The Sacred Measure of 432,000 ⁓ Part 5: Vishnu and the Triadic Division of the Circle

Kalki Avatar of Vishnu, Panjabi Manuscripts, p. 255 (Wikimedia Commons).

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In Hindu mythology, the Vedic god Vishnu is portrayed as an avatar who “descends” onto Earth, assuming different forms from time to time or age to age (yuge yuge) in order to reestablish and thus preserve Eternal Law. He is often referred to as Vishnu the Preserver. His last form is depicted as a sword-bearing warrior on a white-winged horse who initiates the apocalypse or destruction of the world’s ignorance via the recovery or revelation of Truth after the 432,000-year span of the Kali Yuga. Some Hindus believe that the Kali Yuga began with Krishna’s passing in 3,102 BCE and that we are approximately 5,000 years into this vast time span and that therefore our world has some 427,000 years to go before this Vishnu-initiated apocalypse and purification begins. St. John’s Revelation is essentially the same prophecy filtered through the lens of Christianity, naming the returning hero-god Christ rather than Krishna.
“A harbinger of the apocalypse, it is believed that Kalki will bring about the destruction of the world when mankind has completely abandoned religion, ‘when nothing is known of the techniques of sacrifice, even by word.’” – Kerry Sullivan, “When Kalki the Destroyer Descends, the Apocalypse Begins”, Ancient Origins (website), 24 October 2019
The reference to the loss of knowledge regarding the “techniques of [the Vedic] sacrifice” is a reference to loss of knowledge of the 12-month Vedic Year, referred to by the Vedic Rishis as a Yajna or Sacrifice. What is ironic and most notable about this mythology as laid out above, is that it contains in itself the distortion of the sacred 432,000 measure of the Vedic Sacrifice (and of the Vedas themselves) and without this sacred measure or Divine Maya, the gnosis the Vedic sacrifice is entirely lost. In other words, the myth of Vishnu’s return and his re-establishment and preservation of the laws of the Vedic sacrifice (i.e. of the Solar Year) in 432,000 years, not only portrays the misunderstanding and mis-measure of the Sacrifice that Vishnu has to correct from time to time (yuge yuge), it also contains the precise sacred measure whose true meaning Vishnu is responsible for recovering from the grasp of mass Ignorance.

As Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) discussed in her writings, the 432,000 measure of the Kali Yuga must be understood NOT AS YEARS, but as one third (120°) of the Great Year of the Precession of the Equinoxes, – a 25,920-year cyclical movement of Earth’s polar axis, divided into 12 Astrological Ages. This Great Year was conceived of by ancient sages as a macrocosm of the Earth’s 12-month Solar Year which is commonly known as the Tropical Zodiac, less commonly known as the Vedic Sacrifice (Yajna).1

As explained in The Gnostic Circle, one-third or 120° of the 360° division of the circle (as found in the Vedas) is equivalent to 432,000 seconds of degrees of arc (120° x 60′ x 60ʺ = 432,000ʺ). Measured thus, the 432,000 figure of the Kali Yuga is precisely equivalent to one-third of the Earth’s Great Year (a REAL cycle), which amounts to four astrological Ages. Thea also saw that the myth and underlying reality of Vishnu the Preserver and his periodic returning from time to time or age to age must be understood in terms of the four PRESERVATION signs/ages of the Zodiac (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). She held that we entered into Vishnu’s Preservation Age of Aquarius in 1926, the year of Sri Aurobindo’s Siddhi Day (24 November 1926) when Sri Aurobindo experienced the descent of Krishna (i.e. Vishnu) into his body.

