Saturday, October 24, 2009

Vishnu, Sri Aurobindo & the Force of a Secret Unity

Several articles in this blog have discussed the idea that when looking at events and circumstances as being related within the 360 degree cyclical structure of Time and Space, one begins to see geometries, synchronicities, harmonies, themes, relationships and ‘golden threads’ that are not visible when looking at circumstances as linear.* When such patterns are seen within and throughout the whole, one can better appreciate what Sri Aurobindo called the Supramental Consciousness – a vast multi-dimensional or all-dimensional truth-consciousness and all-pervading force which far surpasses the human mind’s current organizational and creative capacities. By understanding the field of its action the Supramental consciousness-force is better understood and seen as the ‘force of a secret Unity’ which compels the material universe towards full expression of its Divine Self.

In August a series of events or circumstances unfolded in my life in a way that seemed to be an excellent demonstration of the multi-dimensional and higher-than-mental organizational skills of the True Self (a unified being/becoming). On August 7th I published an article titled ‘Sri Aurobindo’s Kin Asked to Leave India’. The subject matter was the corrupt circumstances underlying the deportation order hand-delivered to Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) on July 15th. I wrote:
‘Surely some find it interesting that in the same month the government announced their plans to celebrate Sri Aurobindo’s arrival in the safe haven of Pondicherry, they sent police to the door of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, telling her she had four and a half days (two business days) to leave the country or she would be arrested. Ms. Norelli-Bachelet, a resident of India since 1971, is recognized by many in India and throughout the world as an essential continuation of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga, and especially as an extension of his will towards uplifting the Sanatana Dharma and the true Vedic idea that has been lost on Indians and the rest of the world alike for aeons.’
I noted the intriguing coincidence that on the same day the exit order was given, a chapter of her latest book was published in an Indian magazine (Bhavan’s Journal) which discusses Sri Aurobindo as an avatar of Vishnu. The book’s title is Secrets of the Earth – Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition.

The very next day, on August 8th, Tusar N. Mohapatra (editor of Savitri Era Open Forum) wrote an article titled ‘Sri Aurobindo and the Mother already accomplished the metaphysical victory’:
‘The divine manifestation of The Mother & Sri Aurobindo is an unprecedented phenomenon which can't be explained by past mythological instances or received metaphysical formulations. Parameters of perennial philosophy or speculative prophecies like eternal recurrence fall flat here. All talk of the Messiah, the Tirthankar or the Avatar is idle intellectual approximations.’
Mr. Mohapatra is in agreement with others who feel that ‘Sri Aurobindo need not be in the series of Ten Avatars’ and that Thea’s yoga and yogic knowledge are not valid extensions of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s great yoga.

Late that afternoon I went for a walk. I had not left my house in a week due to health issues; and so instead of walking out my front door and up a hill as I usually do, I got into my car and drove to a beautiful flat-land neighborhood and community garden which would be an easy stroll. On one street I saw and perused a garage sale which the owners were in the process of closing down. The moment I began to conclude that not much of interest was left, I saw a large metallic sculpture of what seemed to be Vishnu seated on a huge multi-headed cobra with two goddesses. The owner confirmed that it was indeed Vishnu and I marveled at the coincidence of stumbling upon this representation of him after I had been writing about his Line of Avatars in conjunction with Sri Aurobindo, his yoga and Thea’s plight with the India government. I had been wondering all day (for weeks really) what the consequences would be for India if Sri Aurobindo’s yogic ‘kin’ – a fellow restorer of India’s dharma (a dharma which includes the true importance and true function of Vishnu’s evolutionary avatars) – was ousted from Indian soil. And so, without much ado or thought other than ‘Wow’, I paid a small price for the beautiful and seemingly miraculous Vishnu sculpture, had it loaded into my car and brought it home.

