The time-bound necessity of War
Director, Aeon Centre of Cosmology
18 December 2013
It is reasonable to question how another conflagration of global proportions could have occurred so close on the heels of the Great War, which ought to have brought an end to the choice of war for all times to come. It is reasonable to believe that the horrors of the First World War were such as to have left imprints on the collective psyche rendering impossible such options. And yet, the Second World War, in the cosmological perspective, was as inevitable as the First, though it obeyed a very different agenda. The former was a process of withdrawing energies to serve a cosmic purpose, when the time for dissolution had arrived; the Second World War obeyed laws attendant on a creative thrust that was to sustain the forward drive into the Aquarian Age.
I pointed out that 12 years had transpired from the beginning of the First World War to the onset of the Age of Aquarius in 1926. Similarly, 12 years after civilisation had crossed the border between the first two Ages of the 9th Manifestation an equal number of 12 would pass and we would find ourselves in the throes of yet another global conflict of even greater proportions.
Readers will calculate that the War started in 1939 and not 1938 – or 13 years from the time-border and not 12. However, an event occurred in early 1938 that made not only inevitable the new war but it also determined the shape it would take. This is not the place to provide facts to support this statement, except to state that a gap was left in the time-fabric of the flow of the Ages that was akin to an invitation to forces of different persuasions to fill. The mechanics of the operation are mathematical; I have provided these details again and again over the years – primarily in The New Way, Volumes 1-3. Here I wish to state only that the 1938 event opened the possibility of a very different Earth – a NEW Earth, to borrow the scriptural phrase (‘A new Heaven and a new Earth’). Not to be overlooked, however, is the fact that together with the new Earth there was the eagerly anticipated new Heaven. I know of no other branch of higher knowledge except the truth-conscious Supermind of our times that has been able to explain the meaning of a new Heaven – factually, applicably – because in the assessment of all philosophies and spiritual paths, ‘heaven’ would mean the spiritual realm removed from the material which, in their opinion, is unchanging, static and eternal, and therefore could not be ‘made new’. These are the qualities that they feel distinguish spirituality from ‘all that moves’ which would therefore be impermanent and hence of questionable value in any higher process of self-perfection. Permanence versus impermanence became fixed on a pole of tension at the onset of the 9th Manifestation that could never be reconciled. To do so would require the new cosmology of Supermind.
India as Centre-Soul
From 1926 onward India would be the focus of both the new Earth and the new Heaven, though unknown to all. If one were to exclude the descent of the Supramental Knowledge, with all that it entails, we would have to believe that whatever was planned for India by way of centreship for the 9th Manifestation has failed. On the surface India presents a grim picture. She is burdened not just by over a billion people but more significantly by the weight of a history that dates back thousands of years and has been carried over into the present in an unbroken line; and for a very specific purpose, I might add. Contrast this with the United States of America, a nation that from its earliest years disengaged itself from the past – a situation that has allowed America to act largely free of historical baggage which might have impeded a certain agility to allow the nation to play a special role destiny had arranged for the two World Wars. America moves forward in a largely weightless condition, with few encumbrances, and therefore finds herself in a better position for renewal almost endlessly. India, on the other hand, carries not only her own burden but the accumulated problems of the entire 9th Manifestation.
Centreship is not to be envied. It is only a civilisation nurtured on the special quality of wisdom found in a text such as the Bhagavad Gita that can sustain a burden such as India carries. The verses quoted in Part 2 of this series describe the onerous task ahead and her cosmic responsibilities – that is, in this Age India has to come to terms with the workings of the Time-Spirit as described in those verses as far back as the 8th Manifestation, prematurely displayed before the tender-hearted Arjun on the battlefield of the war to end all wars. The Gita serves us today, when entering into the heart of the 9th Manifestation, as a prophecy of things to come. But it is a burden rendered far less burdensome when the cosmic key to those workings is in hand, just as the Gita indicates in the revelations of the methodology of the Time-Spirit.
