Monday, May 28, 2012

VIshnu's Avatars, the Supramental Descent and the Apocalypse

[Originally written September 21 2004, revised/renamed, May 2012]
Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) was a revolutionary yogi who spoke out for India’s Independence and unification and devoted most of his life to bringing forth what he called a Supramental consciousness. He wrote that just as the evolutionary process brought life into matter and mind into life, that there is yet another stage ‒ a Supramental evolution/manifestation. His counterpart in bringing forth the Supramental consciousness, known to her students as the Mother, was born in Paris in 1878. In 1926 they established an ashram in Pondicherry, India and spoke and wrote about the Supramental consciousness ‒ a consciousness of unity, wherein all parts of the Being that we (physical, vital, mental and spiritual) are become fully conscious, fully integrated and fully coordinated. As yet we have not integrated the levels of our collective being. We are a mind at odds with our vital nature and at odds with our material world. We are not yet an integrated or coordinated being. Sri Aurobindo and the Mother put forth the teaching that this Integration or Harmony of all parts of our Being, was immanent.

In the book, The Tenth Day of Victory, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, writes of a period of time in her early 30's when she was called to Pondicherry by the Mother. As the story goes, the Mother entered Ms. Norelli-Bachelet’s consciousness and led her to her work in India. The Mother left her body in 1973, and Ms. Norelli-Bachelet experienced an increased transmission of ‘Yoga Shakti for …. The Work’:               
‘In the weeks following the Mother’s passing I felt the impact of what I had experienced before her as she lay in state. I realized that a new type of energy had come into me. At the time it seemed to be a Yoga Shakti for work, or more precisely the Work. For her work, for Sri Aurobindo’s work. Everything that had come to me by way of knowledge concerning the future of their work in the world in the months prior to her passing, seemed now to acquire a certain determined focus. All the threads of the line of knowledge for the execution of this work were coming together; and this integration appeared to be connected to the power I had received at the Mother’s passing. It gave me an unbounded energy.’The Tenth Day of Victory, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
The Mother never communicated directly (on the physical plane) to Ms. Norelli-Bachelet or to the students of the ashram regarding her role in continuing the descent of the Supramental consciousness. Unrecognized by followers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in Pondicherry for many decades, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet continues the work of the Supramental Yoga at the Aeon Centre of Cosmology near Kodiakanal, Tamil Nadu, India.

The Gnostic Circle is one of Norelli-Bachelet’s major contributions to the Supramental Yoga. The Gnostic Circle is a multi-layered circle in which the Enneagram (the circle of 0/9) is superimposed the Zodiac (circle of 12) as the Key or the philosopher’s stone by which students can see, understand  and participate in the Supramental consciousness-force which informs and coordinates our individual and collective evolution (our unfolding) in time and space. The circle represents both microcosmic and macrocosmic cycles of time, whether it be a day, a year, nine years, 72 years, 25,920 years, 311,040 years, etc. It represents the whole of what we are ‒ our One Being evolving through various stages of manifestation, including eventually the manifestation of ‘Heaven on Earth’.

The applications of the Gnostic Circle are vast. It is an essential map/measure for understanding what we have been, what we are, and what we are becoming in time. As historians, scientists, geologists, archeologists and mathematicians as well as cosmologists and spiritual seekers begin to understand the applications of the Gnostic Circle, there will be a gradual and mind-altering unveiling of the Supramental coordination that has always been present in all events of our lives and history, but has been hidden from our perceptions.

For instance, in terms of the 25,920 year Precession of the Equinoxes, the ONE POINT of the Gnostic Circle coincides exactly with 3114 BCE ‒ the beginning of the last age of the Mayan Calendar.1 Mayan cosmologists believe that in mid-August, 3114 BC, ‘a new Solar Age began and the Sun Lord was reborn’.2 Considering that the Mayan Age of 5184 years is 1/5th of the Precession, and considering the very real links between the Mayan and the Vedic civilization ‒ from which came the technology of tracking the Earth’s year and the ages of the Precession in terms of the 360° circle, as well as from which came the recognition and celebration of a ‘Solar Lord’/Consciousness of Unity ‒, it is worth considering that the coincidence of the last Mayan age falling precisely at the One Point of the Precession of the Equinox is more than a ‘just’ a coincidence.  It may have a larger significance that we are not understanding, because we are not familiar with the proper keys of measuring Time.