Later that evening, via the world-wide-web, I discovered that it was a bronze Sheshshayi Vishnu from Tamil Nadu (the seat of Sri Aurobindo’s, the Mother’s and Thea’s yoga), worth some $1300. I felt like I had won a cosmic door prize ... a boon of assurance ... assurance that Vishnu, or rather the all-pervading universal consciousness he represents, was no irrelevant myth. It felt like an assurance that I am tuned in to the right station, that everything is in order and that Sri Aurobindo’s position as the 9th Avatar of Vishnu, his rebirth as the 10th and the importance/necessity of Thea’s yoga and her presence in India will eventually be self-evident.

Finding Sheshshayi Vishnu, complete with the two goddesses Sridevi (the Divine Mother or Mistress of the Cosmos) and Bhudevi (Mother Earth, Daughter of the Cosmos), would have been assurance enough for me; but other details kept popping up, adding intrigue and perfection to the picture. First of all this Vishnu – the ‘Lord of the Cosmos’ and Lord of the 360 degree zodiac – found his way to a house whose street address is 360. At this 360 address live four people (including myself) as well as one cat and one dog. With the exception of the dog, the Sun Sign of every member of our household is a Preservation sign of the zodiac – i.e. one of the four signs of Vishnu the Preserver: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. The fact that our dog is not a fixed sign is no spoiler of the Vishnu pattern or ‘golden thread’ because her name is Zoe, which shares the root ‘zo’ (meaning ‘life’ or ‘to live’) with the word ‘zodiac’. Zoe means ‘life giver’ and ‘zodiac’ means ‘circle of life.’ It was truly amusing that this Vishnu would find his resting place at a ‘360’ address wherein each of the four preservation signs of the zodiac was thoroughly represented. It was especially amusing and intriguing considering my own profound interest in the real evolutionary consciousness-force that Vishnu represents.

Due to the very real impact of Sri Aurobindo’s incarnation and his Supramental Yoga, Vishnu's periodic manifestations in the astrological ages corresponding to ‘preservation’ (as in our current Age of Aquarius) do not occur to me as a useless and fanciful mythological story. It rather occurs to be a very real evolutionary occurrence that not many are in the position to appreciate. My appreciation of the reality of the evolutionary scheme of Vishnu's Dasavatars versus the myth has been cultivated via an ongoing and thoroughly compelling study of the Supramental Descent/Manifestation, the Supramental Cosmology and the Geometry of Time. Without that background, Vishnu and his iconography, his 10,000 names, his Dasavataras, his Eagle (Scorpio) and his three backwards ‘steps’ through the zodiac … to the Lion (Leo), the Bull (Taurus) and the Man (Aquarius) would make no real sense to me at all.

The next interesting detail of finding Vishnu at the garage sale was that the date, 8.8.2009, reduces to 9 (via Theosophical addition). Those who are familiar with the circular and cyclical essence of Vedic Mathematics, or with the Supramental Cosmology and the Geometry of Time as introduced and taught by Thea, understand that the circle of 9 and the number 9 represent the form and dynamics of the cosmos which moves/progresses in circle or cycles of 9. [See 'The Vedic Circle of and 0, and The Gnostic Circle]
Events falling on a 9 powered day or a 9 powered year are ‘special’ in the sense that the 9 represents the full expansion and expression of the original seed, essence or indwelling consciousness of the sol/soul. It represents fullness – the maturation of a full cycle, gestation or evolutionary process from which something new can be born. Hence in Sanskrit nav means both ‘new’ and ‘nine’, and is also the root of ‘navel’ (the center of a circle or of a body). Sri Aurobindo’s incarnation as the 9th Avatar of Vishnu reflects this fullness – a full manifestation of Truth-Consciousness – from which a truly new stage of human evolution/consciousness is born. Not by coincidence, Sri Aurobindo was born in 1872, which reduces to 9 (1 + 8 + 7 + 2 = 18 = 1 + 8 = 9).

The Mother herself seemed quite aware that the number 9 was ‘special’ in terms of the new Supramental consciousness and creation that has been born in the midst of the old.