Unfortunately, the same usurping forces that sought to fill the gap left wide open in 1938 have been operating in India – quite successfully, it must be added; these are powers gifted in the art of simulation. It took a world war to counter a usurpation that, if left unchecked, would have not only dislodged India from her central place in the new Age but would have ultimately brought an end to evolution on Earth entirely.
There are Scriptures the world over that tell the tale of great battles which we interpret as a struggle between the forces of Good and Evil. Invariably the Good prevails and Evil is destroyed. But the war in question does not fit neatly into this categorisation; the forces at play and the finality of this war are far more complex and require a synthetic vision to grasp the full implications. The early years of the Aquarian Age were vitally important because we had entered Vishnu’s Age of Preservation – that is, the time for the descent from the solar world of his emanations. This descent occurs every 6000 years approximately – or from one Age of Preservation to the next (yuge-yuge, the Gita tells us). These special periods are highlighted in the Map of 12 by the crosswise axes pointing to the four zodiacal signs of Preservation – called Fixed Quality in astrological lore. They are often depicted in Sphinx iconography to preserve the knowledge of their zodiacal importance, or bearing a certain message such as the Sphinx at Giza.
The specific task of this particular Age of Vishnu would be to implant on Earth the things of the solar world, the superior light of a solar essence. This is the supramental Truth-Consciousness which not only makes all things new on Earth, but discloses the anticipated ‘new heaven’ as well. In this context I have written that the term ‘spiritual’ can no longer be applied to the perceptions of Reality the truth-conscious Supermind provides. In this dispensation ‘heaven’ is also made new, a faithful and fulfilling companion of ‘the new Earth’. However, I must repeat, for this to take shape a more all-encompassing and integrated cosmic vision had to manifest in India – precisely because she has been drawn out of that luminous Knowledge and into the darkness of unknowing, just as the world was led astray by the same usurpers in the beginning of this new Age.
Usurpation is the keyword. The strategy is to use accepted symbols of higher goals based on the sacred sciences. We recognise the tactic without any difficulty regarding Nazism; but how many really question why those sacred Vedic symbols became the emblem of that entire movement? We must now question: How is it that Hitler came to adopt the Swastika as his signature among all the symbols at his disposal to choose from? Nazism was rooted in Christian soil, not Indian; and yet, not only was the Swastika adopted but the usurpation extended to the overall goal of his movement: the establishment of a superior race, the Aryan. This choice touched the heart and soul of the Veda and made the label ‘coincidence’ unacceptable: the only Aryan worth mentioning is the victorious Warrior of the Rig Veda – the world’s oldest Scripture. Some researchers seek to link these prominent selections to Nordic folklore. On the surface this may have been the case, but more often than not the falsifying agenda is carried out through unknowing subjects, unmindful of the real intention.
Here again we are faced with a ‘gap’ due to unknowing, similar to the opening left in the time-fabric by the event of 1938: a cloud hangs over the significance of the Rig Veda. To date there is no consensus on the real meaning of its enigmatic verses. That unknowing, that unconsciousness permitted not only Hitler to usurp the Aryan as symbol of the superior race he intended to establish in Germany, but Indologists joined in the chorus, some of those of most repute from Germany itself. They not only fanned false ambitions by their interpretations of the Rig Veda, they also contributed to a persistent North-South divide on the subcontinent.
The point I am making is to recognise how precariously the Earth was poised on the brink of a sombre abyss at the border of the new Age, due entirely to ignorance – of a cosmic status – indeed, the Cosmic Ignorance that must give way to the Cosmic Truth of the Vedic Age. And India stood then, and continues to stand, at the heart of it all.
