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