‘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 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

After I realized the 9 number power of the date, I wondered what the address of the garage sale was. Days later I drove back by and saw it was 135 Laurel Ave. 135 reduces to 9 (1 + 3 + 5 = 9). The 9 number power of the address was impressive. Equally impressive was the name of the street – ‘Laurel’, due to the fact my birth name and middle initial are ‘Laura L.’. So these synchronicities were delightful. I felt supremely held by the universe … not just held, but interacted with in a profound way, and grateful to witness some of the True Self’s mind boggling organizational skills.

Then a week or so later, on Sri Aurobindo’s birthday, I created and published an image of how Vishnu can be ‘seen’ in the Mother’s Symbol. This image was considered to be blasphemous by Mr. Mohapatra. [See 'Lori Deplored ...']

Anyone familiar with the zodiac can see that the four inner spokes of the Mother’s Symbol point to the very heart of the four ‘preservation’ signs of the zodiac: 15 degrees Taurus, 15 degrees Leo, 15 degrees Scorpio and 15 degrees Aquarius. As I was creating that image, I remembered that, in terms of the zodiac, 135 degrees of the 360 degree circle is actually 15 degrees Leo. Considering that Sri Aurobindo himself was a Leo and that 2007 marked the 135th anniversary of his birth, I was impressed by the multiple dimensions of the coincidences. The number 135 had presented itself in the spokes of the Mother’s Symbol, it presented itself in time as 15 degrees Leo (the 7th/8th of August) and in space as 135 Laurel Avenue, it presented itself in Sri Aurobindo’s current ennead (i.e. 9 year cycle: 135-144) and it presented itself to me in the substantial form of a bronze sculpture of Vishnu accompanied by not only one but two goddesses.

For me the ‘writing’ was on the proverbial wall; but the wall was not so much a wall as it was a unified field of Time and Space. Vishnu and his two companions represent the Divine Trinity: the Transcendent Divine, the Cosmic Divine and the Individual Divine as written of by Sri Aurobindo in The Life Divine and elsewhere. The Earth Goddess represents the Individual Divine because She (the Earth) is a child of the Cosmos – an individual form and individual soul evolving towards self-realization and self-fulfillment.

Up until 8.8.2008 I had assumed the Hindu god Vishnu only had one companion, a singular Lakshmi. I never realized or thought to consider that He would naturally by accompanied by both the Cosmic Mother and the Earth Mother. This incorrect assumption reminded me that up until January of the year 2000 I had assumed that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were strictly a Duo. I never thought to inquire into whether or not there was a ‘Third’. As is usually the case, when we assume that something does not exist, we are not likely to find it in our experience. As soon as I was opened to the idea/possibility that an Individual component of the Supramental Descent was necessary, circumstances quickly organized themselves to show me that this ‘component’ already existed.

It seems clear to me that a certain amount of Grace is involved whenever we manage to overcome our previous limitations and acquire a wider vision and experience of Reality; but it is also true that we can be taught and prepared to encounter wider and wider ranges of truth that have not been previously accessible to the mind. Even if at first we did not expect ourselves, the World and the Cosmos to be holistically and harmoniously expressive of and organized by a Divine Consciousness, we certainly can be taught and prepared to overcome our previously low assumptions and low expectations of the Consciousness, Cosmos and World that brought us into existence.

If I had found Sheshshayi Vishnu at a garage sale without having been taught to understand and see circumstances in terms of the 360 degree field or ‘superstructure’ of Time and Space, and if I had not bothered try to understand the true significance of Vishnu, his companion goddesses, and his various symbols, then very little of the gift’s true value and significance would have dawned on me. A week ago I noticed that a spider had cast a small but full web on Sheshshayi Vishnu. My first thought was that the web was out of place, a nuisance, and needed to be taken down. But then I saw the web had been constructed directly over Vishnu’s disc, as if the spider, the lord of the web, had put his or her own cosmic design on top of Vishnu’s cosmic design on purpose. Even in this small detail, the ‘logic of the Infinite’ was present. Its beauty and precision could easily have had no witness.

