Saturday, July 30, 2011

Heliocentricity and a Return to Ancient Truths

Copernicus's picture of our solar system, 1530 CE.

A friend of mine recently passed along a fascinating article called, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still: Galileo and the secrets of Hermeticism' by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince, authors of The Forbidden Universe - The Occult Origins of Science and the Search for the Mind of God

I have yet to read the book, but I highly recommend the article. It is a good reminder not only of how wrong our collective agreements about our world and our existence can be, but also a reminder of how difficult it is to introduce truth into a field of ignorance. On top of that, it points to the ancient wisdom that still awaits restoration and new applications so that we might raise our collective game to new heights. I do not know if in the book Picknett and Prince have traced Hermeticism back to the ancient Vedic civilization which was seemingly well aware of the Sun's centrality and of the parallels between the macro and the microcosmos ('as above, so below'). If not, they have some more digging to do.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

INDIA and the New Cosmology

An Analysis of Critical Present Events
in the Light of Gnosis

by Robert E. Wilkinson

‘The times are truly potent with an energy never before felt. Truly, the time has come for really enormously significant changes… The Earth stands on the brink. The nuclear play-out is upon us. Her most dire moment has begun.’ Thea, [vishaalstudygroup], Subcontinental Issues, December, 2007.
‘Before dying, falsehood rises in full swing. Still people understand only the lesson of Catastrophe. Will it have to come before they open their eyes to the truth? I ask an effort from all so that it has not to be. It is only the truth that can save us; truth in words, truth in action, truth in will, truth in feelings. It is a choice between serving the truth or being destroyed.’ A message issued by the Mother on 26 November, 1972, just before a major cyclone hit Pondicherry on 5.12.1972.                             
Thea (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet) is one of the world’s most prescient seers. Over the last forty years she has produced a body of knowledge unequalled in its scope and specificity and thoroughly grounded in a non-speculative and verifiable cosmology. The evolutionary knowledge she has given out is the product of that most coveted and long sought ‘philosopher’s stone’ that unites the principles of Time and Space in a cosmological model which reveals the primacy of certain eternal and purposeful patterns. With this ‘key of knowledge’ man can, at long last, rise above mere belief and gain a direct experience of the Supreme acting within the physical manifestation. One of the fruits of this ‘Divine Seeing’ or Gnosis is the ability to observe the unfolding of present events within an objective cosmological framework. This provides a back-ground of what might be described as ‘Higher Patterns of Destiny’ within which certain evolutionary objectives are played out on the global stage. Clearly this is a farsighted consciousness with access to the unfolding of future events but not so distant that we cannot observe the super-logic behind what is happening in the present to bring these evolutionary necessities into a meaningful focus.  It is only through an integral synthesis of this kind that we are able to under-stand the troubling events that are pushing our planet to the brink of catastrophe. 

For the Seer, the key and ‘centre’ of this integral vision is INDIA that plays a unique role in the world as an Avatar of Nations. She is the one country that can lead the earth to peace and a new world order. But in order to accomplish this goal India must first be made whole and the present artificial divisions of her sacred landmass must be erased so that she may fulfil her dharma and uplift the world. The most troubling impediment to India’s wholeness is the country of Pakistan which was carved out of India in 1947 as an independent Muslim state and which has been at war with her mother country ever since. The growing instability of this nuclear-armed nation represents the greatest threat to world peace that has ever existed. With the escalating violence and chaos in Pakistan, chances of Al-Qaeda, Taliban or other Muslim extremists obtaining a nuclear weapon grow stronger every day. It is increasingly evident that Pakistan, not the Middle East, is the stage where the long feared nuclear showdown is destined to occur. Thea confirms this view, saying: ‘The Earth stands on the brink. The nuclear play-out is upon us. Her most dire moment has begun.’

What most do not know is that this critical situation has been foreseen and discussed in its particulars since 1947 by India’s greatest seers, Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea. Their comments and predictions follow the same pattern as the order and scope of their written works; Sri Aurobindo provides the broad evolutionary overview, the Mother’s Agendas reveal what she heard and saw on the occult planes with her outstanding capacity to measure the Infinite and the Eternal. But it isn’t until the third level and Thea’s work that we are given the precise details of this situation because here the action is observed from the most intimate dimension the human consciousness can experience, the 'centre' or individual Soul. It is from this central ‘Point’ that one acquires the ability to ‘see’ the perfect control in the unfolding of events that accompany the Supramental Creation. 
‘The best way to describe my 'prophetic tendencies' is by the word Super-logic…it is always through a process of INTEGRATION… 
‘There can be no pretence in these gnostic matters. One cannot IMAGINE this or that. I let the play of circumstances guide me, but poised CENTRALLY, and from that position an integration becomes possible…  
‘Therefore, before I draw a conclusion regarding an observation I have to have it confirmed variously. Imagination has no role here. When it is the Supermind at work and operations are carried forward by the Supramental Shakti, TRUTH IS THE FOUNDATION... 
‘It is fundamental to note the difference between the known predictive arts and the Gnostic Circle. The latter can best be described, as I have often done, as a sort of SUPER-LOGIC. This would be an attribute that the Mind of Light, of Sri Aurobindo’s yogic lexicon, makes possible. It is far from prediction or even prophesy. This is because the seeing depends on interrelatedness, oneness, integration of the parts within the whole. And more. It is the parts among themselves, and then as a whole to the Centre. The latter holds the key to the ability: without that Centre established in one’s being this Super-Logic cannot come about because the integration of the Being and the Becoming is lacking and cannot take place.’        
Thea, Private correspondence,
More on the GC and World Events
, October, 2008.