Interestingly, both movements, the German and the Indian, involve cosmological issues, recognised or not. Germany usurped the cosmic symbols sacred to India for millennia; but in a sense India had forfeited the right to any exclusivity when she lost the key to the Knowledge embraced by the symbols, when it became, in Sri Aurobindo’s words, simply the ‘body devoid of soul’. The Swastika is entirely cosmic and Earth-centred. Its four arms divide the circle into four quarters just as the ecliptic is divided for the Earth in four parts based on the Equinoxes and the Solstices. But here is the rub, India has ceased to value the role the Equinoxes and Solstices play for Earth inhabitants. The calendar adopted for Hindus disregards them entirely and instead projects the ecliptic Zero Point – entirely dependent for its location in time on the 21-22 March Equinox – far into space, into the constellational sphere where there are no Equinoxes and Solstices. And yet, this is the single most important aspect of the Swastika to consider if the sense and purpose of its soul is to be unveiled in the symbol. As used in Ganesh iconography, the four arms point squarely to the Cardinal Points and hence to the Equinoxes and Solstices, though by usurpation the symbol no longer honours the soul it contains.
The added appendages to the four arms of the Swastika indicate by their positioning – left or right – the direction of the movement, clockwise or counter-clockwise. A widely held belief is that Hitler reversed the symbol and therefore it became ‘evil’. This is not correct and is simply missing the forest for the trees. The Swastika can ‘move’ in both directions, but counter- clockwise pertains to the yearly motion of 365 days as determined by the rotation of the Earth and movement through the zodiac eastward; the other indicates the larger 25,920-year movement of the Ages which, due to the Precession, gives rise to a clockwise progression through the signs, as the Map of 12 Manifestations indicates. Wikipedia states:
‘Left-facing’ and ‘right-facing’ are used mostly consistently referring to the upper arm of an upright swastika facing either to the viewer's left (卍) or right (卐). The other two descriptions are ambiguous as it is unclear whether they refer to the arms as leading or being dragged or whether their bending is viewed outward or inward. However, ‘clockwise’ usually refers to the ‘right-facing’ swastika. The terms are used inconsistently in modern times, which is confusing and may obfuscate an important point, that the rotation of the swastika may have symbolic relevance, although ancient vedic scripts describe the symbolic relevance of clock motion and counter clock motion. Less ambiguous terms might be ‘clockwise-pointing’ and ‘counterclockwise-pointing’. (Emphasis mine).
Vedic key is mention of motion. But when attainment of the Beyond became the purpose of all spirituality in India, then indeed ‘motion’, directly connected to material creation, was to be dismissed as having less relevance. The writers of Wikipedia seem to be following the trend.
To summarise, the essential point of the Swastika is the division of the zodiacal (ecliptic) circle into four quarters. The dividing lines would extend to the 0 degrees of the four Cardinal Points, the uppermost being 0 degree Capricorn – Uttarayana of Hindu tradition, the most auspicious time of the year in the annual progression; regarding the passage of the zodiacal ages, it would be the Golden Age of Capricorn, or Satya Yuga. However, this is all merely rhetorical now; in practice, the symbol has lost its meaning.
I will set aside the question of right or left-spinning Swastika for the purposes of this analysis of the Second World War and the role of the Nazi movement. The chosen symbol would be either the year of 365 days or the cosmic year of 25,920 years. Given the intent of the forces working through Hitler, it would seem to be the latter since had he succeeded the reign of the Shadow would have extended well into the remaining years of the Age.
In view of the above, even more interesting regarding the Nazi usurpation is the zodiacal signs the Nazi emblem pointed to: the Ages of Vishnu, during which period the innermost truth of each of the 12 Manifestations would become cemented in the Earth’s evolutionary matrix by the appearance of one of the Avatars corresponding to a particular Manifestation, each with a specific task to complete for the evolution. Given the usurpation and the Nazi ambition of not only world sovereignty but domination over the entire evolutionary process for all times to come, it is therefore not surprising that the chosen insignia should indicate those precise Ages, unlike other Swastikas of ancient and modern times that point upright. Disabling the Avatar, not permitting him to fulfil his mission, obfuscating his true credentials as established by the Cosmic Truth so that confusion would reign in India over this aspect of Vedic Knowledge – veritably the backbone of Hinduism – would be the sinister, hidden objective of the inspirational powers working through the Nazi movement.
