Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Mother - Reality, Unreality & the Supramental Consciousness

Excerpt from The Collected Works of the Mother, Vol. 15, 18 July 1961

The question which introduces this talk is based upon Sri Aurobindo's aphorism: "Sin is that which was once in its place, persisting now it is out of place; there is no other sinfulness." 

What are the very first things that the Supramental Force intends to drive out, or is trying to drive out, so that everything may be in its place, individually and cosmically? 

Drive out? But will it 'drive out' anything? If we accept Sri Aurobindo's idea, it will put each thing in its place, that's all. 

One thing must necessarily cease, and that is the distortion, that is to say, the veil of falsehood upon Truth, because that is what is responsible for everything we see here. If this is removed, things will be completely different, completely. They will be what we feel them to be when we come out of this consciousness. When one comes out of this consciousness and enters into the Truth-consciousness, the difference is such that one wonders how there can be anything like suffering and misery and death and all that. There is a kind of astonishment in the sense that one does not understand how it can happen ‒ when one has really tipped over to the other side. But this experience is usually associated with the experience of the unreality of the world as we know it, whereas Sri Aurobindo says that this perception of the unreality of the world is not necessary in order to live in the supramental consciousness ‒ it is only the unreality of Falsehood, not the unreality of the world. That is to say, the world has a reality of its own, independent of Falsehood. [bold emphasis added]

I suppose that is the first effect of the Supermind the first effect in the individual, because it will begin with the individual.
It is probable that this state of new consciousness will have to become a constant state. But then a problem arises: how can one remain in contact with the world as it is in its deformation? Because I have noticed one thing: when this state is very strong in me, very strong, so strong that it is able to resist anything that comes to bombard it from outside, then when I say something, people do not understand at all, not at all; so this state inevitably does away with a useful contact. 

Taking only the earth, for example, how could there be a little supramental creation, a nucleus of supramental action and radiation upon earth? Is it possible? One can conceive very well of a nucleus of superhuman creation and of supermen, that is to say, men who were men and who through evolution and transformation (in the true sense of the word) have succeeded in manifesting the supramental forces; but their origin is human and since their origin is human there is necessarily a contact; even if everything is transformed, even if the organs are transformed into centres of force, there remains nonetheless something human, like a colouring. It is these beings, according to the traditions, who will discover the secret of direct supramental creation, without passing through the process of ordinary Nature, and it is through them that the truly supramental beings will take birth, the ones who must necessarily live in a supramental world. But then how would the contact be made between these beings and the ordinary world? How is one to conceive of the transformation of Nature, a transformation sufficient to bring about the supramental creation upon earth? I do not know.

Naturally, for such a thing to happen, a considerably long time is needed, this we know; and there will probably be stages, steps, things which will appear, things which for the moment we do not know or do not conceive, and they will change the conditions of the earth ‒ but that means seeing some thousands of years ahead. 

There remains the problem: is it possible to make use of this notion of space, I mean the space on the terrestrial globe? [Note: Later, when asked about the meaning of this phrase, the Mother laughed and said: "I said that of the other side! ‒ the side where the notion of space is not so concrete."] Is it possible to find a spot where one could create the embryo or seed of the future supramental world? The plan came in all the details, but it is a plan which in its spirit and consciousness does not at all conform to what is possible on earth at present; yet in its most material manifestation, it was based on terrestrial conditions. It is the concept of an ideal town which would be the nucleus of an ideal country, a town which would have contacts, purely superficial and extremely limited in their effect, with the outside world. One would therefore already have to conceive ‒ but this is possible ‒ of a power sufficiently strong to be at the same time a protection against aggression or ill-will (this would not be the most difficult protection to obtain) and against infiltration and admixtures. But if necessary, one can conceive of that. From the social point of view, from the point of view of organisation, from the point of view of the inner life, these are not problems. The problem is the relation with what is not supramentalised, to prevent the infiltration, the admixture: that is to say, to prevent the nucleus from falling back into an inferior creation ‒ it is a problem about the period of transition. 

All those who have given thought to the problem have always imagined something unknown to the rest of humanity, like a gorge in the Himalayas, for example, a place unknown to the rest of the world. But this is not a solution; it is not a solution at all. 

No, the only solution is an occult power, but this already implies that before anything can be done, a certain number of individuals must have reached a great perfection of realisation. But one can conceive that if this can be done, one can have a spot which is in the midst of the outside world and yet isolated (without any contacts, you see), a spot where everything would be exactly in its place as an example. Each thing is exactly in its place, each person exactly in his place, each movement exactly in its place ‒ and in its place in an ascending progressive movement, without any relapse, that is to say, quite the contrary to what happens in ordinary life. Naturally, this presupposes a kind of perfection, this presupposes a kind of unity, this presupposes that the different aspects of the Supreme can be manifested and, of course, an exceptional beauty, a total harmony and a power strong enough to command obedience from the forces of Nature. For example, even if this spot were surrounded by forces of destruction, they would not have the power to act; the protection would be sufficient. All this requires the utmost perfection in the individuals who would be the organisers of such a thing. 


Indeed, nobody knows how the first men were formed, the first mental realisation. One does not know whether they were isolated individuals or groups, whether this happened in the midst of others or in isolation. I do not know. But there may be an analogy with the future case of the supramental creation. It is not difficult to conceive that in the solitude of the Himalayas or in the solitude of a virgin forest an individual would begin to create around him his little supramental world. It is easy to conceive. But the same thing would be necessary: he would have to have reached such a perfection that his power would act automatically to prevent intrusion, so that automatically his world would be protected; that is to say, all contrary or foreign elements would be prevented from approaching.

Stories of the kind have been told, of people who lived in an ideal solitude. It is not impossible at all to conceive that. When one is in contact with this Power, at the moment it is in you, you see quite well that it is child's play; it is even possible to change certain things, to exert an influence on surrounding vibrations and forms, which automatically begin to be supramentalised. All that is possible, but it is on an individual scale. Whereas, take the example of what is happening here, the individual dwelling at the very centre of all this chaos: there lies the difficulty! 

Does it not follow from this very fact that it is impossible to reach a kind of perfection in the realisation? But then too, the other example, that of the solitary in the forest, does not at all prove that the rest of mankind will be able to follow; whereas what is happening here is already a much more radiating action. This is what must happen at a given moment, this must happen inevitably. But the problem remains: can this happen at the same time or before the other thing is realisedat the same time or before the individual, the one individual is supramentalised? 

Evidently, the realisation under the conditions of community or the group is much more complete, integral, total and probably more perfect than any individual realisation, which is always, necessarily, on the external, material plane, absolutely limited, because it is only one mode of being, one mode of manifestation, one microscopic set of vibrations that is touched. 

But from the point of view of the easiness of the work, I believe there is no comparison. 


The problem remains. All people like Buddha and the others, had first realised and then entered into contact with the world: well, this is very simple. But with regard to what I have in view, is it not an indispensable condition, for the realisation to be total, that one remains in the world? 

The Mother, CWA, Vol 15, pp. 403-407

Monday, December 5, 2016

Numbers and 'the Figure 9'

On the first day of the year January, 1969, the Mother told Satprem that the Supramental Consciousness had arrived. 36 days into the same year, the Mother told Satprem, that she had had an aspiration the night before 'to know what the function, the action of the Supramental Consciousness would be.' She consequently had a vision that involved numbers, and groups of numbers and planets. Here are a couple of selections from the lengthy entry.

From The Mother's Agenda (5 February 1969 & 19 November 1969)

'It is ... well... it was the 'numbered' expression -- the numbered expression of the application to life in a coming realization: life to come, but not very far away; for example, in the next century, which is beginning now. ... a truer application, more universal, and with spiritual knowledge; the principle of the position (place) and the utilization of individuals on Earth ... these numbers were LIVING, it was not writing on paper ...
... I was explaining to you [Satprem] how all these numbers were organised and that they determine future events ...
... it was not the 'conception' of the work it was THE WORK itself ...
... this experience was a reply to teach me how it is going to be ...
... the arrangement in it wholeness was a continuity, but within which the details changed...
... [This experience] came in order to draw attention to the fact that I had to know it ... It is strange ...
... Perhaps it is the beginning of something interesting... '

It was 9 months later, after discussing the Supramental Consciousness, the Mother noted the importance of the number 9:

'There, I’ll write today’s date.
Today is the 19th.
19 November 1969 supramental consciousness.
The first descent of the supramental Force was on a 29th. [29 Feb 1956] And this is on a 19th.
The figure 9 has something to do with all this ... There are so many things we don’t know!'

'The Gospel of Judas', Surfaces after 1,700 Years - commentary

[I have renamed this blog Integral Yoga Studies and in late 2016 and early 2017 I will be moving many past articles from my Integral Yoga Studies website here and letting that site go. Patrizia's articles will be moved to Aeon Center of Cosmology's website

A Response to the New York Times article: 
'The Gospel of Judas', Surfaces after 1,700 Years
by Lori Tompkins
6 April 2006

The emergence of the 'Gospel of Judas' is fascinating, especially amidst the current frenzy over 'The DaVinci Code,' and issues regarding the Knights Templar and the continuing blood line of Jesus. One wonders why it is just surfacing though it was, according to your April 6th article, discovered in Egypt thirty-some years ago and bought by Frieda Nussberger-Tchacos six years ago. I found it difficult to follow the history of the codex. No date was given for when it was turned over to the Maecenas Foundation for conservation and translation and how and when that was taken up by the National Geographic Society. Any clarity on these details would be appreciated.

The article is quite the advertisement for James Robinson's book, "The Secrets of Judas: The Story of the Misunderstood Disciple and his Lost Gospel" (Harper San Francisco, April 2006). I have not yet had the time to run to the bookstore to get my copy, along with the other millions of people who will be very interested in this important story of Judas redeemed.

My own interest in the story has less to do with Jesus and Judas per se, but rather more with the subjects of which they spoke and how these subjects can be understood in a new light that might help put our 'aeon' long fixation with Jesus and currently, with his bloodline, in its place and help us get on with the demands of our current 'aeon' or age. Jesus spoke to his disciples about a superior 'generation' yet to come. He is credited as saying, 'no one born [of] this aeon will see that [generation]'. 'That generation' was described as 'Self-Generating' from an Immortal or eternal realm. He often speaks in terms of the Cosmos. One equipped with a bare minimum of cosmological knowledge can decipher that the 12 luminaries Jesus is describing represent the twelve months of the year or the twelve 2160- year aeons or astrological ages of the 25,920 year precession of the equinoxes as well as larger cycles of time (larger multiples of the Precession). Can we bring ourselves to admit that Jesus was well aware that 360 degrees of celestial longitude of the celestial equator, when divided in 12 segments ('portions of heaven') formed the Zodiac. Incredulous? Please note that the name of the wife of Adam in this 'gospel', is 'Zoe' - the root of 'zodiac'.