In the following pages we will present an analysis of certain critical issues brought to light in a selection of quotations from the collected works of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea. The observations of these unique seers surpass all others given their ability to see into the more occult dimensions of what is presently taking place between India and Pakistan. Through the use of an ‘Indo-centric Cosmology’ we are able to observe each participant and event in its proper context and evaluate the unfolding of seemingly catastrophic circumstances from a height that confers an optimistic evolutionary vision.

On India
‘…God always keeps for himself a chosen country in which the higher knowledge is through all chances and dangers, by the few or the many, continually preserved, and for the present, in this Chaturyuga at least, that country is India’. Sri Aurobindo, Essays in Philosophy and Yoga, September.
The Mother seated in front of the spiritual map of India on 21 February 1952

‘INDIA is a divinely chosen country with a unique spiritual heritage. She is not the earth, rivers and mountains, nor simply the collective name for the inhabitants of this land. India is a living being, conscious of her mission in the world and waiting for the exterior means of its manifestation… India alone can lead the earth to peace and a new world order.’ The Mother:  Words of the Mother.    

‘Mother India is not a piece of earth; She is a Power, a Godhead, for all nations have such a Devi supporting their separate existence and keeping it in being. Such beings are as real and more permanently real than the men they influence but they belong to a higher plane, are part of the cosmic consciousness and being and act here on earth by shaping the human consciousness on which they exercise their influence. It is natural for man who sees only his own consciousness individual, national or racial at work and does not see what works upon it and shapes it, to think that all is created by him and there is nothing cosmic and greater behind it.’ Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, 1946. 

‘India of the ages is not dead nor has she spoken her last creative word; she lives and has still something to do for herself and the human peoples. And that which must seek now to awake is not an Anglicised Oriental people, docile pupil of the West and doomed to repeat the cycle of the Occident's success and failure, but still the ancient immemorable Shakti recovering her deepest self, lifting her head higher towards the supreme source of light and strength and turning to discover the complete meaning and a vaster form of her Dharma. We do not belong to the past dawns but to the noons of the future.’ Sri Aurobindo, Essays on the Gita.

‘The end of a stage of evolution is usually marked by a powerful recrudescence of all that has to go out of the evolution.’ Sri Aurobindo, Essays in Philosophy and Yoga: The Process of Evolution, September.

‘It is clear that the earth's many latent diseases must come out in the open and find a focus somewhere, as an abscess is the focal point for the disease of the body, our earth body… There is but one place in the world where the issue is being played out really and symbolically – that is India. That is where, therefore, the disease of the earth must be focused. … When Pakistan and China attacked India [in 1965], I had a sort of very clear intuition that the conflict, if there is to be one, that must decide the fate of the civilisation, can only be played out in India... It is in the order of things that the last Asura should come and die at the feet of the Mother. The issue isn't being played out anywhere else.’  The Mother, The Mother’s Agenda, July, 1967.

‘The truth of the old Satya that is dead was not different from the Truth of the new Satya that is to be born, for it is Truth that restores itself always and persists. In India, the chosen land, it is preserved; in the soul of India it sleeps, expectant of that soul’s awakening, the soul of India leonine, luminous, locked in the closed petals of the ancient lotus of strength and wisdom, not in her weak, sordid, transient and miserable externals. India alone can build the future of mankind; in India alone can the effective Avatar appear to the nations. And until He appears, it is for India to gather herself up out of her dust and degradation, — symbol of the shattered Satyayuga — commune with her soul by Yoga and to know her past and her future.’ Sri Aurobindo, Essays Divine and Human.  

