Saturday, August 29, 2009

Coordination

‘… go within, into the depths of one’s being, as far as one can go, and find the place where one can feel, perceive and perhaps even create an atmosphere of unity in which a force for order and organization will be able to put each element into its place and make a new coordinated world arise out of the present chaos.'
– The Mother, The Mother’s Agenda, 3 July 1957

The Milky Way

In early August I sat down at my desk with the goal of figuring out the next topic for Circumsolatious. Seconds after hitting my chair, I typed out the word ‘Coordination’. I was impressed by the topic – impressed by the way it just about typed itself onto the page, and impressed by the largeness of the word/reality. It was such a large word that I saved the document and shut down my computer. I needed time to let the topic brew … to organize/coordinate itself. Immediately, other issues demanded my attention and ‘Coordination – the article’ got left on the backburner of my mind; but ‘Coordination – the reality’ continued on in its own impressive ways.

Coordination basically means ‘with order’ or a harmonious functioning of the various parts of a whole. The opposite of coordination is chaos and randomness. Implied in ‘coordination’ is an orderer – a something … a consciousness, force, center or axis of being that organizes the being and its becoming (i.e. its dynamic existence). Without that organizing something, there is no form, there is no geometry, there is no continuity of movement and therefore no growth process or evolution; just as without the axis of the Earth, or the Sun of our solar system, or the Galactic Center of the Milky Way there is no circle or sphere or spiral of life to be born into.

globe with latitude and longitudeWithout coordination a being is lost in, ineffectual in and engulfed by time and space. Hence as soon as individual and collective mentality emerged in humans, therein emerged the need to orient ourselves on the Earth and within the cosmos as well as the necessity of developing common tools which would help us coordinate our individual and communal activities and travels. Out of this instinctual need to be well-oriented and well-coordinated with our environment and with our community came maps, clocks, calendars, global coordinates and celestial coordinates as well as language, measurement and numerical systems. Without these tools of orientation and coordination the human being and the human collective is primitive and disjointed. Without these tools the creative potential of the human is stunted, as is any hope of harmony and unity among men and women. The sophistication of a society or civilization is marked by the degree to which its tools of orientation, coordination, measure and language represent the realities and dynamics not just of a local environment or microcosm, but also of the global and cosmic environment (the macrocosm).
Wheel CartoonFrom Vedic India our modern civilization has inherited a highly sophisticated set or system of tools by which to understand, track and navigate our journey in time as well as in space. This sophistication was based on a consciousness that recognized the circular, spherical, cyclical structure and dynamics of the Earth and of the cosmos. Coordinating and harmonizing life and consciousness by (and with) the terms of this structure was to them the Eternal Way, the Eternal Path, the Eternal Dharma … the Eternal Truth of dynamic existence. The Vedic numerical system of 9 integers and a zero was a realization andThe Circle divided by 9 and 12 based on the Gnostic Circle by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet reflection of the cyclical and temporal laws of the cosmos. Simultaneously the division of the circle by 12 was a reflection of the geometric/spatial laws of the universe. These two divisions remained primary structures in the division of the circle into 360 degrees, used to measure out the Earth’s body, her day and her year as well as her cosmic surround.

This base measure of 360 shows up in many interesting measurements – the Earth’s year is of course 365 days (360 + 5); the Earth’s radius is 3960 miles (360 x 11); the Moon’s radius is 1080 miles (360 x 3); the Sun’s radius is 432,000 miles (360 x 1200); one Vedic Yuga is 432,000 seconds of degrees of celestial arc [1]; one astrological age is 2160 years (360 x 6), which corresponds to the moon’s diameter; one Precession of the Equinoxes is 25,920 years (360 x 72); one day is 1440 minutes (360 x 4) or 86,400 seconds (360 x 240) which is one zero shy of Sun’s diameter of 864,000 miles. Few stop to notice and marvel at the recurrence of the 360 in both temporal and spatial measurements. Even fewer stop to notice and marvel that this recurrence demonstrates a consciousness that achieved a profound knowledge, harmonization and coordination of time and space.

Clock Face of Big BenIn our modern era, we use these Vedic measurements – the 360 division of the circle, the 12-month division of the year, the 24-hour division of the day and the 9 number system with its zero, without understanding the extraordinary nature of the framework. To most of us, most spiritual aspirants included, it is just a practical necessity that we hardly even notice as a system of knowledge. The ancient way or Sanatana Dharma of coordinating and harmonizing one’s consciousness and life by (and with) the terms of this eternal structure has been lost on us to the degree that the most lauded spiritual teachers on our planet today have no understanding of this all-encompassing, all-harmonizing, all-integrating, all-coordinating framework.

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother succeeded in waking many people up to the grand Vedic Idea that our material existence and evolutionary journey is created, compelled, coordinated and guided by an all-integrating, all-encompassing divine consciousness. They taught that our entire world will be completely altered once the limited human mental idea of how material existence should be coordinated, organized and governed gives way to the real organization of the divine ‘supramental’ consciousness-force. This was all fairly well accepted and applauded, enough at least to bring the Integral idea and evolutionary spirituality into vogue. But as soon as the next phase of the work began, wherein someone would have to actually bridge the idea of a coordinated dynamic whole with the reality and details and actual structure of a coordinated dynamic whole (apropos to the Vedic tradition), the spiritual poop hit the fan.