In Vedic scriptures, the Year, whether it be the 360 degree year or the 360 degree Great Year of the Precession, is known as 'the sacrifice.' So all of this talk of sacrifice in the codex, can be much better understood if one considers that Jesus was talking about a process in Time, to which every thing is sacrificed, involving multiple aeons, and cycles of time. Is it so very outrageous to imagine that the material Cosmos might wish to gestate or evolve a being superior to man, as it once succeeded in evolving man from the animal? We might consider that Jesus was speaking of the natural course of evolution, that he was telling his disciples that, like it or not, they were born of the mental evolution, an evolution which succeeded the lower (physical and animal) realms. He taught that the superior generation would come in another age.

This teaching, recorded in the 'Gospel of Judas', regarding the inevitable evolution of a superior generation is demystified and fully expounded upon in the work of the sage, Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) and in the work of his yogic counterpart, the Mother of Pondicherry, India (1878-1973). What Jesus called, 'That generation', Sri Aurobindo termed, the 'Supramental Race.' He and the Mother wrote tens of thousands of pages on the subject. The Mother made several declarations, one in 1956 and others in 1969 regarding the arrival and establishment of the Supramental 'seed' - the seed of the new race (recorded in The Mother's Agenda) spoken of (apparently) by Jesus. In 1970, the Mother ordered the construction of a Temple in Auroville, India - a great room with 12 pillars surrounding a central luminous core - which was to be the symbol of the future realization of the Supramental being. (See for details surrounding the faulty execution of that vision.)

Subsequently, in 1971, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (1938) arrived in Pondicherry and began contributing to the process of unveiling and demystifying the "Supramental" evolution. Over the next 35 years, her work was mostly ill-received by remaining students at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, the Temple community in Auroville and by various religious and secular interests, largely because of its cosmological nature. Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's body of work is an unprecidented presentation (at least in our lifetime) of cosmological knowledge by which some may perceive, follow and participate in the unfolding of the new order of being, spoken of by Jesus as 'That generation'. In her book, The Hidden Manna, she interprets the entirety of St. John's Revelation ('The Apocalypse') in cosmological/zodiacal terms.

My interest in writing this letter is the sincere wish that your readers might not only be directed like cows towards the next anti-Christian-establishment best seller (which I will probably soon purchase), but perhaps some could benefit from the suggestion that all this Christ-lore be seen and appreciated in terms of a higher knowledge, which involves an un-thought of resolution of matter and spirit (science and religion) and a unification of the multitude of individual wills towards a truer vision of our collective history, our current growing pains, and our destiny as a race. We certainly appear to be highly motivated to ferret out the meaning of the ancients and the prophets and the secrets of Knights of the Templars and various sacred texts at our disposal. Perhaps we can all be spared some grief and spared more stabbing around in the dark by becoming aware of the spiritual, cosmological and practical teachings of a line of sages born into our own aeon * who knew themselves to be the seed of the superior 'generation' spoken of by prophets of various civilizations.

In the popular new age magazine, What is Enlightenment?, renowned spiritual teachers Ken Wilber and Andrew Cohen discuss their understanding of 'Evolutionary Enlightenment'. This idea, they would both hopefully admit, came from Sri Aurobindo's evolutionary perspective that man's goal is not a static or other-worldly enlightenment, such as the Buddhist's 'Nirvana' or the Judeo-Christian or Muslim 'Heaven', but rather a progressive realization of a Unity Consciousness on Earth. Cohen and Wilber agree in their 'Guru and Pandit' discussions (published in WIE magazine) that 'Evolutionary Enlightenment' is very possibly man's next religion. Well, my wish is that perhaps our world can be spared any new 'religion' and that we can actually engage in a radical receptivity to a superior truth (and demonstrate a radical will to nurture that truth) which exceeds and rectifies our current disharmonious and ill-coordinated mental civilization.

One must wonder at this point in our collective journey as a race, what could possibly unite, on our planet, all that has been divided so convincingly? What could possibly harmonize the disharmony? What could possibly usher in the enlightened Gnostic Society that is spoken of as an inevitable evolution in ancient texts and prophecies such as the Codex Tchacos, St. John's Apocalypse, the Mayan Codices, and the Rig Veda?

When I think of the massive teaching regarding the Supramental Being which has spanned our past century with amazing continuity of focus and force - the volumes and volumes of knowledge of a higher order of being written by of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother, and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet - I think of Jesus's comment to Judas:

'Look, you have been told everything.
Lift up your eyes and look at the cloud and the light within it
and the stars surrounding it.
The star that leads the way is your star.'

© Lori Tompkins 2006

Related Articles:

'The Gospel of Judas'  from the Perspective of Integral Yoga & the Supramental Cosmology
Judas, Scorpio and the Last Supper
Zodiacal & Cosmological References in the Gospel of Judas
The Ordeals of Scorpio

'The Gospel of Judas' and the Supramental Cosmology

[I have renamed this blog Integral Yoga Studies and in late 2016 and early 2017 I will be moving many past articles from my Integral Yoga Studies website here and letting that site go. Patrizia's articles will be moved to Aeon Center of Cosmology's website

'The Gospel of Judas'  from the Perspective of Integral Yoga & the Supramental Cosmology
by Lori Tompkins
7 April 2006

The New York Times has published headline stories on both April 6 & April 7, 2006 by Laurie Goodstein and John Noble Wilford about the surfacing of this gospel (which was actually found in the 1970's). The headline stories have been timed with the release of a television show, a magazine article, two books and an exhibition by National Geographic on the subject.

An excerpt from the article reads, 'At least one scholar, James M. Robinson, said the new manuscript did not contain anything likely to change traditional understanding of the Bible. Dr. Robinson, a retired professor of Coptic studies at Claremont Graduate University in California, was the general editor of the English edition of the Nag Hammadi collection. "Correctly understood, there's nothing undermining about the Gospel of Judas," he said.'

This web page will be dedicated towards presenting information that may make some of us howl in laughter at this assessment made by Dr. Robinson and the other scholars to whom he refers.

Sure 'Correctly understood, there is nothing undermining about the Gospel of Judas'; that is if you happen to NOT be a fundamentalist Judeo-Christian sort and if you happen to be TOTALLY open to the truth that Jesus was among other things an adept astrologer, and if you happen to believe that man is soon going to be superceded by a superior race of beings on planet Earth.

Yes, some will hold on to the hope that the surfacing of the 'Gospel of Judas', will in no way undermine business as usual on planet Earth. But nevertheless, one would have to be fairly dis-associated from reality to not see this as a triumph in the progressive undermining of the religious mind, the egoic mind and of all the organizations based on our very limited mental capacities. It is clearly a sound-byte of the Apocalypse (an uncovering of the Light). Apparently these scholars think that our current limited understanding of God and the Bible is not one of the structures marked for absolute destruction in the Apocalypse. We might do well to consider that our ongoing Apocalypse is rather bent on destroying everything about us that is organized according to the absolute ignorance of our 'own star' (or soul) as Jesus put it. That should be good news right? After all the word 'Gospel' does mean 'good news'.

Encouraging Judas to betray him, Jesus said: 'But you will exceed all of them. For you will sacrifice THE MAN that clothes me.'

People are thinking so very small when they interpret this to mean that Jesus wants to accomplish shedding his Earthly body and returning to the Light. In terms of the Evolutionary perspective, presented in its purest form by Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachlet, Jesus was talking about the MAN – as in US – as in THIS temporary phase of Humanity. Jesus (via the author of the text) basically tells us that he is playing a divine joke on humanity. He tells Judas fairly clearly that by enacting his crucifixion, he would intentionally plant the seed of the dissolution of Man (Mental Man), in order to make way for THAT Generation or the Supramental Race as spoken of by Sri Aurobindo, which Jesus knew was coming in a future aeon or age.

Well, one can see it worked. We have been self-destructing upon this seed, this crucified son or star or light, this void in our consciousness, throughout the entire last aeon or age – the Age of Pisces (the sign Pisces is known to indicate a process of destruction or dissolution). Jesus told his disciples that none of them and "no one" born of that aeon/age would see the superior generation. If one wants to see the UP side of Jesus's dire prognosis for that aeon, a prognosis of dissolution, suffering chaos and strife, one can consider that we are now in a NEW aeon or age, possibly capaple of seeing the superior generation of which Jesus spoke. One can consider that Sri Aurobindo, who started his Ashram in Pondicherry as a center for what he called the "Supramental Descent" in 1926, was planting a new seed into the evolutionary matrix, a seed of the superior generation. 1926 happens to correspond to the birth of an entirely new aeon or age - the Age of Aquarius (according to Patrizia Norelli-Bachlelet). The sign Aquarius is known to indicate a process of 'Preserving" or "Fixing" the Truth-Consciousness (associated with the god Vishnu in Vedic lore), and has as its symbol the Man or the Friend.

So we might come to see that Jesus was a conscious participant in what he knew to be the course of evolution. We might come to see that he knew well that the humanity of the entire Age of Pisces would be engaged in a process of self-destruction and that this would serve (i.e. would be a 'sacrifice' for) the future MAN (the Friendly, Universal-Brotherhood-of-Men kind of MAN) whom as a collectivity would Preserve the Truth-Consciousness in its being and in its organization for the aeons to come.

One thing I wish to express over the course of looking at 'The Gospel of Judas' is that there are ways of looking at these issues which take one deeper into the true heart of 'the Matter', ourselves and our world, uniting our vision and purpose, and there are ways of looking at these things that will keep us in reaction and strapped in the bind of surface tensions, and keep us divided in our vision and purpose. I will of course, 'with a little help from my Friends' attempt to cultivate the former view.

