Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Point of the 2012 December Solstice & the New Age


Throughout 2012 friends and family have been asking me what I think about the importance of the end of the Maya Calendar and the 2012 December Solstice. This past week, with the Solstice approaching, I have taken on the task of writing out my thoughts on this very misunderstood and sensationalized topic.     

Honestly, I have no idea whether or not modern man has correctly calculated the end-date of the Maya cycle. Actually, I doubt it considering how very off we humans can be in our calculations of such things ‒ often not even knowing what it is that is being measured as is the case of the Hindu Yugas.1 It is not hard to imagine that the Maya Age may have been miscalculated in some way or another, by days, months, years, decades, centuries, or more. What seems most clear and most important to note is that the knowledge-base or Gnosis that informed the Maya calendar has been long lost and this loss leaves our very agitated human population to speculate endlessly about this calendar and what its ending might mean for our Earthly home.

Many crave an end to their suffering and actually look forward to a colossal catastrophe that will either 'end it all' or at least destroy soul-suffocating infrastructures that they are incapable of destroying via their own limited will power or limited means. Others crave an end to their suffering and look forward to a miraculous global uplifting of consciousness as we pass through some special band of, or alignment with the Milky Way Galaxy. These are variations on the same theme of some Earthly extravaganza that will result in the destruction of our current world order, corrupt and toxic as it is. This theme is part of our cultural heritage and our collective consciousness in large part thanks to St. John's apocalyptic revelation prophesying the violent end of our civilization and the simultaneous establishment of Heaven on Earth.

But well before St. John's time and before the Maya Civilization, the Vedic Seers of Ancient India predicted the same future mega-shift for humanity, in terms of the recovery of the Lost Sun, or the lost Truth-Consciousness from the dark caves or hold of the misers, usurpers, hoarders and coverers of the unified Truth of our existence. These villains are the personification of the limited mental-egoic consciousness that 'rules' the world for a time, until it is TIME for the emergence, evolution or manifestation of our indwelling Solar or Divine consciousness. This inevitable reorganization of life based on the long awaited emergence of our higher consciousness is also contained in the 12 month Vedic Year which we know now as the Tropical Zodiac, i.e. the Earth's Year.

It is in the revolution of the year that the recovery of the lost Sun ... is effected, for we have the explicit statement in X.62-2… 'by the truth, in the revolution of the year, they broke Vala' 2… 
‘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…’

‒ Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda (1915)

In order to understand how such a huge evolutionary Shift in consciousness could be accurately predicted or foreseen by anyone thousands of years ago or could be contained in the Zodiac, one must actually begin to shift or uplift one's consciousness towards the understanding of what it actually means to be a SEER in the highest sense of the word, and what it is that has been lost in the dark caves of the mind and is to be uncovered and SEEN. To be sure, even developing a vague understanding or recognition what it means to be a SEER, and what it is that is to be SEEN would constitute a tremendous advance of consciousness for the human race as it is presently oriented. Spiritually minded people across our world frequently talk of 'awareness' and needing to become 'aware'; but obviously that begs the question 'to become aware of WHAT exactly?'   

From my studies of Vedic Gnosis I have learned that a SEER of the eternal truth of both our Being and our Becoming (i.e. a SEER of sanatana dharma) is necessarily aware of the wholeness which is contained in the SEED point of our existence. He or she knows the compressed design or matrix of the Seed which will expand or manifest in the course of Time. In a real sense, the Seed is a compression of both Time and Space, and the Seer's vision is necessarily born of that same compression. Put another way, the Seer's perspective, vantage point or assemblage point is the singularity ... the compression of ALL DIMENSIONS of Time and Space ... the compression of the Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual Self. From this perspective, the Earth's year is known to be the expansion of the Divine One. And the measure of the Earth's Year, ‒ the Zodiac ‒, is known to be the measure of the body of  the Divine One.  

With awareness positioned at this Point of all Being and Becoming, ‒ which can also be understood as a portal and a womb ‒, the Seer sees and operates within the Living Matrix in an entirely new way. Space and Time no longer occur as separating one person or thing from another, rather they are the expression, the force and the field of eternal and infinite connectivity. What seemed dead or pointless is known to the SEER to be alive and purposeful, which really sums up what it means for something to be redeemed. The true purpose and usefulness of each unfolding moment is known in its larger context, its energies hence available rather than trapped or enslaved in ignorance or unconsciousness.    

Such was the basis of the Vedic Gnosis and the Vedic Year, traces and symbols of which can found world-wide in our mathematics, languages, science, navigation, mythologies, religions, calendars and other measures of time. The symbols and infrastructure remain but are mostly dead to our current consciousness which does not fathom their original point and purpose. In other words, humans lost the unified perspective by which we could delight and commune in the true purpose of the potent symbols and systems of knowledge and measure we have inherited from our world's ancient Seers. Religions and all branches of knowledge, including all branches of sciences and academia have attempted to carry on with some semblance of this delight and community of purpose; but having lost the vantage point of Eternal Knowledge or Gnosis that can truly unite all of creation, each branch of religion or knowledge has naturally become a faction, cut off from the love, harmony and power of the wholeness of what we are. The pain and unpleasant results of this ignorance-based factioning off (of fracturing of the whole) is of course the basis for why many hope the end is near via some cataclysm, or via some spiritual ascension to nirvana or heaven where the suffering will finally end along with our connection to the Earth. 

Earlier I wrote, 'What seems most clear and most important to note is that the knowledge-base or Gnosis that informed the [Maya] calendar has been long lost.' It is most important to note this because only when soberly recognizing this very real loss, rather than fantasizing and speculating about the 'End Times', people can begin to seriously consider the return of actual Gnosis and what this means for our world, now. This same epic loss needs to be noted or considered in terms of all that we do not fathom about our current calendar system, our own systems of calculation, measure, navigation, mathematics, time keeping and our prevalent archetypes, mythologies, religious symbols and traditions. Like the Maya Calendar and Codices and such, these systems of Gnosis are dead to most all of humanity, and hence what used to be all-harmonizing Gnosis is now just used unconsciously without any true sense or understanding of the underlying divinity, consciousness-force or power.   

The incredibly important difference to note between the Maya and the Vedic systems and symbols of Gnosis is that the Vedic systems and symbols of Gnosis still endure or persist throughout the world. They are used far and wide to this day, but they are used unconsciously. The same cannot be said of the Maya systems and symbols hence they do not constitute a viable avenue by which our modern world will re-collect, re-convene as a Divine Being. Vedic Gnosis on the other hand simply waits to be recognized, remembered and seen as the hidden heart and soul of all modern day sciences, spiritual paths and languages even. This Gnosis has been thoroughly scrambled by the Tower of Babel of the egoic mind over many thousands of years.
   
The epic evolutionary task of unscrambling this universal Gnosis has been carried out in various stages by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet since 1872. This unscrambling hinged entirely on these Seers' knowledge of the hidden One ‒ i.e. the very Point of our individual and collective Self. Through them it has become clear that it is Time for this Hidden One or Sun of our Being to no longer be hidden or occulted from humanity. Hence, the Divinity that has been hitherto Transcendent, attainable only in some Transcendent state of consciousness, detached from the Individual, from the Earth and Cosmos, and from the dynamics and play of Space and Time; is now Immanent on Earth. This Immanence, or Oneness, is the Point of our Being that contains and harmonizes all dimensions and forms of the Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual/Earthly Self. It is the divine consciousness-force of Time and Space.