The arms of the Nazi Swastika
to coincide with Vishnu’s Ages in the Map of 12 Manifestations
to coincide with Vishnu’s Ages in the Map of 12 Manifestations
Since India has lost the cosmic connection due to the loss of Knowledge in these sacred matters – which includes above all the correct calendar in use for astrological and temple purposes – she can be seen as having sent out an ‘invitation’ to all and sundry: ‘Interpret as you will, I abdicate!’ But the destined centre-soul of the Earth does not have this option, however appealing it may be. Wilful ignorance in such a situation merely draws more weight to the already heavy burden of the Ages she carries – specifically, the darkness India drew to herself during passage through the Age of Pisces. Most important of all, since it stands at the heart of many conflicts across the globe, is the question of an orthodox exclusivism. India took on the burden of exclusivism, a mindset totally unknown to Vedic civilisation. For India of Vedic heritage, the weight of this credo is almost unbearable. Perhaps for this reason the Puranas (prophetically, zodiacally) describe how the Vedas were submerged in the Piscean cosmic sea where, they tell us, these sacred-most texts were hidden for their protection during the time of Matsyavatar, the Avatar of the Fishes – that is, the Age of Pisces in recurring cycles through the Manifestations. This time we are emerging from the Sea with the truth-conscious Supramental Gnosis in hand given the fact that this particular Age of Pisces sets in motion the last round in the cycle of 12 covering 77,760 years – an indication in itself that the 9th Avatar completed his mission successfully and the descent from the solar world has been arranged in such a way as to ‘cover all bases’ (those Cardinal and otherwise) to oust the usurpers once and for all.
Two ancient/modern symbols were central in the Second World War – the Seal of Solomon and the Swastika. The former, apart from Judaism, is sacred to Kartikeya, Shiva’s firstborn son; the latter to Ganesh, his second born – a ‘coincidence’ for sure but not for that any less worthy of mention.
My intention in presenting this unusual treatment of the Second World War is first of all to offer an integrated overview by drawing a direct connection between the two wars of the last century through the 1926 borderline dividing the Ages of Pisces and Aquarius. To better understand why ‘forces’ arose so vehemently right from the onset of the new Age to secure the right instruments in furtherance of their goal of usurpation, we must realise that there has never been a dramatic severance between the two Ages. What we were left with when Dissolution was completed is a distilled residue from the Piscean era. This is on the order of a carry-over, without which there could be no unified perception, no multiplicity in unity, the heart and soul of evolution on Earth. Consequently, the forces that operated with seeming impunity during Pisces were successful in assuring that the darkness they fostered would be implanted in the soil of the new Age, carried over in condensed form across the border into Aquarius. The Second World War was a result of that ferment. It stands that if unity and integration, along with freedom, are the keywords of the Aquarian Age, there can be no stark divide obliterating everything that had transpired previously, however negative; in some way it must leave its mark because it was a necessary ingredient for the conquests in this Age of Supermind. The issue is to understand the sense and purpose of the methodology. In this light, if we analyse the present condition of our world fearlessly, that deeper insight will help us navigate through what lies ahead more trustingly and confident of victory.
The Second World War was a consolidated effort, working through imperialist powers lusting for a place on the fading map of colonised nations, to perpetuate that divisive and demeaning agenda, to secure an indelible footprint that would determine the course of evolution for many years to come. The persistent ‘hot spots’ on the international stage are the result of that ‘residue’. To help counter the objective of divisive forces, the new Age introduced a more mature version of the League of Nations. And thus the United Nations arose from the detritus of the War and still stands in our midst because it was borne along by the creative Spirit of the new Times.
(To be continued)
The time-bound necessity of War
Director, Aeon Centre of Cosmology
11 December 2013
The Aquarian Age entered with a bang – quite literally. The era of air/space exploration was introduced with the first successful launch of a liquid-fuelled rocket on 16 March 1926. In just five days, on the Equinox of 21-22 March of that year, evolution passed from the water sign Pisces into the air/space sign Aquarius.