The full value, significance, beauty and purpose of the present and the past that the Divine Cosmos and Divine Earth has laid at our doorstep is frequently missed for all sorts of reasons. From what I have learned, a limited understanding of how the Divine Being and the Individual Soul navigates and expresses/unfolds itself in the 360 degree field of Time and Space is a fundamental culprit. Spiders never seem to loose their natural ability to express and attune themselves and their developmental/creative process to the 360 degree field in which they exist, nor do trees or flowers, or shells or planets or multitudes of forms that exist in the Cosmos and on the Earth. Yet somehow the human mind is quite capable of operating without much attunement to or appreciation of the field in which and by which we exist. This limited attunement to and appreciation of the field of our existence is not meant to be a permanent affair.
‘By the force of the secret Unity, the soul in becoming is urged by its own unseen reality and by the occult pressure of evolutionary Nature to come out of this state of Ignorance and recover eventually the knowledge of the one Divine Being and its oneness with it and at the same time to recover its spiritual unity with all individual beings and the whole universe. It has to become aware not only of itself in the universe but of the universe in itself and of the Being of cosmos as its greater self; the individual has to universalize himself and in the same movement to become aware of his supracosmic transcendence. This triple aspect of the reality must be included in the total truth of the soul and of the cosmic manifestation, and this necessity must determine the ultimate trend of the process of evolutionary Nature.’ – Sri Aurobindo, The Life Divine

Some Related Posts:
* Geometry and the Superstructure of Time
* The Vedic Circle of 9 and 0
* Coordination
* Connecting the Dots

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Why Is a Port in Central America on an Ancient Indian Map?

"The Hindus of antiquity had an ancient astro-geographical map with four lotus petals pointing in the cardinal directions, called Mt. Meru (the world mountain). The point of the left petal fell on a seaport called Ketumala or Chetumala. Both pronunciations were used. The lower center petal was Jambudvipa (subcontinent India ). One day, I decided to examine a map of Meso-America in order to find out whether a Chetumala or Ketumala ever existed there. It did not take me long to find out that Chetumal is even now a safe port in what is presently Belize, Central America. (See the illustrations [above and below]). The name of this port of Chetumal has never changed in all these thousands of years. According to the available evidence, I knew I had found the Chetumala depicted on the point of the left petal of the Mt. Meru drawing." -- Gene D. Matlock, "India's Conquest of the America's

Related Article: Why is Sanskrit Found in the Tribal Names & Languages of North and South American Indians?

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Why Is Sanskrit Found in the Tribal Names & Languages of North & South American 'Indians'?

The video below (in 5 parts) is Grahm Hancocks's documentary 'Hindu India - The Birth of Civilization: Dwarka 10,000 Year Old Metropolis is Found'. [THE VIDEO NO LONGER AVAILABLE DUE TO 'THIRD PARTY NOTIFICATIONS OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT' ...] Lately I've been wondering what kind of impact this 2001 discovery of a 10,000 year old 'metropolis' submerged off the coast of northwestern India has made on modern man. How thoroughly has this site been studied? How have the historians and history books adjusted to the evidence that Indian civilization was advanced enough to build such a city 10,000 years ago? I am currently reading a book titled 'India Once Ruled the Americas' by Gene D. Matlock that gives quite a bit of linguistic evidence that various waves of Indians colonized the Americas for thousands of years, forming or greatly influencing the Native American population. The obvious irony is that American Indian's were supposedly mistaken and henceforth dubbed 'Indians' by Christopher Columbus in the late 1400s. But considering the Sanskrit roots of the vocabulary and even the tribal names of many North and South American Indians, it seems that Native Americans really are, at least to some significant degree either of Indian descent or greatly influenced by India.