The Capricorn Hieroglyph

In the preceding pages we have it on the very highest authority that India is a Power, a Cosmic Godhead, destined to uplift the whole world. Pronouncements such as these can only come from individuals with an impeccable knowledge and realisation of the planes of Truth Consciousness. Those who possess this knowledge and vision are also aware that the laws and principles seen on that plane of Truth have exact physical correspondences and equivalencies on the earth. ‘As Above, So Below’ proclaims the sage; the principles of order and harmony which exist on the higher spiritual planes may also be found in the material domain. These eternal principles manifest first as Cosmic and Planetary harmonies before reaching a highly specific individuation in the physical. And it is through these laws of correspondence and equivalence that one can obtain OBJECTIVE evidence and confirmation of India’s unique role. This is the very essence of the Cosmological principles expressed in the Rig Veda.[1]
‘The whole earth and everything it contains is a kind of concentration, a condensation of something which exists in other worlds invisible to the material eye. Each thing manifest here has its principle, idea or essence somewhere in the subtler regions.’ The Mother

‘The features of the Capricorn Hieroglyph superimposed upon the geography of India can only be understood properly by those who know exactly what Capricorn indicates in the harmony of the twelve zodiacal signs. Astrologers from the most ancient times have unanimously considered Capricorn to be India’s ruling sign. But no one to my knowledge, had ever seen that this hieroglyph actually delineates India’s physical boundaries. But of course it is an India whole and intact, as she was before the devastation of Partition. This too was a profound verification: India’s true form is delineated by the hieroglyph of the zodiacal sign that is her ruler. That glyph in ancient tradition is called ‘the name of God’, this I knew; but I also knew that everything that I had been seeing concerning India’s central position as the Earth’s Soul is contained in the inner and esoteric experience of Capricorn. In that secret dimension its real mystery was disclosed, its deepest truths… and this could only be understood by someone initiated into the secrets of Capricorn. When this ‘sign’ had been given to me it was as though a seal and sanction had been set upon this work and that Seal would be the everlasting ‘philosopher’s stone’ as it were. With it I would always have an element of objective knowledge to verify what my yogic experiences were revealing.’ Thea, The Capricorn Factor – India’s Lost Measure and its significance for the world, October, 1987.
The New Way, Volume I, p. 154
Thea, Æon Books, 1981

It must be understood that the overlay of the zodiacal sign Capricorn on the Indian land-mass is not a matter of coincidence or simply an ‘imposed’ correspondence. This astonishing fact becomes self-evident by overlaying the ‘map’ of the heavens upon the earth. With the 360 degree zodiac laid on the globe at the zero point of the Greenwich meridian, we will observe that the sign Capricorn starts exactly where the Indian landmass begins.


The sign's 30 degrees begin at 60/61 degrees east and continue to the mouth of the Ganges in the Bay of Bengal. The ‘tail’ of the sign is carried over to encompass Burma, and from there swings back toward the central body. Through these cosmo-geographical correspondences we discover that India  IS the sign Capricorn. In fact, one can readily ‘see’ that the ancient hieroglyph forms an exact overlay of the Indian subcontinent. Its perfect alignment with this cardinal point identifies India as the ‘Soul of the Earth’ and thus the point of the clearest spiritual vision. What is revealed in these correspondences is an earthly expression of an eternal Divine principle.

The New Way, Volume II,
Appendix VII, facing p. 376
Thea, Æon Books, 1981

In the above map of the world with the addition of the zodiac (360 degrees) laid across the longitude and latitude coordinates starting at Greenwich, India’s Capricorn rulership has been confirmed in both directions. To demonstrate how accurate the geo-cosmology of the New Way is, we note that India falls in the sign Capricorn both in longitude (horizontal) and latitude (vertical) measurements.
‘The Supramental Yoga foresees the possibility of a material union with the Divine. It is the union of the “Earth” of the Veda with the divine Principle, an earth which is said to be above our earth, that is to say, the physical being and consciousness of which the world and the body are only images. But the modern Yogas hardly recognise the possibility of a material union with the Divine.’ Sri Aurobindo, Letter to the Mother, The Mother’s Collected Works, 1915.