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Sri Aurobindo did not think it was a coincidence that India gained independence in 1947 on the 75th anniversary of his own birthday (August 15th, 1872). It is possible that the last Mayan Age beginning in mid-August of 3114 is not a coincidence either. It is clear upon reading his work that he is reintroducing a ‘solar consciousness’ to the world and further details of the ‘solar’ nature of his incarnation can be seen in the mathematics of his own birth within the Precessional Cycle. [See Addendum]

The teachings of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, and Norelli-Bachelet regarding the Supramental consciousness suggest that there is no such thing as random coincidence. They point towards a Supramental precision-consciousness coordinating the micro and macrocosmic levels of our being. In their understanding, Time, as well as all manifest creation, is the direct expression of the Supramental consciousness. In the Secrets of the Veda, Sri Aurobindo offers an illuminating perspective of the ancient Veda and the Vedic journey of Recovering the Lost Sun. It seems that the Lost Sun is the Supramental consciousness – a consciousness of Unity, a consciousness of the ONE source of our existence and evolution. He writes that recovering this Consciousness of Unity is not simply the journey of one individual or one hero, but is the direction of evolution ‒ the next step in evolution.

Given the magnitude and catalyzing force of his teachings, and the evidence suggesting that he was the 9th Avatar of Vishnu in the Vedic tradition3, it is also worth considering that the South American ‘solar’ deity/avatar Quetzalcoatl – said to be destined to return to help establish a consciousness of unity on the planet – is intimately related to the Vedic notion of evolutionary avatars and hence to Sri Aurobindo’s Supramental Manifestation. Adding intrigue to this possibility is the fact Sri Aurobindo and the Mother were born as a 'pair', 6 years apart, in close conjunction with a pair of Venus eclipses (1874 and 1882). This is intriguing because in Mesoamerican lore the return of this pair of eclipses every 110 years or so is symbolic of the return of Quetzalcoatl who was closely associated with Venus the Morning Star.

 For those who do acknowledge and welcome an evolutionary shift towards Unity Consciousness in our day and age, it is worth considering that Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet’s Supramental and Vedic gnosis about the Geometry of Time is essential to this monumental shift (the ‘Recovery of the Lost Sun’). One of Quetzacoatl’s gifts to humanity is said to be setting the calendar straight, or orienting humanity correctly in time. Norelli-Bachelet offers this gift through her book The Gnostic Circle and many of her subsequent writings, yet she is clear that none of her orienting would be possible without the lives and work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

People often think of the end of the Mayan Calendar and of the Apocalypse as described in St. John’s Revelation as an end of the world. They do not often consider the meaning of the word ‘apocalypse’ which is a return or unveiling of light. In this sense ‘the Apocalypse’ promises an unveiling of what has been darkened or hidden to our perceptions and senses ‒ an unveiling of the consciousness of unity.

For those with ‘eyes to see’ the supramental mechanics behind of the long-awaited evolutionary shift of our times, Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet are three essential ingredients of the so-called ‘Apocalypse’ ‒ the uncovering of the Light, i.e. the revelation of the Supramental consciousness and the truth of the ONE Self in all selves and forms. When people think of Apocalypse, they think of disaster, which makes it all the more possible to actually miss the Apocalypse, to miss the signs, to miss the messengers who are uncovering ‘the Light’ or solar consciousness. But regardless of who does or does not notice, the Light has been uncovered ... the solar consciousness has been revealed.

If we follow Ms. Norelli-Bachelet’s line of wisdom, we can place the beginning of the current Mayan Era at the One Point of the Gnostic Circle, which coincides with 10 degrees Taurus (in the Age of Taurus).  We can see that 5184 years lands us HERE and NOW in time, in a 72 year window, 28 degrees Aquarius, which spans from 1998 to 2070. [see image above]

The Rig Veda, which some say is at least 5,000 years old, describes this STEP from Taurus the Bull to the Aquarius, the Friend. This step is taken by Vishnu, a member of the divine trinity in the Vedic tradition. This trinity is made up of Bramha the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. Vishnu, representing the guna (flow) of preservation, corresponds to the fixed (preservation) signs of the Zodiac ‒ Scorpio (the Eagle), Leo (the Bull), Taurus (the Bull) and Aquarius (the Friend). Ms. Norelli-Bachelet writes that Vishnu’s Ten Avatars descend, one by one, in astrological ages ruled by the fixed/preservation signs. The Rig Veda reads:

Of Vishnu now I declare the mighty works, who has measured out
the earthly worlds and that seat of our self-accomplishing he supports,
he the wide-moving, in the threefold steps of his universal movement.