The period immediately following the First World War adds weight to my thesis concerning the atmosphere of Dissolution that surrounded the events leading to the passage. To prove the point, we may take just one example, certainly the most important of all the developments following the conflagration: the founding of the League of Nations. It was widely believed at the time that a forum such as the League would go a long way in eliminating the causes that might lead to war; but the League was doomed from the outset because it was built on unstable foundations as if on sand. Under the circumstances, it seems to have been intended to serve simply as precursor of the things to come, given the fact that the sands of the Piscean hour glass were running thin: anything built with a focus on the future in those shifting conditions was destined to collapse. The old world had to give way to the new, this much was clear; but before that could conclusively occur, another global conflagration would be required under very different compulsions and harbouring an entirely different agenda, sinister in the extreme and no less important than the First World War.
As for the causes of the Great War, there is a robust exchange of ideas on the subject in progress, given the fact that its centenary approaches. Certainly the need to come to terms with its real causes is long overdue, if we are to avoid a war our ignorance seems to have brought about. In contrast, a civilisation may be said to have reached a measure of maturity when it can assess its role and participation in evolution in a far more all-inclusive manner and with a greater awareness than the less mature. For instance, the long-anticipated Planetary Society can be recognised by an ability to assess its contribution to the march of evolution in more realistic terms, worthy of a society unburdened by the limitations the collective ego imposes. In such a light the current exercises appear inconclusive regarding the events just prior to the onset of the new Age. They appear shallow and trapped in the ebb and flow of surface phenomena alone.
However, each thing in its own time. It is only in this new Age that greater clarity can emerge based on an assessment of the totality of circumstances converging on any point at any given time. An all-inclusive understanding of this sort can offer an insight into the real causes not only of war but of everything we collectively experience on Earth; only then would the necessity of War become truly obsolete. To illustrate, in Chapter 11 of the Bhagavad-Gita, India’s most treasured Scripture, we are shown the plight of a representative individual (Arjun, friend and pupil of Sri Krishna) who seeks this comprehensiveness prematurely, before an organic and timely progress has occurred. The warrior Arjun asks his mentor Sri Krishna, the 8th Avatar in Vishnu’s line of 10, to reveal his true and complete sacred Form. Obligingly, Krishna concedes. What follows is the vision of the World-Spirit:
9-14. …Having thus spoken, O King, the Master of the great Yoga. Hari, showed to Partha His supreme Form. It is that of the infinite Godhead whose faces are everywhere and in whom are all the wonders of existence, who multiplies unendingly all the many marvellous revelations of His being, a world-wide Divinity seeing with innumerable eyes, speaking from innumerable mouths, armed for battle with numberless divine uplifted weapons, glorious with divine ornaments of beauty, robed in heavenly raiment of deity, lovely with garlands of divine flowers, fragrant with divine perfumes. Such is the light of this body of God as if a thousand suns had risen at once in heaven. The whole world multitudinously divided and yet unified is visible in the body of the God of Gods. Arjuna sees him (God magnificent and beautiful and terrible, the Lord of souls who has manifested in the glory and greatness of his spirit this wild and monstrous and orderly and wonderful and sweet and terrible world) and overcome with marvel and joy and fear he bows down and adores with words of awe and with clasped hands the tremendous vision.15. Arjuna said: I see all the gods in Thy body, O God, and different companies of beings, Brahma the creating Lord seated in the Lotus, and the Rishis and the race of the divine Serpents.
19. I behold Thee without end or middle or beginning, of infinite force, of numberless arms, Thy eyes are suns and moons, Thou hast a face of blazing fire and Thou art ever burning up the whole universe with the flame of Thy energy.
20. The whole space between earth and heaven is occupied by Thee alone, when is seen this Thy fierce and astounding form, the three worlds are all in pain and suffer, O Thou mighty Spirit.
23. Seeing Thy great form of many mouths and eyes, O Mighty-armed, of many arms, thighs and feet and bellies, terrible with many teeth, the world and its nations are shaken and in anguish, as also am I.
24. I see Thee, touching heaven, blazing, of many hues, with opened mouths and enormous burning eyes, troubled and in pain is the soul within me and I find no peace or gladness.