Seers for aeons have known that the direct and Earthly experience of this Divine Immanence would constitute an evolutionary leap, establishing Heaven on Earth. The Vedic Seers knew that this leap was to be made in the Age of Aquarius (which they referred to as the highest step of Vishnu). St. John 'saw' this leap in terms of the emergence of the One who took his seat on the throne of heaven. This One ‒ who died and was reborn in the CENTER of heaven's temple ‒ could open and read the sealed Book that no one else in Heaven or on Earth could read up to the time of his emergence. Now it has come to pass that Seers in our times, in our Age of Aquarius, have lived this foretold experience and have opened the previously sealed Book of the One which can now be read by any individual who has the will, fortitude and capacity of consciousness to cross this newly revealed evolutionary threshold.3    

One of the very first things that will have to be noticed or realized by such individuals, who will be pioneers of the new age and new consciousness, is that the Book on the throne (this Book that ushers in the new age as its seals are broken) cannot be read by those without Gnosis of the structure of Time and Space that extends or expands from the Point. Supporting this realization is the fact that, in St. John's vision of heaven, he saw the throne of the Divine One in the center surrounded by four figures or 'beasts' of the Zodiac (precisely the four fixed signs of the Zodiac) and he saw '24 elders fall down before him that sat on the throne that worship him that liveth forever and ever'. The structure of the Book to be read and the structure of the heaven St. John describes are simultaneously the structure of the Earth's Tropical Year, and the Earth's day (as well as larger cycles of time such as the Precession of the Equinoxes) which again is the basis of Vedic Gnosis. And so not only St. John's sealed Book, but his entire cryptic Apocalyptic vision along with the higher consciousness of the new age he 'prophesied' cannot be properly fathomed or experienced without knowledge of the womb of Time and Space that actually births any new age. After all how can one learn a new language or new consciousness with out any knowledge of the structure of that language or consciousness. In the case of the language of the One ‒ the language Unity ‒ that will be the language of our new age, the structure to be 'read' is the 360° structure of Time and Space. 

In the course of their yoga and teachings throughout the entire 20th century and into the 21st century, Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet have progressively and in great detail revealed this basic and all-pervasive structure of the Unity Consciousness as the Seed Point of our New World order. Through this progressive revelation, they have opened the Book of the One (and saw what no one else in our modern era could see) based on the keys and consciousness of eternal and universal Vedic Gnosis. This opening is, in itself, 'Ground Zero' of the SHIFT from the Old Age of divisive consciousness, to the New Age of unity consciousness.

Put simply, these three Truth Seers have already ushered in the New Age of Unity Consciousness, and well before the December Solstice of 2012. Hence people who know something of this astounding accomplishment, refer to Sri Aurobindo as an Avatar ‒ the Supramental Avatar who has established the seeing or seed of the all-integrating Supramental or Unity Consciousness on Earth. Sri Aurobindo Ashram resident Peter Heehs stirred up much controversy in his 2008 academic biography of Sri Aurobindo by saying that Sri Aurobindo never claimed to be an Avatar and that the matter was not even important (not to Mr. Heehs at least). I recently read an entry in The Mother's Agenda, in which the Mother says, 'Sri Aurobindo ... as the Avatar, represented the supreme Consciousness and Will on earth.'4 So unless the Mother and Sri Aurobindo never communicated about such things (which is preposterous given their relationship) and unless her words and SEEING mean nothing, Heehs' attempt to disassociate Sri Aurobindo from the grand mission of being the Avatar of our New Age is based on his own academic and egoic filters, and not on the actual truth of the life and work of Sri Aurobindo.   

It is clear that millions and millions people on Earth actively want to evolve, want to shift their consciousness and help to usher in the New Age that has been prophesized for aeons and that is noticeably emerging in the midst of the old. This is wonderful, but from what I can tell, very, very, very few as of yet are willing to come to terms with what it is that has already been born, with what has already been established in our midst and with the real structure of our living Matrix ... the real structure of our Oneness. Many do have a strong and true sense that our current course is unsustainable and that we are collectively due for an upgrade, overhaul, reorganization or re-birth. And so naturally people theorize and speculate about when this will happen, how this will happen, what will this mean. But considering the mental-egoic origin of all of these theories and speculations, they are not accurate and they continue to scatter and fragment our individual energies and efforts.   

The truth is that eventually all our various theories and speculations about the apocalypse and Birth of a New World will one day necessarily give way to actual and precise Gnosis, to the actual and precise Truth of what exactly is being Born in our New Age, in the Age of Aquarius. Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet have presented this Gnosis and some do seem to be paying attention. But apparently it will take some time before many come to understand their Seeing and consequently, their very real impact on our Age. Eventually their lives and teachings will be understood as an accurate portrayal of the processes by which the mortal (mental-egoic) human individual is reborn into the Divine Matrix as One who Sees, as the Immortal One.     

Capricorn and the Birth of the Immortal One

Interestingly enough, it is precisely the Capricorn cardinal point of the Zodiac (the Earth's year) wherein this rebirth takes place. This cardinal point is of course the December Solstice. Every year this point signifies the rebirth of the LIGHT OF THE ONE, and the divine uplifting of the human consciousness and of material existence. Every year (in the northern hemisphere) the majority of Earth's population experiences a 'compression' of the light via a shortening of days from the time of the Cancer cardinal point (the June Solstice), until Capricorn cardinal point (the December Solstice). From that point on the Light returns, 'expands' or increases until the June Solstice. And hence every year the 'compressed' Light of the December Solstice is a living symbol of the Point of all Being and Becoming which is the full compression or contraction of ALL dimensions. This is why the December Solstice is significant, why it is Sacred. It is the Point or portal or gateway through which we eventually ‒ individually and collectively ‒ are reborn, on Earth, in full consciousness, into what Sri Aurobindo termed the Supramental or Truth Consciousness or what the Vedic Seers called Swar. It is the Point from which our vision (in the course of our evolutionary journey in time) becomes un-obscured. From this Point, our vision becomes a full panorama of all dimensions and facets of our Being, which is why Capricorn is associated with the mountain top, and the peak upon which shadows do not fall.   

John Mayor Jenkins has calculated that from 1980 to 2016, on the December Solstice the Sun is in alignment with our Galactic Equator. Being a phenomenon of the Precession of the Equinoxes, this alignment would happen on the December Solstice once every 25,920 years. Whether he correctly calculated the exact position of the Milky Way's equator is up for debate, but it does seem that the 36 year period5 within the 25,920 year Precession in which the December Solstice Sun is in alignment with the Galactic Equator is a special time in the course of Earthly evolution, but what people across the globe are failing en masse to understand is the underlying reason WHY the December Solstice IS SPECIAL in the first place, and what this Time IS a manifestation of in terms of our collective Center, collective Soul as described in the previous paragraph. A prime example of this failure to understand WHY it is special, is that the majority of Indians celebrate this hallowed Capricorn cardinal point of the Zodiac some 23 days after the December Solstice.    

So perhaps all those who sincerely feel compelled to celebrate or herald the birth of a new era on the 2012 December Solstice, can contemplate the reality that the entire POINT ‒ the actual sacred meaning of Capricorn, of the Solstice and hence what it means to align with the Center ‒ is entirely lost on the majority of humans, on our mental consciousness. This loss is epitomized of course by the prevalent ignorance of the universal Gnosis contained in the Zodiac, but also by the belief of so-called Vedic astrologers that the Capricorn cardinal point perpetually slips backwards throughout the year (due to the Precession of the Equinoxes). In the true SEEING, this point does not move.   

Those who attempt to cultivate some understanding of the true significance of the December Solstice (the Capricorn cardinal point) as the very point wherein the compressed Light of the Soul, is born on Earth, becoming the 'savior', or unifier and harmonizer of all layers and factions of the being, will find themselves approaching a conscious alignment with the December Solstice and the New Age. But to imagine that this New Age is beginning just now, in the year 2012, is truly incorrect. A sincere study of the combined work of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet will make the details of the already-born New Age quite apparent.

I will conclude and hopefully drive home the Point of this article, with quotes from the writings of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet on the 'innermost secret of the December Solstice'.
'There is the mysterious [galactic] center that keeps all the stars in orbit around itself. This Centre, that Science knows so little of as yet, is located with respect to our Sun and planet in the direction of the Constellation Hercules or the zodiacal sign Capricorn, and slowly, at the rate of 12 miles per second ... our sun orbits around and moves closer to this solar apex, as it is called. That is, at the end of December each year, the earth is directly behind the sun with respect to this Great Void ...'6 
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'[A]part from being the moment when a reversal takes place and the compression of the Light (cows/rays) begins to increase, [the December Solstice's] import for a Vedic Rishi and Initiate is that the Light experiences the same ‘death’ as the human being who faces his own death: one’s consciousness-being is compressed to a ‘point’; and through this method of extreme contraction a portal is reached which alone can give us entry to Swar – not ‘heaven’ as we wrongly understand the word today, but the dimension of immortality, the home of the Immortal Ones.'7
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'For the real and essential question to ask is, When, in effect, does the Sun truly move into that special time-space of Capricorn, India’s own [astrological] ruler and an entry which, in spite of the loss, continues to be celebrated throughout the country each year? In Sanskrit it is called the Makar Sankranti, or the Capricorn Gateway. But given the decline of the Knowledge, the loss of the correct connection between time and cosmos and the Earth, this entry point has slipped back as if the civilisation’s pulse were skipping vital beats here and there. Finally, in this Age of Aquarius of our 9th Manifestation [begun in 1926], the loss consists of a full 23 days in terms of the year; regarding the cosmic age – the same circle extended to embrace larger cycles of time – it amounts to hundreds. The Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 15 January rather than the true date: the solstice of 22-23 December [or 21-22, depending on the motion of the Earth].