In the Kalki Purana, Vishnu’s final avatar Kalki is said to return when the three sacred rivers (Saraswati, Yamuna and Ganga) have returned to heaven, i.e. have disappeared from the Earth. Many believe this prophecy is referring to the drying up of actual rivers on Earth. In my view, this myth portrays the disappearance of (and simultaneously Vishnu’s mission to reestablish) the knowledge of the true geometric and zodiacal sense of the Vedic Rivers, three of which perfectly measure out the 360° circle of the Vedic Sacrifice. In Rig Veda 3.56 these three rivers (three vesicae piscium) are portrayed as three Mothers, and as three “holy Ladies of the Waters”. These three goddesses are said to be “traced” or drawn out by the Bull which is one of Vishnu’s (as well as one of Agni’s) names. As I have discussed in my book Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom, this Bull is equivalent to the radius of the circle/Zodiac which lays out and establishes the eternal and unbreakable laws (ordinances and measures) of the Vedic Sacrifice or Year.
“[Neither the tricky ones nor the clever transgress] Gods’ first steadfast ordinances…. The Bull who wears all shapes, the triple-breasted, three-uddered, with a brood in many places, [r]uleth majestic with his triple aspect, the Bull, the Everlasting Ones' impregner. When nigh them, as their tracer he observed them: he called aloud the dear name of Ādityas. The Goddesses, the Waters, stayed to meet him: they who were wandering separate enclosed him. Streams! the wise Gods have thrice three habitations. Child of three Mothers, he is Lord in synods. Three are the holy Ladies of the Waters, thrice here from heaven supreme in our assembly. – Rig Veda 3.56.1-4, tr. RTH Griffith [tr. Jamison & Brereton in brackets].
The measure of these three rivers (the measure of the Bull) is equivalent to the measure of Vishnu’s three steps as portrayed in Rig Veda 1.22.18 and 1.154.3, shown and discussed below. Each of these three rivers contain in themselves the sacred measure of 432,000 seconds of degrees of arc of the circle. In my view, it is this geometric and zodiacal sense of the three Vedic rivers that has disappeared or “dried up” on Earth in our day and Age, which Vishnu returns to reestablish, restoring the flow of these rivers of ancient and eternal gnosis. Much of the story of the Rig Veda portrays this reestablishment of the flow of the sacred rivers (most often portrayed as seven in number), which are obstructed from flowing by the forces of Ignorance. In Rig Veda 2.35.5 the three rivers (vesicae piscium) of the Zodiac are depicted as “[Three Dames] Goddesses to the God whom none may injure” [tr. RTH Griffith] because these rivers are ETERNAL. They cannot in truth be dried up, but the knowledge or wisdom they contain in themselves can certainly disappear or be forgotten, as has apparently been the case for thousands of years on Earth.
“[Indra the Bull, the Sage] formed the nectar [of Immortality, i.e. Amrita] in three headlong rivers.” ‒ Rig Veda 6.47.4, tr. RTH Griffith 
“This is the deed most worthy of all honour, the fairest marvel of the Wonder-Worker, [t]hat, nigh where heaven bends down, [Indra] made four rivers flow full with waves that carry down sweet water.” ‒ Rig Veda 1.62.6, tr. RTH Griffith [See the image of Kurma the Turtle below to understand the geometric and zodiacal sense of the four rivers, as opposed to the three rivers of the circle/Zodiac shown above.] 
“To Agni, …[Bull] of eternal Law my prayer I offer…. Mark the Law, thou who knowest, yea, observe it: send forth the full streams of eternal Order.” – Rig Veda 5.12.1-2, tr. RTH Griffith
In this last hymn quoted above, Agni is portrayed as the Bull of Eternal Law who sends forth the full streams or rivers of Eternal Order (i.e. Eternal Law/Sanatana Dharma). Later in this same hymn, Agni is described as the god who is “the Guardian of the seasons” or the guardian of the sacrificial rites according to Jamison and Brereton’s translation. Thus it is clear that the Eternal Law the Rishis are discussing here is connected to the 12-month Vedic Yajna/Sacrificial Year. Once we know that Agni and the Bull are names the Vedic Rishis used to characterize the radius or divine flame-ray of the Zodiac, and that the stream or river of Eternal Law that this “Bull” sends or pours out is the vesica piscis, it becomes clear that the Vedic Rishis were symbolically conveying the geometric law by which the Sacrificial Year is divided into its 12 months (and by which the Great Year is divided into three Kali Yugas measuring 432,000” or 120° each). In the image to the right, the four cardinal radii of the circle form four rivers/vesicae piscium that, together with the four cardinal points of 0° Aries, 0° Cancer, 0° Libra and 0° Capricorn, mark out the full 12 months of the Vedic Year. It also becomes clear why Vishnu’s return and restoration of Eternal Law is prophesied as being connected to the “drying up” of three rivers. [See previous image of three vesicae piscium/rivers dividing the 360° circle into three]. He is to pour out and reestablish the forgotten geometric sense and eternal law of these rivers, which are eternal forms of the Divine Maya.

In St. John’s Revelation, the story of Vishnu’s (and Agni’s) return in order to pour out the river of Eternal Law (equivalent to the zodiacal myth/prophecy of the Aquarian Man pouring out of the purifying waters of the sacred Water Jar, Vessel or Kumbha) takes the form of the Lamb or immortal son of God giving forth the “water without cost from the spring of the water of life”. The geometric sense of this the “river of the water of life” in conjunction with the 12-month measure of the Zodiac ‒ referred to as the “tree of life” in Revelation 22 ‒ has been hidden in plain sight, or occulted for thousands of years. It is truly remarkable that this hidden sense has now revealed itself.
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.’” – Revelation, 21.5-6, NIV 
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse.” – Revelation, 22.1-3, NIV 
In the book of Revelation, the "giving" or revelation of the sacred “river of the water of life” falls closely on the heels of the pouring out of seven vials or bowls upon the Earth by seven angels which parallels the Vedic story of the pouring out of seven rivers by seven rishis. As I have written in my book and in this blog and series, the seventh vesica piscis (river, vial, bowl or kumbha) of the Zodiac lands precisely at the zero point of the sign of Aquarius (aka Kumbha).
"The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since mankind has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath." – Revelation 16.17-19, NIV
This cup of wine which subsequently destroys Babylon – a symbol of mass collective Ignorance/Darkness – is equivalent to Vishnu’s Kumbha of Amrita or Soma (the eternal form/waters/nectar of the vesica piscis) which empowers Indra the Bull (and other Vedic heroes) to release the seven rivers or floods of the Vedas. Babylon’s destruction is described in Revelation 19, wherein we find mention of the four living creatures of the Zodiac which in Revelation 4.6-8 are named as the Lion, Ox, Man and Eagle. As discussed by Thea in The Hidden Manna, these creatures refer to Vishnu’s four preservation signs (Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio), listed in the reverse order, as per the movement of the Precession of the Equinoxes through the Zodiac. Further on in the same hymn we find the figure of Kalki, Vishnu’s final avatar who is depicted as an all-conquering hero on a white horse in Indian mythology, whose coming Thea placed in our current Age of Aquarius.
"After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments…. The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!”… Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns." Revelation 19:1-6 excerpts, NIV 
"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.  He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God."
– Revelation:19:11-13
As discussed in my book, the god-hero’s robe is yet another ancient symbol of the vesica piscis (the “robe” or “garb” worn by the figure of the radius) in the Vedas as well as in Revelation.

