opposite to Trump as a raging and charging Bull. In late July Fareed Zakaria flat-out called Trump a Bullshit Artist while being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN. Meanwhile the president of the Phillipines called Clinton a Mad Cow; and for a short while Trump flew aerial banner ads in Ocean City, Maryland which read ‘Stop Mad Cow Disease ... Stop Hillary’. Trump's 'Nasty Woman' insult to Clinton in presidential debate #3 can be seen as just another variation of the 'Mad Cow' theme.

Throughout this election cycle I have been researching and writing about the symbolism of the Bull and the Cow in the Rig Veda. I did not start this research as a result of the election, it has just naturally coincided. I’ve been increasingly intrigued that these core Vedic symbols have shown up in the 2016 election, wherein for the first time in American history, a man and a woman are running against each other as the major candidates of our bipolar party system. 

In the Rig Veda the Bull and the Cow are of course not pitted against each other but rather symbolize the divine couple divine Purusha and Prakriti … the Male and Female, Father and Mother, Hero and Heroine, Energy and Matter or Spirit and Nature. The Vedic Seers or sages understood that these two opposites are eternally united or yoked which is the true essence of yoga and the true essence of the word ‘religion’ meaning ‘to re-join’. The Sanskrit word Go simultaneously means Cow and Light. Together the Bull and Cow represent the Light of Truth-consciousness, the consciousness of the Whole, versus the fragmented consciousness which divides Spirit and Matter which the Rishis of the Vedas associated with tearers, hoarders and coverers of Truth. For the Rishis’ the Male principle – considered to be One hero called by many names – eternally dwells within, upholds, ‘fertilizes’ and is born within the Infinite Mother of creation.

He is the Bull, ukṣan, a word which like its synonym vṛṣan, means diffusing, generating, impregnating, the father of abundance, the Bull, the Male; it is he who fertilises Force of consciousness, Nature, the Cow, and produces and bears in his stream of abundance the worlds.  
– Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, CWSA, Volume 15, p. 357  
The Bull is the Purusha, soul or conscious being; the Cow is the Prakriti, the power of consciousness. –  Ibid., p. 539
[The] Bull of the world … enjoys and fertilises all the energies of force and all the trooping herds of the thought.  –  Ibid., p. 347  

The energies of force and herds are the Feminine Shakti ‒ the Cow, the Matrix and all her forms, including but not limited to forms of thought. The divine relationship or union between the Bull and Cow may seem primitive to our modern minds but in truth this symbolism represents a highly advanced consciousness of Unity which has been lost in the mind of mankind in conjunction with the formation and rise of our world’s exclusivist religions. With this loss inevitably comes the plight of our current civilization on the brink of self-destruction. 

According to the Rishis, when the true Male or Divine Purusha of our world is absent from or ‘unborn in’ our consciousness, the material field (the Cow or Divine Mother) is subject to all manner of abuse, degradation, and subjugation by ignorant tearers, hoarders, misers, stealers, coverers … and we can now add grabbers to this miserable list. Basically, this state of affairs amounts to fragmentation and discord because the all-uniting ‘Light’ or ‘Law of the Land’ has been tossed aside, forgotten or has simply gone missing in our world. In terms of Greek mythology this situation amounts to the Rape of Demeter’s daughter Persephone by Hades the God of the Underworld. The good news of the Rig Veda is that this fragmented and self-destructive consciousness, that we can validly call a ‘rape culture’, is merely a stage of development in our evolutionary journey – a stage to be lived through and out grown on the way to higher vistas of life. According to Sri Aurobindo we are currently living in the transitional time wherein we begin the difficult work of sloughing off the old consciousness of this past dark age/stage and make way for a higher civilization built on an entirely new foundation, a foundation of unity consciousness wherein the Divine Feminine is fully united with the illumined or Divine Male. 

In my mind, Trump emerges on the world scene as a flaming and inflammatory rogue Bull/Bully solely as a call for those of us who are appalled by his foolish behavior and by his nomination as the Republican candidate for president of the United States of America, to get on with this work, to up our game and to dispense with the old un-illumined patriarchal consciousness and to move ahead with all due haste and to progressively leave such dangerous ignorance behind in our tracks. Clinton’s role, as I see it, as the Cow of this equation is to advance the equality, education and fair treatment of women in the world. She occurs to me as a symbol of the Divine Feminine rising in our world, ready to tear down old, outdated structures and belief systems and to help establish a higher ‘Law of the Land’ and with it a higher standard of Manhood. 

One of the many names of the real Male of the Rig Veda is Mitra or Maitreya, translated as the Friend. Sometimes he’s a Ram, sometimes, a Lion, a Bull, a Stallion, an Elephant, a Peacock … sometimes he’s referred to as a flame or as the pillar of the world. In essence he is the soul abiding in vessels or forms, sometimes referred to as a calf of the cow, sometimes characterized as the Divine Builder or Architect. He is also referred to as a lamb. 