'Be this as it may, conforming to its role of preserver of the highest cosmic Knowledge and land of the new order based on that Vedic Truth, the nation does continue to foster the true things simply by openly celebrating an event cosmic and zodiacal. In the West this date is camouflaged in the tale of the birth of the Christ-Child: 24-25 December. Closer to the mark indeed, but still imperfect, it was adopted as the birthday of Jesus simply because it fell in the traditional Festival of Light, perhaps the most auspicious and universal of all celebrations in antiquity. It was associated with the ‘light’, entirely due to a cosmic/planetary configuration: the Capricorn solstice marked the point when, from its period of longest ‘imprisonment’ (in the cave of the Panis?), the Sun would pass into the experience of increase of its light. This would be reflected in the increase of the length of the day from that moment onward. Hence, the Festival of Light was a celebration of a cosmic event and to locate this ‘gateway’ at any other point in time than the one which would indeed identify the exact beginning of the increase, would make no sense at all, if we place value on the physical harmony and the lived experience. Yet this is what has come to pass in India – largely because that physical reality came to be looked upon as ‘illusion’. Thus, the Yogis of old who should have been responsible for maintaining that correct link with time and cosmos, saw themselves drawn away from their duty by this concept which gradually undermined the act of seeing to the measurable degree of ‘23 days’. Thus that ‘gateway’, which bears no relation to the true entry into Capricorn, is the Makar Sankranti we know and celebrate today. Nonetheless, I repeat, it is indeed respected though the significance and measure may have been lost. The impact of the Vedic Seeing was just too powerful and electrifying to be ignored.    
'Yet, the Avatars do carry on with their work and in spite of the loss they even contrive to rectify matters, similar to the Egyptian sages, and locate the Makar Sankranti at the real Gateway where it belongs in the divine Measure.'8 


 Endnotes

1   The Yuga measurement of 432,000 is thought to be measuring years, some say a yuga is 432,000 years and some divide 432,000 by 360 and say that a Yuga is 1,200 years. Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet writes that the measure is in arc seconds of the circle, and measures off a third of the 25,920 year Precession of the Equinoxes. The 360° circle = 360 x 60 x 60 = 1,296,000". So one third of the circle, in arc seconds = 432,000. In terms of years of the Precession, this is 8640 years. Link HERE for more on this topic.
2   Vala is translated as coverer, or enclosure. It basically means falsehood, or the coverer of the Truth-Consciousness or Light of the Sun.
3   See The Hidden Manna - being the Revelation called Apocalypse of John the Divine with complete text and commentaries, by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, Aeon Books, 1976.
4   The Mother, The Mother's Agenda, Volume 1, 10 October 1958.
5   In terms of the Precession of the Equinoxes, it takes 72 years for the Earth to precess 1° of celestial longitude. John Major Jenkins writes, 'Because the sun is one-half of a degree wide, it will take the December solstice sun 36 years to precess through the Galactic equator'. See LINK.
6   PNB, The Gnostic Circle, Aeon Books (1975).
7   PNB, 'Ramlal and the Makar Sankranti – revisited' (2009)
8   PNB, 'Ramlal of Ayodhya: the Retrieval Conspiracy', The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 6, Special December Solstice Edition, 1991

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Related Links:
* 'The House of Spirit and the New Creation', Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, Book III
* The December Solstice (Capricorn or Makar Sankranti
* More on Makar Sankranti
* The Importance of Makar Sankranti and Hindu Calendar Reform
* Evolving Towards a Consciousness of Unity - Sri Aurobindo's Teachings and Lineage
* Macrocosm, Microcosm & the Laws of Time and Space, an excerpt from PNB's The Gnostic Circle 


Monday, November 26, 2012

Number and the Supramental Matrix

The Mother's inscription for Volume 4 (1963) of her
Agenda of the Supramental Action Upon Earth

(Note: The Mother's Symbol contains the POINT at the Center)

In late September I was shown an intriguing comment made by Sri Aurobindo a day after his 63rd birthday in 1935:
'Now I have got the hang of the whole hanged thing ‒ like a very Einstein I have got the mathematical formula of the whole affair (unintelligible as in his case to anybody but myself) and am working it out figure by figure.' Works Of Sri Aurobindo, CWSA, Letters On Himself And The Ashram, Remarks On The Current State Of The Sadhana, 1931-1947
Few in the Integral Yoga community have demonstrated any interest in this 'mathematical formula' that Sri Aurobindo was working out, which the Mother admitted in 1965, was still yet to be fully worked out.1 I once brought up the matter of this mathematical formula, and the significance of numbers in regards to the Supramental Action on Earth in an online group of people who considered themselves authorities on matters of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother's yoga (Auroconf), and they proceeded to make fun of Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's use of number, especially the number 9, in her cosmology. It became clear that they abhorred the idea that Ms. Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet had carried the Supramental Realization further than Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and the idea that there is actually a precise mathematical formula that is in essence a Supramental Law or established Matrix, barring or allowing comprehension of the Supramental Action or Consciousness-Force on the Earth. Such a reaction is understandable, but such ridicule and incredulity doesn't change the actual looming necessity to comprehend how number and math IS essential to the unfolding or expansion of the Supramental Seed. The ridicule emphasizes or underscores the difficulties encountered when new knowledge is introduced to an inflexible MIND SET.

Earlier in September, I had picked up Volume 4 of The Mother's Agenda, and opened to an entry which reminded me of the hypocrisy encountered by those who profess to honor the yoga Sri Aurobindo and the Mother and yet continue to insist, despite all evidence presented, that NUMBER has nothing to do with the Supramental Manifestation. This hypocrisy is the foundation of the whole Matrimandir debacle, wherein the sacred measure (sacred mathematics) of the Mother's Temple vision were cast aside by the builders of the temple in Auroville, and wherein, ever since the 1970s all attempts to illuminate seekers as to the real purpose of the Mother's use of number power in her design have been met with total incomprehension and derision by most in the Integral Yoga community. This incomprehension and derision is compounded by the fact that Ms. Norelli-Bachelet proposes that the 'mathematical formula' Sri Aurobindo was working out, as contained in the 9-6-3 (and hidden One) structure of his symbol ‒ the Lotus, would involve his own rebirth on 'Immortality Day' (26 November) in the year 1963. And so it is extra interesting to me that the 1963 Agenda starts off with the Mother's Hour of God inscription, accompanied by her 12 petaled symbol, with the central point of the circle (the ONE) clearly marked. Most Integral yogis reproduce the Mother's Symbol without the central point, making it, in more ways than one, a POINTLESS CIRCLE.

I have come to understand over the past 12 years of study, that just as the Point is the Seed of the 360° Circle, it is also the Seed of the Supramental Manifestation and Realization. The Point contains ALL, including the most basic building blocks of number which inform the entire matrix of our existence and evolution. The Mother recognized the aliveness and concreteness of number, and both she and Sri Aurobindo recognized the need for a mathematical formula that would help to connect the Point of Being to the dynamic sphere of Becoming. My feeling is the resistance to Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's full disclosure of this very simple mathematical (and cosmological) formula, connecting microcosm to macrocosm (Individual to the Whole) as discussed in her many books, comes from the Mind's tendency towards divergence and complexity. The Mother wrote on 27 Nomember 1965, 'The first effect of the return to the Origin is simplification ...'.

