Thursday, December 30, 2010

The 2010 Winter Solstice/Lunar Eclipse: A Global Tuning Fork

[This article was published as a 'main feature' in Bhavan's Journal
28 Feb 2010, Vol. 57, #14

The 2010 Winter Solstice not only coincided with a Full Moon Total Eclipse but the date of the Solstice amounted to 3.3.3 (21.12.2001 reduces to 3.3.3 via Theosophical Addition) and further reduces to the number 9 (3 +  3 + 3 = 9). While studying the various details of this particular and spectacular display of Cosmic Harmony, it began to occur to me as the equivalent of a Tuning Fork struck across the globe.

As always, the December Solstice completes the 4-armed Cardinal Cross of the Earth's year and marks off successful passage through 9 of the 12 months of the Tropical Zodiac (3 out of 4 quadrants). The triadic structure of this Solstice date 21.12.2010 (3 + 3 + 3 = 9) emphasizes, draws out and lodges in our awareness, a harmonious synthesis and synchronicity between the Trinity/Circle of 9, and the Cardinal Cross of the 12 month Tropical year.  Looking at the image below, the reader can perhaps appreciate the perfect alignment that is the foundation of the Earth's year and our own number system which we have inherited from Vedic civilization. 
This is a simplified version of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet's Gnostic Circle which represents the recovery of Vedic knowledge in our own civilization and an open invitation for the individual and human collective to properly attune to, align with and harmonize with the One 'Song' or Uni-Verse of Creation.
The Vedic Seers who extolled and established the value and usefulness of these basic measurements of Time and Space, understood that the Divine Triadic Self -- simultaneously Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual -- evolves and expresses its Self in cycles of Time and Space with a precision that can be witnessed by those who are properly attuned or oriented. In the Vedic mind, the 'apocalypse' or the uncovering of the hidden Sun, Light, and Truth-Consciousness-Bliss was achieved or won by those who journeyed through the Earth's Year and larger cycles of time in tune with the very real structures of Time and Space. For the Rishi it was simple enough: the intricate and resounding rhythms and rhymes of the Divine Soul's dynamic expression can not be heard when the true order is not observed and can be heard when the true order is observed.

In addition to the coincidence of the Eclipse/Solstice falling on a '3 + 3 + 3 = 9' date, the total eclipse lasted 72 minutes. 72 is not only a multiple of both 9 and 12, it is also the number of years in one degree of the 25,920 year Precession of the Equinoxes. 72 minutes equals 4,320 seconds. This is interesting because in Vedic India the basic unit for measuring out the Precession and larger cycles of evolution was the Yuga equaling 432,000 seconds of degrees of celestial arc (i.e. one third of the 360 degree Precession) according to Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet. Please click on this LINK for more on Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's calculation of the Yugas versus the common belief that the 432,000 figure for the Yuga is in years (i.e. NOT a unit of the Precessional Year).

On the December 2010 Solstice/Eclipse, a harmony of Sun, Moon, Earth and Tropical Zodiac which last happened in 1638 (372 years ago), Ms. Norelli-Bachelet (herself age 72 at the time) set off from her home in the Palani Hills of India for Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh where she was invited to present a paper at the First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam (Calendar Calculation). Her paper [see LINK] strongly called for the recognition of and realignment with the Tropical Zodiac as the true Vedic Calendar, not the Sidereal or Constellational Year as measured by most so-called 'Vedic' astrologers in India. As is, modern-day Indian astrologers celebrate a calendar (panchanga) that slips further and further behind the Tropical Year. The current slippage is 23 days.

From a post-conference report given by Ms. Norelli-Bachelet, it seems that there was no acknowledgment that such a special Lunar Eclipse falling on a (9-powered) day that much of the world celebrated as entrance into the Cardinal Sign of Capricorn/Makar on the eve of their Calendar reform conference could be a SIGN from the Earth and Her Luminaries (the Sun and Moon) that the time has come for Indians to correct the distortion which mistakenly encourages people to celebrate entrance into Capricorn/Makar in mid-January. Thankfully, as with the temporary eclipse of the Moon’s/Sun’s light as seen on 21 December 2010, the eclipse of the true measure or knowledge of the Year is bound to give way to the true measure/knowledge.