© 2006 Lori Tompkins

Related Articles:

'The Gospel of Judas', Surfaces after 1,700 Years - commentary
Judas, Scorpio and the Last Supper
Zodiacal & Cosmological References in the Gospel of Judas
The Ordeals of Scorpio

Judas, Scorpio and the Last Supper

[I have renamed this blog Integral Yoga Studies and in late 2016 and early 2017 I will be moving many past articles from my Integral Yoga Studies website here and letting that site go. Patrizia's articles will be moved to Aeon Center of Cosmology's website

Judas, Scorpio and the Last Supper
by Lori Tompkins
10 April 2006 

"Nothing will come of these releases of hitherto undisclosed documents until history is put into its proper context, and the role of Jesus is seen as an incomplete process pointing to a future fulfilment. The 12 are emphasised in the Judas Gospel - like no where else - because that is where the secret lies. And indeed its centres on Judas, as Leonardo displayed in The Last Supper. The Crucifixion is the off-centred man, and when the Scorpion is Transmuted to the Eagle, then the axis of the cross shifts, a new balance is acquired, and death is transformed. This is the 'choice' that lies before the human creature. He can choose to go either way.' - Thea [Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet], 8 April 2006

The nature of the surfacing of the Gospel of Judas as an undermining of the Ignorance upon which we have based our civilization can only be properly ENJOYED when one understands not simply the zodiacal content of the gospel, but also the deeper essence of the zodiac. Our modern understanding of astrology is no less in need of serious revision or re-creation (regeneration) than our modern understanding of God and the Bible. The Leonardo DaVinci piece is discussed in depth by PNB in an article that has yet to be made public, but lets just say here that Leonard was quite aware of the 12 signs of the zodiac which arranged themselves around a central sun or solar being. In his painting 'The Last Supper', the 12 disciples are in four groups of threes just as the 12 signs are divided into four groups of three energy flows (Creation, Preservation, Dissolution). Judas is pictured in Leonardo's 'The Last Supper' as the Eighth disciple corresponding to the Eighth sign of the zodiac, Scorpio. ( The Hidden Manna, Aeon Books, 1976.)

Scorpio is known to have two natures. One is the Scorpion - a low-lying insect which will either sting and kill itself or the 'other' if backed into a corner. The other is the Eagle - a bird which is free to use its energies to fly to the highest of mountain tops, where it achieves with its extraordinary vision the highest and widest of views.

With the April 2006 media-blitz of the Gospel of Judas, our entire world is not just witnessing, but also participating in the redemption of Judas. This character which our history has painted as a back-stabbing, money-grubbing traitor is now seen in his greater light, as the only one of Jesus's disciples who could understand his teaching. We witness a complete redemption of his action, we see his action in the highest light. We see that his was only an apparent betrayal. And in the end, as Jesus foretold, we see that his apparent darkness had always been - despite our beliefs about the matter throughout the past aeon or age - a seed of Light, a True, Divine, Conscious and Intentional Act. In this we are witnessing the transmutation of the Scorpion to the Eagle. We are also witnessing a glimmer of the true potency of the zodiac - as a map of our individual and collective unfoldment in time, a map of our evolution (collective and individual), of which sages and magis and seers of other ages have had knowledge [1]. Jesus seemed to know of what needed to be cleansed or transmuted and he seemed to know that it would take at least an aeon (age). He knew that it was a matter of Time, until the true seed of our being would take hold in the Earth and bare its 'fruit' or its Light

The following excerpt from PNB's The New Way, Volume 3, may help readers appreciate Jesus's message to Judas and his disciples in this new Light. Note that in the English translation of the gospel, Jesus speaks of the superior 'generation' as being 'Self-Generating':

'The action of undermining [2] is the favorite tool of Diti, of the queen of the past. The experience lived, known, becomes the means to undermine whatever seeks to be born. The stagnation of the human consciousness, represented in the Gnostic Circle' by Scorpio, the sign of death, degeneration (and regeneration) [3], owes its condition to the fact that there is a blockage of energy produced by barriers in consciousness regarding time-energy. Divisive time, fragmented and separative, results in a caving in, a collapse - precisely at the point when formidable sustaining power is demanded, which expresses itself in the evolution of consciousness as a release of energy that is the very power utilised for the ongoing, upward-moving ascent to the Summit.

In this manner, the black hole is revealed as a luminous container, a source of formidable light-energy to be tapped and utilized; which is precisely the element offered the human being to the effect of the great crossing. Yet to be able to make use of this fount the process of undermining has to be arrested. In the spiritual life this is accomplished by a refusal to allow any suggestions to penetrate the individual consciousness which corrode his or her experience of the intrinsic reality of creation. But when one has made the choice and has agreed to embark upon this new way, then the temperament of the hero is demanded, because one is faced with a world as yet unredeemed, with an Ignorance still in command, with a consciousness wracked day and night by the awareness of human misery - and as yet the clear path out of this darkness is unmanifest.' - Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, from The New Way, A Study in the Rise and Establishment of a Gnostic Society, Volume 3 (written 1983, published 2005 by Aeon Books) 

[1] The ancient Rig Veda (considered by the most conservative standards to be over 3000 years old, and by others to be over 5000 years old) makes reference to the 360 and the 12 as did Jesus in the Gospel of Judas.

Twelve spokes, one wheel, navels three.Who can comprehend this?On it are placed togetherthree hundred and sixty like pegs.They shake not in the least.(Dirghatama, Rg Veda 1.164.48)

We also find in the RigVeda (1.154) zodiacal reference to the 3 steps of Vishnu the Preserver (whose vehicle is the Eagle) as like the Lion, the Bull and the Man. The Eagle, the Lion, the Bull, and the Man are the symbols of the four fixed (or Preserving) signs, Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, and Aquarius. The mention of these signs in backward order within the zodiac, suggests that Vishnu's famous Steps correspond a movement in time - the Precession of the Equinoxes, which moves 360 degrees backward through the zodiac in 25,920 years. Vishnu's Steps have been seen by PNB to be progression in time from the Age of Scorpio (the Eagle) to the Age of Leo, to the Age of Taurus to the Age of Aquarius. (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, The Gnostic Circle, Aeon Books)

[2] One can appreciate that the word 'undermine' can be positive or negative relative to what it is that is the target to be dissolved. The word itself is made up of the two words 'under' and 'mind' - the mind underneath the surface of things. In terms of Sri Aurobindo's yoga, the Supramind (secretly active in all manifested being) is undermining our limited perceptions based on limited mental capacity and the false structures built upon those limitations. In these terms the Supramind would be our secret luminous self, one day to be re-covered, re-deemed, re-cognized, honored, valued, known and loved despite our long history of knowing ourselves as an apparent darkness. This is of course our choice which PNB speaks of, the choice to re-cognize and know ourselves in a new way, as an ever-present yet newly-manifested ALL consciousness, or remain in our past, in our well-established low-lying view of our selves, our world and our circumstances. 

[3] It is interesting that PNB speaks of Scorpio in terms of Degeneration and Regeneration. Any one who has read the transcription of the Gospel of Judas can appreciate that Jesus (or the translators of the gospel) frequently use the word 'generation'. Jesus give us precisely the picture of the two possibilities of Scorpio - THIS generation and THAT generation, one generation which is unredeamable in the age in which the characters of the story were living (de-generate), and one generation to come which is "Self-Generating" from the Immortal Eternal Realm of the Divine Being(re-generative).

© Lori Tompkins 2006

Related Articles:
'The Gospel of Judas', Surfaces after 1,700 Years
'The Gospel of Judas'  from the Perspective of Integral Yoga & the Supramental Cosmology
Zodiacal & Cosmological References in the Gospel of Judas
The Ordeals of Scorpio

Zodiacal & Cosmological References in the Gospel of Judas

[I have renamed this blog Integral Yoga Studies and in late 2016 and early 2017 I will be moving many past articles from my Integral Yoga Studies website here and letting that site go. Patrizia's articles will be moved to Aeon Center of Cosmology's website

Zodiacal & Cosmological References in the Gospel of Judas
by Lori Tompkins
12 April 2006

Given the fact that Astrology has been considered, 'the Devil's work' by most Christians and considered at best a ridiculous superstition by much of the scientifically-attuned modern world, many will not care to put much time talking about the parts of Jesus's teaching that are based on cosmology. Yet any one who reads the Gospel of Judas with some knowledge of 'esoteric' cosmology is going to be able to see that Jesus was speaking in terms that describe the 12 Astrological Ages, the 12 signs of the zodiac, the 360-degree ecliptic path around the Earth, and the 25,920-year Precession of the Equinoxes.

Astrological Knowledge has been 'crucified' by both Religion and Science and what remains of the art today has atrophied from its original potency as a real and invaluable tool of communicating and receiving knowledge throughout the Ages, and as a real expression of the movement of a Divine Eternal Collectivity authored by an Divine Eternal Oneness or Unity.

Perhaps there is hope that our collectivity may shed some heavy baggage and be somewhat more enlightened after a serious look into one of the biggest plot twists in recorded history. Why did Jesus enact this truly MEMORABLE play, which he knew was destined to be the NEGATIVE seed or Imprint for an entire age to come, based on 12 disciples and a betrayal by one of them which led directly to his own crucifixion - the crucifixion of the SON or Child of God. And WHY did he compose the play to be a mirror reflection of the zodiac, with himself as the Son (Sun or center) surrounded by 12 disciples?

The divine joke of the emergence of this codex is that the Key to its value and power lie in a knowledge of the zodiac. So in some way it demands a redemption of astrology as an important part of the world puzzle, an important piece of scientific pursuits, and an important key for spiritual pursuits, and is ultimately the means by which the opposites of Science and Religion will find their common center and common ground.

Judas asks what good will come of this Divine SET UP:

"What good is it that I have received it? For you have set me apart for that generation."

Jesus answered and said, "You will become the thirteenth, and you will be cursed by the other generations — and you will come to rule over them. In the last days they will curse your ascent [47] to the holy [generation]."

So NOW we are alive to see what good will come of the SET UP. One astrological age later, we are living Judas 'Ascent'. And if anyone can make the connection, and if anyone cares to pay attention to these things, this implies we are living 'the last days' of which Jesus spoke. One must wonder ... 'the last days' of WHAT? One must hope it means the last days of a generation that has been the product of the 'crucified' Knowledge of our inherent Divinity.