That Vishnu affirms on high by his mightiness and he is like a terrible LION
that ranges in the difficult places, yea, his lair is on the mountain-tops,
he in whose three wide movements all the worlds find their dwelling-place.

Let our strength and our thought go forward to Vishnu the all-pervading,
the wide-moving BULL whose dwelling-place is on the mountain,
he who being ONE has measured all this long and far-extending seat
of our self-accomplishing by only three of his strides.

He whose three steps are full of honey-wine and they perish not
but have ecstasy by the self-harmony of their nature; yea, he being ONE
holds the triple principle and earth and heaven also, even all the worlds.

May I attain to and enjoy that goal of his movements, the Delight,
where souls that seek the godhead have the rapture; for there in that HIGHEST STEP
of the wide-moving Vishnu is that FRIEND of men who is the fount of sweetness.

Those are the dwelling-places of ye twain which we desire as
the goal of our journey, where the many-horned herds of Light go traveling;
the HIGHEST STEP of wide-moving Vishnu shines down on us here
in its manifold vastness.
‒ RV, I, 154, Sri Aurobindo’s translation (emphases added)

It appears from the above that the rishis of the Rig Veda were aware that the ONE (of the circle of 0/9) resides in sign Taurus of the zodiac (circle of 12). The last step described in Vishnu’s journey is from Taurus (the BULL, the ONE) to Aquarius (the FRIEND), where the herds of light are released from their holding pens ... i.e. the Apocalypse. So the expression in the Rig Veda of the ‘HIGHEST STEP’ contains different levels of meaning, corresponding both to the visual picture of the Gnostic Circle and corresponding to the Truth that it is this ‘step’ that brings us to the realization of our Higher Consciousness, our Higher Self.

Curiously enough that same ‘highest step’ is captured by the Aztec Sun Stone (also known as the Eagle’s Bowl). The stone can be seen as a multidimensional calendar and a prophecy as well. We can imagine that the Sun Stone, like the Gnostic Circle, is a tool for tracking various time cycles, including the Year. If we can imagine that the Sun Stone was also tracking the Precessional Year (using the measure of 26,000 years) and put the 0 point of the Precession at the top of the stone, as Ms. Norelli-Bachelet has placed 0 degrees Aries at the top of the Gnostic Circle, then things get really interesting. A 72° section at the top of the Stone’s circular form is encompassed by a pair of bound scrolls, four scrolls on each side. One set of the scrolls, seen in conjunction with the Gnostic Circle, falls in Taurus and encompass the One Point and the other set falls in Aquarius (starting at approximately 24° into the sign). Without having access to certain keys to understanding the evolutionary journey/cycle, it seems that none have thought to imagine that these scrolls might represent Gnosis that would be ‘hidden’ and then opened and revealed or read later on in the cycle, when the TIME was  right.

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In her book The Hidden Manna Ms. Norelli-Bachelet discusses the symbolism and knowledge content of St. John’s Revelation of the Apocalypse. She writes that his prophecy was bound or hidden by time, unable to be read until a certain step in time had been made. She writes that this step has been made, and that the advent foretold was the descent of the Supramental consciousness, the consciousness of the ONE.

The truth that has been hidden from our minds, eyes and hearts for ages is that our One (Unified) Being, our WHOLE SELF operates in a coordinated manner through all time and all manifestation irrespective of the apparent disconnection and dissimilarities between the multitudes of people, places, mythologies, traditions and material forms. We are One Being evolving in time and space together ‒ a Unified Being. How much longer will this truth remain ‘outside the box’ of our perceptions and understanding? How much longer until we understand our collective Self and our evolution as the ‘many-horned herds of traveling Light’ (RV 1, 154), as ONE multi-faceted Being progressing in time and space? It seems clear enough that our current predicament in which we are a multi-faceted herd of traveling darkness ‒ is getting to be OLD and getting to be intolerable for our Earth and its inhabitants.


Footnotes:1 Based on 234 BCE as the 0 Point of the Precessional Cycle, and 1926 as the beginning of the Age of Aquarius as written of Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet in The Gnostic Circle.
‘Mayan Year of Destiny – 2012’, by John Van Auken, Editor of the Ancient Mysteries Newsletter3 Patrizia Norelli, Bachelet, Secrets of the Earth - Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition (Aeon Books, 2009)

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