‘When a new Age dawns, as Sri Aurobindo announced and cosmology confirms, it means that we have entered a transitional period and a new language must evolve to express more adequately the contemporary condition and demands. We know that the Vedic and Puranic Gods and Goddesses are expressions of cosmic energies. We must also realise that the cosmos is impersonal. Everything we know, every crystallisation of form is that same Energy, however we wish to label it. Indeed, “Truth (that Energy) is one, the wise know it by many names.” Therefore, the new cosmology is simply a tool for drawing aside the veils covering that truth and rediscovering the original Pulse of the civilisation as the unifying factor of a common destiny.’ Thea, The Burden of a Destiny, December, 2000.
‘The cosmological model used in this exposition is the same known in ancient Vedic times. Hence so much importance was given then, as we note from the Hymns and Scriptures that have been handed down, to the phenomenon of the seasons, the measure of the Day and of the Year. Particularly revered was the shortest day of the year, or the beginning of the Winter Solstice, Capricorn (Makar). A scrutiny of the Shastras discloses various formulae specifically for determining this special point in time. We can safely say that the ancient Rishi was obsessed with Time, for Time regulates these movements which find their perfect harmony in the figure of the Year. Thus the sacrifice is known to be experienced in twelve stages, culminating in the Tenth, which is the 10th month, Capricorn, the period of the victory of the Aryan Warrior. Capricorn from most ancient times has been considered by all schools of astrology to rule India. It is this same tenth-month victory that we celebrate this year, 1999, as the culmination of the centenary Navaratri. In the Map we see that the hieroglyph of the tenth (month) zodiacal sign whose origin is so ancient that it is lost in the mists of time, can be accurately superimposed on the body of Akhand Bharat. This superimposed symbol is the seal of the Supreme.’ Thea, The Nine Nights of Durga – the destiny of India across the century in a new Cosmological Paradigm. November, 1999.
‘In other words, it is when the nine-months’ sacrifice is prolonged through the tenth, it is when the Navagwas become the ten Dashagwas by the seven-headed thought of Ayasya, the tenth Rishi, that the Sun is found… but what is meant by the figure of the months? For it now becomes clear that it is a figure, a parable; the year is symbolic, the months are symbolic. 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 X.62-2… “by the truth, in the revolution of the year, they broke Vala”…’
‘The expression in the hymns, daso maso ataran, indicates that there was some difficulty in getting through the full period of ten months. It is during this period apparently that the sons of darkness had the power to assail the sacrifice; for it is indicated that it is only by the confirming of the thought which conquers Swar, the solar world, that the Rishis are able to get through the ten months…’
‘I hold for you in the waters the thought that wins possession of heaven by which the Navagwas [nine] passed through the ten months…’ (V.45-11)
‘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 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, 1915.

The Gunas

The three qualitative modes of Nature or ‘Gunas’ are inextricably intertwined in all cosmic existence. A clear understanding of these triadic energy flows – Rajas, Sattwa, and Tamas, is essential in knowing the truth of things, their essence, law, and operation. It is the very basis of the ‘Divine Maya’ or measure which Sri Aurobindo described as, ‘…a comprehending and containing consciousness capable of embracing, measuring and limiting and therefore formative; it is that which outlines, measures out, moulds forms in the formless, psychologises and seems to make knowable the Unknowable, geometrises and seems to make measurable the Limitless.’
‘Here we can see that India’s geographical mass is delineated by the Capricorn hieroglyph which contains the three “gunas” or qualities of energy flow. We can observe that Pakistan falls within the area covered by the Rajas guna, the Kshatriya or warrior element, consequently this energy flow will be its sole expression. It is therefore understandable that Pakistan has been almost exclusively under the rule of the military from the time of its inception.’ Thea, The Vishaal Newsletter, The New Dawn of 1989, December, 1989.

 The Nine Nights of Durga
Thea, Æon Books
November 17, 1999, p. 30.

‘The geography of the nation is a visual expression of Bharat Mata. The Map of India with the Capricorn hieroglyph is the measure. Moreover the symbol is divided into three parts, each of which is an expression of one of the triadic modes of the Mother, the gunas: Rajas, Sattwa and Tamas; or else Creation, Preservation, and Destruction (dissolution).

‘In India’s present state, the gunas are not a threefold harmony. There are gaps, pieces cut away. Similarly, in the several independent nations that have been carved out of Indian soil in this century, we witness an imbalance wherein only one of the gunas exists. In the case of Pakistan, being comprised solely of Rajas can explain the nation’s compulsive reliance on the military solution. In its present incomplete form, Pakistan cannot be expected to house a true democracy. Forces will consistently conspire to break up any formula that demands a fullness the geo-cosmology of that area does not contain. Similarly with Bangladesh. There it is Tamas and not Rajas the predominant mode. The destructive power of nature is often experienced in this armpit of the nation in her full and unmitigated form. Tamas/Destruction rules this area, so accurately described by Sri Aurobindo in a letter to his brother in the early part of this century.

‘The time must inevitably come when the symbol is made complete, integrated, harmonised.’ Thea, The Nine Nights of Durga – the destiny of India across the century in a new Cosmological Paradigm. November, 1999.
‘You cannot separate what happens in any of the States covered by the Symbol–Map separate from one another. Particularly now when the showdown has come in what I have always predicted would happen, should what has been noted through the new cosmology be overlooked. Remember that I have always stated that the nuclear playout would be centred on India. Now more than ever this reveals itself to be true because Pakistan is a nuclear weapons state with more than 12 nuclear weapons [2] at its disposal, and with rockets ready to land them anywhere in India, north or south, at a moment’s notice. If Pakistan collapses or if militants take over (a real possibility with Al Qaeda headquarters lodged there), control of those deadly weapons falls into the hands of Islamic Militants.

‘The Rajas section of the Map-Symbol explains why Pakistan has taken the particular course that it has from the beginning of its coming to power. It is all RAJAS but seeking to act on its own, disconnected from the rest of its triune manifestation; which would be the rest of India. Similarly Bangladesh, but with the difference that it falls under the Tamas rule, hence it is less ‘intrusive’ we may say. Only when the three parts are rejoined can there be a resolution to the troubles the subcontinent faces.