[20 January 2011 Update: Interestingly enough the 2010 Summer Solstice also simultaneously highlighted the Square (the Axes) and the Triangle of the Tropical Zodiac and 360 degree circle. See the link above to see a larger image and explanation]


Additional Notes: In the following quote from The Secret of the Veda, Sri Aurobindo refers to the sacred (i.e. sacrificial) 12 month year 'in its fixed seasons'. This statement alone from the greatest sage India has seen in Ages, should give Indians serious pause to consider the error of the slippage of their calendar. The sidereal (nirayana) calendar that is used to calculate the sacrificial or holy calendar today in India has no 'fixed seasons'.  The Earth’s 'fixed seasons' define and measure out the Tropical Year/Zodiac.
‘…Night holds hidden in her bosom her luminous sister; this life of our ignorance taught by the gods in their veiled human working prepares the birth of the divine Dawn so that, sped forth, she may manifest the supreme creation of the luminous Creator [Surya]. For the divine Dawn is the force or face of Aditi; she is the mother of the gods; she gives them birth into our humanity in their true forms no longer compressed into our littleness and veiled to our vision.
But this great work is to be done according to the ordered gradations of the Truth, in its FIXED SEASONS, by the twelve months of the sacrifice, by the divine years of Surya Savitri. Therefore there is a constant rhythm and alternation of night and dawn, illuminations of the Light and periods of exile from it, openings up of our darkness and its settling upon us once more, till the celestial Birth is accomplished and again till it is fulfilled in its greatness, knowledge, love and power.'  [bold emphasis and capitalization added]
The Secrets of the Veda, The Guardian of the Light

The Yugas & the Precession of the Equinoxes

[Below is explanation of the Yuga as a unit of (one-third of) the Precession of the Equinoxes that was originally published on 7 November 2006 at; and below that are excerpts regarding the 4-3-2 or 2-3-4 structure of the Yugas, Zodiac and Precession from The Gnostic Circle that I am adding to further illuminate the subject matter.]

Dear Bejoy, Mata Patrizia [Norelli-Bachelet] asked me to address your calculations ... and I would be happy to be of assistance. The traditional timescale of the yugas is as follows:

Satya (4) Yuga or Krita Yuga - 1,728,000 years
Treta (3) Yuga - 1,296,000 years
Dvapara (2) Yuga - 864,000 years
Kali Yuga (1) - 432,000 years

The Total of all this adds up to 4,320,000 years (or 10 Kali Yugas). And that is what is generally taken to be a complete cycle of the Yugas.

What Mata Patrizia is suggesting is that the figure of the Kali Yuga 432,000 (also the radius of the Sun) is the measurement that needs to be first understood in arcseconds. From that re-adjustment in seeing, everything else becomes clear. Then the Kali Yuga is seen as 120 degrees of the circle - one third or 120 degrees of the Precession of the Equinoxes (or 4 Astrological Ages).

With this adjustment, the Kali Yuga needs to be seen as a Unit... like the number ONE is a unit in the circle of NINE numbers (as in the Enneagram and as portrayed in Mata Patrizia's Gnostic Circle - see When one adds up 1 + 2 + 3 + 4, one gets the figure 10. But if one understands the Laws of the Circle, by which the Circle is equivalent to NINE (not 10), then one understands that it is 2 + 3 + 4 Yugas that must be the calculation of the Cycle. This knowledge is contained in the 432,000 figure itself. There is no ONE in the figure. There is only the 2 the 3 and the 4 accompanied by three ZEROS's.

The reason you have come up with 3 and 1/3 revolutions (Precessions) in your calculations, is that you have not 'seen' yet that the Kali Yuga functions as a 'Hidden One.' When you understand that, I think everything will fall into place. Then one sees that the system of the Yugas are describing THREE Precessions or 3 x 25,920 years.

Does this make any sense to you? It's all about understanding the language of the Circle. Its language is 9. Its 9 Integers are One Unit each. Please let me know if there is anyway I can assist your comprehension in these matters.

Respectfully, Lori Tompkins


From PNB's The Gnostic Circle (1975):  'Since the Kaliyuga is only the measurement, we begin the count of the Yugas with Dwapara, two times Kali, 864,000; after this we pass into Treta, three measures of Time; then Satya, four measures. There are then the numbers 4, 3, and 2, which are the very digits of the kali measurement: 432,000. They are, as well, the most important numbers in the structure of symbols: 2 equals the Line, 3 equals the Triangle, and 4 equals the Square. With these it is possible to construct the zodiac because 2, or the Line, is the division of feminine and masculine signs, 3, the Triangle, represents the energy flows of Creation, Preservation and Destruction (Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable), and 4, or the Square, is the division of the elements, Fire, Earth, Air and Water. Therefore these numbers, 4-3-2, are the basic numbers of the Zodiac, as well as the measure of Time, and the zodiac is in effect the Great Timepiece; 4 + 3 + 2 equal 9, the number that absorbs all others.