A recovery of this Knowledge cannot exclude Knowledge of the Cosmos and the movements of the Earth in Time. A recovery of this Divine Knowledge must show the thread of Divinity (our true seed) traveling and growing in ALL manner and form, throughout ALL Time. And with this recovery, the zodiac reveals itself to be a Real Story, the story of Soul's long journey through obscurity, its eventual victory (redemption, re-birth) followed by some period of being fully realized on Earth (i.e. Golden Age). The zodiac reveals itself to be OUR story – our individual story and our collective story ... the ONE Story or the One Song ... the Uni-Verse that is us. (A story we are only about two-thirds of the way into according to PNB)

The generation of the last aeon, to which Jesus refers, lost the plot of that One Story, lost the plot in terms of recognizing the inherent Divinity of Matter and the process in Time by which that Divinity comes to fruition in Matter. Knowledge of the Zodiac, as a map of that macro-process, was destroyed. (see PNB's Map of the Manifestations)

Jesus told Judas the days of THAT profound ignorance was literally bound to end, bound to give way to a superior generation would not be subject to the same occluded vision. The superior generation would consist of a multitude of individuals who were destined to re-member and re-collect the plot of their Eternal Being.

Background of the Zodiac

"Then Saklas said to his angels, ‘Let us create a human being after the likeness and after the image.' They fashioned Adam and his wife Eve, who is called, in the cloud, Zoe.[1] - The Gospel of Judas

The word 'Zodiac' is said to come from the Greek words zodiakos, zoe, zoon and zoad, respectively meaning "cycle", "life", "animal" and "path or way going by steps".[2] The god Zues is also connected to the etymology of 'Zodiac'. The following explaination of the zodiac is given on Wikipedia:

'The concept of the zodiac was originated by the Babylonians certainly before 2000 BC as a method of visualizing the passage of time. The zodiac worked as a symbolic calendar. It was divided into twelve parts as suggested by the appearance of 12 moons in a year. The signs are geometric divisions of the celestial sphere, each corresponding to one twelfth of a year.'

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet — a seer, author and cosmologist who represents the third stage of the integral and supramental yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother of Pondicherry — finds reference to the zodiac in the ancient Rig Veda (see section below) and suggests (upon large controversy) that the zodiac may have been 'exported' from India to the Babylonians.[3]

The zodiac was not only used to track the 365-day year, but also the 25,920-year 'Great' or 'Platonic' Year, known as the Precession of the Equinoxes. The Great Year, like the Earth year, was divided into 12 'months' - twelve 2160-year astrological ages. (2160 is the diameter of the moon in miles). The astrological "age" is also refered to as an 'aeon'.

Some of the mechanics of the zodiac are describe fairly well on Wikipedia: 'The ecliptic is the apparent path of the Sun traced out along the sky in the course of the year. More accurately, it is the intersection of the celestial sphere with the ecliptic plane, which is the geometric plane containing the mean orbit of the Earth around the Sun. ...there are 12 zodiacal constellations, all taking an equal share of the ecliptic. The entire ecliptic is measured as a 360 degree circle or 360 degrees of celestial longitude.[4] Each sign, therefore is comprised of 30 degrees of celestial longitude. Each degrees of the precession is equal to 72 Earth years, and each year is equal to 50 seconds of degrees of arc of celestial longitude'. One must remember that in the 24 hours of the Earth's day, the Earth travels or rotates the entire 360 degrees of the ecliptic, passing through all 12 signs. These numbers figure prominently into Jesus's message in quite a few places in the Gospel of Judas.

Selections From 'The Gospel of Judas' and Commentary:


'Adamas was in the first luminous cloud that no angel has ever seen among all those called ‘God.' He [49] […] that […] the image […] and after the likeness of [this] angel. He made the incorruptible [generation] of Seth appear […] the twelve […] the twentyfour […]. He made seventy-two luminaries appear in the incorruptible generation, in accordance with the will of the Spirit. The seventy-two luminaries themselves made three hundred sixty luminaries appear in the incorruptible generation, in accordance with the will of the Spirit, that their number should be five for each. The twelve aeons of the twelve luminaries constitute their father, with six heavens for each aeon, so that there are seventy-two heavens for the seventy-two luminaries, and for each [50] [of them five] firmaments, [for a total of] three hundred sixty [firmaments …]. They were given authority and a [great] host of angels [without number], for glory and adoration, [and after that also] virgin spirits, for glory and [adoration] of all the aeons and the heavens and their firmaments.

"The multitude of those immortals is called the cosmos ...'

Commentaries: If one abandon's Scientific and Religious antipathy towards the art of Astrology ('the Mother of all Sciences') and grants that the 'heavens and their 360 firmaments' is very likely referring to the 360 degrees of the Ecliptic (in the Heavenly Sphere), one's religious and/or world view begins to undergo a major transformation.

Heaven, in that view, becomes equated with the circle's number '360'.[5] In that 'code' 6 heavens would be 6 x 360 = 2160. So when Jesus writes that there are '6 heavens for each aeon', one can see by a quick multiplication of 6 x 360 = 2160, and his reference to 'the twelve Aeons' that he is PROBABLY referring to the twelve 2160-year Astrological Ages which comprise the Precession of the Equinox.

Given that each degree of the Precession is 72 years and each year is one 360 degree cycle or 'heaven' (360 degrees x 72 years = 25,920 years), we can see that '72 heavens for the 72 luminaries' can also be interpreted as a description of the mechanics of the precessional movement.

The reference to the '5 firmaments' of each of the '72 heavens' (360 degree cycles) is a bit less enigmatic when one remembers that 360 divided by 5 is 72.

Each degree of the circle in esoteric knowledge contains the whole 360. In the Vedic conception, this correspondence was understood as 'one Day = 1 Year' (360 + 5 days). The last phrase in the above selection, 'the cosmos is the name given for the 'multitude of immortals' resonates with this esoteric Knowledge/Gnosis. in that each of the many pieces of the whole are known by Jesus to replicate the Eternal or 'Immortal' Unity of the Whole Being.

One must begin to wonder, how else can the VALUE of these numbers and Jesus's teaching be seen if proper knowledge of the Precessional movement and cosmology is not taken into account? One wonders, to what degree, if any, those working on the translation, are aware of the 'esoteric' knowledge being conveyed in this gospel or codex?

'Twelve Aeons constitute the Father'?

In the Roman Mithraic religion 'Aeon' was known as the child of Kore (or Persephone the Daughter of God). Aeon was depicted as a winged lion man (depicting the signs Scorpio - as the Eagle, Leo, and Aquarius) wrapped by many coils of a snake (Time).[6]

If an Aeon – associated with a 2160-year astrological age was considered to be the CHILD of the Earth MOTHER Kore, then one can begin to fathom the term "FATHER" in the Gospel of Judas, in a refreshingly non-religious manner. In the phrase 'The twelve aeons of the twelve luminaries constitutes the Father', 'the Father' seems to be code for Master Cycle of the Precession of the Equinoxes, comprised of 12 Children or Aeons.

It is interesting in this light, to read in the very beginning of the Gospel of Judas that Jesus was said to appear to his 12 disciples as a 'child':

He began to speak with them about the mysteries beyond the world and what would take place at the end. Often he did not appear to his disciples as himself, but he was found among them as precisely a child.


'The multitude of those immortals is called the cosmos— that is, perdition—by the Father and the seventy-two luminaries who are with the Self-Generated and his seventytwo aeons.

In him the first human appeared with his incorruptible powers. And the aeon that appeared with his generation, the aeon in whom are the cloud of knowledge and the angel, is called [51] El. […] aeon […] after that […] said, ‘Let twelve angels come into being [to] rule over chaos and the [underworld].' And look, from the cloud there appeared an [angel] whose face flashed with fire and whose appearance was defiled with blood. His name was Nebro, which means ‘rebel'; others call him Yaldabaoth. Another angel, Saklas, also came from the cloud. So Nebro created six angels—as well as Saklas—to be assistants, and these produced twelve angels in the heavens, with each one receiving a portion in the heavens.'

Commentaries: This section has many layers to be unfolded and I will only just begin to get into the riches of this passage. Jesus seems to be speaking of the inevitable event of the first human of the superior generation. The cloud of knowledge figures prominently in this event, as do the 12 angels (who come out of the cloud). Those 12 'angels', it is said, will over-rule the chaos of the last generation. The 'cloud of knowledge' can certainly be seen as the occulted knowledge of the zodiac.

'From that cloud appeared an angel whose face flashed with fire and whose appearance was defiled by blood. His name was Nebro, which means 'rebel'; others call him Yaldaboath.'

Well this all sounds so mysterious and cryptic (clouded) but it is so very readable by the knowledge introduced by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, in the same decade which the Gospel of Judas was found and LOST in the black markets of Egypt. Nebro is simply 0 degrees Aries, the beginning of the zodiac – 0 degrees of the circle which is simultaneously the 360 degrees of the circle. Aries is a fire sign and it is a birth (hence the blood), Aries is associated with Mars, the young warrior-god.

What is astonishing about this passage is that it is possible that Jesus is referring to not only the basic yet somehow occult (clouded) knowledge of not only our zodiac, but also of our NUMBER system. One needs here to have the visual of PNB's Gnostic Circle to be able to appreciate this synthesis that Jesus may be referring to in these very few words. He says, 'Nebro' is also known as 'Yaldaboath.' Perhaps we know these 'People' by the names of ZERO and NINE. Perhaps we know this phenomenon by the Ourobourus (the esoteric icon of the snake biting its own tale). Perhaps we also know these 'People' by the names of 'Alpha' and 'Omega'. It is also possible that Jesus is just equating the Zero to its other name in the circle, Aries ... and that he is not making reference to the NINE. Still, the dual name of Nebro can be seen as an indication of an overlap of the zodiac and the number system.

If we can see that Nebro is Zero or Aries of the 360 degree circle, it is not difficult to see that Saklas is Libra. The Aries-Libra opposition forms the axis of the circle. Out of Nebro (0 degrees Aries) comes 6 'angels' and out of Saklas (0 degrees Libra) come six 'angels'. Once given a few clues, it is not at all difficult to see that Jesus is referring to the signs of the zodiac (6 + 6 = 12). In fact, once given these clues, it would take a strong will to be closed-minded to NOT see reference to the signs of the zodiac.


[Judas said], "Master, [why are you laughing at us]?" [Jesus] answered [and said], "I am not laughing [at you] but at the error of the stars, because these six stars wander about with these five combatants, and they all will be destroyed along with their creatures."