I came to be curious about this theme a few years ago when I noticed that the Monongahela River of West Virginia (where I was born), which was apparently the territory of the Monongahela tribe of Native Americans, sounded an awful lot like two Sanskrit words, Menaka - the wife of Himvat (a personification of the Himalayas) and hila - which means 'of a mountain'. Menakahila - Monongahela??? Menaka and Himvat are known in Indian lore to be the parents of the goddess Ganga/Parvati. I found out that the Monogahelia 'Indians' are thought to have migrated to the Appalachian territory from Asia some 12,000 to 15,000 years ago; and I then began to wonder if the 'wife of Himvat' showed up anywhere else in the ancient Appalachian mountains. As it turns out, there is actually a Meneka Peak in Seven Fountains, Virginia. Strangely enough the daughter of Menaka is Ganga (the personification of the Ganges River) who is said to have been poured through Shiva's hair to become the SEVEN sacred rivers of India. What an interesting coincidence between Meneka Peak and its Seven Fountains (named after seven springs) and Menaka's daughter, the Ganges, becoming seven rivers as it descended through the massive Himalayan mountains.

Now, upon reading Gene Matlock's book and being ever more familiar with the antiquity and wide scope or extension of the Vedic culture throughout the world, I am curious as to when such matters will be more widely examined. Is it just a coincidence that the Monongahela River happens to flow vertically down through the longitude 79 W and the source of the Ganges is 79 E longitude? If Vedic and post Vedic Indians really did colonize North and South America over many aeons, how did they personify or mythologize the ancient Appalachian mountains? Did they recognize a relationship between the Appalachians and the Himalayas?

Perhaps Grahm Hancock's documentary will encourage more exploration into the true history of Vedic India and its influence on the world. It is well worth 50 minutes of one's time.


Related Books and Articles:
'Who Discovered America' by Ricardo Palleres
'Etymology of native American words with Sanskrit roots'
Hindu America by Chaman Lal
India, Cradle of Cultures by Chaman Lal
'Sanskrit roots of some Pre-Columbian Native American words -- Hypothesis' by Anuprita Kadam

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sri Aurobindo - the Lotus and the Avatar

On 27 June 2008 Barindrinath Chaki wrote an article titled ‘Sri Aurobindo and Avatar-hood’. It was republished on Savitri Era Open Forum by Tusar N. Mohapatra with the title ‘Sri Aurobindo need not be in the series of Ten Avatars’. The gist of the article is as follows:
‘A few persons have said that Sri Aurobindo was the ninth Avatar of Vishnu. And it is also further claimed by them that He has again been reborn in the year 1963 and is the Tenth Avatar of Vishnu. These claims are not true…. Sri Aurobindo and The Mother have never and nowhere stated that He was an Avatar of Vishnu. As The Mother has stated, Sri Aurobindo is an emanation of the Supreme. Vishnu is an aspect of the Supreme, according to the Indian mythology.… Sri Aurobindo need not be in the series of the Ten Avatars.’ – Barindrinath Chaki
Mr. Chaki posts a handful of quotes of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother to ‘prove’ his assertion (stated as fact) that Sri Aurobindo could not have been the 9th Avatar of Vishnu, nor could he be reborn as Kalki, the 10th Avatar of Vishnu. This absolute assertion and the evidence used to support it is pale and unconvincing in light of Sri Aurobindo’s unparalleled role as the seed or catalyst for a global evolutionary shift towards the full Supramental Manifestation. It is also pale and unconvincing in light of the several volumes written by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet on the matter. Chapter 9 of her latest book Secrets of the Earth – Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of the Vedic Tradition, actually addresses Mr. Chaki’s emphatic rejection of Sri Aurobindo’s avatarhood as well as Peter Heehs’ statement that no one alive today could prove the matter conclusively. The entire book is relevant towards developing an understanding of Sri Aurobindo’s avatarhood and rebirth but it is the 9th and final chapter which addresses the vested interests of those who refuse to consider that the Vedic Line of Avatars is an evolutionary reality – an eternal dharma that has been brought out of the realm of myth and restored in our own age through the life and yoga of Sri Aurobindo. On this matter Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet has recently written:
‘Why is it that certain people, while pretending to be devotees of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo should protest so loudly that Sri Aurobindo is NOT an avatar – without even having studied the proof? I have given extensive proof. I have explained in detail Vishnu's method of avataric descent in multiple texts. I have explained in detail the mechanics of the supramental evolution and its irrefutable cosmic formulas, given out by Sri Aurobindo himself. What is to be gained by 'devotees' who reject Sri Aurobindo as an avatar of Vishnu? This question demands to be answered. All true lovers of Sri Aurobindo should join and in one voice ask these deniers WHY. Because it is not just an idle doubt expressed on their part. It is an active, relentless campaign, no less strident or vocal for lack of knowledge of the Dasavataras. At least we can see exactly who these deniers really are. Their arguments remain suspiciously hollow.’ [emphasis added]
It is a really good question. When offered such thorough and ample proof, WHY are certain devotees or practitioners of Sri Aurobindo’s yoga so absolutely and obstinately adverse to him being included in Vishnu’s Line of Ten Avatars? What is the real basis of the aversion? From what I have seen the arguments presented in no way portray a curiosity or quest for the truth of the matter. The arguments rather reveal a blanket refusal to consider Sri Aurobindo’s avatarhood. Why would any sincere student of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother refuse to consider and research this possibility, especially given that Sri Aurobindo’s Siddhi Day in 1926 consisted of Krishna or Krishna consciousness descending into his body. Krishna of course is the 8th Avatar of Vishnu. Why do Mr. Chaki and others who toe the same line believe it is in the Integral Yoga community’s best interest to disassociate Sri Aurobindo from the Hindu tradition of Vishnu’s Dasavataras?