'This discovery brings to mind the Sphinx of Thebes, the Maden with the body of a Lion, and the riddle she gave Oedipus to solve, based on these very numbers, 4, 3, 2. The symbol of the Sphinx has long containded for man the key to the mystery of his evolution on Earth.' -- TGC, p. 63 [bold and red emphasis added]

From "Simultaneity, Destiny and ‘The Magical Carousel’" (2007) [LINK to full article]: 'Because of the development the Earth herself has experienced, spread over hundreds of thousands of years, the moment has arrived of what I have all along described as the Great Birth. We are in the 9th Manifestation in a cycle of 311,040 years, each Manifestation of which (6480 years) is equivalent to one month of human gestation repeated four times to cover all four planes of being (4 x 77,760). At this very special crossroads of destiny the Child nurtured for this sacred happening emerges from its protective sac as an independent entity. It too takes its first breath.

'Cosmically this describes the convergence mechanism of the Precessional Zero Point and the constellational in 234 BCE. That event, the great Cosmic Dawn, is akin to the suspension between inhalation and exhalation.'  [bold emphasis added]

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet at the Panchanga Ganitam Conference (Tirumala India)

'The letter lived on when the spirit was forgotten;
the symbol, the body of the doctrine, remained,
but the soul of knowledge had fled from its coverings.'

Sri Aurobindo
The Secret of the Veda

As per the 24 December post, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet's (Thea's) Panchanga Ganitam Conference presentation (which began with the above quote by Sri Aurobindo) was webcast live on the morning of 25 December 2010 from Tirumala, India. I managed to get a few blurry pictures off of my computer. Am hoping that readers (who are so moved) will please contact the Conference organizers and request that they make the footage available on YouTube so that people across the world can contemplate the knowledge presented. 

Swami Paramatmananda Saraswati
National Co-ordinator Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha

R. Govind Hari
Secretary Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha

I do imagine the transcripts will be made available, but to SEE the presentation is a wonder in itself.  

UPDATE: Link to HERE to read the full text of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet's Panchanga Ganitam Paper
UPDATE 2: Link HERE to read PNB's 'A Delegate's REPORT on the First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam' 

More Pictures from the conference are available at

Friday, December 24, 2010

Panchanga Ganitam Conference 2010 (a stab at Hindu Calendar Reform)

I just caught a glimpse of the First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam being held 24 -26 December 2010 in Tirumala, India. Apparently it is being webcast live. I have enquired as to when Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet will be scheduled to read her paper [Link HERE to read full text], and will announce it here if I find out so that others who are interested may watch.

[UPDATE: It seems Patrizia is speaking in Tirumala (India) on the morning of Dec 25th ... No specific time has been given but there is a morning session from 9 am - 11 am. That converts to 7:30-9:30 pm DECEMBER 24th for PST, and 10:30-12:30 for EST. (another session starts at 11:30 am in Tirumala).]

A Panchanga is a Hindu calendar [see Wikipedia]. There are numerous Panchangas that people follow in India and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet is speaking to the effect that the real Vedic Year that should be adopted as the Hindu calendar is the Tropical Zodiac, based as it is on the four cardinal pillars of the equinoxes and solstices. [See Unity and the Hindu Samaj]. Ganitam, I believe means mathematics.*

It seems that much of the presentations won't be in English. Maybe they will translate the transcripts at some point.

*From the Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon:

gaNita mfn. counted , numbered , reckoned , calculated;  n. reckoning , calculating , science of computation (comprising arithmetic , algebra , and geometry,  MBh. i , 293 Mr2icch. i , 4 VarBr2S. ; the astronomical or astrological part of a Jyotih2s3a1stra (with the exception of the portion treating of nativities) VarBr2S. ; the sum of a progression ; sum (in general).

[1.1.11 UPDATE: PNB has written 'A Delegate's REPORT on the First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam', detailing her experience at and thoughts on the Conference.]

Friday, December 17, 2010

2010 December Solstice Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse Synchronicity

Whereas I am happy to see such a beautiful celebration and announcement of this unique December Solstice, the last message in the video -- 'You can create unity' -- seems bizarre to me. As if Unity was not a FACT of existence that the mind (as presently constituted) has a hard time seeing or experiencing.