‘The times are so significant …The Earth stands on the brink. The nuclear playout is upon us. Her most dire moment has begun.’ Thea, Subcontinental Issues, December, 2007.

‘K. S. Munshi, a Congress politician, was granted an audience with Sri Aurobindo, one of the few exceptions he made in the last years of his life.

‘…At the end of the interview, Munshi asked if there was anything Sri Aurobindo wanted to say. Immediately he asked, “When will India be reunited?” Taken aback, Munshi explained that he could not foresee it in his lifetime. Until 1947 he had worked for a united India. But he considered the partition to have been positive in so far as it allowed India and Pakistan to develop in their own separate ways. Sri Aurobindo insisted that Pakistan was “fraud, force and treachery”, and declared: “India will be reunited. I see it clearly.” After an exchange of views on local politics, Munshi asked, “When are you coming out of Pondicherry?” Sri Aurobindo replied: “I cannot say. I must first complete my work here.”
‘This was in July of 1950. Today we witness that same fraud and treachery. It is the history of Pakistan from the beginning of its existence. But now He has “come out” of retirement. 26/11 marked that point in the trajectory of his work which extends from 1872 to today.’  Thea, Sri Aurobindo on Pakistan, December, 2008.

‘India is free, but she has not achieved unity, only a fissured and broken freedom... The whole communal division into Hindu and Muslim seems to have hardened into the figure of a permanent political division of the country. It is to be hoped that the Congress and the Nation will not accept the settled fact as for ever settled, 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. The partition of the country must go...For without it the destiny of India might be seriously impaired and frustrated. That must not be.’  Message of Sri Aurobindo on the occasion of India’s Independence, 15th of August, 1947. 
‘The destiny of India is guided by a power that descends directly from the world of the Truth-Consciousness; but unless the nation recognises this, it can only respond to a leadership of a lesser force and suffer the ensuing consequences.’  Thea, The New Way, 1981.

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Part II
The ‘Eye of  Shiva’
Auroville and the Mother’s Temple       

Part III
The Mother’s Inner Chamber      
Skambha & ÆON Centre of Cosmology  
The Veda  

Part IV

Calendar Reform       
The Gathering Storm

Part V
India’s Irrepressible Renaissance

Part VI
Notes & References

[1]  Cosmology in Rigveda — the Third Premise, Thea.  This article was published in 'The Hindu', 9 July, 2002 in response to article by David Frawley & Michael Witzel.

[2]  The latest figure is 50 to 100. Pakistan is presently in the process of augmenting its nuclear arsenal. (Sept. 2009)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Thea, Vedic Mathematics & the Geometry of Time

Recently a woman from Auroville made an inquiry to me about Vedic Mathematics (among other things). She wrote: 

'I have done a Vedic math work shop recently and wondering you or may be Thea Has any knowledge about this subject and whether it was really used during vedic period. If so how?'

I will post below my own response, and then Thea's clarification on these matters.

Lori: As far as your Vedic math question. Thea recognizes that the 9/0 number system is thoroughly Vedic, and that this number system and hence Vedic math functions 'circularly' (within the structure, geometry and laws of the circle) not linearly. Other than that recognition, I do not think she has much to say about calculating mathematical sums based on Vedic mathematic formulas. Her focus is more on concept of the 360 degree Vedic Year (i.e. the Vedic sacrifice), which is an eternal measure, as is the Earth's day, as is the 25,920 year Precession of the Equinoxes. She is attempting to reacquaint Indians and the world with the knowledge that these eternal cyclical 'measures', are wombs of time, gestating/evolving our Self-Fulfillment, hour by hour, month by month, year by year, and age by age. With this knowledge the individual and collective can begin to properly orient within the various cycles, and to see that evolution unfolds with a certain geometric/harmonic precision. When the mind begins to witness this 'Geometry of Time', it begins to comprehend the FULLY integral and integrating power of the Supermind. Without such comprehension, all talk of Supermind, Integral Yoga, and Evolutionary Spirituality remains quite hollow.

How can deep can any study of the Evolution of consciousness or of the Supramental and Integral nature of reality go if the students are ignorant of, or not including the very real cycles of Time that birth us, sustain us, and orchestrate our evolution? When the Vedic seers divided the 360 degree circle of Time and Space into four quadrants and 12 months they knew well that they physical geometries of our journey in Time and Space were in no way separate from our Self-Knowledge and Self-Fulfillment. They knew that Time is the dynamic nature of the Self, and that true Self-Realisation must include realisation of how our evolution unfolds not randomly but consciously in geometrical patterns and symmetries that only reveal themselves in terms of the Year and other 360 degree cycles of time.

This is the Vedic knowledge that has been LONG forgotten, and is an epic blind spot in most people's Self-awareness/Self-Knowledge. The Zodiac is an ancient map of the evolution of our consciousness in Time and Space, yet few are prepared to recognize it as such.