Most people who I know who do not care to take on the study of Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's Supramental Gnosis, consider the connection between mathematics and spiritual realization to be esoteric ... as if this connection is too complicated and far removed from anything that might actually be useful in their lives. My hope for humanity as we head towards the Winter Solstice of 2012, is that we progress past the collective Death Wish that has played out in countless mis-interpretations of the end of the Mayan Calendar and the Apocalypse, and gain an appreciation for the POINT of our existence and of how that POINT, via the power of number, informs and animates the Whole. Our number system, 12-month Zodiac and all geometries are contained in the POINT, in the Origin of our being, like the Oak Tree is contained in the Acorn. Via the work and lives of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, the design of the Seed is no longer hidden, and it is possible for Individuals to become Seers, conscious of the unfolding of the Seed of the Supramental Manifestation. As far as I am concerned, this IS the real meaning of 'Apocalypse' (uncovering of the hidden Light or Truth); and as long as the mathematical design or formula of the Soul remains to be considered 'esoteric', rather than newly revealed 'fundamental' knowledge, we will be stuck in a divisive consciousness that cannot recognize our common CORE (Point) and our common COURSE (360° Evolutionary Journey).

Here is the entry in The Mother's Agenda that 'seeded' this post: [bold emphasis added]

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11 May 1963
(Satprem draws the Tantric diagram he has been instructed to do 72 times a day for three times 72 days. It is a square divided into 9 smaller squares which contain figures and one Sanskrit letter. The first thing Mother does is to add up all the figures.)
Did you add them up? No? Whatever way you do it, it adds up to 72.... 9 is the figure of birth.
It should be done 72 times for 72 days, and three times over.
And 72, that means 7 + 2, or 9.
And this [the Sanskrit letter] is HRIM.
It's one of the three essential sounds. I don't remember now, but each of them represents one aspect of the Mother.
Sujata told me it's Mahalakshmi.
I was hesitating between Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.
(Mother remains concentrated)
It is clearly taken as a symbol of the gestation of the new birth, the second birth, the divine birth. That's certain.

He said 72 days?
Three times 72 days.... A little more than eight months, that is.
That's it.

It's ... ([laughing!] I've just asked him!2) it's the work of gestation for the birth of the divine consciousness.
And 7 (7 and 2) is interesting. 7 is the realization; 2 is dual: a dual realization. If you put both together, you get the figure of gestation.

You see, Mahalakshmi is the Divine Mother's aspect of love, the perfection of manifested love, which must come before this supreme Love (which is beyond the Manifestation and the Nonmanifestation) can be expressed – the supreme Love referred to in Savitri when the Supreme sends Savitri to the earth:
For ever love, O beautiful slave of God! (XI.I.702)
It's to prepare the earth to receive the Supreme's manifestation, the manifestation of His Victory.

Seen in that way, it becomes clear – comprehensible, and comprehensive, too: it has a content.
(Mother suddenly points to a piece of paper on the table beside her, on which the figure 8 is written)
Did you notice this figure?... There's a line in Savitri (I can't quote exactly): "Wherever Nature is, He (the Supreme) too is there, for, in truth, He and She are one."3 I was asked to find an illustration for this line, and I found the 8.

The drawing starts here (Mother draws the first half of the 8): it's the Supreme leaning forward. Then, Nature in its base, Nature in sleep (the base of the 8). And here (the top of the 8), I put two little drawings (as if to symbolize an eye, a nose and a mouth) to evoke the summit of consciousness. So the Supreme is leaning forward like this and Nature rises like this (Mother draws the second half of the 8). All this (the top of the 8) is golden, then it becomes prismatic (the middle of the 8), and deep blue here (the base of the 8), in the most material part of the creation, and the blue becomes lighter and lighter (going upward again), and finally golden. Perpetually.
Eight is the symbol of infinity for mathematicians (oo). 
 Exactly. It's very interesting.
(Then Mother considers one by one the various figures of the Tantric diagram) 
4 is the figure of the Manifestation (the square is the figure of the Manifestation). So here you have the manifestation of the Infinite: 4 + 8 = 12.

6 is the figure of the creation.

12 is the perfection of the creation: perfect creation.

30 is ... The 3 is Sachchidananda and the 30 its external expression (because 10 means something expressed). So 30 is the manifestation of Sachchidananda.

Thus we have first 6, then 12 (a perfection of manifestation), then 30, the manifestation of Sachchidananda, and 48, the manifestation of the Infinite. You see, it's beginning to come alive!

Afterwards comes 42: it's the dual manifestation, that is to say, the Supreme and Nature.

Then 18 ... The 10 (unless it's 12 ... 12 is two times 6; also 10 plus 2, but that has another meaning), but the 10 in itself is something established (the 11 is something beginning, while the 10 is something established). So if you have 18, it means that the Infinite is established.

Then 36, which is 3 times 12: it's the union of 30 (Sachchidananda) and 6, the creation.

The 12 is the figure of the Mahashakti. It's the essential creation, the creation in its essence – the creative Power. And perfection, too: the perfection in the execution. The 12 is a very important figure (24 is two times 12, and 36, three times).

48 is four times 12. It's an extremely important figure. Extremely important.

And finally, we have 9 here: gestation. Gestation in Matter – not on the heights: here, physically.
(Mother begins drawing herself the diagram with the figures and the Sanskrit mantra.)
Let's see if I remember my Sanskrit....

My eyes are no good, I've lost all my power of expression because of that (Mother takes her magnifying glass to draw). Before, I used to do these letters so easily, and now I can't see any more....

Here.

Now, it has life, you understand. It has life. And it's the correct drawing, I mean it should be a square (not a rectangle as you did), a square divided into nine smaller squares. It is the image of the realization (not realization – gestation), the birth of Mahalakshmi's consciousness in Matter, that is to say, the form of divine love in Matter. 
(Mother pores over the diagram for a long time. It should be noted that the figures of the diagram must be read and written in a particular order to have their full power.) 
 Oh, there's a music!
(Mother starts humming the music or the vibration which has come to her and corresponds to the diagram and the birth of Mahalakshmi's consciousness in Matter.)
Another point is unclear: after 30, do you go here or there?
After 30 it's 48, then 42.... 
 (The Mother starts humming again) 
There, mon petit. Now I would advise you to take a comfortable chair, a table on which you can write comfortably, put it before you and get on with it!

It's a pity we can't note the music down. 
(The Mother hums again) 
There.

But it's full of meaning, it vibrates with meaning!

I am not positive, but when he gave you this diagram, had he had in himself the conscious meaning, he would have passed it on to you.... I have a feeling he is more like a scholar. He has perhaps more of an impression than an understanding.
But where does the significance of figures come from? 
The deeper significance of figures ... There are countless traditions, countless scriptures ... which I took great care not to follow. But the deeper significance of figures came to me in Tlemcen, when I was in the Overmind. I don't remember the names Théon used to give to those various worlds, but it was a world that corresponded to the highest and most luminous regions of Sri Aurobindo's Overmind. It was above, just above the gods' region. And it was something in accord with the Overmind creation – the earth under the gods' influence. That was where figures took on a living meaning for me – not a mental speculation: a living meaning. That was where Madame Théon recognized me, because of the formation of twelve pearls she saw above my head; and she told me, "You are that because you have this. Only that can have this!" (Mother laughs) It hadn't even remotely occurred to me, thank God!

But figures are alive for me. They have a concrete reality. 

And this (the diagram) is meant to prepare for the "second birth" mentioned in the Vedas, the spiritual birth. Through it one becomes a complete being, consciously complete.

Of course, it's the beginning of realization. But for many people it's the ultimate term.

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Footnotes

1 21 July 1965, The Mother's Agenda: ‘I feel as if the tail of the solution had been caught.[[We cannot help thinking of Sri Aurobindo's "mathematical formula": "Now," he wrote on 16 August 1935, "I have got the hang of the whole hanged thing - like a very Einstein I have got the mathematical formula of the whole affair (unintelligible as in his case to anybody but myself) and am working it out figure by figure." Mother uses almost the same words. ]] Now, naturally, we must work it out.’ 
2 Sri Aurobindo  
3
As long as Nature lasts, he too is there;
For this is sure that he and she are one. (L.IV.72)

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ADDITIONAL NOTE: I shared this Agenda entry with Thea (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet) on 3 September in an email titled '72 - gestation for the birth of the divine consciousness' and she replied: 
How curious, I never saw this. I wonder if it is a newer edition and they have added things.