25. As I look upon Thy mouths terrible with many tusks of destruction. Thy faces like the fires of Death and Time, I lose sense of the directions and find no peace. Turn Thy heart to grace, O God of gods! refuge of all the worlds!
29. As a swarm of moths with ever-increasing speed fall to their destruction into a fire that some one has kindled, so now the nations with ever-increasing speed are entering into Thy jaws of doom.
30. Thou lickest the regions all around with Thy tongues and Thou art swallowing up all the nations in Thy mouths of burning; all the world is filled with the blaze of Thy energies; fierce and terrible are Thy lustres and they burn us, O Vishnu.
31. Declare to me who Thou art that wearest this form of fierceness. Salutation to Thee, O Thou great Godhead, turn Thy heart to grace. I would know who Thou art who wast from the beginning, for I know not the will of Thy workings.
32. The Blessed Lord said: I am the Time-Spirit, destroyer of the world, arisen huge-statured for the destruction of the nations. Even without thee all these warriors shall be not, who are ranked in the opposing armies.
33. Therefore arise, get thee glory, conquer thy enemies and enjoy an opulent kingdom. By me and none other already even are they slain, do thou become the occasion only, O Savyasachin.
34. Slay, by me who are slain, Drona, Bhishma, Jayad-ratha, Kama and other heroic fighters; be not pained and troubled. Fight, thou shalt conquer the adversary in the battle.
35. …Having heard these words of Keshava, Kiriti (Arjuna), with clasped hands and trembling, saluted again and spoke to Krishna in a faltering voice very much terrified and bowing down.
45. I have seen what never was seen before and I rejoice, but my mind is troubled with fear. O Godhead, show me that other form of Thine; turn Thy heart to grace, O Thou Lord of the gods, O Thou abode of this universe.
46. I would see Thee even as before crowned and with Thy mace and discus. Assume Thy four-armed shape, O thousand-armed, O Form universal.
47. The Blessed Lord said: This that thou now seest by my favour, O Arjuna, is my supreme shape, my form of luminous energy, the universal, the infinite, the original which none but thou amongst men has yet seen. I have shown it by my self-Yoga.
49. Thou shouldst envisage this tremendous vision without pain, without confusion of mind, without any sinking of the members. Cast away fear and let thy heart rejoice, behold again this other form of mine.
50. …Vasudeva, having thus spoken to Arjuna, again manifested his normal (Narayana) image; the Mahatman again assuming the desired form of grace and love and sweetness consoled the terrified one.
51. Arjuna said: Beholding again Thy gentle human form, O Janardana, my heart is filled with delight and I am restored to my own nature.
52-54. The Blessed Lord said: The greater Form that thou hast seen is only for the rare highest souls. The gods themselves ever desire to look upon it. Nor can I be seen as thou hast seen Me by Veda or austerities or gifts or sacrifice, it can be seen, known, entered into only by that bhakti which regards, adores and loves Me alone in all things.
55. Be a doer of my works, accept Me as the supreme being and object, become my bhakta, be free from attachment and without enmity to all existences; for such a man comes to Me, O Pandava. (Sri Aurobindo’s translation)
As a representative entity, clearly the inability of Arjun, mighty warrior that he was, to accept the cosmic formula on its own terms indicated that the world was not yet ready for the wider perspective; in fact, it is said in the Puranas that the Great God of Time (Mahakala) stands above all the Gods, just as Arjun had learned from the supreme vision he was granted. A perceptive capacity capable of withstanding such a mighty vision would require the arrival of the 9th Avatar and the advancements the 9th Manifestation would bring, approximately 6000 years from the time of the Mahabharat War – more importantly the acceleration we experience in our present times. This wider perspective is introduced when the goal of evolution can be revealed, as well as the path leading to fulfilment.