Celebrating the formative, cardinal or creative points of the Earth's year (i.e. the  Solstices and the Equinoxes)  as a means of unifying energies of the collective does have quite an illustrious history (as mentioned in the quote below). But from what I have understood of Vedic wisdom, observing and 'Traveling' the Tropical year is a way, a path or journey towards developing a consciousness of the Unity of Creation rather than creating unity itself. Properly oriented within this journey, we participate in, observe, celebrate and bring forward  in our awareness that which holds us ALL in Unity.

The Tropical Year is our common journey. To be unconscious of IT is to be unconscious of the unified creation, the unified material existence or  unified field of which we are an intricate part. To ignore or attempt to transcend this four-pillared foundation of the Self represents a loss of Knowledge ... and a very literal waste of Time.
'... it was through the calendar in use by all ancient societies, from the Vedic to the Egyptian, the Persian, the Greek and finally the Roman. They all made use of the cosmic harmony to unify the energies of the conquered around a common system. ...

'This was the same calendar used throughout the ancient world. It was based on the actual provable harmony of our solar system with its four pillars, the Equinoxes and the Solstices. Two were the most important of all: Mahavishuva or the March Equinox, the beginning of the zodiacal year; and the Makar/Capricorn Sankranti, the December Solstice and shortest day of the year. ...

'The method to unify – today as it has always been – is through a calendar that unites and no longer divides.'  -- Unity and the Hindu Samaj by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Pirates of the Royal Ship (Strife in Auroville & the Sri Aurobindo Ashram)

In a November exchange between Paulette Hadnagy of Auroville and Sunil of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram on Savitri Era Open Forum, Paulette wrote that the public (internet) infighting that has been sparked by Peter Heehs 2008 book has been a poisonous atmosphere for sadahks. She asked, ‘… who will ever want to come and live at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, with all that you people are spewing in the internet? Even Auroville is affected. People do ask questions.'

My first thought was, “Hallelujah people are asking questions! They should be asking questions. Specifically, they should be asking the question, ‘Where has the soul of the Integral and Supramental knowledge that used to inhabit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram fled to?’ And if they truly search with an open heart and mind, they will find the answer.

Paulette also wrote in reference to the forces she feels are destroying the spirit of the Ashram, 'Pirates can assault the royal ship and grab it, but this doesn’t make of them a king!'

But what happens if a group of hopeful yogis imagine that they have inherited the ‘royal ship’ when in actuality they know nothing of its true form, dimensions, dynamics, range, potentialities and destination? What if whole truth of the ship is actually beyond their comprehension, yet they still try to control its movements. This classic and miserable state in which the ignorant/egoic self possessively controls, or rather thinks it controls the Vessel, has as its trophy or monument, the Auroville Temple.

Before leaving her body, the Mother left behind as her greatest legacy, the blueprints of her temple, the Matrimandir. What hardly a soul noticed was that the Mother's blueprints simultaneously laid out the design of the Royal Vessel (i.e. the Divine Self) and IT’s Divine Journey (i.e. the Sanatana Dharma of Being and Becoming). As a result of this ignorance the design and dimensions were altered without giving heed to the protests of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet who knew it was a grave mistake to alter the sacred geometries of the Mother’s Temple design. And now, 37 years later, there is still no scale-tipping, world-altering roar from those who espouse their love for Sri Aurobindo and the Mother for the REAL THING, the real Temple, the real Vessel, the real of knowledge of Self and the real relation-SHIP we are in with the One and the Many.  

Plenty of efforts have been made to reveal the astounding rhyme, reason and significance of the Sacred Vessel/Vedic Temple that Mother dropped into their laps with minimal explanation. [See the Matrimandir Action Committee’s website and The New Way, Volumes 1 & 2] But the majority have covered their ears, refusing to let the new information rock their boat, mistaking their refusal as an honorable defense against asuras, pirates, forces of darkness, etc. Their ‘love’ for Sri Aurobindo and the Mother is a sentimental and rigid attachment to their own hold on or grasp of the Yoga rather than a fluid, humble and open-hearted receptivity to the Supramental Play that has continued to SUCCEED after Sri Aurobindo and the Mother left their bodies. The strife in Auroville and in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram is the necessary and inevitable culmination of this lowly vein of ‘love’.     

It will be a refreshing and encouraging day when students of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother’s Yoga begin to discuss the Mother's actual legacy, her actual vision, her actual Temple design and what that means in terms of the dynamic progression of the Supramental Manifestation rather than fighting over control of a Royal Ship that they know not the head or tail nor even the whereabouts of.