Thea considered her own restoration of knowledge regarding the Vedic Sacrifice to be an extension of Sri Aurobindo’s yogic mission of uncovering the secret or occulted real sense of the Vedas, and she recognized Sri Aurobindo as Kalki, Vishnu’s final avatar whose work bears forth the Revelation or Apocalypse (Uncovering) of Hidden Truth of the Vedic Sacrifice, which is predicted to be accompanied by great devastation on Earth. This devastation may well be linked to cyclical global cataclysms as many believe,2  but in the Rig Veda this great Uncovering is largely portrayed as a devastation of Ignorance and Falsehood. Thea considered the Mother (Mirra Alfassa) and herself to be an extension or Shakti-force of this Avataric mission (and lineage). She discussed their collective or triadic yoga as essential to the seeding or dawn of our current Age of Aquarius. Thea’s 1976 book, The Hidden Manna, demonstrated the correspondence between St. John’s Revelation or Apocalypse and the coming of Sri Aurobindo in the Age of Aquarius. In other words, she held that there is no impossibly long wait before completing an imaginary cycle of 432,000 years until the prophesized fulfillment of Vishnu’s apocalyptic restoration of the eternal triadic law of the Vedic Rishis, which is inseparable from the restoration of the truth of the eternal 432,000 measure of the Vedic Year. It has already happened in precise conjunction the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, which is bearing all the signs of immanent devastation of life as we know it on Earth largely due to the unsustainable Ignorance of our fragmented egoic-mental consciousness.

Sri Aurobindo portrayed this Apocalypse or arrival of Truth-Consciousness as the “Supramental Descent”, initiating a radical evolutionary shift beyond our current Mental consciousness and into a higher than mental or supramental consciousness. From what I understand of his work, he saw this shift as being a much more radical transformation than the previous evolutionary shifts on Earth.

On 24 September 1914, the Mother wrote:
“The Lord has willed and Thou dost execute:
A new Light shall break upon the earth.
A new world shall be born,
And the things that were promised shall be fulfilled.”
She changed this in February of 1956 (upon her experience of the Supramental Manifestation) to:
“Lord, Thou hast willed, and I execute:
A new light breaks upon the earth,
A new world is born.
The things that were promised are fulfilled.”
I write the above to make the connection between the prophetic mythology regarding Vishnu and the work of Sri Aurobindo to help people begin to see that the mythology of Vishnu’s coming at the end of 432,000-year Kali Yuga is in itself a falsehood, or rather a gargantuan distortion, mismeasure and mis-understanding of the underlying truth of the myth. This interpretation of the timing of Vishnu’s coming is based entirely upon long-standing ignorance of the real Zodiacal framework of the Vedic Sacrifice/Year and of  post-Vedic mythology. Once this ignorance has been corrected, one can begin to see that the myth of Vishnu’s return and the reestablishment (or preservation) of Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Law) has played itself out and is still playing itself out as a reality in our Day and Age. The current misunderstanding of the timing of Vishnu’s return is a falsehood resulting from our collective inherited disconnection from the ancient truth of the Zodiac and our resulting disorientation in Time and Space. Most pay little attention to the mythology of Vishnu’s return at the end of the 432,000-year mismeasure of the Kali Yuga because this time frame and the mythology of Vishnu's incarnations are so far removed from our actual lived reality, both in terms of Time and in terms of science. As far as I know, there is no real Earth cycle that spans 432,000 years. When this number and Vishnu’s incarnations are understood in terms of the math, geometry and cycles of the Zodiacal Year, the mythology of Vishnu’s return begins to make actual sense in terms of Earth’s real cycles of Time, rather than remaining a conspicuous display of ignorance regarding the laws and measure of the Vedic Sacrifice, perpetuating the disorientation and ignorance that plagues modern humanity in the form of religious symbols and beliefs that have long lost their original wholistic, universal and applicable sense.