Commentaries: Upon extremely superficial glance, some will use this selection to further lash out at astrology. Yet we shall propose a more thorough look a what caused Jesus to laugh with apparent contention. What was he referring to as the 'error of the stars' and what could destroy 'the stars' and 'all their creatures'?

If one takes into account that in 234 BCE the Tropical Zodiac and the Sidereal Zodiac were in alignment [7], then one gets a better feel for the joke. After that point, the Sidereal Zodiac (the Constellation) began to slip backward with the Precessional movement, and would not return to that perfect alignment until 25,920 years later. Jesus perhaps knew what the effect of such slippage, considering the prevailing Ignorance of the times, would have on civilization. Perhaps he knew it would cause the apparent 'destruction' of the zodiac.

The Tropical Zodiac is determined by the Earth's journey around the sun, marked by the four corners of the equinoxes and solstices. The Sidereal Zodiac is fixed or determined by the constellations, which appear to slip backwards through the zodiac through the precession. They are both TRUE phenomenon. Those interested can study the subject of this division more on their own, but what will be suggested here is that Jesus, due to his knowledge of the precessional movement and the prevailing ignorance of the times, was aware of the 'slippage' of the Celestial Round and that it would only get more pronounced through the Age. What is suggested here is that he knew of the inevitable parting of the Two Zodiacs; and that he knew this parting would open up an apparent and dire GULF between the two systems which would contribute to the chaos of the Age. He knew that the generation represented by the 12 disciples (minus Judas) would not have the knowledge to recognize the Truth behind the "Dual" movements which would apparently destroy (negate) the animals of the Tropical Zodiac.

It may be helpful here to make reference to Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet's current teachings on OUR civilization's error regarding the stars, specifically the regarding the two zodiac systems.

'Ms. Norelli-Bachelet holds that true Vedic Seers would not discard the Sayana [Tropical] zodiac and favor the Nirayana or Sidereal system to measure the Earth's entry into the signs of the zodiac or individual destinies of events or people. Ms. Norelli-Bachelet is firm in her position that, by using the Nirayana/Sidereal, 'post-Vedic' astrologers are 23 days late in their measurements of entry into the 12 signs of the zodiac. She teaches that zero degrees Capricorn should always correspond directly to the December Solstice (when the days are shortest and the light begins to increase, and when Earth is at its closest distance to the Sun), and that it is erroneous to celebrate Makar Sankranti (entrance into Capricorn) 23 days after the Winter Solstice as is commonly practiced in India.'

‘Astrology in India today,' according to Ms. Norelli-Bachelet, ‘is no longer a repository of Knowledge. It is simply used as a predictive tool and nothing more ... it is impossible to locate the exact point in the constellations to designate as the Sidereal Zodiac's [zero degrees Aries] point. Hence there are dozens of different almanacs in India each offering a different Zero Point for these "corrections".'

There are groups in India who recognize this error and the DISASTER, and CHAOS, that comes with adherence to such an error, and are trying to bring about a reformation ('correction') of their cosmology and calendar system based on a REDEMPTION of the Tropical Zodiac.

The 360 and the 12 in the Rig Veda and the 'Recovery of the Lost Sun'

I will finish up this article by suggesting that Jesus's knowledge of cosmology and the zodiac preceded him by not only the Babylonians and the Mithraic cults, but also by the Vedic Seers (and by whoever they inherited or intuited the knowledge from). The ancient Rig Veda (considered by the most conservative standards to be over 3000 years old, and by others to be over 5000 years old) makes reference to the 360 and the 12 as did Jesus in the Gospel of Judas. The Rishis (Seers or Singers) of the Veda were concerned with the 360 degree, 12-part journey during which the 'Sun' would be 'Lost' during the 8th 'month' or part of the Jouney, and recovered in the 9th and 10th 'months' or parts of the Journey.

Twelve spokes, one wheel, navels three.
Who can comprehend this?
On it are placed together
three hundred and sixty like pegs.
They shake not in the least.
(Dirghatama, Rg Veda 1.164.48) 

The 'three hundred and sixty like [identical] pegs' which 'shake not in the least' sound more than a bit like the 360 firmaments described by Jesus. And the 12 spokes of the wheel, sound more than a bit like the zodiacal division of the ecliptic. The 'three-naveled' quality of the wheel is properly understood when one sees the 432,000 figure of the Hindu yugas (ages) as one third of the Precession of the Equinoxes, recorded in seconds of degrees of arc rather than in years. Three Yugas in this system constitute One Precession of the Equinoxes. The calculation is 3 x 432,000" = 1,296,000" = 360 degrees = 25,920 years = One Precession of the Equinoxes. [8] PNB's Map of the Manifestations shows a macro cycle of Three Precessional cycles (77,760 years).

We also find in the RigVeda (1.154), as found in the pre-biblical Mithraic iconography, zodiacal reference to the fixed or 'preserving' signs of the Zodiac and the fixed ages of the Precession of the Equinoxes. In the Rig Veda this takes the form of the 3 steps of Vishnu the Preserver (whose vehicle is the Eagle) who takes three different forms with each step: the Lion, the Bull and the Man. The Eagle, the Lion, the Bull, and the Man are the symbols of the four fixed (or Preserving) signs, Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, and Aquarius. The mention of these signs in backward order within the zodiac, suggests that Vishnu's famous Steps correspond a movement in time - the Precession of the Equinoxes, which moves 360 degrees backward through the zodiac in 25,920 years. Vishnu's Steps have been seen by PNB to be progression in time from the Age of Scorpio (the Eagle) to the Age of Leo, to the Age of Taurus to the Age of Aquarius. [9]
As for Vedic reference to the 'months' in relation to the recovery of the Sun within a 12 'month' journey, we can take a look at a few of Sri Aurobino's commentaries on the matter in 'The Secret of the Vedas'.

' ... we are met by the clear statement that it was only after they had sat for nine or for ten months that the lost light and the lost sun were recovered.' (p. 128)

'It is now perfectly clear that the achievement of the Angirases is the conquest of the Truth and the Immortality, that Swar [10] called also the great heaven, rhat dyau, is the plane of the Truth above the ordinary heaven and earth which can be no other than the ordinary mental and physical being; that the path of the great heaven, the path of the Truth created by the Angirases and followed by the hound Sarama is the path to the Immortality, (?); that the vision (ketu) of the Dawn, the Day won by the Angirases, is the vision proper to the Truth-consciousness; that the luminous cows of the Sun and Dawn wrested from the Panis are the illuminations of this truth-consciousness which help to form the thought of the Truth, (?), complete in the seven-headed thought of Ayasya; that the Night of the Veda is the obscured consciousness of the mortal being in which the Truth is subconscient, hidden in the cave of the hill; that the recovery of the lost sun lying in this darkness of Night is the recovery of the sun of Truth out of the darkened subconscient condition ...'

© Lori Tompkins 2006


1. PNB discusses Adam and Eve and the 'Genesis' tale in the Bible as an evolutionary parable depicting the stage in evolution when the animal/mammal man is given mental capacity, opening up a whole New realm and order on Earth. That transition, in PNB's work is marked by passage over the Libra Cardinal point of the Zodiac.

2. Kennith Fleming, God's Voice in the Stars, Loizeaux Brothers (May 1981)

3. PNB on history of the zodiac: '[The] so called Western Zodiac....either originated in India thousands of years ago and was then transported beyond her borders in a westward direction, along with Sanskrit and other cultural expressions; or else, that India too inherited it from a now lost or submerged civilization, perhaps the one located in the Indian Ocean of which the Tamil Sangam literature speaks.' - 'Kashmir and the Convergence of Time, Space, and Destiny', PNB

PNB claims that certain Rig Veda verses (1.154) describing Three Steps of Vishnu in terms of the Lion, the Bull, and the Man (symbolism of the fixed signs of the zodiac: Leo, Taurus and Aquarius) are proof that the ancient Vedic civilization, or at least its sages, were aware of the precessional cycle and of the zodiac as a key to understanding large and small cycles of Time. (For Rig Veda 1.154 see Wikipedia: Trivikrama: Astrology in the Rig Veda)

4. The 360 degrees of the celestial sphere are divided further by 60 minutes, and those 60 minutes are divided further by 60 seconds. So the entire span of 360 degrees of celestial longitude figures as 360 x 60' x 60" = 1,296,000" of arc. To arrive at 50" of arc of Precessional movement per year, one divides 1,296,000" by 25,920 years. One third of the precession in seconds of degrees of arc of celestial longitude is 432,000". 432,000 is both the figure for the radius of the sun in miles and the kali yuga (PNB introduced this seeing in The Gnostic Circle which challenges modern vedic astrologers interpretation of the figure as 432,000 years or 432,000 divided by 360 = 1200 years.

5. 360 is the number of the circle (as is the number 9, see the Enneagram), and describes various cycles of time, including but not limited to, one day (360 degree rotation), one year (360 degree journey around the sun, and one Precession of the Equinoxes (360 degree rotation of the Equinoctial Axis against the backdrop of the Zodiac or Constellations. Via these whole cycles 360 has correspondence to the ONE and carries knowledge of a process of a Unity in motion.

6. The missing fixed sign Taurus is understandable when we realize that the Mithraic religion was initiated in the fixed-sign Age of Taurus which spanned approximately 4000-2000 BCE. We find a similar pattern in the Rig Veda's account of Vishnu. Vishnu's vahana or vehicle the Eagle, corresponding to the fixed sign Scorpio, is left out of the picture. If that is an indication of WHAT AGE the story was generated (as in the Mithraic iconography/mythology), that puts the story of Vishnu's Three Steps originating in the Age of Scorpio - exactly ONE HALF of a Precession (12,960 years) before the Age of Taurus. For those who think this is impossible due to conventional knowledge of history see the following links regarding submerged Indian cities that carbon date at least to 7,500 BCE: the BBC News & the Geological Society of India Journal.

'One of the central motifs of Mithraism is the 'tauroctony', the zodiacal/cosmological myth of sacrifice by Mithra of a sacred bull created by the supreme deity Ahura Mazda [meaning Divine Wisdom], which Mithra stabs to death in the cave, having been instructed to do so by a crow, sent from Ahura Mazda We see that our Passion Play, and Jesus's enactment of it is not so original, it copies the format of the Mithraic sacrifice of the Bull by Mitra (upon divine instructions).

