Thursday, February 4, 2010

Learning the One Song, Learning the Universe

After reading ‘In Harmony’s Way’, my Mother (who knows little of my yoga) congratulated me on a well-written article. She seemed fairly convinced that the point I was making – about the real need for humanity to align with the rhythms, measures, tones and progressions of its common song, or common path – was valid. She said the article left her with the question of HOW this is accomplished. Our conversation pretty much ended there because she was off to an engagement and the question of how one becomes a seer, singer, knower of the eternal way (sanatana dharma) demands some serious focus and study; but before we parted, I said, ‘It is a matter of learning to see and appreciate the rhythms and measures of the Year, and other cycles of time.’ I did not have time to say … one has to learn to see and appreciate that just as consciousness expresses itself geometrically in material forms, it also expresses itself geometrically in time, in unfolding circumstance, in the course of evolution.

In Vedic civilization, this was a fact, truth or firm law of existence. This truth has recently been restored in our day and age by Sri Aurobindo in The Secret of the Veda, by the Mother in her temple design, and most extensively by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) in many of her writings, especially The Gnostic Circle – A Synthesis in the Harmonies of the Cosmos, The Magical Carousel – a zodiacal odyssey, and The New Way – a study in the rise and the establishment of a Gnostic society, Vols. 1-3. These are the books that should be studied/absorbed/lived by those who sincerely want to know how to consciously and productively harmonize with the dynamic play of the One and the Many. It’s ALL there … the universal song sheet so to speak … the blueprints, the choreography … the rhyme and reason. I write a lot about these things but it all inevitably points back to the yoga accomplished, the foundations laid, and the doors opened by this line of mahayogis.

In January of 2002, on my way back to the United States after nine weeks of working and studying with Thea at the Aeon Centre of Cosmology in the Palani Hills of Tamil Nadu, I stayed some nights in Chennai. The question on my mind was, 'What next? … How to participate and grow in the yoga living so far away from the Centre?' The answer came from a design in the hotel carpet. I cannot remember exactly the original design. It had something to do with the circle, four cardinal points and four spiraling arms. In my doodles, I added the trinity/triangle to the quadruple spiraling arms of the circle, and with that image came the inspiration or vision of creating the Integral Yoga Studies website, which has since earned itself a top three rating on Google out of some 150,000 sites and web pages concerning the Supramental Yoga. This spiral (seen at the top of this post and below to the right) was originally prominent in the web banner, which got replaced in 2006 when I revamped the site. The valid question of HOW to harmonize with the One Song summoned this image back into my mind and I dug it out of my old files.

The inner circle of the dynamic spiral displays the basic architecture of the 360 degree circle as discussed in The Gnostic Circle. [1] This is the basic structure and measure of the Eternal Song that is to be remembered, aligned with and sung. One can see here a synthesis of the primary divisions of the circle - the circle divided by 3 and by 4. This multi-dimensional and dynamic synthesis is pervasive throughout the cosmos. The triangle within the circle IS the perpetual cycle of Creation, Preservation, Destruction (or Dissolution) that plays itself out in cycles of time, and the square (cardinal points) of the circle IS the perpetual cycle of the four equinoxes and solstices that plays itself out in the Earth’s yearly orbit around the Sun. The triangle within the circle IS the Transcendent, the Cosmic and the Individual ‘faces’ of the Divine One. In our solar system these faces are manifested as the Sun - which is the center and beginning of the system (the 0/9 point); and the Earth - home of the Individual (the 3rd planet); Saturn with its stunning orbital rings (the 6th planet), and far off Pluto (the 9th planet).

The Earth’s four seasons are further divided into three months. Thus the eternal law of Creation, Preservation and Dissolution (the triguna) … the trinity, is applied to each of the four quarters of the Vedic year. When the essential Trinity/Trine is itself further divided into three, the result is the Circle of 9, which is our number system and the numerical basis of the 360 degree circle. For those who need some evidence that there is some real precision and real measure involved in our cosmic dance (and some real gnosis inherent in Vedic lore and mathematics), the Sun apparently beats a macro pulse of 9 beats per 24-hour day or 9 beats every 360 degrees of Earth's rotation. [2] This is not a random wonder. It is the sacred architecture of our existence. Thea has shown in her writings how these basic, precise and inseparable rhythms and measures of 9 and 12 are crucial for those who aspire to ‘see’ and experience the supramental or divine design and dynamism of the individual and the whole. Without an appreciation for these rhythms and measures, appreciation and knowledge of the Cosmos and the Individual as a temple or dynamic vessel of the Transcendent, is severely limited. [The Auroville Matrimandir fiasco is a loud monument to such limited knowledge and appreciation.]


Endnotes:
[1] The 2nd and 3rd chapters of The Gnostic Circle are respectively: ‘The Sun and the Circle Divided into Three Parts’ and ‘The Circle Divided into Four’.
[2] David Wilcock, The Divine Cosmos, pp. 138-139.

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