I also marvel at how much progress has been made in these matters. You can hardly compare the new cosmology with all this, and yet it came essentially from the Mother. It is still separative, each number disconnected from the other, not a comprehensive flow. But that is the way it was until the Third came along to 'put each thing in its place.' It is really interesting how the force she put out passed through my consciousness to come up with the new cosmology. One is fashioned for a particular work.
Number also came alive for me, just as the Mother says about her experience in Tlemcen. This happened in September 1972 - I wrote it all, to her. (Tenth Day of Victory - 1). That changed everything. Number has never been 'lifeless' since then.
How fascinating. Thea

I feel a very strong need for someone who knows.
Yes, I too have quite often thought that someone
should come here who....
...who knows.
Who knows something.
That's what I was expecting from Sri Aurobindo.
But he himself was searching.
Had he continued, he probably would have found it....
But obviously it wasn't possible.
For he never said he didn't know.*
He never said he didn't know.
He always told me, 'Each thing in its own time.'
But if he knew, he will be able to tell me.
So it means it isn't time yet.
 13 February 1962, The Mother's Agenda, Volume 3
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* Satprem references Sri Aurobindo's 16 August 1935 mention the mathematical formula he was working out. 
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Related Links: 
* The Mother on the Supramental Action and the Number 9 
* Sri Aurobindo and the Lotus 
* Is the True Significance of Immortality Day Lost on Followers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother?
* 2012, the Earth's Evolution and the New World 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

2012, the Earth's Evolution and the New World


Where is Persephone's Underworld? ‒ Part One of an Interview with Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet on 2012, the Earth as a living organism, the Earth's evolution, the Eleusinian Mysteries, Triptolemus (the three-fold warrior), Heaven on Earth, the final quarter or three months of the Zodiac and the new world.




Where is Demeter's Elysium? ‒ Part Two of the above interview with Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, concerning Whole Time, America, India, transformation of the vital (economics, energy, infrastructure), corruption and the collapse of the old.



For more videos on 2012 and the transformation of the Earth see LINK.

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Simultaneity of Time, Spirit and Matter

I recently had an exchange with a regular reader, some of which I believe merits sharing. The reader proposed: 'the Time aspect of Matter prevents Spirit from perfectly encountering itself'. And I responded: 
[It sounds] like you're negating Time? ... as so many people have been prone to do for thousands of years thinking this is progress in the spiritual journey. If you really read and study the Supramental Descent/Gnostic, you will come to understand that there is a higher perception of Time to be attained, a Supramental vision of Time, a simultaneous holding of all three times [Past, Present and Future] as ONE. Which is discussed in one way or another by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet.
This is a real fork in the road issue. The negation of Time route is one (similar to or parallel to the negation of Matter), the integration and Gnosis of Time is another. Your choice, but I have NO INTEREST in the former. To me it is absolutely, and literally, a DEAD END. ...
If you truly believe that 'the Time aspect of Matter prevents Spirit from perfectly encountering itself' you are very much barking up the wrong yogic lineage'. I stand by that one, just because people do tend to have certain mental ideas about Time/Space/Spirit/Matter that they can't give up and that is fine, it's just most of these ideas are going to bar one from entry into the wonderful consciousness of the Supramental yogis. I don't mince words because why waste anyone's time? I sense that your Mind is trying to hold on to certain ideas that are going to prevent you from progressing. So I try to lay out the choice to be made. But of course the choice needs to be based on YOUR living into a new experience of these things, rather than faith in someone's words.

I believe you have misunderstood the following sentence of mine (because of the way I constructed it): 'A profound IGNORANCE of how Time is a power, an active function/expression the hidden one, hidden spirit in matter ... or IGNORANCE of how Time IS consciousness-force[,] separates the dynamism of our Material Creation from Spirit.'  I am not saying that Time separates the dynamism of Material Creation from Spirit (which you paraphrased above as 'Time separates ... Material Creation from Spirit'). I am saying that our prevailing Ignorance of Time FALSELY separates the dynamism of Material Creation from Spirit.

Regarding [the] Time-Spirit ... that is what I mean when I wrote 'Time IS consciousness-force', it is the dynamic power of the soul of matter ... of the Individual as well as of the Cosmos. This is obviously not how the Mind experiences Time or Matter, but this is what needs to change in the evolutionary movement towards the Supramental Consciousness.

Your mind, it seems to me, is holding Time and Matter and Spirit as separate, they are not. They function as a complete and integral whole. Something in your mind needs to give way to a more integral experience and understanding of these things. It is not a figuring and hashing it out (via the mind's reasoning) as much as a melting of the mind's limitations/obstructions, and seeing things anew, from the perspective of the Point/Soul.
... if you want to make serious progress, it takes some serious focus. Like any practice, if there is no serious and real effort there is not serious and real result. It all depends on what you want to know/realize, what you want to practice. It can't be externally imposed, you know? People come in [onto planet Earth] with certain quests. I think this particular quest to know something of the Supramental Consciousness, to see it in the world, is very difficult for the ego and for the mind ... for their divisive impulses. That is just a given. One has to REVERSE the egoic mental impulses of division and complexity (moving outward - away from the Center, away from the Point) and establish movement towards the common Center of all creation, which is Simpler beyond what the complex mind apparently cares to consider.

Check out p. 126 of The Gnostic Circle about the Point and the Circle ... the Soul and the Universe ... the Microcosm and Macrocosm.
I recently I watched a Youtube video, entitled 'Ancient Knowledge' that underscores how the mind erroneously separates Matter and Spirit. The producers of the video present some absolutely mind blowing footage about how SOUND frequencies interact with and change matter, showing the inherent geometries that exist in our matrix. But most unfortunately they feel the need to project the mind's ignorance on the Ancient Seers and conclude: 'Quantum Physics has revealed what ancient masters knew - Matter does not exist ... The fact of the matter is that the substance of the universe is consciousness. ... Quantum Physics has shown that Space and Time are illusions of perception. Therefore our bodies cannot truly be a reality if they occupy Space.'

The ancient Rishis of the Rig Veda knew that Matter and Spirit are simultaneous entities. To acknowledge that Matter is Consciousness/Spirit and then to say it doesn't exist is expressive of the the divisive mind's difficulty in overcoming its divisiveness. To project that ignorance onto the ancient seers is pure folly. It does not automatically follow, that because Matter is not what the mind thought it was (i.e. that matter is infinitely more spacious and dynamic and interconnected with the whole than the mind thought it was), that Matter is not real. Sri Aurobindo acknowledges this problematic mental division (Ignorance) and the need to surpass it in The Life Divine:
[T]hrough many centuries a great army of shining witnesses, saints and teachers, names sacred to Indian memory and dominant in Indian imagination, have borne always the same witness and swelled always the same lofty and distant appeal, - renunciation the sole path of knowledge, acceptation of physical life the act of the ignorant, cessation from birth the right use of human birth, the call of the Spirit, the recoil from Matter.