Apparently none (or next to none) of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s followers expected or wanted a ‘next phase’ of the supramental descent or knowledge. So when Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet [Thea] began her teachings on the 360 degree circle and its division by 9 and by 12 as a framework or lens by which individuals could begin to see the supramental consciousness in the circumstances and flow of life, few students of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother recognized the necessity and validity of her work. To this day her many published books on the supramental descent and the supramental yoga are not mentioned or sold online or in book stores associated with the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and Sri Aurobindo Society. [2] One of her books was actually burnt in its press run at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Press due to its ‘heretical’ content. Thea was systematically branded an egotistical, delusional, power-hungry, misguided crack-pot by those who felt they needed to protect the Ashram and a world of Integral yoga students from the influence of her teachings. To this day the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and its affiliate associations all over the world remain mostly impervious to her knowledge of how the ‘supermind’ is organized and coordinated in time and space, in tune with the Vedic sacred measure and eternal dharma. In their hearts and minds, they believe that the yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother would not go in that direction.

Sri Aurobindo's SymbolThe Mother's Symbol

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother did leave many important clues as to the direction that the work would take, clues that support Thea’s work. But these clues are unimpressive to those who are convinced Sri Aurobindo and the Mother finished up their epic work together and now the world has to just sit and wait and watch for the effects. These clues include the 9-6-3 pattern of Sri Aurobindo’s lotus symbol, the 12 petals of the Mother’s Symbol, Sri Aurobindo’s discussion of the Vedic and yogic significance of the 12 months/stages of the Earth’s year and the Mother’s statement that the 12 facets of her temple (based on her 12-petal symbol) were symbolic of the months of the year. Also, in a 1969 discussion with Satprem about the supramental consciousness, the Mother stated:
‘The whole is brought with lightening speed towards the consciousness that will be this Consciousness of the point and the whole at the same time ….

The first descent of the supramental Force was on a 29th. And this is on a 19th. The figure 9 has something to do with all of this …. There are so many things we don’t know!

The Mother’s Agenda, 19 November 1969 [emphasis mine]
This last statement, combined with Sri Aurobindo’s acknowledgment in The Secret of the Veda that there were aspects of the cosmological and evolutionary symbol of the 12-month Vedic sacrifice or year which he and the Mother, and perhaps anyone at that point, were ‘not yet in a position to solve’, brings into question the firm resolve of students of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother who think that, as a pair, they accomplished all that there was to be accomplished in terms of establishing the supramental consciousness in the world. But, arguably, they did not.

They did not reveal and establish the true significance of the 12 month Vedic year (the 360 Circle), nor the significance of the highest Vedic numeral – the 9. Consequently they did not reveal the structure or framework by which the supramental consciousness is brought out of its obscurity – the framework by which the organization and coordination of the supermind becomes obvious to those who begin to use it. It was Thea who unveiled the 360 degree structure of time and space as a container or womb by which material dynamism (evolution or becoming) is coordinated by absolute consciousness (spirit or being).

Many people might agree that our modern civilization would be a great chaos (or a much greater chaos than it already is) if we did not utilize a common calendar for the year, a common clock for the day, a common count to mark the passage of the years, a common number system and common 360 degree coordinates for the Earth and the celestial sphere to organize our existence. Yet few are aware that a more profound/advanced understanding of these tools would lead to a much greater harmony and unity amongst men, and hence to a more profound/advanced civilization. Regardless, the proverbial cat has been let out of the bag on this front. As the years go on it will be increasingly difficult for people to not see the structure and dynamics of the 360 degree circle as ‘an atmosphere of unity in which a force for order and organization will be able to put each element into its place and make a new coordinated world arise out of the present chaos.’

One impressive and thought-provoking display of coordination worth mentioning here is the coincidence that in the early seventies, when Thea began her teachings on the circle of 9 and 12 at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, several groups from the United States, Russia and Great Britain confirmed that the Sun has a macro-pulse of exactly 9 pulses in one 24 hour Earth day. [3] Perhaps this 9 pulse per 24-hour day phenomenon will cause some to wonder if the Mother, Thea and our Vedic ancestors were correct in their knowledge that the figure and circle of 9 and 12 has something to do with the true order of our dynamic existence on Earth and within the Cosmos.
‘ … people are accustomed to using the mind to organize things, that’s all they know: organizing as devised by the mind. While here we are trying to change that pattern. We seek a change of government – but the new government isn’t very well-known yet, that’s the difficulty.’

– The Mother, The Mother’s Agenda, 26 March 1973



Endnotes:
[1] See ‘Yugas and the Precession of the Equinoxes’, including the ‘Comments’ section for an explanation of the Yuga in terms of celestial arc rather than in years.
[2] VAK – The Spiritual Book Shop of Pondicherry, used to be an exception. I am not sure if it still is.
[3] David Wilcock, The Divine Cosmos, Chapter 7 – Spherical Energy Structures in the Cosmos, Section 7.9.

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  1. The 12 months in The Secret of the Veda:

    '...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 instreaming 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 secures the victory. What may be the precise significance of the nine rays 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 (p. 192 on Scribd).

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