It is not possible to disclose the ineluctable Control of the Time-Spirit as presented to Arjun, in the midst of a catastrophe such as the First World War, while we are as yet unable to understand those recondite workings. It would be an unspeakable cruelty to do so. Therefore, the body of supramental knowledge as revealed in this new Age is a complete package, as it were; it discloses not only the goal but the logic of the steps leading to that apotheosis, all within the embrace of the Spirit of the Age whose instruments Earth beings have always been in this fulfilment, albeit in ignorance of their indispensable contribution. That unknowing is destined to be lifted in this new Age of Aquarius.
Without a doubt the human species is pinned down by the yoke of mortality. Death is sovereign and has been for many millennia; but this was not always the case. The Earth has housed a race of Immortals time and again; in fact, our mortality may cover only the briefest history – in cosmic terms. There are surviving testaments to the existence of advanced beings in a distant past such as indicated, for example, by the Sphinx at Giza. This most famous of all extant monuments of antiquity is no mystery at all, as most believe, when assessed within the cosmic Map of the 12 Manifestations which I presented in Part 1 of this series.
The Sphinx is composed of two symbols taken directly from the zodiac: Lion and Man. These would be the two astrological ages of its symbolism: Leo and Aquarius. The first indicates the Age during which the colossus was built – i.e. approximately 12,000 years ago, confirmed
now by geologists as the only acceptable period for its construction, given the distinct weathering patterns they have discovered. The second, the Man half of the figure, would be the Age of Aquarius, or the Friend of the zodiac – our own times. The axis formed by these two signs that stand in opposition to each other, as the Map indicates, hold the secret to the fulfilment the zodiac itself prophesies for human evolution. Notably, the ‘secret’ would be unravelled in this Aquarian Age, whose beginning in 1926 marked the exact year that the desert sands of Egypt were finally removed from the Sphinx, and have never more been allowed to return. Similarly, the secret Knowledge of the zodiac stands disclosed in this Age for the entire world to appreciate. The time of elitist Mystery Schools has passed. If we would save the world we must, as an integrated collective body, be able to sustain with equanimity the vision of the Time-Spirit, creator and destroyer of the worlds.
At this point we must consider the two epics India has given to the world, whose contents are described with great precision by the astrological signs that form each of the 12 Manifestations of the Map above. I have described the correspondence elsewhere in my published works and need not repeat the exercise. (Readers who are interested can consult Secrets of the Earth (2009), and Kashmir and the Convergence of Time, Space and Destiny (2004) Aeon Books.)
Briefly, Sri Ram’s appearance as the 7th Avatar of Vishnu left the Ramayana for posterity, the contents of which are established by the zodiacal signs comprising the 7th Manifestation. Similarly, as the 8th Avatar of the 8th Manifestation, the contents of Sri Krishna’s epic, the Mahabharat, are explained by all the zodiacal signs that fall within the 8th Manifestation. India recognised the value of the ‘canvas’ I am presenting in this series as the backdrop on which the evolution on Earth is played out. I would go so far as to state that it is more than likely that this ‘canvas’ is the product of an exemplary vision of one of her ancient Rishis; it most likely travelled from India to the rest of the world, to return in this period of the 9th Avatar for an even deeper understanding of the wisdom it contains. The Bhagavad-Gita, which I quoted from extensively above, is the heart and soul of the Mahabharat. It proves the point I am making.
The Mahabharat War was the mother of all wars, the war to end all wars. This simply means that during the 8th Avatar’s appearance approximately 6000 years ago, the elements worked on in the evolution of the species are those that if left unresolved would lead to an Earth centred only on these devastating conflicts, leading finally to the total destruction of the planet. As a summing up of the situation, we have the two World Wars of the last century. The function of the first was to remove encumbrances and transform destruction to dissolution, as previously discussed. The role of the Second World War will be discussed in Part 3 of this series. But in closing, it needs to be noted that the 9th Avatar’s epic for this 9th Manifestation differs entirely from the 7th and 8th. There is no place for war in his epic. Rather, the focus is entirely on displacing Death as the sovereign of the species, as well as the role of Love in that conquest. The epic is centred on the ability of the Goddess Savitri who by a superior logic – the signature of the Supermind, it needs to be stated – conquers Death. Finally, as the Earth Goddess par excellence, she gains the cherished boon from the Supreme to return to Earth, bringing the message of oneness, of love.