Correcting the misunderstanding of the 432,000 measure of the Kali Yuga and of the Vedic Year (which Thea did) is an essential piece of Vishnu’s preservation mission. This correction essentially reorients those who have “eyes to see” within the proper field of the Vedic Journey – which is our collective evolutionary journey on Earth. One can SEE for oneself that the Time has Come for the fulfillment of the prophecy of Vishnu’s periodic return and periodic reestablishment of the Eternal Law. There is no waiting some 432,000 years. We are living Vishnu’s Aquarian-Age Apocalypse, which is equally conveyed as an uplifting or uncovering of obscured Truth/Light as it is a devastation of ignorance.

Vishnu's fifth avatar - Trivakrama who takes three steps across the universe.
Vishnu as Trivikrama (Wikipedia)

The importance of the 432,000 in relation to Vishnu’s Eternal Law is underscored in the mythology of his incarnation as Vamana the Dwarf (aka Trivikrama) who steps across the whole of the universe with three steps (trivikrama), thereby defeating the Demons, i.e. defeating the forces of Ignorance and Falsehood. As I have discussed in Part One of Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom, this Dwarf-Hero form of Vishnu is a symbol of the radius of the circle which measures out precisely three vesicae piscium in the circle/year. Each of these three steps covers the ground or space of 432,000 seconds of degrees of arc (120°) of the 360° circle which simultaneously represents the Sun and the totality or macrocosm of the entire Universe, as well as the microcosms and macrocosms of Earth’s real cycles, including the Year and the Great Year.
“Viṣṇu, the Guardian, he whom none deceiveth, made three steps; thenceforth Establishing his high decrees.” – Rig Veda 1.22.18 , tr. RTH Griffith 
“I WILL declare the mighty deeds of Viṣṇu, of him who measured out the earthly regions, Who propped the highest place of congregation, thrice setting down his footstep, widely striding. 
"For this his mighty deed is Viṣṇu lauded, like some wild beast, dread, prowling, mountain-roaming; He within whose three wide-extended paces all living creatures have their habitation
"Let the hymn lift itself as strength to Viṣṇu, the Bull far-striding, dwelling on the mountains, Him who alone with triple step hath measured this common dwelling-place, long, far extended. 
"Him whose three places that are filled with sweetness, imperishable, joy as it may list them, Who verily alone upholds the threefold, the earth, the heaven, and all living creatures.” ‒ Rig Veda 1.154.1-4, tr. RTH Griffith 3 4 [Bold emphasis added]
The sentence in bold above portrays Vishnu’s steps as traversing and encompassing the entire 360° Vedic Year/Zodiac which is known as the “Circle of Life”. For readers who want to see the role of the radius in measuring out the three vesica piscis shown above, see “The Divine Trinity”. The construction of the three vesica piscis begins 13:50 minutes into this video, just after a quote from Rig Veda 4.42 which clearly depicts the Vedic Heroes Indra and Varuna (portrayed as equivalent in this hymn) in terms that apply to the radius and its sacred triadic measure of the circle (and of the world).
“I AM the royal Ruler... I made to flow the moisture-shedding waters, and set the heaven firm in the seat of Order. By Law the Son of Aditi, Law Observer, hath spread abroad the world in threefold measure.” – Rig Veda 4.42.1-4 excerpt, tr. RTH Griffith
In Rig Veda 6.17, Vishnu’s sacred act of measuring out the universe is depicted as the pouring forth of three great vessels or reservoirs of water (sarāṁsi) which, as I have discussed in Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom, are symbols of the three vesica piscis (aka three sacred rivers) which create the eternal triadic law of the Vedas. The connection between the vessel and the kumbha/kalasha (and the shape of the vesica piscis) is discussed at length in my Kumbha Mela series.
“He, Pūṣan Viṣṇu, poured forth three great vessels to him, the juice that cheers, that slaughters Vṛtra [the Coverer/Enveloper]. Thou settest free the rushing wave of waters, the floods' great swell encompassed and obstructed. Along steep slopes their course thou turnedst, Indra, directed [the waters] downward, speeding to the ocean.” ‒ Rig Veda 6.17.11-12, tr. RTH Griffith
I recently read of one account in the Nṛsiṃha-Pūrva-Tāpaniya Upaniṣad which seems to equate Vishnu’s measured step with a song, which will make sense to those who have read Part Four wherein it is explained that the sacred syllable, word and song are among the many ways the vesica piscis is symbolized or characterized in the Rig Veda. As I wrote in “Recovering the Ancient Light and Amrita of the Vedas” the vesica piscis is also characterized as Amrita ‒ the Nectar of Immortality ‒ which explains why knowing Vishnu’s step/song would be said to bestow immortality upon the knower.
“[O]ne should know [Vishnu’s Highest Step] as the song. And one who knows it, attains immortality.”5
In Rig Veda 7.100 Vishnu is called Śipiviṣța which means something on the order of “pervading the cow” which I take as a description of the radius seated within and pervading the form or shape of the vesica piscis and/or circle.
“Three times did the quick god stride with his greatness across this earth …This name of yours, O Śipiviṣța, of you the stranger do I proclaim today, I who know the [hidden] patterns. …O Viṣṇu, when thou declaredst, I am Śipiviṣța? Hide not this form from us, nor keep it secret, since thou didst wear another shape in battle.” – Rig Veda 7.100.3- 7, excerpts, tr. Jamison & Brereton [Bold emphasis added]
In their discussion of this hymn, Jamison and Brereton wrote, “The hymn does not resolve these questions [regarding Vishnu’s hidden or secret form], perhaps leaving the shadowy figure of Vishnu to be fully developed in the ensuing centuries.”6  They published their translation and commentary on the Rig Veda in 2014. Two years later, in 2016, I began to see the hidden geometric basis and sense Vishnu’s forms/incarnations.