7. PNB, The Gnosic Circle, Aeon Books.

8. ibid.

9. idib.

10. Swar is known in the Gospel of Judas as 'Barbelos'.

Related Articles:

'The Gospel of Judas', Surfaces after 1,700 Years - commentary
'The Gospel of Judas'  from the Perspective of Integral Yoga & the Supramental Cosmology
Judas, Scorpio and the Last Supper
The Ordeals of Scorpio

Authors Note: From my view, the Knowledge which Ms. Norelli-Bachelet introduces or restores in The Gnostic Circle and The Magical Carousel is crucial for those interested in astrology and cosmology as well as for those interested in understanding mythology and religious scriptures.

The Ordeals of Scorpio

[I have renamed this blog Integral Yoga Studies and in late 2016 and early 2017 I will be moving many past articles from my Integral Yoga Studies website here and letting that site go. Patrizia's articles will be moved to Aeon Center of Cosmology's website

The Ordeals of Scorpio
Lori Tompkins
4 May 2006 

By the emergence of the 1,700 year-old Gospel of Judas from an Egyptian cave in the 1970's and then by its liberation from obscurity in a safety deposit box in 2000, and by the work of all those who painstakingly restored this crumbled document to some 85 percent legibility, we can now see that the Passion Play was a set up. We can see that it was engineered for maximum impact or impression on the consciousness of the human race [1]. And finally, if we agree to call a spade a spade, we can see that the whole thing up as a replica of the living story of the zodiac.

To follow all this one must begin to see that the system and story of the zodiac is hardly what we have taken it to be all these years, but is rather a map of the journey of evolution - the evolution of an individual, a civilization or anything making its way in this world through the force of time.

We inherently know, due to our own experience, that we can expect certain weather patterns, certain life and growth cycles in each of the 12 months of our year, and each of the four seasons. The architects of the zodiac (who were at least of Vedic origin), inherently knew, due to their own experience, that the evolution of consciousness on Earth also had its months and seasons where certain challenges would arise and certain advancements would be made along the way. [2]

In the 12-staged story of the zodiac (which is our story) it is in the 8th Sign of Scorpio where things get difficult (to say the least). In modern astrology Scorpio is known to represent issues of death, sex, and secrets. In the Rig Veda, the 8th Surya [son] of Aditi [infinite light] is known as Martanda or 'the Dead Egg.'

'This Martanda or eighth Surya is the black or dark, the lost, the hidden Sun. The Titans have taken and concealed him in their cavern or darkness ... In less figurative language the mortal life is governed by an oppressed, a hidden, a disguised Truth ... enveloped and contained in the ignorance and error of the ordinary human existence.' [3]

In keeping with this story, the 8th book of Sri Aurobindo's 12-book epic Savitri, is called "The Book of Death". In this part of the lengthy journey, the protagonist Satyavan loses his vision, throws away his 'poignant axe' (his true work or meaning), and loses his soul's luster:                                                                              
Only the dull and physical mind was left
... he failed, losing his last sweetness...
A terror and an anguish filled the world
As if annihilation's mystery
Had taken a sensible form [4].

Jesus set up the passion play to precisely replicate this 'failure' or temporary annihilation of the Sun or light of being that happens in the 8th sign or stage of the zodiac (the 8th stage of a 12-part evolutionary journey). At this stage there is an apparent loss of the Sun (or son of God) - an apparent loss of absolute truth/knowledge or connection to source - which humanity must bare and suffer for a time. Jesus created a durable impression of this apparent disaster. In the Gospel of Judas, he is found in the presence of his12 disciples laughing at this 'disaster' or loss. Would he have been laughing if he did not know it was only a temporary loss or set back?

'The 12 disciples were called. He began to speak with them about the mysteries beyond the world and what would take place at the end ... 'Truly I say to you, no generation of the people that are among you will know me.'

Jesus pulls Judas, one of the 12 disciples, aside (representing one sign of the zodiac) and tells him of the journey ahead, and of the superior generation to come ... 'Truly I say to you, no one born or this aeon will see that generation.' Jesus is aware that the fate of humanity during Judas's age is the fate of the 'Dead-Egg' 8th son in the Rig Veda, and that after a time, there will be a dawning of the truth and a recovery of the lost Sun. But, in the mean time, an entire civilization would be constructed on an error, on a loss of contact with truth, a loss of contact with the soul, a lost plot of the divine cause or seed.

He tells his 12 disciples that they and others who claim to be in service of the divine, or of the good, will simply be 'priests' or 'ministers of error', due to their lack of actual knowledge of That which truly orders and authors the Universe:

'You are those 12 men you have seen [committing a multitude of sins and deeds of lawlessness] ... The cattle you have seen brought for sacrifice are the many people you lead astray before that alter ... God has received your sacrifice from the hands of a priest - that is, a minister of error. But it is the Lord, the Lord of the universe, who commands, 'On the last day they will be put to shame.'

Jesus is telling them they have lost the plot, lost the Sun, lost the truth, and that they should not take any of it personally. It is a cosmological, evolutionary phenomenon that must run its course. He speaks to them of the precession of the equinoxes, the astrological ages, the 'error of the stars', and the destruction of the knowledge and the creatures [i.e. of the zodiac].

Jesus tells Judas that he will be removed from the circle of 12, replaced by another (a 13th), and will considered evil throughout many generations:
 'You will become the thirteenth, and you will be cursed by the other generations'

But he adds an important bit here:

'- and you will come to rule over them. In the last days they will curse your ascent to the holy generation.'

So Jesus is telling Judas that he knows (and telling us that he knew) the plot. Jesus knows that a darkened phase of humanity is the fate of the aeon (age) and that Judas and his apparent act of betrayal (replicating and representing nothing other than the lower instincts of the scorpion of the astrological sign Scorpio) will be redeemed in another age. Jesus knows that the blessed redemption of Judas would transpire in 'the last days' of the ignorance, when the divine light or knowledge had returned to Earth/mankind.

In the Rig Veda we find a similar scenario of an eventual ascent to a higher consciousness or reality after a period of obstruction of the truth:

The Seers by the power of truth in their thoughts discover this Sun lying in the darkness, they liberate this knowledge, this power of undivided and all-embracing vision ... they create the divine Dawn ... the artificial obstructions of the Titans are broken and the Sun soars up radiant into our heavens. Arisen he mounts to the supramental Truth. 'He goes where the gods have made a path for him cleaving like an eagle to his goal'; he ascends [to the] the higher existence. [5]' - Sri Aurobindo The Secret of the Veda, 'Hymns to the Lords of Light'

The passage continues to say that by the light of Surya, the Sun (knowledge) and by the dawning of that light in man ... men are led 'beyond evil and darkness and sin to the Truth and the Immortality'.

So we see that the Rig Veda and Jesus were both speaking of an inevitable ascent out of darkness towards a higher vision and a higher existence. In the story of the zodiac this is the crux of the Scorpio portion of the journey.

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet has been the first in our age to point out the zodiacal content in the Rig Veda, and the first to point out the correspondence of the 8th son of Aditi with the 8th sign of the zodiac. She has broken new ground by interpreting St. John's Revelation of the apocalyptic last days of the ignorance and the victory or re-emergence of the 'hidden one', as a saga written entirely in zodiacal terms. [6] In a recent article entitled 'Explorations into the Leonardo Mania, A Tale of Two M's', she also sheds needed light on the 'Leonardo Mania' that has captivated the world's masses.

In the "Leonardo Mania' article PNB writes about the zodiac's sign Scorpio as being central to the theme of 'The Last Supper' [7]. In the same article she writes, 'When the zodiac is approached as a connected flow from beginning to end, then Scorpio becomes the real issue ... the system conveys two possibilities by giving a lower and a higher symbol to the 8th stage of the initiates 'journey', as it was known in the pre-Christian Vedic age of India. The higher symbol of the 8th sign in all esoteric traditions, the Indian included, is the Eagle. The lowly Scorpion is pinned to the ground; the majestic Eagle soars to the heavens.' [emphasis added]

What we are faced with in the Gospel of Judas is this same journey, the same epic feat which takes place over a course of time, an evolution in time, by which the lowly scorpion (or greedy-liar-back-stabbing-traitor Judas) is redeemed or transmuted into the majestic eagle (or exalted disciple, divine-servant-extra-ordinaire Judas). In the Rig Veda at this 8th stage, the 'cows' or 'rays' of light are trapped in the dark caves of the Panis (i.e the Ignorant ... i.e. the 'ministers of error') and must be released by the gods at all cost for the continuation of the journey towards the higher existence, represented by the last three signs - the last quadrant or frontier - of the zodiac.

Through PNB's work we see that Leonardo DaVinci was fully aware of the significance of Judas's role in the passion play in zodiacal terms. Both Jesus's passion play and 'The Last Supper' are clear monuments to this 'problem' of the 8th stage in the evolutionary journey in which the Sun, son, or knowledge gets lost. Both the passion play and Leonardo's fresco about it were meant to endure and to carry a 'negative' of the knowledge through the 'dark ages' or dark times, until the 'code' was recovered and the true value and message of these communications could begin to be read. Both the passion play and the fresco have been awaiting the time when the right 'fixing agent' came along and the 'negative' or impression could be 'developed' into the full knowledge. [8]

The iconography of the Mithraic Tauroctany (circa 2000 - 4000 BC) is yet another enduing zodiacal/cosmological myth of the trials encountered in the 8th sign of the zodiac. The Sacred Bull (also known as Taurus, and also known as the 'Sacred One') is stabbed to death in a cave by Mithra [9]. Mithra performed this sacrifice of the 'Sacred One' upon the instructions of a crow, sent from Ahura Mazda (a.k.a. divine wisdom). Shall we chalk it up to coincidence that, in an earlier time, the Vedic seers praised the god Mitra - 'the god who effects right unity', whom PNB identifies as none other than the 8th planet Neptune [10].

Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave', written circa 390 BC, also demonstrates the Scorpio saga of an apparent loss of the Sun, and the inherent misinterpretation of reality based on that loss, and the inherent difficulties one faces upon being re-introduced to reality and the lost Sun. The characters of the tale have been imprisoned in a dark cave since birth and take the shadows on the wall for reality. They are positioned in such a way that they cannot see the great fire which causes all the shadows (much less the Sun above their cave). Plato wrote that if they one day could turn around to see the fire and to see the real shapes casting the shadows, the reality would look less-real to them than the shadows. He also wrote that if the prisoner ever got out of the cave, 'The last object [the prisoner] would be able to see [would be] the Sun, which, in time, he would learn to see as that object which provides the seasons and the courses of the year, presides over all things in the visible region, and is in some way the cause of all these things that he has seen.' [11]

The Sphinx of Thebes whom Oedipus encounters in his epic adventure is yet another account of the difficulties met in the Scorpio stage of the journey. At this stage man/Oedipus is faced with certain mortality due to ignorance. The Sphinx is known as a chimera of animals - which in reality is simply a conglomeration of two or more of the four fixed signs of the zodiac, often depicted as a lion man (or woman) [Leo and Aquarius] with the wings of an Eagle [Scorpio]. Sometimes the Sphinx chimera is portrayed with the body of a bull [Taurus]. [12] In the Oedipus story this 'monster' devours all people who cannot answer the riddle, 'What has One Voice, and is four-footed, two-footed and three-footed?' [12] Oedipus, having gained some knowledge in his previous trials, has the correct answer - 'Man'; and subsequently the 'monster' jumps off the cliff, and Oedipus is allowed to continue his epic journey home.

The Riddle of the Sphinx - like the Gospel of Judas, the 'lost cows' of the Rig Veda, St. John's Apocalypse, the Tauroctany of Mithraism, and Leonardo's 'The Last Supper' - the text or content is only truly readable or visible by those with Gnosis or direct knowledge of the zodiac and Gnosis or knowledge of time and its micro and macro cycles.

The Aztec Calendar or Sun Stone, is another testament of the forgotten knowledge, and will only be readable upon the return of the light. The Sun Stone, 'coincidentally' is also known as the "Eagle's Bowl'. There are two sections approximately 36 degrees on either side of the apex of the wheel (a mirror image of each other), each showing five bound up scrolls. These scrolls, in terms of the precession of the equinoxes, correspond to the astrological ages of Taurus and Aquarius. This again points to a bound up truth ... sealed up for some time, only to be unbound and read at in another age (i.e. now, in the Age of Aquarius).

A loss of the Sun, or loss of direct contact with one's soul or divine nature, is naturally going to cause a 'disaster', or a chaos which includes the loss of knowledge and the function of the 12 'luminaries' or signs of the zodiac. By the apparent loss of the central and unifying light, so is lost the knowledge of the unified flow and perpetual harmony of the 12 luminaries and of the 360 'firmaments' [degrees] and the rest of the multitudinous forms created by the upholding light. By this loss, nothing is truly known, and as in the 8th book of Sri Aurobindo's epic Savitri, death stands at the door.

Jesus tells Judas 'I am not laughing at you but at the error of the stars, because these six stars wander around with these five combatants [i.e. oppositions] and they all will be destroyed along with their creatures.'

The degenerate 'generation' that Jesus speaks of (which was to continue throughout the entire Age of Pisces and apparently into our age for some time) is degenerate precisely because of the apparent loss of the Sun, by which reality is not truly known - the full reality of the Individual existence is unknown, the full reality of the Cosmic existence is unknown, and the full reality of the Transcendent or Absolute existence is unknown. Structures and forms and all approximations of the Truth built on this error, loss or void are doomed to collapse in on themselves after some time, doomed to a certain mortality.

Most of us in the modern era, like the prisoners in Plato's cave, typically think that immortality is a fantasy, and we hold onto our mortality as the greater reality. We continue to be 'devoured' by the monster 'Sphinx' [who is simply the fixed cross of the zodiac], and by the 'monster' Chronos [who is simply time] because we have lost the heart of the zodiac, and lost the heart of time. We have lost the Sun, lost the navel of the circle of life by which we might truly navigate our existence throughout the ages.

In case anyone is still wondering at this point how these matters apply to any of us now on planet Earth or why anyone should take note, here we will focus the discussion on where WE fit into the picture.

WE are those prisoners, WE are those degenerates, WE are those 'ministers of error', WE are those people - ignorant of the key to our own riddle - being devoured by time via the loss of our basic and eternal truth, and via the loss of the map and knowledge of the journey. The 'Apocalypse' points to the proverbial 'end or the road' for our degenerate, mis-guided, ignorant civilization - the 'end of the road' for our predestined collective mishap in which we have been missing the true story (and consequently living out a baffling mystery).

In the Gospel of Judas, Jesus says that in "end of days," Judas will be redeemed and will ascend to the 'holy generation'. And here we are in a new astrological age, and Judas has now been 'redeemed' as a saint rather than a sinner - now seen as an exalted eagle rather than a lowly scorpion.

And with the transpiring of this predestined transformational event, we can begin to see and acknowledge our current position. We can begin to see and acknowledge that we have been in an individual and a collective scorpionic trance for longer than we can remember and that now we each have two possibilities before us that will play out in our myriad adventures on the planet. Each of us has the choice to either continue along the well-trodden ways of the 'Scorpion' - holding onto shadows and fragments of reality, spending all one's resources hoarding, protecting and defending those shadows and fragments, or to aspire to become the 'Eagle' - open to a higher vista, a new age, a new knowledge, a return of the lost Sun or truth.

Upon making this all-defining choice towards the ascent of the light of the soul, all the energies of Mars (the ruler of Scorpio), and all the energies of one's past experience get utilized towards a gradual and profound increase of the true vision rather than being used up in the process of holding on to or building more doomed structures on the foundation of the occluded vision. We have been told the fate of each choice. The choice to remain in the lower possibility for mankind, represented by the scorpion, is to choose mortality and our current morass as the highest reality; and the choice to aspire to the higher possibility - represented by the eagle, is to choose immortality and a perpetual super-conscious order as the eternal reality.

Jesus made it clear that the men and women of the last age would not see the 'Immortal Realm' or the 'Immortal Generation'. They would remain in darkness.

Sri Aurobindo and the Mother of Pondicherry made it clear through their yoga, that a new world was being born in our age, growing up in the midst the old world. The Mother wrote that this new world was totally different than the old. Both made it clear that the 'descent' of knowledge presenting itself in our age was from the 'Immortal Realm' - they called it the Supramental Realm. Both made it clear that knowledge of the highest order was returning and that a new light was dawning. Since 1971 Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet has proceeded to discuss exactly how any one interested in such things might come to recognize this return or dawn.

In 1970 (an 8 year by theosophical addition) the Mother ordered the construction of a sacred Temple (the 'Matrimandir' or 'The Mother's Temple') in Auroville, India which was to have a 12 meter radius giving a diameter that corresponded to the 24 hour day and a vertical solar ray which corresponded to the 365 days of the year. The singular solar ray was to illuminate a translucent globe surrounded by absolute darkness and also by a circle of 12 pillars which would be illuminated according to the month of the year. The Mother called this inner chamber - this luminous One which was surrounded by 12 pillars - 'the symbol of the future realization'.

In true harmony with the 'Ordeals of Scorpio' (of which sign the Mother's closest disciple Satprem happened to be), the mass of her disciples did not see the significance of the dimensions she gave for the temple, and it was built (upon great protest by PNB) with many alterations to the original plans, including a shortened diameter. PNB discusses in length in 'The Chronicles of the Inner Chamber' (2004, see how the principle architect and builders of the Auroville temple succeeded only in building a 'negative' or a complete reversal of the Mother's vision and knowledge in terms of symbolism and impact. True to their fate of being 'ministers of error' once the divine presence was apparently absent, these men and their supporters unwittingly produced a 'negative' of 'the future realization' (which most of them to this day defend as being representative-in-full of the Truth-Consciousness of the Mother, mirroring Plato's cave allegory in which the prisoners were fully expected to cling to the shadows on the wall as the greater reality). Through the course of her yoga PNB has 'developed' the true image of the Matrimandir in both The New Way and in 'The Chronicles of the Inner Chamber' for all who might have eyes to see these struggles in their truer light.

Through the course of PNB's yoga, we are invited to see both the epic error we have inherited (identified with) from past age and its correction. Moreover, we are invited to see the redemption and true purpose of the error, as we are now invited to see the redemption and true purpose of Judas's role in the crucifixion of Jesus.

Many traditions hold that this is an inevitable (and joyous) turn of events - this inevitable redemption of all error and suffering, this inevitable recovery of Gnosis, this inevitable dawn of the truth rising out of the darkness of night.

Night holds hidden in her bosom her luminous sister [Day]; this life of ignorance taught by the gods in their veiled human working prepares the birth of the divine Dawn so that, sped forth, she may manifest the supreme creation of the luminous Creator. For the divine [Dawn] is the force and face of Aditi [Infinite Light]; she is the mother of the gods; she gives them birth into our humanity in their true forms no longer compressed into our litttleness and veiled to our vision. - Sri Aurobindo, Secrets of the Veda, 'The Guardians of the Light', p. 483 

Now it seems each or us is faced with an interesting choice. Do we hold onto our individual and fractured religions, academia, studies, sciences and interpretations of reality as sufficient for our purposes, or worse hold on to those fractures as the full truth; or do we consider that what we have attained over these past millennia is a partial, veiled and fragmented knowledge, which is literally BOUND to be fully enlightened and harmonized by the establishment of a greater knowledge - a knowledge that unifies all movements and forms throughout all time and space?

©Lori Tompkins 2005

Notes and References:

[1] The impact the crucifixion included its effect of zeroing the world's calendar or time count. Many believe the zeroing of the calendar at that point is only a reflection of religious dogma and carries no true significance or meaning for the rest of the world. Yet when one considers that the tropical and sidereal zodiac were aligned at zero degrees Aries in 234 BC (see PNB's The Gnostic Circle), which happens once every 25,920 years, starting a new precessional cycle (which always begins with the Age of Pisces due to the backward movement of the precession), one can see the occulted and truer purpose of zeroing the calendar around that time, even if it was implemented by 'ministers of error'. The imprint made its mark in time.

[2] Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, 'The Guardians of the Light', p. 482

'...The Divine Dawn [return of the Sun/Truth] is the force or face of Aditi [Infinite Light] ... she gives [the gods] birth into our humanity in their true forms no longer compressed into our littleness and veiled to our vision.

'But this great work is to be done according to the ordered gradations of the Truth, in its fixed seasons, by the twelve months of the sacrifice, by the divine years of Surya Savitri. Therefore there is a constant rhythm and alternation of night and dawn, illuminations of the Light and periods of exile from it, openings up of our darkness and its settling upon us once more, till the celestial Birth is accomplished and again till it is fulfilled in its greatness, knowledge, love and power.'