The two mothers in whom is the Truth, in whom is the mage-wisdom,  they have put him firm in his place and make him grow.  Men found in him the navel-centre of all that is moving and stable  and they weave by the mind the weft of the seer. ...
A pillar of the supreme being in its abode, he stands at the starting-out of the ways, in the upholding laws….
– Rig Veda, 10.4.3,6, tr, R.T.H. Griffith 

He is also referred to as the Hidden or unborn One, who eventually in the measured course of our evolutionary journey is born forth as the Triple One from his two Divine Mothers [two Cows] – the Cosmos and Earth. The hero, depicted as a Child victorious upon his birth into the world, is said to be the Father reborn as the Son. From this ancient Vedic story – which was an oral tradition before it was first transcribed some 5,000 years ago – all our world’s ideas of the divine trinity and the divine hero-savior have come, though the real understanding of this birth story been entirely and disastrously misunderstood and distorted in our modern-day religions. In short, in the course of Time, the hero-soul is reborn and re-establishes the unity consciousness. This is consciousness of the unity of the Divine Pair – Bull and Cow, Spirit and Matter, etc., which is also expanded by the Rishis to the unity of the Divine Trinity wherein the Divine Purusha has two Wives or Mothers – the Macrocosm and the Microcosm.

[T]he two Mothers of the accomplishing god became vast and harmonised. “Borne by them, O child of Force, thou didst blaze out holding thy bright and rapturous embodiments; out flow the streams of the sweetness, the clarity, where the Bull of the abundance has grown by the Wisdom.
 Rig Veda 3.1.6-7, tr. Si Auobindo, The Secret of the Veda, CWSA, Volume 15, pp. 115 

The victory or birth of this ‘Bull of abundance’ via the Cow of Plenty (Kamadhenu) – who is also called Aditi the Mother of Light and Mother of the Gods – is the defeat of the divisive consciousness which holds the world in its miserly grasp. The Divine Mother is not always characterized as docile Cow in Indian tradition. She is often described as Durga and Kali who defeats the forces of division and re-establishes the true union of the quintessential couple of Spirit and Matter. Clearly this female heroine, who is depicted riding a lion, carrying weapons, sticking her tongue out and making horrible faces, slaying demons as well as wearing skulls around her neck, would undoubtedly be characterized as a very ‘Nasty Woman’ by those of whom she exposes and deposes.