As I have discussed in “Recovering the Ancient Light and Amrita of the Vedas – Part II”, this same sacred geometry was portrayed in Mayan Civilization in the form of three hearth or firestones, resting on a Turtle’s back. This iconography makes perfect sense when we SEE that this Mayan Turtle is equivalent to Vishnu in his Turtle form (Kurma) and that these three firestones are symbols of the three vesica piscis which divide the sacred year into three, equivalent to Vishnu’s three steps or the “three great vessels” which he [the radius] pours out in the circle of the Zodiac. These stones held a central place in Mayan creation mythology, which includes the assertion that Time begins with “the ‘planting’ of three stones”. According to Robin Heyworth, “the three stones planted are thought to be symbolic of the preparation of the world for a new human existence”.7

It is worth noting that the geometric sense of the Vedic Rivers made itself known to me while I was riding my mountain bike along a dry creek bed (called Rubicon Creek) on 2 October 2016 (the number power of the month and day adding up to 3, one-third the 9 number power of the year). This descent of gnosis came approximately seven months after I saw (or was shown) the geometric sense of Vishnu’s Turtle avatar. During the winter of 2019, a year or so after I published my book about these discoveries, a tree fell along this creek and the clean up crew left a large chunk of the tree trunk which, when approaching from the north, looks like a huge Turtle.

Given that it was the form of Vishnu’s Turtle which initiated or catalyzed my whole understanding and recovery of the key role the vesica piscis plays in deciphering the mythology and iconography of Vishnu and of the Rig Veda, every time I pass this “Turtle” (complete with a cardinal cross cracked into its circular “shell” displaying hundreds of concentric tree rings, each ring signifying one Solar Year on Earth) I am in awe of this monument, organically placed by the creek which showed or revealed to me the long-hidden geometric sense of the Vedic rivers.

The image below shows the geometric and zodiacal sense of Vishnu’s Turtle which I came to understand in late March of 2016, along with the creek bed and the “Turtle” discussed above. This Turtle – the sole remnant of a once magnificent Tree – now sits as a prominent marker on the Rubicon Creek path leading to Rubicon waterfall which only flows during California’s rainy season. I consider the Tree turned Turtle to be a powerful symbol of the connection between Vishnu’s second incarnation as the world-bearing, world-saving Turtle and the Zodiac, also known as the “Tree of Life”. I also consider it to be a powerful symbol and DIVINE COINCIDENCE that as a child my placemat at our six-person dinner table with four legs (and four children) portrayed a colorful Turtle with the words “Lori’s Place” underneath it.

As discussed in Part 3 of this series, the geometry of the radius and vesica piscis as a measure of the 12-month Solar Year was also conveyed in Mesopotamian iconography via the symbol of the Seven Apkallu (Abgal) depicted as Fish-Men or Men (Sages) wearing a Fish. Many have recognized that this iconography mirrors both the Seven Sages found in the Rig Veda, as well as the first form or incarnation of Vishnu as Matsya ‒ the Fish or Fish Man. This symbolism lives on (however veiled or refuted) in the fish-shaped mitre (hat) worn by Catholic priests and the Pope.8 The name of this sacred hat originates from the Vedic god Mitra whose name means “the Friend”, which Thea equated with the Friend or Man of Aquarius who pours out his Kumbha (Water Pot) and its sacred waters onto humanity. As I have discussed in my book and elsewhere, this Kumbha is equivalent to the vesica piscis – the Vessel of the Fish.