The Secret of the Veda [PDF] by Sri Aurobindo helps to give readers an appreciation for the forgotten knowledge of the Vedic seers and a sense of how misunderstood the Veda is in our modern times. But I did not fully appreciate that book until I had read Thea's The Gnostic Circle and The New Way, Vol. 1 & 2 ... as well as The Magical Carousel.

Thea: Lori, I have been deeply involved in the Vedic Mathematics issue, before I came to the Mother and India. I got a copy of the original edition of the book (still with me), and I thought it was just extraordinary. Math is not my field so I cannot comment on that aspect. It was THE CONCEPT. Of course what moved me was the Vedic approach to Number, I suppose.

To be brief, when the Initiation took me to the Mother I brought that book with me. My son was enrolled in the Ashram School. I was convinced that math would be taught in this manner, on the basis of this book and method. NOT AT ALL. I realised no one in the Ashram School new of the book; what was taught was conventional all the way, on many fronts. So, I wrote to the Mother and sent her the book with my comments on how surprised I was to find that this was not taught or used in the Ashram School. On her part she passed on my letter and the book to the then School registrar. What followed was really interesting.

Kireet Joshi was the registrar. He was thrilled at receiving the book and told me the fascinating story that its acharya author had visited his village in Gujarat when he was 9 years old and spoke to the people about Vedic Math, etc. He never forgot it, but also he never came into contact with the author again. And here it was plopped into his lap - FROM THE WEST. I don't know how far the matter went then but I feel very, very certain that having brought the Mother the Book opened the channelled for Vedic Mathematics in India to come out from under thick covers. It was almost totally ignored.

I was passionate about the subject. The aphorisms in the book are not from the ancient Veda - for which the author is often criticised. But those who criticise are ignorant. It is the same system or concept that is used, revealing again the eternal nature of the Knowledge. It is like my work with the Veda today. You are grounded in that CONSCIOUSNESS, and then you can 'update', as I have done.

Please send this letter to X. I wish her well in her Vedic studies; it is still a subject dear to me. Thea

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Response to Sameer Thakkar’s ‘Max-Muller Syndrome: Distorting Hinduism’

by Robert E Wilkinson
2 July 2011

Debate and discussion of spiritual and esoteric philosophy is a time honored and established tradition in India and throughout the world. Its goal is to question, dispute, and continually challenge established dogma in order to arrive at a greater, more current, and integral truth. As someone who regularly participates in these debates and discussions I am used to the rough and tumble dialogue that arises from people with strongly held opinions and beliefs, but Sameer Thakkar's article goes beyond the bounds of intelligent discourse into fear mongering, misrepresentation, and lies. Instead of responding to issues of knowledge made in my original article, Sathya Sai Baba: the Counterfeit Avatar, Thakkar has introduced passages from my older articles, quoted completely out of context, in order to make Thea (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet) and not me, the true focus of his attack. Why he would wish to do this becomes evident as we examine his claims.  

Beginning with the title of his article, ‘The Max-Muller Syndrome: Distorting Hinduism’ Thakkar seeks to invoke the spectre of a colonial Christian missionary agent bent on the abuse and distortion of the Hindu religion. But curiously he makes no mention of Max Muller in his article. He immediately shifts his attention to a woman, Wendy Doniger, the controversial writer and Indologist who, according to Thakkar, is out to distort and demean the Hindu scriptures. He compares Ms. Doniger’s scholarly work to that of Christian missionaries and pseudo-mystics who wish to ‘exploit the tolerance of Hindus, deceive, manipulate, instill inferiority complexes, psychological slavery, hate, and the abuse of Hindu literature’. His attempts to cultivate an attitude of fear and distrust of foreigners was at first confusing but in the pages that followed It becomes clear that his intention is to associate in his reader’s mind Doniger’s unspeakable treason to Hinduism with another foreign woman, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet who he also wishes to demonize. While this may serve to inflame his readers, it is a specious comparison made by someone with no appreciation of the profound differences in consciousness that distinguish a scholar from a sage, let alone the quality of their work. But in either case Thakker, is plainly threatened by ideas and interpretations that run counter to his own rigid dogma and has an abhorrent distrust of foreigners and women in particular especially those in positions of authority. 

Contrary to Thakkar’s backward beliefs, Hinduism is not a rigid monolithic system. It is a multi-faceted, constantly evolving, many staged quest of the human spirit seeking new and more complete aspects of the Divine consciousness. ‘It rejects nothing’, said Sri Aurobindo, ‘but insists on testing and experiencing everything and when tested and experienced turning it to the soul’s uses.’ This process is the very heart of Yoga and an indispensable necessity of the evolution. Indeed the whole edifice of Hinduism was built on the sacrifice, testing, realization, and experience of impeccable souls like Shankara, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramana Maharshi, Paramahansa Yogananda, Ram Chandra and more recently Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea. Each of these great realizers have produced numerous volumes of written works describing their discoveries and new application of their knowledge. What, we might ask, has Sameer Thakkar produced?