Director of Aeon Centre of Cosmology Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea), whose recent passing and cremation coincided with the celebration and completion of India’s 2016 Durga festival, wrote extensively about Durga’s victory over the separative consciousness as well as the birth and victory of the Purusha. In her many books she demonstrated how this mythology is playing itself out in our modern world and that it is one and the same victory for the entire world. She also convincingly laid out how the separation of Spirit and Matter [the Bull and the Cow] in our consciousness has resulted in the extreme exclusivism and fundamentalism which has dominated our world play for at least two millennia. Her research and findings vividly illuminate the global problem and the solution and should be of great use to those who wish accelerate the dismantling of the long-standing status quo of the patriarchal ignorance that it is time for us to outgrow. There is much for us to learn and much for us to unlearn as we move forward. In this spirit, I will conclude this post with from Patrizia’s book, The New Way – a study in the rise and establishment of a gnostic society, Volume 3 which quickly seizes upon and illuminates the roots of our world’s current predicament:
The seed of exclusiveness is found in the Old Testament. That seed is the direct result of the mental development which is described in this scripture, for mind, when placed at the summit of evolution, can only give birth to division, to a thoroughly separative consciousness. 
This aspect of the mental consciousness … is of interest here inasmuch as it is the most prominent feature of the karmic debt of the Middle Eastern races. The exclusiveness of the mental consciousness – and the consequent war with the vital strain* which arose as a natural outcome of its thirst for supremacy – reflects the limitation of mind in the perception of Truth. Starting with the Jews we see this limitation present; and it was passed on to all the races and their subsequent religions that followed the emergence of Judaism. The first evidence of this limitation in perception was the abolishment of idol worship and the insistence that there should be worship of only one God. 
We see here the rejection of the Mother, and it is interesting to note that at about the same time this development began in the Middle East, India was also embarking upon a road that would take her in a similar direction. Not that the Mother Principle suffered the same destiny of obliteration as in the Middle East, for she still survived in India even with this new emphasis. Rather in India the development manifested as a rejection of the cosmos and stress laid on the Ultimate Brahman. The Mother was seen as an inferior poise. And finally this imposition resulted in a loss of the keys of knowledge regarding material creation, the Divine Maya of the Vedic period. Form was soon to be considered in all Indian paths as ‘Maya’, as illusion; and ultimately salvation was relegated solely to a Beyond.
This was also felt in the Middle East where at approximately the same time idol worship – and evident appreciation and acceptance of Form and the multiplicity of creation associated with the feminine principle – was prohibited. The Mother was cast out of the high place she had held in the perception of reality and with this the means to render life purposeful and meaningful in this material creation were lost. This ultimately brought the Middle Eastern manifestation to the inevitable conclusion of a ‘crucified Son’. The culmination of the process here described was Islam, with its most emphatic emphasis on formlessness.
The central point of the three religions which the Middle East has furnished the world is stress on worship of One God. Yet the nature of the one power each religion places on its altar of sacrifice is not fully appreciated. Each believe his image to be absolute. In consequence, due to the divisiveness and harshness of the mental-vital consciousness, separated from any higher light, the three religions in the area have been at constant war with each other over the centuries.
With the passage of time an increasing hardening of consciousness has set in, reaching a peak in this millennium in the form of an enthusiastic outburst of fundamentalism. But rather than having attained the sphere of the One, the Absolute, these manifestations are the offshoots of powers many times removed from their original Source. The presence of exclusivism, with its accompanying stringent dogma, is a clear indication of the real nature of the powers these religions place in the seat of the highest. They each worship an aspect of the Supreme Reality, yet disregard for the Divine Mother and the real condition of her Play – which involves powers of Dark and Light – has resulted in an erroneous vision of reality. In consequence we have in that area three religions, each intolerant of one another and of other religious expression; and at the same time, each insists that their God is the One God and that all else is blasphemy. At least it is in this form that they have reached us today and are practiced, regardless of what their scriptures may say to the contrary or irrespective of isolated pockets within these bodies – Sufism for one – which give evidence of a highly sophisticated and mature religious consciousness. In Judaism this may include the ancient precepts found in the Cabala.
Reason and the modern scientific temper have imposed a certain surface tolerance on all religious bodies, but this is only a superficial coating; just beneath the outer veneer one can find the rigidity of a consciousness that believes its way is the only way, its savior the One, its Prophet the only prophet of God. In fact, these are all simply powers of the Absolute, which came into being as crystallised separate energies after passage from the Unmanifest to the Manifest. And rejection of the Divine Mother, who can furnish us with the key to understand the manifestation of the multiple in the light of Truth, of the Divine Maya, has made it impossible for the followers of many religions to understand the true nature of the powers they worship. Yet the resultant rigidity and intolerance that has evolved in each religion is proof of the limitation of the powers claimed to be exclusive and ultimate. And the religion that has given rise to this for the Occident, in both Christianity and Islam, is Judaism. Hence it is necessary to understand its role in the economy of the evolution, for it is obviously a decisive one in the passage from beneath the subjugation of Mind to a higher, more luminous poise.  [pp. 38-40]

… Cain and Abel represent the two powerful but separate strains or planes of the human kingdom: the vital and the mental. Over the ages the war between these two poises has become more and more acute, as well as more clearly defined. Moreover, we find that since the time has come for a new way to manifest, this acute division has now become focused in the very area indicated in the Bible. In the Middle East the two strains of primordial human nature stand in rigid opposition, and in such a manner that the future of the entire Earth appears at times to hinge on the outcome of their conflict.
Originally the vital strain was the way of the warrior. It knew only power and force; thus when it grasped a descending seed of the divine truth, because of its condition of darkness, the result of a legitimate limitation, its immediate reaction was to force this truth upon others. This aspect of its nature became easily visible in the rise of Islam. Indeed, such was the zeal of those early powerful warriors of Islam that they nearly managed to conquer the whole of the known world in the name of the Prophet. Whosoever opposed them was overcome, and on this basis a barrier in consciousness was erected and the most prominent feature of the distortion of truth by the vital domination manifested in the intolerance which to some extent characterizes Islamic culture. [p. 45]

One of Patrizia’s last notes to her students indicated that if Trump were elected ‘it would be a sign that America would be called upon to rid the world of the menace of terrorism.’ She did not think Clinton would be able to do the needful in that regard. I sincerely hope that a Clinton administration will be able to meaningfully rise to the call of making the world a safer place, and I’m all for aggressive action against murderous religious fanatics (or any violent crimes against humanity for that matter); but I think in the end terrorism will have to be conquered simultaneously via a ground up approach, from people across the world quickly educating themselves and pulling their heads out of their respective religions to see the much more beautiful picture of what we are together, as One divine whole, capable of incredible abundance, creativity and love. The idea of religious tolerance is a sad sad goal when knowledge or Gnosis of the whole is possible.