It is worth repeating here what I wrote in June of 2018 regarding the supramental synchronicity between the January 2018 publication of my book and the subsequent victory of the movie The Shape of Water at the 90th Academy Awards about a woman who rescues a Fish-Man or Fish-God from his imprisonment by ignorant men.9
“Voting for the 2017 Oscar nominations opened on 5 January 201810 and closed on 12 January 2018, the day after I published Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom.  On 4 March 2018, in the month of Pisces, a movie entitled The Shape of Water about Fish-Man said to be a River God of the Amazon, swept the 2018 Oscars, winning Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. It must be noted that the date of the awards, 4 March 2018, as written in the Indian format of day-month-year, reduces to the numbers 4.3.2, which are key figures of my book, intimately related to the measure and shape the Vesica Piscis as encoded in myriad symbols in the Rig Veda. As discussed in my book and elsewhere, 432,000 is simultaneously the sacred measure of the Vesica Piscis, the Kali Yuga, the Sun's radius, and the Rig Veda.”
In Rig Veda 4.58 the geometry and measure of the radius and vesica piscis within the circle/solar year is creatively depicted as a Buffalo (Bull) who emits or vomits up (JB Brereton) the ”honeyed wave” of Amrita (also known as the “Nectar of Immortality”) equivalent to Holy Oil (Ghrita/Ghee). What makes this hymn extra relevant to the discussion of the 432,000 measure of the vesica piscis is that this Buffalo (Bull) is described as having 4 horns, 3 feet and 2 heads (in that particular sacred order). The Bull (Taurus) is one of the Preservation signs of the Zodiac and is a symbol of Vishnu the Preserver (along with the three other Preservation Signs of the Zodiac (the Lion/Leo, the Scorpion-Eagle/Scorpio, and the Man/Aquarius).
"Forth from the ocean sprang the wave of sweetness: together with the stalk it turned to Amṛta, That which is holy oil's mysterious title: but the Gods’ tongue is truly Amṛta's centre. 
"Let us declare aloud the name of Ghṛta, and at this sacrifice hold it up with homage. So let the Brahman hear the praise we utter. This hath the four-horned Buffalo emitted. 
"Four are his horns, three are the feet that bear him; his heads are two, his hands are seven in number. Bound with a triple bond the Steer roars loudly: the mighty God hath entered into mortals. 
"That oil in triple shape the Gods discovered laid down within the Cow [the Zodiac], concealed by Paṇis [Demons/Misers].… 
"From inmost reservoir in countless channels flow down these rivers which the foe beholds not. I look upon the streams of oil descending, and lo! the Golden Reed is there among them."
‒ Rig Veda 4.58, tr. R.T.H. Griffith [bold emphasis and text in brackets added]
The wave of sweetness (aka Amrita), rivers and streams in this hymn are all symbols of the vesica piscis, and the stalk and Golden Reed are both symbols of the radius within the Zodiac and within the vesica piscis which measures out the Zodiac or Solar Year. The Rishi of this hymn makes it quite clear that the true sense of the Vedic Rivers (and the holy oil laid out in “triple shape” equivalent to Vishnu’s three steps/three great vessels) within the Zodiac is entirely UNKNOWN to the Ignorant (the Panis, the Foe, etc.).

Above I wrote that “I began to see the hidden geometric basis and sense Vishnu’s forms/incarnations” in 2016. I have elaborated upon this decent of gnosis in my book, but what I want to include here about this unfolding is that it happened 144 years after Sri Aurobindo’s birth, in the year of Thea’s passing.11 I began writing the book as the information was descending throughout 2016, and then finished writing, editing and formatting it throughout 2017, which marked my 48th year on planet Earth. These numbers are significant in that 144 is one-third of 432, and 48 in turn, is one-third of 144, and one-ninth of 432. That is just the way it happened, organically unfolding in perfect tune with the harmonies of the three and the nine (thrice-three), and the measure of the Vedic Sacrifice, and in perfect tune with the birth of Sri Aurobindo and the passing of Thea.