It is clear however, especially with regard to Vedic knowledge, that there is more to be done. The evolution continues and there are many more discoveries to be made, as Sri Aurobindo explains:
 ‘…because we do not understand the Vedas three-fourths of the Upanishads are a sealed book to us. Even of the little we think we can understand, much has been insecurely grasped and superficially comprehended.... For want of this key profound scholars have fumbled and for want of this guidance great thinkers gone astray.’  Sri Aurobindo, India’s Rebirth
For those of us who have bothered to study Thea’s works on the Veda and applied her incomparable knowledge to our own lived experience, it becomes self-evident that her cosmological discoveries will be the crown jewel of future spiritual realizations. She has unveiled that ‘Key’ to the mysteries of the Veda and opened the door to its greatest treasures. [Link to written works of Thea] Because of this she speaks with the same confident authority and power as Swami Vivekananda did when he was challenged by a Madras pundit objecting to something he said that went beyond the teachings of Shankara. Vivekananda shot back, saying to the pundit, ‘Shankara does not say so, but I, Vivekananda say so’. Sri Aurobindo later pointed out that, ‘…what to the ordinary eye may seem as the Himalaya of egotism is not what it seems. It is the truth of Vivekananda’s spiritual experience, and the attitude of the fighter who as the representative of something great cannot allow himself to be put down or belittled.’

Religious fundamentalists like Sameer Thakkar who live in fear and suspicion, nursing old hatreds and prejudice find this kind of authority both threatening and infuriating. They believe that by attacking a Sage with accusations and ridicule they can undermine their authority and somehow elevate themselves. Producing nothing of their own, they find a kind of perverse power in the suppression, distortion and destruction of the achievements of others. Over the years I have come to think of these kinds of people as living reflections of our own darkness and negativity to be given no quarter and no basis for existence. Like the legendary vampires they hide in the shadows where they can wreak their havoc unobserved, but drag them out into the light of day and they will sputter and spit and burst into flames. 

Moving on to Thakkar’s charges that my articles constitute a battery of assault on Lord Buddha, Sathya Sai Baba, Ken Wilber, Deepak Chopra, and David Frawley, it is evident from his comments that he has not bothered to read any of them. What we see instead throughout Thakkar’s article are unfounded accusations and innuendos that seek to discredit anything I might write and excusing anyone from actually reading it. But for those who insist on facts and want to make up their own minds about Thakkar’s veracity, here are the links to the articles on Deepak Chopra, Sathya Sai Baba, and David Frawley. Read them and draw your own conclusions. I will be happy to respond to any serious questions about their knowledge content. Contrary to Thakkar’s accusation I have written nothing that can be construed as an attack on the Buddha and my conversations with Ken Wilber took place on the pages of his own magazine, ‘Quest’. It was hardly an assault but rather a discussion of Wilber’s misunderstanding of Sri Aurobindo and his epochal work.

Perhaps one of the most glaring examples of Thakkar’s limited knowledge is his treatment of a passage from one of my postings about the objective cosmic credentials of the Avatars. His complete lack of understanding of what was written about Time and Number is a perfect example of how certain higher truths can appear unintelligible to the uninitiated. Most scholars familiar with the writings of Plato and Pythagoras are aware of their profound discoveries in Number theory. ‘Numbers’, said Plato, ‘are the highest degree of knowledge’. Pythagoras went a step further saying that ‘Numbers constitute the true nature of things and set a limit to the limitless’. Thakkar, on the other hand, ridicules this knowledge as ‘exotic magic formulas of numbers, contrived theories and fancy terminologies ripped off from Sri Aurobindo’s work, designed to make his [rw’s] theories look intelligent’, and he makes this appalling statement with unabashed authority. He appears to have no understanding whatever of the deeper function of number and their relation to the very structure of creation. Like Pythagoras and Plato before them, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother both acknowledged the symbol powers of Number and their relation to Sacred Geometry and Vedic Architecture. The basis of their Supramental Formula; the numbers 3-6-9, were also discussed by the scientific genius Nicola Tesla who once wrote, ‘If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe.’

When you weigh the wisdom of Plato, Pythagoras, Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Nicola Tesla against Thakkar’s statement that the numbers 9-6-3 are ‘nothing but an absurd formulae to predict the nature of the inconceivable Brahman’, you may begin to understand the depths of his ignorance. He has been through no initiation, engaged in no practice of yoga and yet he considers himself a credible authority equal to the greatest souls in human history.