' ... We seek indeed a larger and completer affirmation. We perceive that in the Indian ascetic ideal the great Vedantic formula, "One without a second", has not been read sufficiently in the light of that other formula equally imperative, "All this is the Brahman". The passionate aspiration of man upward to the Divine has not been sufficiently related to the descending movement of the Divine leaning downward to embrace eternally Its manifestation. Its meaning in Matter has not been so well understood as Its truth in the Spirit. The Reality which the Sannyasin seeks has been grasped in its full height, but not, as by the ancient Vedantins, in its full extent and comprehensiveness. But in our completer affirmation we must not minimise the part of the pure spiritual impulse. ... We shall preserve the truths of material Science and its real utilities in the final harmony, even if many or even if all of its existing forms have to be broken or left aside. An even greater scruple of right preservation must guide us in our dealing with the legacy, however actually diminished or depreciated, of the Aryan past.'
Here's the video:




Macrocosm, Microcosm & the Laws of Time and Space

The following is an excerpt from The Gnostic Circle - A Synthesis in the Harmonies of the Cosmos by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (reproduced here with her permission as an addendum to 'The Simultaneity of Time, Spirit and Matter'):

'The stumbling block that one faces in these teachings is that the question of the equality of the macrocosm and microcosm is not sufficiently part of the realisation. This Ray of Creation, as well as other systems which explain the process of Creation, goes from larger body to smaller and makes space and therefore time a major rod for measuring the possibilities of evolution, i.e. the smallest is farthest removed from the Absolute and therefore has the least possibility of falling under its direct influence and laws. Yet this can be misleading, for in the realm of cosmic harmonies the question of space and time can be the experience of another dimension where in us the vast is equal to the small, as the Circle is equal to the Point, as the 9 is equal to the 0. In the level of higher perception, the farthest is the closest and the closest farthest, and man is particularly equipped with a device, let us say, which is his direct connection in consciousness with the Absolute, and wherein he can find the resolution to this problem of time and space. His soul is the very universe within him. It is in his soul that he can know himself to be equal and one with That in every way, and therefor it is in his soul that he must find the answer to all things ‒ the higher knowledge he is now to achieve. With the full realization of his soul, which would mean the shedding of the outer darkness and its entire liberation from the veils of ego, man then knows himself to be a cell in the vast body, but equal to it in every way, therefore there is no end to the possibilities of his evolution, just as there is no end to the possibilities of the universe. Through his soul he can enter into a dimension which does away with the accepted concepts of time and space and shows him the hidden reality of things, which he can in no way perceive in the normal consciousness. The psychic realisation is the first step and it shows man that the Absolute is lodged not only in the structure of the vast universe and the galaxies, but it is his fundamental core, and the core of each cell and atom. The Law of Three is the very essence of all creation. In the most concrete manner therefore he can transform himself into an 'image of the Lord'. In creation there is no essential reality to vast and small. These are the terms of the human mind. Man should now be closer to understanding, having released the tremendous energy in the minute atom which, if handled in the proper way, can bring about the most extraordinary transformation. He knows from the experience of nuclear power that size has nothing to do with potency. In the same way space has nothing at all to do with the experience of oneness.

'There is a way in which man can experience this concretely, and it is by passing into a dimension where the laws of space and time are transmuted. This dimension is as real as those we are now aware of and it is only by opening ourselves to that secret dimension that we can truly speak of the unity of oneness of all things.' ‒ TGC, Chapter 11: The Enneagram, p. 126


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Old Spirituality and the New Vision

[This open letter to a friend is pretty much Part III of a series beginning with The More Real You Get the More Real the World Gets; and The World As a Harmonious, Luminous, Dynamic REALITY.]

Dear X,

The point that I tried to clarify in my second post is that the WORDS themselves of the Lennon ('The more real one gets the more unreal the world gets') are tied to a negation of the world that was epitomized by the teachings of Gautama the Buddha regardless of what Lennon meant or how anyone interprets his words. This age-old negation can be understood as a seed that rooted in the dim consciousness of the Buddha’s time. Similar negations of the Feminine/Mother/Matrix (in favor of the Masculine/Father/Spirit) can be detected in ALL the major religions spawned in the same age or time frame. 

Words mean something. At their best, they are symbolic of reality. At their worst, they are subject to being twisted around, distorted and used incorrectly by those out of touch with reality. I do not believe that anyone with an integral consciousness could ever make such a statement positing an inverse relationship between higher consciousness and the unreality of world. Other words would be chosen ... other poetry would be constructed to make the very valid point (if that was the point to be made) that the mental consciousness has a distorted perspective and experience of the world. The lowest possible meaning or fragmented definition of the word 'world' would not be assumed.

Regarding your comment that ‘Modern Western Buddhism [is a] better balanced between Spirit and Matter than traditional Buddhism,’ Buddhism and other religions may be changing their face and modern day teachings to be seemingly (superficially) more in tune with the irreversible spiritual tide of the times, but you have to consider the seed of consciousness that the whole system springs up from. The tree of Buddhism with all its branches and offshoots springs from the seed realization of emptiness, nothingness and the void ... positing the absence of a soul and an exit from the dynamic world as the highest goal or fruit of this realization of ‘the void’. The design of this seed that was planted thousands of years ago can not be changed. The fruit a tree will bear is entirely dependent on the inherent indwelling qualities of the seed. The fruit of modern-day Buddhism is still the fruit of a seed of nothingness and soul-negation no matter how well-meaning teachers adapt and spin the core teachings.

In stark contrast, Sri Aurobindo’s life and world mission was to introduce and establish an entirely new seed of consciousness whose essence is fullness and perfection in detail, and whose force is all-integrating, all-organizing, all-harmonizing, and whose fruit is the realization of a higher evolutionary order and a divinized world.
‘[T]he old spirituality was an escape from life into the divine Reality, leaving the world just where it was, as it was; whereas our new vision, on the contrary, is a divinisation of life, a transformation of the material world into a divine world. This has been said, repeated, more or less understood, indeed it is the basic idea of what we want to do. But this could be a continuation with an improvement, a widening of the old world as it was ‒ and so long as this is a conception up there in the field of thought, in fact it is hardly more than that ‒ but what has happened, the really new thing, is that a new world is born, born, born. It is not the old one transforming itself, it is a new world, which is born. And we are right in the midst of this period of transition where the two are entangled ‒ where the outer still persists all-powerful and entirely dominating the ordinary consciousness, but where the new one is quietly slipping in, still very modest, unnoticed ‒ unnoticed to the extent that outwardly it does not disturb anything very much, for the time being, and that in the consciousness of most people it is even altogether imperceptible. And yet it is working, growing ‒ until it is strong enough to assert itself visibly.’ (The Mother, The Mother’s Agenda, 10 July 1957)
This new birth or seed (as all seeds are) is programmed to unfold its inner design and power in due course of time. The Mother and Thea (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet) have been absolutely indispensable to the establishment of this seed. It could not have been established without their combined Integral and Supramental yoga revealing the eternal connection between the Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual Divine. The ‘fullness’ and all-pervading, all-uniting influence of this new seed of consciousness is based on the ONENESS of this Divine Trinity. Thus this new seed is, in a real sense, a compression of that triadic Oneness. The Individual and Cosmic forms are not considered opposite to the Transcendent Divine or Spirit. They are all three One

The emptiness and disharmony and apparent chaos of our modern world, is solidly and irrevocably based on a BIPOLAR seed, whose inner potential, power and fruition has been the false division in our minds between Spirit and Matter (between Spirit and Self, and Spirit and Cosmos). And although this seed birthed and fulfilled a necessary stage of our evolutionary journey, giving us both the wonders and horrors of modern civilization, it bears no centering and unifying force. Its force is fragmenting and polarizing. It is easy enough to see the real fruits of this fragmenting and polarizing seed everywhere around us. However much we may appreciate the ‘good’ fruits the bipolar seed has produced, the ‘bad’ fruits are part of the package; and nothing can change the fact that the essence of this seed is fragmentation, un-sustainability, mortality and death. It is death-bound.

The Rishis of the Rig Veda revealed the essence and creative field-womb of this seed using the image of Martanda – the Dead Egg. Martanda is the 8th son of Aditi (the ‘Mother of Light’ who has 12 ‘sons’ altogether). Thea makes the clear connection between Martanda and the 8th month of the 12 month Vedic Year (i.e. the 8th sign of the Zodiac: Scorpio). Martanda/Scorpio represents a period wherein the mental consciousness has achieved remarkable capacities of self-expression and exploration; but the true seed, design and energies of the self, the world and cosmos are hidden from the mind. Hence the mind creates its forms and systems based on a deep ignorance of the self and world and cosmos. The name the Rishis gave to the true seed of our self and world existence was Hiranyaretas – the Golden Seed, planted within Hiranyagarbha – the Golden Egg.

In order to continue the journey and move into the 9th stage of the evolutionary journey  (Sagittarius), the calcified forms and systems of the Dead Egg must be broken, dismantled and thoroughly defeated by those with higher knowledge of the essential and immortal ONENESS and divinity of creation (gnosis of the Golden Seed and Egg). This is not mythology as most people imagine mythology, as something irrelevant to their own reality. It is an accurate vision of the perilous stage of our collective evolutionary journey that we are living. We would have little or no hope of surviving this death-march, had not the Vedic Seers well-recorded their measurements and higher knowledge of the journey and their knowledge of the triadic oneness of the Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual Divine.

Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea have been uniquely able to receive the transmission of the Vedic Seers, to reformulate their higher knowledge in modern language, and thereby to reveal (rebirth) the Hidden One or Golden Seed that is in its very nature, victorious over the lowly and misaligned perspective of the divisive mental consciousness, even before it unfolds its true power. It is designed to conquer the reigning darkness (fragmented consciousness) of the 8th stage of the evolutionary journey via illumination and integration of all parts of the whole, by the light and force of the One. In India this conquering seed is know as Kartikeya – a victorious child (son of Shiva) born in the 9th month of the 12 month Zodiacal Year. He is also known as Skanda or Guha. 1

The very least point I hope to make in all this is the seed and roots of things matter. They manifest and bear fruit above the surface of the soil. Understanding the real consequences (meaning 'with sequence') or unfolding of a seed in the course of time is a crucial key and passageway to the highest understanding and experience of World and the Self. The divisive, immature and deadening mental consciousnesses, from which many naturally have wanted to escape or transcend over the past few thousand years, is completely ignorant of and even hostile to the idea of this organic and orderly unfolding in large and small cycles of time. This ignorance continues to live on in, and increasingly impede the progress our individual and world consciousness. As such, it is just about the furthest thing from people’s minds to appreciate or even be slightly interested in the importance of the unfolding sequence of events, i.e. the connections of real events and real world-expressions spread out through cycles of time. So most proceed as if the continuity and 12-stage progression of the individual soul and the world soul, as SEEN by the ancient Vedic seers, has absolutely no meaning or significance in terms of self-realization or self-organization.

This ignorance (however passive or aggressive) is not a minor foil in our world play. It is an epic barrier to approaching the unified consciousness which now lies before us to be realized and lived into. Regardless of the deadly backlash, Thea has taken on this epic barrier or blockage by explaining in the simplest terms possible, that understanding the realities of time and the realities of what exactly manifests here on planet Earth, in the course and stages of time, is crucial to realizing the supramental unifying consciousness-force introduced by Sri Aurobindo as the next step in our evolutionary journey. This understanding is crucial because Time and Space are the field, body, and substance of this unifying force. The inherent super-logic and perfect design of the Golden Seed and Golden Egg is made manifest in Time and Space, and is visible in terms of simple geometries, harmonies, cycles, waves and patterns of expression. For those who refuse to acknowledge or integrate such geometries, harmonies, cycles, waves and patterns of expression into their scientific or spiritual pursuits, the higher consciousness that pervades and integrates all layers of and all movement within our world-existence will remain invisible behind the barriers and blinders of the old consciousness. One may intuit such a higher consciousness or believe in it, but one will not be able to see (to become a seer of) the play of the all-unifying supramental consciousness-force in the unfolding circumstances of one’s individual life or in the world play unless one learns to recognize the reality of its own terms of expression … including the reality of its most basic math and measure.

Having lived even just a few baby steps into this realization/recognition, I can say without any reservation whatsoever, that it is not wise and literally pointless to be attached, in whatever subtle or not-subtle ways, to the seed and roots or branches of the painfully fragmented consciousness that has produced our modern-day predicament – a World over-populated by thoroughly lost and empty and self-destructive people. 

What is clear to me is that individuals can utilize and apply the re-formulated Vedic gnosis presented by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea to become conscious of the individual soul and world soul (the Golden Seed and Golden Egg) and to thereby break the hold of the ‘Dead Egg’ and its entirely distorted field … or they can ignore it and continue to be a moribund (death-bound) fixture of this distorted field … however happily or unhappily depending on how comfortable or uncomfortable one is in this Old World Order.

Becoming a Singularity

I know that for you, and for many there must be some kind of social consensus and social component in order to feel drawn to any spiritual teachings or practice. Because, understandably, many people are attracted to religion and spiritual groups because at their core, they feel empty, lonely and want company. They naturally want to feel part of something larger than themselves. But the truth is that if one wants to enter into an entirely new field of consciousness organized by the Golden Seed or Hidden One (hidden to those in the darkness), any attachment to mass-agreements about what constitutes higher knowledge has to be shed. If one wants company more than one wants to uncover the indwelling Truth of all being and becoming, then one will not uncover the indwelling Truth of all being and becoming. In order to make the transition from the 8th stage of the evolutionary journey, Scorpio, to the 9th stage, Sagittarius, one must be willing to stand alone, to journey alone into the seed/core and inner matrix of the individual and collective self no matter what or who is lost in the process. That is the essence of the fearless Vedic conqueror or hero, the One who must emerge, based on the strength of his or her own soul rather than on external indicators and support, from the suffocating ignorance that holds an entire civilization in its death-grip, and establish a true – not imaginary or sentimental – alignment with the point of all existence.

Accordingly, the symbol of Sagittarius is an arrow, which must sail through all attachments, distractions and distortions in order to reach the ‘Bulls Eye’, the target, the One … the point at the very center of the circle of the Self. This arrow symbolizes the true and absolutely sincere focus that one must have in the process of becoming a conscious Individual (microcosm) within the whole of the Cosmos (macrocosm). In order to progress beyond the chaos and randomness of the fragmented mental consciousness, one must become a singularity … one must become the Golden Seed, knowledgeable of its vast Design. But this task is the ultimate kicker and the ultimate test that will eliminate most in our times from transitioning from the death-bound consciousness that is our ‘comfort-zone’ to the immortal all-sustaining consciousness that Sri Aurobindo introduced. The reason being, of course, that most people are far too interested in protecting their own small designs or the designs they have inherited from their families, communities and society, to even consider something else, even if that something else is the hidden point and design of all of creation. Attachments to the reigning death-bound consciousness of our civilization and its distortions and deformations, effectively veil or hide the unifying point and design of the One Self in All Selves. As the Vedic Rishis saw, this is the way our journey is designed … the natural course of our evolution. The individual either remains trapped and dies within a web of pointless relations, or emerges as the Eagle, the Hero, the Conqueror or Savior … the true Individual, perfectly aligned with the luminous and eternal point of all relations.

It is important to acknowledge that the Hero in this real evolutionary play does not simply emerge out of a sea of tranquility with no effort required or exerted! The Hero of the journey does not meditate his or her way into the 9th and 10th stages of the 12 stage evolutionary journey. There is a battle to be fought that requires real skill and ‘all-in’ involvement. The Hero faces and conquers an unimaginable mass of deadly pressures and antagonists in a sea of toxicity. Sri Aurobindo recognized all of this and pretty much dismantled the idea that the spiritual quest (in our day and age) should be peaceful and the idea that everyone should just accept the relativity of our existence and our belief systems so that everyone can get along without incident. The Hero of the Vedic journey, armed with knowledge of the One Self, faces and annihilates all dead, empty, pointless and toxic structures and enemies of the past mercilessness. It is via this crucial battle that the Hero ‘wins’ (firmly establishes in oneself) the truth-consciousness.
‘If one is among the ... seekers of [the] Truth one has to take sides for the Truth, to stand against the forces that attack it and seek to stifle it. Arjuna wanted not to stand for either side, to refuse any action of hostility even against assailants; Sri Krishna, who insisted so much on samata, strongly rebuked his attitude and insisted equally on his fighting the adversary. ‘Have samata and seeing clearly the Truth, fight.’ ... It is a spiritual battle inward and outward ; by neutrality and compromise or even passivity one may allow the enemy force to pass and crush down the Truth and its children.’ (Sri Aurobindo, Letters on Yoga, Ch. 23, pp. 665-666) 2
I know this response is much more than you bargained for when you wrote your thoughts to me on the subject of the Lennon quote, but regardless, this is the response that your brief thoughts on the subject evoked in me. From the start I knew I wanted this to be an open letter … diving more deeply into the subject of seeds and formations of the old consciousness and seeds and formations of the new. Anyhow I hope this makes some sense to you and maybe to others who are truly interested in cultivating a higher consciousness and experience of our wonder-full world.