I want to also emphasize here that Thea considered Sri Aurobindo to be an Avatar of Vishnu. The Mother simply used the word “Avatar” to describe Sri Aurobindo, not specifically not referring to Vishnu as far as I know.
“Sri Aurobindo … as the Avatar, represented the supreme Consciousness and Will on earth….”  ‒ the Mother, The Mother's Agenda, Volume 1, 10 Oct 1958
On 20 June 1972, approximately a year and a half before her passing, the Mother wrote:
“Sri Aurobindo is an emanation of the Supreme who came on earth to announce the manifestation of a new race and the new world, the Supramental. Let us prepare for it in all sincerity and eagerness.” – Collected Works of the Mother, Vol. 13, p. 19
According to Sri Aurobindo, it was Vishnu (Krishna) who set him on his mission to recover the Sanatana Dharma in 1908, and it was Vishnu (Krishna) who descended into his body in 1926. The Mother referred to the Lotus at the center of Sri Aurobindo’s satkona-shaped symbol as the “Avatar of the Supreme”. Thea referred to this 9-petalled Lotus as “the Lotus of the Avatar”. The Lotus is commonly associated with Vishnu in Indian lore and one of Vishnu’s names is Padmanabh (referring to the Lotus that springs from his navel). The Lotus can be understood as a symbol of the 360° Vedic Year. As I have discussed in “Sri Aurobindo and the Lotus” (2009), Sri Aurobindo’s birth name Aravinda means “Lotus”. In her writings, Thea flat out identified Sri Aurobindo as the final avatar of Vishnu – the Supramental Avatar of the Aquarian Age who came to reestablish the Sanatana Dharma and to seed/birth the Supramental stage of Earth’s evolution. She also referred to Vishnu’s line of Ten Avatars [Dasavatara] as “the backbone of Hinduism”.12 As put forth in her books, Thea considered Sri Aurobindo (not Gautama the Buddha) to be the rightful 9th Avatar of Vishnu,13 who promptly reincarnated as the 10th in the Line.14
“Imagine [the descent of the 9th Avatar] as an organic process. See the 9th Avatar's coming as 'seed'. From that Seed [Sri Aurobindo] planted in 1872, the ineluctable unfolding or evolving of its contents was 'decreed'. The work was done, we could say, because when Time is the executive force in the operation, as ally, as Creator not Destroyer, its irreversible forward march can only make manifest what the Seed contains." ‒ Thea, Secrets of the Earth, p. 50 
“[The coming of the 9th Avatar] provides us with the truth-conscious structure it is his duty to introduce in this 9th Manifestation, i.e., the Cosmic Truth.”  ‒ Thea, Secrets of the Earth, p. 65
While looking through Secrets of the Earth for the above quotes, I came across a section wherein Thea discussed the Divine Measure in relation to the Vedas and the work of the Avatar and his collaborator, the Mother. The book is in Q&A format, wherein one of Thea’s students posed questions or comments, and Thea answered.
Q: We seem to return to the same point: the Divine Measure. This then seems to lie at the heart of the Vedic Way. 
A: This is so true. Consequently, since on the subcontinent this was reduced to maya as 'illusion' and this material creation stripped of divinity or divine status, it is more than obvious that the real 9th Avatar must address this issue before all else. And as I have mentioned earlier, this activity would have to form a part of his 'cosmic credentials'. And it has. The real establishment of the Divine Measure was not Sri Aurobindo's task, however. That was the task laid out for the Mother, his companion on the Way. This was her sacred duty which she fulfilled to an unparalleled perfection. Her own symbol, which she designed in the earliest part of their association, confirms her identity as the incarnation of the Divine Maya, architect of the Supreme Lord. It also confirms the entire body of higher knowledge we employ to decipher Vishnu's strides15 to measure the universe and the Line of Ten. How could it be otherwise if she is the incarnation of that Power? Here is her symbol [opposite]. Note that every detail of the Map of the 12 Manifestations [[see Secrets of the Earth, Part 2, p.21]] is contained in her symbol in static form: 12 bands, three circles in one (hubs); and, most important of all considering the theme of our discussion, the inner division of four (second hub/circle) points to Vishnu's signs of Preservation. The only piece missing would be the 360 'pegs', which are implied when circles are drawn. 
You will see further on how the Mother used this symbol as the basic  plan for the Inner Chamber she designed which contains the most colossal amount of Knowledge that has ever been revealed in sacred architecture. Truly she was the Divine Maya incarnate. I do not make this statement lightly. One thing is to create a marvel of sacred architecture in and for itself. Another, entirely different and unknown to us today, is to re-instate, to re-establish the ancient-most Vedic tradition of geometry in sacred art. This is what the Mother has done and for which reason she alone, to my knowledge, can lay claim to the title of Divine Maya. Her work is Vedic to the core; she has given the Truth-Conscious Measure that sages from time immemorial have been in search of:  the key to time in space, or, what I have called the Geometry of Time. She has thus taken the Vedic laws and updated them for our Age. … It is our Philosopher's Stone, the element with which we remove veils, distortions, falsehood.” ‒Thea, Secrets of the Earth, pp. 58-59 [Bold emphasis and double brackets added]
The reason I am emphasizing Sri Aurobindo’s avatarhood in this series on the sacred or divine measure of 432,000, is that what I have come to understand about the geometric sense of Vishnu’s avatars the connection between the 432,000 measure of Vishnu’s three steps and the meaning of the three great vessels which Vishnu is said to pour out in the Rig Veda, and the Amrita he is said to recover in the Samudra Manthan (Churning of the Milky Ocean) mythology, occurs to me as all being born forward from Sri Aurobindo’s work, and subsequently from the Mother’s and Thea’s avataric work of “updating the Vedic laws … for our Age”.