Lately I have been studying Sri Aurobindo’s symbol with its ascending and descending triangles bound together by a square which houses a lotus resting on seven waves. The Mother clearly describes this 9 petal lotus as ‘the Avatar of the Supreme'. It is the center of the ‘perfect manifestation’ which is presumably the Supramental Manifestation which Sri Aurobindo incarnated to establish. What I do not understand is how Mr. Chaki and others can miss this very prominent indication of Sri Aurobindo’s true position. Mr. Chaki writes that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother ‘never and nowhere stated that He was an Avatar of Vishnu.’ Well who in the world is indicated in his own symbol as ‘the Avatar of the Supreme – the lotus’ if not Sri Aurobindo, whose very name happens to mean ‘lotus’ (aravindha) in the Sanskrit language? How is it missed that ‘the Avatar of the Supreme’ is one and the same as the Avatar of Vishnu, whose names include parameshvarah – the Supreme Lord, as well as aravindaksha – Lotus-Eyed One.

Is it believable that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother did not understand the lotus as a well recognized symbol of Vishnu the Supreme Lord, and that they did not actually mean to convey via the symbol that Sri Aurobindo was actually ‘the Avatar of the Supreme’? A 9 petal lotus would certainly be an ingenious symbol for the 9th Avatar of Vishnu, the Supreme Lotus-Eyed Lord of the Cosmos, especially if his parents happened to have named him ‘lotus’. I for one do not imagine that Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were ignorant of these profound subtleties and correspondences. There is ample proof that the Mother knew exactly what Sri Aurobindo had accomplished, not only during his life as the 9th Avatar, but after his departure and return as the 10th. It is all 'written' methodically in the plan she gave of the Inner Chamber (see Chronicles of the Inner Chamber). But, similar to the persistent campaign to dislodge Sri Aurobindo from his position in the Line of Ten Avatars, the ruling camp at Auroville destroyed (or have attempted to destroy) all the means the Mother gave to recognize and affirm his avatarhood by that plan. Those who protest the loudest against Sri Aurobindo’s avatarhood, like those who support the distorted dimensions of the Mother’s Temple in Auroville, have (for whatever reasons) taken up the onerous life purpose of denying the terms of the Supramental Manifestation as it has actually presented itself, as it has actually unfolded. If they understood the methods the new creation utilizes for its self expression, this denial would be impossible.

Readers who wish to learn about, rather than simply reject, how Sri Aurobindo fits into the evolutionary scheme of avatarhood and how his rebirth is known should read Secrets of the Earth, The New Way Volumes 1, 2 & 3, Chronicles of the Inner Chamber, and The Hidden Manna, all by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet. Thereafter an intelligent exchange would be possible.