Throughout the pages of his article Sameer Thakkar has viciously attacked and slandered Ms. Norelli-Bachelet and her work. I will not address his comments as she is quite capable of responding to this and has done so herself. Her reply may be found on:

Finally I would like to comment on Mr. Thakkar’s unsupported and erroneous claims about Sai Baba’s age and his reputed prediction of his own death. Any astrologer worthy of the name can look at Sai Baba’s true horoscope based on the date of birth in his original school records (October 4th, 1929) and see the correspondences to his actual life. In astrology this process is known as ‘rectification’. In his true horoscope Baba had the planet Saturn at 24 degrees Sagittarius, a placement that indicates a problem with the bones of the hip and thigh, the part of the body ruled by Sagittarius. It is well known that Baba had a serious hip injury on August 9, 1988 when he slipped on the soap in his bathroom. On that day, the transiting planets Saturn and Uranus were both conjunct Baba’s natal Saturn, an event that only happens once every 28 and 84 years respectively. [Link to chart 1] On June 4th, 2003 Baba fell in his bathroom once again this time breaking his hip in three places and requiring a surgical hip replacement. Once again, transiting Saturn and the progressed position of Uranus were in a malefic aspect to his Natal Saturn indicating further problems with the bones and hip. [Link to chart 2] When you can see these kinds of events (not one but both) within the context of measurable astrological transits, there can be no question that October 4th, 1929 was Baba’s actual birthday. You see none of these indications in a chart dated November 23, 1926. In addition you can also see the deaths of Baba’s siblings in the October chart as well as his own death in 2011 when Pluto, the planet of Death progressed into an exact conjunction with his natal Sun. [Link to chart 3] Thakkar will no doubt dismiss this as simply another contrived theory but it clearly and scientifically establishes Sai Baba’s age at 81 instead of 85 and refutes the mind-boggling claim in a Chakra News article that his 85 solar years map out at 96 lunar years fulfilling Baba’s prediction of his own death. 

I could go on and on pointing out the errors and inconsistencies in Mr. Thakkar’s article but I believe that I have given his readers more than enough information to expose his hidden agenda and counter his lies and misrepresentations. His article does not rise to the level of even mediocre scholarship. It is rather a fundamentalist tantrum, a disrespectful rant, full of denial, ignorant opinions, faulty logic, and unexamined prejudices. He offers no knowledge, no facts, no clarity yet he expects his readers to accept him as a credible scholar. This evidently is what now passes for the new level of philosophical spiritual discourse. When opinion is taken for wisdom and sensationalism poses as scholarship, when religious pathology becomes the accepted norm, and psychological projection is welcomed as objectivity, when slander and ridicule become the new standard of journalistic integrity, you may know without the slightest doubt that a great reckoning is at hand.


For those who may be unfamiliar with the controversy surrounding Sai Baba’s age I am including the relevant passages from my article, ‘Sathya Sai Baba: the Counterfeit Avatar’. A copy of his original school records may be found at:

‘…After predicting that he would live for 96 years as his present avatar, Sai Baba died in April, 2011 at 81 years of age. This was the last of a mind boggling web of lies spun by Sai Baba to convince his followers that he was the living embodiment of Vishnu and the Avatar of the Age...'

'Sai Baba never missed an opportunity for self-aggrandizement. He took great delight at playing an Avatar, appropriating their sacred symbols such as Kalki’s White Horse and Shesha, the Aeonic serpent which he had made into a bed. But his most outrageous stunt by far was deceitfully insinuating himself into one of the most important events in Indian spiritual history. On 24 November, 1926, after a lifetime of yoga, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother sent word to their sadhaks asking them to assemble in the upper verandah of the Library House in their Ashram in Pondicherry to hear about something of supreme importance that had happened in the history of the Earth and Universe. On what was later to become known as ‘Victory Day’ or the day of Siddhi, Sri Aurobindo announced that Krishna, the Overmental Godhead had descended into the physical, meaning Sri Aurobindo himself. As the Mother explained, ‘…Krishna consented to descend into Sri Aurobindo’s body – to be FIXED there. Then I saw him – I saw him with my own eyes (inner eyes, of course), join himself to Sri Aurobindo’.

'With the integration of the Overmental consciousness begun by the 8th Avatar Krishna, Sri Aurobindo could now retire to his rooms and begin the establishment of the Supramental Consciousness-Force. This event marked the true beginning of his mission, the platform from where he could carry the evolution to greater heights. Sri Aurobindo’s Siddhi Day coincides with the close of the Age of Pisces and the beginning of the Aquarian Age that year. It was a victory for the whole world, because without it transpiring right on time, the Avatar could not have begun his transformative mission to bring down the Supermind. Upon learning of this momentous event many years later, Sai Baba changed the date of his birth from 4 October, 1929 to 23 November, 1926 and claimed that Sri Aurobindo was obviously referring to Baba who was supposedly born on the previous day (Nov. 23), and that he (Sri Aurobindo) had taken voluntary retirement after handing the reins over to the new God incarnate. While his followers continue to insist that November, 23, 1926 was Baba’s true birthday, a horoscope cast for 4 October, 1929, the birth date on Baba’s original school records, removes all doubt by indicating his passing in 2011 when Pluto, the planet of death, moved by progression into a conjunction with his natal Sun.’ [Link to chart]