Love, Lori

PS. A few hours after sending this letter to Thea, she sent out today (to her circle) on Sri Aurobindo's 140th birth anniversary, a letter that she had written in 1989 that was recently typed up by a student/colleague. It is uncannily in tune with the above letter and she has given me permission to publish it. So here's a link to that Addendum: 'OLD AND NEW EXPERIENCE'.
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1 Sri Aurobindo wrote of this ‘victorious child’ in his 76th Aphorism: ‘Europe prides herself on her practical and scientific organisation and efficiency. I am waiting till her organisation is perfect; then a child shall destroy her.’ Link to the Mother’s discussion of this Aphorism.

2 For more on Sri Aurobindo and the spiritual battle, see Michael Danino’s, ‘Sri Aurobindo and the Gita’, a keynote address delivered at a seminar on ‘Relevance of Bhagavad Gita in the New Millennium’, January 2000.

OLD AND NEW EXPERIENCE

Addendum: A few hours after sending 'The Old Spirituality and the New Vision' to Thea, she sent out (to her circle) on Sri Aurobindo's 140th birth anniversary, a letter that she had written in 1989 that was recently typed up by a student/colleague. Given its uncanny similarities, she has given me permission to publish it in conjunction with my open letter.

OLD AND NEW EXPERIENCE
Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
1989 OCTOBER 20

…After reading a couple of things I received (from him) and you about [Wilber], I can only repeat what I wrote then. One piece was especially hard to wade through. The interview he gave to Quest Magazine. What mental contortions! And this is what everyone raves about… He is really so very much in love with his mind. It is frightening. And then there is that piece on his wife’s death. Well, what to say…

I don’t exactly agree with you that he was misinterpreting the signs, such as the raging wind when she was dying. I think it was all very legitimate. What happened, happened, and it confirmed, his Buddhist beliefs. But, so what? I mean, it confirmed Buddhism. That is, it only proved that if you follow a certain path you will get results along the lines that path lays down. But this we have known for ages. His experiences are real and true and valid—in Buddhism. But the point is; does it have any value for something else, for a new consciousness and a new manifestation? Of course not. And this is where people go off. They are convinced that the new consciousness which everyone wants and feels must be the basis for a new life can come by or through any path. This is the fallacy. If you practice Buddhism you attain Nirvana; if you follow Vedanta you reach the experience of the Self and then the Brahman Consciousness, and so on. If you follow Tantra you get the rise of the Kundalini and then dissolution beyond and into the Absolute Brahman. And on and on. But none of these have anything to do with the new thing. This is the point. But this is what is so hard to get across. Again I have to state: All paths do NOT lead to Rome!

I suppose that this will all work itself out once the new way is finally established in the world. Then the difference will be clear and unmistakable. For example, Wilber’s experience at his wife’s death means something only to him. I mean, objectively speaking. If we abstract that from the world nothing goes with it. He could have that experience or he could not. It changes nothing here, means nothing. It is purely subjective and only subjectively real. I wonder if I am explaining this properly. All these experiences of all the paths we know NEVER involve the world, or even groups. They are singular and cut off from everything else. Even when they convey to one the sense of the interconnectedness of the world and the interrelation between things, this is still a subjective experience. And by this I mean that its ‘reality’ lies strictly in this subjective meaning and importance. You can use that experience to make something different out of your own life. But if you withdraw the whole thing from life in this world, the world stays the same and remains unmoved, so to speak.

Whereas, you have the New Way. As you yourself have experienced, and it is the constant experience of all of us, there is no experience of this New Way separated from the world. And therefore if you were to extract it, you would have to draw the world with that extraction. The experiences are thoroughly interwoven in the planet’s time being and the universal harmony. Without that they do not exist and this gives to the experience a continuous sense of the objective. The new way is the lived experience of truth on this planet, at this particular time. This does not mean that it is therefore ‘relative’ but that it is simply an integrated part of the planet’s destiny. No sense can be made out of the experience if we abstract that destiny; in fact, there would be no experience at all. At the same time, this is what is so disappointing to people. When one pivots the ego and  knows nothing else but that binary structure of which the ego is the axis of being, then only subjective experiences and perceptions will be found satisfying. Only that will be ‘real’ and meaningful. The moment one moves into the true realm of the Objective, then it is the unknown and becomes a frightening perspective. This is the main difficulty in trying to introduce people to this new way. The experience is so new, so unsatisfying according to these old patterns. It is a wonder that there is even a small group still involved and hanging in there!

So, the point I wish to make is that Wilber’s experience is subjectively valid because Buddhism is an entirely subjective experience since central to its truth is the Void. With that central you cannot have the miracle of true interconnectedness AS A LIVED EXPERIENCE, that is, objectively valid, truly REAL.

© Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet 1989

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The World As a Harmonious, Luminous, Dynamic REALITY

One of my friends who posted the John Lennon quote – 'The more real one gets the more unreal the world gets' – wrote that he interpreted the quote to mean that the more real one gets, the more one sees that most people live in an imaginary world. He thought that I should not assume that Lennon meant to negate the world of material existence, or that that is how others interpret the quote. It's a good/valid point. I really don't know if Lennon wrote or others read this statement as an expression of affinity with the Buddha's teaching that ‘A wise man, recognizing that the world is but an illusion, does not act as if it is real, so he escapes the suffering.'

But, to me, it seems clear that there is a direct and definite connection, however conscious or unconscious, between the words and phrasing of the Lennon quote and the age-old misguided spiritual tendency to consider the world unreal, regardless of what Lennon actually meant or how anybody interprets the words. My friend thinks this connection to be too far of a leap, but for me it seems to be no leap at all. The actual words of the quote posit an INVERSE relationship between becoming more real and the reality of the world.

My friend thought my interpretation of the world as material existence was too narrow, and that the word 'world' could be used to mean many things. To him, in the context of the quote, I believe 'world' meant the world of mental or emotional illusions in which most people live. So I will clarify that my understanding of world and material existence includes all facets, layers and systems of life on planet Earth as nestled within the cosmos. My understanding of 'world' and 'material existence' includes the vital, emotional, mental and spiritual layers of our material existence, regardless of how un-illumined these layers may yet be in the course of our evolution. For me our world is our whole dynamic and unified being/body evolving towards full-consciousness and full-experience of our Divinity. I understand that Lennon and others may well have a less-integral or less-positive association with the word 'world' and with the world itself.

But, from my perspective, the world is a glorious wonder and the idea that the world gets more and 'more unreal', as one gets 'more real' is not a only grossly untrue, but disastrously and inevitably Self-destructive. My feeling is that individuals and our civilization will benefit much much more from striving for and achieving a higher perspective, understanding and experience of and relationship with the world than we have benefited in the past and present from the narrow mindset of considering our world and all of our worldly trials and tribulations to be so lowly as to be unreal (i.e. the antithesis of Divine reality).

I think it is good to admit and have compassion for the fact that the mind of man has not been in a good position to fully appreciate the world we have been born into. It is understandable that many have reacted to this uncomfortable position by promoting and practicing transcendence of the world and worldly existence itself. But what is becoming clearer and clearer in our new age, thanks to the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and his co-conspirators, is that we are absolutely capable of and destined to rise to a higher position, perspective or consciousness from which the world occurs as a 'Heaven on Earth', i.e. as a harmonious and luminous dynamic REALITY. If the seed of our Self is indeed designed to become THAT in the due course of time, as Sri Aurobindo and the Rishis of the Rig Veda have written, then it would behoove humanity to focus on the process of becoming THAT Divine fullness, rather than to stay cemented in and even enamored by the idea, perspective or consciousness that the world is a hostile and illusory womb or prison to be left behind for greener spiritual pastures  ... which for some is dissolution into nothingness.

Perhaps it all boils down to whether or not we see or want to see our world and our existence as FULL of purpose or EMPTY of purpose ... whether or not we see or want to see a real point to our lives to be individually and collectively realized, or no point. I think it is clear that our civilization has reached a certain critical mass wherein the point and purpose of our world, of our collective journey must be realized. It seems to me that the 'grace period' for our Ignorance is over. Welcome to the Apocalypse as predicted by Saint John. 

He who was seated on the throne said,
'I am making everything new!'

Revelation 21:5