On 8 October 2019 (a 3 number-power year, and a combined month and day number power of 9), the day before the third anniversary of Thea’s passing, an Indian colleague of mine named Krishna wrote a letter discussing the fact that the Sanskrit root of Thea’s legal first name “Patrizia” is Pātra (Pātri), meaning a pot, vessel, bowl or kumbha. I soon found out that another meaning of the Sanskrit word Pātra is “a river bed or channel of a river” which is exactly what showed me that the symbol of the river in the Vedas is a symbol of the Vessel of the Vesica Piscis, seven days before Patrizia’s passing on 9 October 2016 – a revelation which instantly put many long-lost puzzle pieces together regarding the restoration of Vedic Wisdom and of the Divine Maya along with shining much-needed light on the cloaked mythology and the mission of Vishnu’s avatars. Another meaning of Pātra is “a kind of measure”. When I asked Krishna more about the connection between Pātra, Patrizia, and the Vessel, she elaborated:
“[Patrizia] definitely knew [that 'Paatra' is the root for Patrizia]. She always stressed that her name should be pronounced as Paatrizia [Patrizia] and not Patricia. In her talks sometimes, I remember she often talked about [the] importance of being a 'paatra', the right instrument/vessel to receive the knowledge. She had the firsthand experience of it while writing [T]he Magical Carousel and The New Way, and it is same with most of her work, which she mentioned about how the act of writing these books were so effortless, the knowledge just flowed and all she has to do is to just capture it, like in a vessel.”
The vesica piscis was indeed a key of gnosis which helped Thea understand the sacred geometry or divine measure of the Mother’s Temple in relation to Sri Aurobindo’s supramental yoga and mission [see The New Way, Vols. 1&2]. However, despite all that Thea did see and reveal about the zodiacal and gnostic sense of the Vedic symbols, she did not understand or see the geometric sense of the Vedic Pātra, Vessel or Kumbha and how this sacred Vessel (the vesica piscis together with its indwelling flame/radius) establish the Divine Maya or sacred measure of the Zodiac. I consider her work (along with Sri Aurobindo’s and the Mother’s) to be the womb or vessel (Pātra) from which this information was born forward in conjunction with her passing. This unexpected descent of knowledge helped me to understand why exactly my life had been essentially dismantled and re-routed in September of 1999, the month and year I was told by Sri Aurobindo (in a vision) that I was going to India. In January 2000, while visiting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, I was thereupon told (by pictures of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in the Ashram visitor centre) that there was another stage of the Supramental Yoga that would be rejected by the Ashram. I subsequently had the experience of being supramentally guided to Thea’s writings and work (as discussed in Part 1, Chapter 6 of Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom), which have been completely dismissed by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. Without having been led to India and to Thea’s work (which I subsequently immersed myself), I would never have been in a position to see how the sacred vessel (pātra) of the vesica piscis functions as an important and long-forgotten key of Vedic Wisdom, which serves to help restore the Divine Maya (Measure) of the Vedic Sacrifice (Year). It is a true perfection that Patrizia’s name happens to contain and convey in itself a Sanskrit word for the sacred Vedic vessel, which also happens to indicate a riverbed or channel of a river, which is precisely what showed me the long-lost connection between the Vedic river and the vesica piscis (Vessel of the Fish).


[I believe this is the proper END of this series, though I will add an addendum about the relationship between the sacred number of 432 and the Speed of Light.]

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1 Thea frequently criticized the Sidereal measure of the Zodiac, widely considered to be the basis of “Vedic Astrology” in India, as an un-Vedic or post-Vedic display of mass ignorance of the ancient sacrificial Vedic Year – a mass ignorance which needs to be corrected if India is to ever recover its lost Light and fulfill its role as Guru or Bringer of Light for our world. The Vedic Year, according to Thea, is measured out upon the fixed basis of the Earth’s Equinoxes and Solstices which firmly establish the Cardinal points of the Zodiac, marking the entrance into the four seasons/quadrants of the Earth’s sacred Zodiacal Year. See: “The Origin and Nature of Hindu Decline”, “A Calendar that Unifies”, and Thea’s articles on Makar Sankranti.
2 A colleague of mine recently sent me three videos on the phenomenon of micronova or solar flashes wherein stars such as the Sun periodically shed their outer layer via a massive energetic burst which could explain past cycles of catastrophe found in Earth’s geological record. See videos labeled “Solar Micronova” in Earth Catastrophe Cycles Youtube playlist. Information on this phenomenon can also be found at
3 Thea saw and wrote about Vishnu’s three steps in Rig Veda 1.154 as three steps through the Zodiac from preservation sign to preservation sign, starting from the sign of Scorpio (unmentioned in the hymn). She saw the Lion, Bull and Man figures in RV 1.154 as proof that the Rishis knew of the backwards movement of the Precession of the Equinoxes through the Age of the Leo (the Lion), Taurus (the Bull) and Aquarius the Man. [Time & Imperishability, pp. 41-43; Updating the Vedic Altar, Part 9] She did not see or write of Vishnu’s three steps in terms of the triadic division of the circle via three vesica piscis. The following image depicts three steps, the first spanning Scorpio through Leo (blue), the second spanning from Leo through Taurus (purple), and the third spanning from Taurus through Aquarius (red). I drew the following image for Geometric Keys of Vedic Wisdom to demonstrate how Thea’s understanding of Vishnu’s three steps through the preservation of the zodiac can be seen.
4  Mention of Vishnu’s three steps is also found in Rig Veda 8.12.27, 8.29.4 and 8.93.3.
5  Nṛsiṃha-Pūrva-Tāpaniya Upaniṣad 1.5, Sixty Upanishads of the Veda, Paul Deussen, p. 816.
6 Jamison & Brereton, The Rig Veda, Vol. II, p. 1009.
7 Robin Heyworth, “Quiriguá: The Maya Creation Stones”, June 30, 2014.
8 See “Why is the Pope’s Hat … Shaped Like a Fish” by Greg Prescott, M.S.,  21 May 2014.
9 This victory fell precisely on the 90th celebration of the Academy Awards.
10 Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet's (Thea's) 80th birth anniversary.
11 Thea passed at 7:52 pm on 9 October 2016.
12 Thea, Secrets of the Earth [2008], p. 85.
13 See my post (and related links at the end of) “A Joint Declaration: Buddha is not an Avatar of Vishnu”, 9 July 2010.
14 See Thea’s books The New Way, Vols 1&2 and Secrets of the Earth.
15 See Endnote 3. Thea also discussed this sense of Vishnu’s three steps in “Cosmology in Rigveda – the third premise”, The Hindu, July 9, 2002.