Related Links & Blog Posts:
The Mother’s description of the significance of Sri Aurobindo’s symbol from the Sri Aurobindo Society website
‘Shed emotional bonding with past religious icons’ by Tusar N. Mohapatra
‘We read the exact year and month of Sri Aurobindo’s return to this earth’ by Robert E. Wilkinson
‘Waving the Flag of Cosmic Ignorance in the Face of Sri Aurobindo and the Vedic Tradition of Avatars’ by Lori Tompkins
* Number and the Supramental Matrix by Lori Tompkins
* The Simultaneity of Time, Spirit and Matter
* Macrocosm, Microcosm & the Laws of Time and Space (Quote from PNB's The Gnostic Circle
* A Higher Vision of Time Is Needed... (Quotes from PNB's Time & Imperishability and some commentary)
* The ALL-pervading Energy of Time - the New Time (Quote from PNB's The New Way, a study in the rise and establishment of a gnostic society).

* The Geometry and Superstructure of Time 
* 'Time as a Power (not an Enemy) of Self' by Lori Tompkins
Learning the One Song, Learning the Universe by Lori Tompkins
In Harmony's Way by Lori Tompkins
* God Forever Geometrizes  by Lori Tompkins

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Succulents - Living Mandalas

Below are photos of succulents from the beautiful garden of Doug and Terry Woodard. These glowing plants -- like the 360 degree iris of our own eyes -- are reflections, reminders and microcosms of the structure and design of our existence and consciousness. They are living mandalas, symbolic of the universe. The sanskrit word mandala means 'circle.' It can also mean: globe, orb, ring, circumference, ball , wheel; the path or orbit of a heavenly body; a halo round the sun or moon; and a multitude, group, band, collection, or whole body. [1]

[1] Cologne Sanskrit Digital Lexicon

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Earth's Tilt & the Four Cardinal Points of the Year

The following Youtube video demonstrates how the Earth's axial tilt of approximately 23.5 degrees and its 360 degree orbit around the Sun create four equinoctial and solsticial points and four seasons.

The four equinoctial and solstitial points seen in the video are equivalent to the four cardinal points of the Tropical Year:
0 degrees Aries = Spring Equinox (21/21 March)
0 degrees Cancer = Summer Solstice (21/22 June)
0 degrees Libra = Fall Equinox (22/23 Sept)
0 degrees Capricorn = Winter Solstice (21/22 December)
On the June solstice, when the Sun 'enters' the sign of Cancer, the noon Sun appears directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer. On the December solstice, when the Sun 'enters' the sign Capricorn, the noon Sun appears directly overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn. The Tropic of Cancer (approximately 23.5 degrees north) is the farthest northern latitude wherein the Sun can appear directly overhead at noon, and the Tropic of Capricorn (approximately 23.5 degrees south) is the farthest southern latitude wherein the Sun can appear directly overhead at noon.

It is an odd coincidence that the Sidereal or Constellational Zodiac currently lags behind the Tropical by 23 degrees/days. The Sidereal Zodiac slips backwards at a rate of 1 degree per 72 years (360 degrees in 25,920 years) from the Tropical Zodiac. Indian astrologers have adopted the Sidereal Zodiac/Year which throws their measurements further and further out of alignment with the Earth's equinoxes and solstices. According to the Sidereal Zodiac, the Sun would enter the sign of Cancer on July 14th, 23 days after the June Solstice -- 23 days after the Sun shines directly overhead at the Tropic of Cancer.

For more on this misalignment, its consequences and its rectification see:
Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom (a Yahoo Group)
'A Calendar that Unifies' by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
'The Zero, the Veda and the Divine Measure of the Year' by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet

The Earth's Equinoxes and Solstices. The shadows show the equal day and nights during the Equinoxes (left), the shortest day of the year (longest night) for the Southern Hemisphere at the June Solstice (upper right), and the shortest day of the year (longest night) for the Northern Hemisphere at the December Solstice (lower right).

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