Author's Note: I am currently working on a book that will I hope will help people better understand and appreciate the symbolism of the Rig Veda which pervades Indian culture, as well as to better understand the role Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia have played in the realization and restoration of Vedic mythology over the past 144 years. Through the lives and yoga of these three, one comes to see, that the Vedic myth is a real story and a real victory of consciousness wherein doors of perception to a higher world – the Swar-realm of the Rishis  are discovered, opened by the force of truth-consciousness.

Friday, October 14, 2016

An Announcement of Thea's Passing

On the evening of 9 October 2016 Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) passed on to her next realm and adventure of consciousness, marking a monumental ‘before and after’ moment for those of us that loved her and were greatly bettered and better off via our connection to her work. We now find ourselves in the strange new reality of moving on in Time and Space without her physical presence. [Click here to read Aeon Centre of Cosmology's announcement]

I will forever be astounded by and grateful for all that Thea has illuminated in her lifetime regarding the mahayoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, the full range of the Supramental Descent, Vedic Cosmology, the Geometry of Time, Astrology and Unity Consciousness. The mission she was charged with came with great responsibility and she persevered and carried out her divine task amidst great resistance from old guards. She used all obstacles as fuel for her journey, utilizing everything in her path. Thanks to her fortitude in constructing her body of work, she has left an incredible legacy of unifying Gnosis for humanity, which I trust in the coming decades will be well-utilized in the uplifting of our world consciousness beyond its current mental-egoic predicament. She has transmitted a dynamic, holistic and integral Gnosis that grows in one's being as a seed of higher consciousness, continually breaking new ground and opening up new layers and vistas of realization. She has given the world invaluable keys regarding the progressive evolutionary adventure that we are living and has loudly resounded the call to the indwelling soul in each Individual to wake up and be “ALL IN” rather than continuing to sleep walk through the wonders of incarnation or looking for escape routes or transcendence.

She is greatly loved and will be greatly missed. 

Below is her ‘Prayer for a New Way’ as found in her book The New Way - a study in the rise and establishment of a gnostic society, Volumes 1&2 (Aeon Books 1981). 

I pray for a new way to come about, a way that will cause the barriers between nations and between individuals to fall away, —that we may come to the realisation of a new way.
         I pray for peace and harmony and good will—above all, good will—among men. I pray for the emergence of a greater understanding and a breakthrough in the attitude of division, be this either political, social or religious. May all men be brought to the realisation that they are members of the one planetary family, regardless of color or creed, regardless of wealth or poverty.
        I pray for prosperity, that each man and woman and child may have what is necessary to live in decency in this world, so that their passage on this planet will be a joy and signify a progress, —a spiritual and a material rise.
        May each man come to enjoy the possibility of moving about as he wishes over the Earth, as his one home and the one home of all his brethren; and to express himself as he may like; and to know freedom in all things. But may this freedom be only for the expression of the highest part of himself. May all the ugliness of the old man fall away.
        May the whole Earth come to realise the one goal, and to understand that no matter how contradictory the appearances may be, each of us is here for the realisation of the One Goal: to help the Earth to realise herself, though her ways are many and appear each one to offer a resistance to the other. Yet this resistance is merely to create the conditions needed for the realisation, the all-embracing Realisation.
        Let each person see the cause within himself for the suffering and the agony of his Earth. Let him understand that the division in his being is productive of a division within his society. Let him heal this division, and then come to a new way in the collective body—that of true collaboration in a life of harmony, of positive growth, and of all that is true and good and real.
        May all the forms of religion fall away—anything that seeks to pull this new light into the ways of the past: there is a way that is not religious, —may this be revealed.
        May the new light shine forth with a brilliance such as has rarely
been seen in the history of the Earth, and may this be as a magnet which draws people to it and fills them with the thirst for Truth; and grant them the power to express this Truth in all the ways of life.
        May we not seek miracles—let us rather have realisation. This is the solid way. Let us not see visions or lights or etheric forms . . . let us BE light, let us SEE IN UNDERSTANDING, let us be the ‘new seeing’.
        Let the new way of Love manifest, the real way, that carries in it a power of transformation. Though we may not recognise it as Love, let it BE, in spite of us. Let Power indeed lend itself to Love, and these two will carry us forward on the glorious new way. Let each man and woman and child be touched by THE NEW WAY OF POWER AND LOVE.
        But let us truly move forward to the New: let us not call the Old the New. Let the New come forth in spite of ourselves.
        May the Power of Harmony, the Power of Truth and the Power of Love manifest, and may we become each day the purer instruments for this integral realisation.
© Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet 1981

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
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
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:, 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. 

[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, 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
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: [LT note: I will find and post the correct link here when I find it]. There is also the Tamil/English version available at 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 
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] 


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] 


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] 


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

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 
[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. 16
[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',, Thea. 
The Magical Carousel - a zodiacal odyssey, Thea, Aeon Books, 1979.
Thea's Booksite:  

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