[3] Sri Aurobindo The Secrets of the Veda, p.478, 'But if Surya is the creator, he who is as the Veda says, the self of all that moves and all that is stable, and if this Surya is also the divine, "the wide-burning Truth that is lodged in the law which upholds heaven", then all the worlds should manifest that law of the Truth and all of them should be so many heavens. Whence then comes this falsehood, sin, death, suffering of our mortal existence? We are told that there are eight sons of the cosmic Aditi who are born from her body; by seven she moves to the gods, but the eighth son is Martanda, of the mortal creation, whom she casts away from her; with the seven she moves to the supreme life, the original age of the gods, but Martanda is brought back out of the Inconscient into which had been cast to preside over mortal birth and death.

'This Martanda or eighth Surya is the black or dark, the lost the hidden Sun. The Titans have taken and concealed him in their cavern or darkness and thence he must be released into splendor and freedom by the gods and seers though the power of the sacrifice. In less figurative language the mortal life is governed by an oppressed, a hidden, a disguised Truth; just as Agni the divine seer-will works at first upon earth concealed or obscured by the smoke of human passion and self-will, so Surya the divine Knowledge lies concealed and unattainable in the night and darkness, is enveloped and contained in the ignorance and error of the ordinary human existence. The Seers by the power of truth in their thoughts discover this Sun lying in the darkness, they liberate this knowledge, this power of undivided and all-embracing vision, this eye of the gods concealed in our subconscient being; they release his radiances, the create the divine Dawn. Indra the divine Mind-power, Agni the Seer-Will, Brihaspati the Master of the inspired word, Soma the immortal Delight born in man aid them to shatter the strong places of the mountain, the artificial obstructions of the Titans are broken and the Sun soars up radiant into our heavens. Arisen he mounts to the supramental Truth. "He goes where the gods have made a path for him cleaving like an eagle to his goal"; he ascends with his seven shining horses to the luminous ocean of the higher existence; he is led over it by the seers as in a ship. Surya, the Sun is himself perhaps the golden ship in which Pushan the Increaser leads men beyond evil and darkness and sin to the Truth and the Immortality.'

[4] Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, excerpt from Book VIII: 'As [Satyavan] worked, his doom upon him came.

The Violent and hungry hounds of pain
Travelled through his body biting as they passed
... [he] resumed his confident toil
But with less seeing strokes. Now the great woodsman
Hewed at him and his labour ceased: lifting
His arm he flung away the poignant axe
Far from him like an instrument of pain ....
... An awful hush had fallen upon the place: 
There was no cry of birds, no voice of beasts.
A terror and anguish filled the world,
As if annihilation's mystery
Had taken sensible form. A cosmic mind 
Looked out on all from formidable eyes 
Contemning all with its unbearable gaze 
And with immortal lids and a vast brow 
It saw in its immense destroying thought 
All things and beings as a pitiful dream, 
Rejecting with calm disdain Nature's delight, 
The wordless meaning of its deep regard 
Voicing the unreality of things 
And life that would be for ever but never was 
And its brief and vain recurrence without cease
As if from a Silence without form or name 
The Shadow of a remote and uncaring god 
Doomed to his Nought the illusory universe, 
Cancelling its show of idea and act in Time 
And its imitation of eternity. 
[Savitri] new that visible Death was standing there 
And Satyavan had passed from her embrace.

[5] i.e. The last three signs of the zodiac, the Supramental or Swar realm of being.

[6] Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, The Hidden Manna, Aeon Books, 1978.

[7] From 'Explorations into the Leonardo Mania', PNB 2005: 'We have to include in the figure a significant element of the painting that has perhaps been its most contentious aspect: the knife appearing behind the 8th disciple, Judas.' This knife, PNB writes, actually reveals that the structure of the Scorpio 'M' symbol with an upturned tail, is central to Leonardo's fresco. She continues, 'In failing to accept the background or the foundation on which Leonardo 'constructed' his fresco, researchers have grasped only one thread of a complex design. There is no 'code' other than the resuscitated pre-Christian foundation of all knowledge, the tropical zodiac with it's traditional symbols and hieroglyphs. These are meant to preserve the knowledge through great vicissitudes, as well as to facilitate the internalization of its content through the direct experience which Leonardo extolled time and again in his notes.'

[8] Authors note: The god Mithra of the Persians, Babylonians and later the Romans, is likely a surviving knowledge of the Vedic God Mitra. 'Who of you is our deliverer? who our defender? Oh Earth and Heaven, free from division, deliver us; rescue us, O Mitra, Oh Varuna, from the mortality that is too strong for us!' - Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p. 499. 'Mitra is the harmoniser, Mitra the builder, Mitra the constituent Light, Mitra the god who effects the right unity of which Varuna is the substance and the infinitely self-enlarging periphery.'- Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, p. 509.

[9] PNB notes the reversal or 'mirror-image fashion Leonardo consistently employed', which is consistent with this idea of a negative waiting for the right fixing agent to fully develop the true image.

[10] PNB, The New Way, Vol. 1 & 2, 1981, Aeon Books, p. 387.

Author's Note: At the time of writing this, the 8th planet Neptune is at 19 degrees Aquarius or 319 degrees through the 360 degree journey of the tropical zodiac. The 320th degree of the circle marks the number 8 of the Enneagram. [see the Gnostic Circle @]

[11] The Republic bk. VII, 516b-c; trans. Paul Shorey. Plato's Allegory of the Cave: Imagine prisoners who have been chained since childhood deep inside a cave. Not only are their limbs immobilized by the chains; their heads are chained as well so that their eyes are fixed on a wall.

Behind the prisoners is an enormous fire, and between the fire and the prisoners is a raised walkway, along which shapes of various animals, plants, and other things are carried. The shapes cast shadows on the wall, which occupy the prisoners' attention. When one of the shape-carriers speaks, an echo against the wall causes the prisoners to believe that the words come from the shadows. The prisoners engage in what appears to us to be a game - naming the shapes as they come by. This, however, is the only reality that they know, even though they are seeing merely shadows of images. Suppose a prisoner is released and compelled to stand up and turn around. His eyes will be blinded by the firelight, and the shapes passing will appear less real than their shadows. Similarly, if he is dragged up out of the cave into the Sunlight, his eyes will be so blinded that he will not be able to see anything. At first, he will be able to see darker shapes such as shadows and, only later, brighter and brighter objects. The last object he would be able to see is the Sun, which, in time, he would learn to see as that object which provides the seasons and the courses of the year, presides over all things in the visible region, and is in some way the cause of all these things that he has seen (The Republic bk. VII, 516b-c; trans. Paul Shorey).

[12] Sometimes the figure of the Sphinx is portrayed with the body of a bull and the legs of a lion, and also as a ram-headed lion. The Sphinx of Thebes is described without reference to the Bull [Taurus]: 'She had the face of a woman [Aquarius], the chest, feet and tail of a lion [Leo], and the wings of a bird [Scorpio]. She sat on Mount Phikion and asked the Thebans a riddle: 'What has one voice, and is four-footed, two-footed and three-footed?'

'Each time the Thebans gave a wrong answer, she ate one of them ... Creon then announced he'd give the kingship ... to whoever solved the riddle. Oedipus, on his way from Delphi, gave the answer: "Man". The Sphinx threw herself off the acropolis and committed suicide (odd form of suicide for a creature with wings?) ... The Theban story, probably took shape around 600 BC, thanks to the Oidipodia, a lost epic poem, from which the various elements found in Sophocles and later writers ultimately derive.' - Andrew Wilson, 'The Classics Pages'

[13] When we add up the number of 'legs' for that which has 'one voice' ... 4 + 2 + 3, we quickly see that the sum is 9. And by this we are being told by the author of this 'riddle' that the answer not only demands a resurrected knowledge of the zodiac [via the presence of the zodiac chimera - the Sphinx] but also of the enneagram - the circle divided by 9. We are invited in this riddle to remember the Vedic origin and unity consciousness ('the one voice') of the enneagram, from which our civilization has inherited the 9 numbers and the zero as a system of knowledge. The 9 numbers which form the body of the one Sun (i.e. the '9 legged' circle), correspond to the 9 planets of the solar system. The first 4 planets are the inner planets, the second 2 take us into the outer planets - Jupiter and Saturn. Saturn the 6th planet (or 4 + 2 in the riddle) is often associate with Chronos the devourer of his children. When one looks at the zodiac and the enneagram together ( one sees that the 6th planet stands at the very end of the 8th sign of Scorpio. Without Gnosis of the higher realms, we have seen how this point is in many traditions to be considered the end of the road for man, for here we find Chronos, the Sphinx of Thebes, or the figure of 'Death' at the end of the 8th book of Savitri.

Knowledge of the last 3 'legs' of the Sun/solar system was lost to our civilization throughout most of the Age of Pisces, until the discovery of the 7th planet in the 1700's, the 8th planet in the 1800's and the 9th planet in the 1900's Uranus. In The New Way PNB notes that these last three planets were called by other names by the Vedic seers. She writes in the same book that the numbers in the Sphinx's riddle correspond to the cosmological phenomenon of the Vedic yugas (ages), in which 9 Kali yugas - broken down into groups of 4, 2 and 3 - form the body of one massive cycle of time, made up of 3 precessional cycles (see Map of the Manifestations).
More Notes on the Aztec Sun Stone, also called the Eagle's Bowl

If the Sun Stone and the Zodiac are both seen with 0 degrees Aries as the apex of the circles, then the two the white sections of bound up scrolls (found at approximately 36 degrees to either side of the apex) can be seen to correspond to the Age of Taurus and the Age of Aquarius in the Precession of the Equinoxes. 

The Eagle icon can be found in the animal circle of the 'Eagle's Bowl' at the gate of the last quadrant of the circle (the upper right quadrant), which corresponds to the last 3 signs of the zodiac - the highest realm of Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces or in Sri Aurobindo's terminology, the Supramental Realm.

The Eagle, for whom the 'bowl' is named, here has ascended to the 'top of the mountain' where the Sun casts no shadows, represented by the sign Capricorn. Opposite the Eagle icon, is a Snake and its neighbor, a 'Lizard' which seems to look more like a Scorpion. 


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