India’s role in this exercise of transformation is a decreed fact. It is only the centre-soul of the planet that can serve in this manner for reasons entirely cosmological. What is to come, success or failure, is determined by the choices she makes.
Vera Brittan has poignantly expressed her own experience of the Great War and the near despair of the inhabitants of Europe in her classic autobiography Testament of Youth. In the final summarising chapters she writes,
‘…How much there was to be done for this suffering Europe, this stricken humanity; we could not even, if we would, leave it to its agony and live in the past! To find some guiding principle of action, some philosophy of life, some constructive hope upon whose wings this crippled age might swing forward into a fairer future – that at least remained and always would remain, for us who had experienced in our own souls those incalculable depths into which Germany had fallen.‘…Perhaps, after all, the best that we who were left could do was to refuse to forget, and to teach our successors what we remembered in the hope that they, when their own day came, would have more power to change the state of the world than this bankrupt, shattered generation. If only, somehow, the nobility which in us had turned towards destruction could be used in them for creation, if the courage which we had dedicated to war could be employed, by them, on behalf of peace, then the future might indeed see the redemption of man instead of his further descent into chaos.’ (Testament of Youth, p.645-6)
Indeed, the issue at hand is a very different experience of destruction, as the author pines for – that is, its replacement by Dissolution which implies that telling Control.
Destruction results in a tabula rasa where the movement appears to revert to a zero base. We begin again the lengthy process of establishing a higher perceptive capacity which, because of the severe limitations inherent in a method that employs the ego as an axial tool of advancement, must move more slowly through the corridors of Time. In just the 2000 years of this 9th Manifestation the truth of this statement is proven: when Dissolution replaced Destruction, in large measure due to the First World War, the progress humanity has known since then has been astonishingly rapid by any yardstick. Not only has civilisation taken rapid strides in science and technology, but also and more importantly, with the advent of Vishnu’s 9th and 10th of the Avataric Descent, an entirely new dimension of spiritual awareness and experience has opened before us, rendering obsolete the very term ‘spiritual’ that we believe were the highest peaks scaled by the human mental species during the last Age – static and unchanging, the one truth for all times to come. Today, so remarkably different is the perception of Reality opened before us that we can no longer call it spiritual. Supramental is the proper term because it best reveals the character of the new capacity which places it above Mind, until now the faculty that has coloured all our perceptions and experiences of Truth; and in the absence of Supermind per force the ego had to be employed in place of the soul as the pivot of consciousness. When at least a section of humanity can consciously follow the movements of the Time-Spirit and by that conscious participation allow for a dissolving of all that stands in the way of the highest goals set for this planet, the Earth will become the home of a very different species.
Supermind introduces the Truth-Consciousness which allows evolution to be a progression in full awareness of our indispensable role in the process. No longer is the human being an unconscious pawn in the hands of a power or powers unknown and unknowable. The times have changed – this much is more than clear. The acceleration of the progression is made apparent by the speeded-up integration of the Earth leading to the experience of Oneness and the establishing of a Planetary Society.
The sense of Oneness is taking possession of humanity at a breathtaking pace. This acceleration was made possible by the sacrificial conflagration of the First World War, for which reason I have stated that it was the most noble of all Wars. It removed each and every encumbrance that could act as dead weight to impede the heightened pace of the new Age ahead.
(To be continued)
* India stands greatly handicapped in the appreciation of the choices before her in that she has cast aside the wisdom of the Ancients and played into the hands of lesser forces: she has discarded the zodiacal wisdom by disregarding the correct Zero Point entry into the wheel to allow her to find her place in the cosmic Canvas, which would then reveal that she is the centre-soul of the Earth. As it is she stands behind the rest of the world by a measure of 23 days that makes any true understanding of her destiny, based on the cosmic Canvas, impossible. As a collective experience Hindus, who form at least 80% of the population, stand cut off from the rest of the world by the adoption of an un-Vedic calendar which effectively dislodges India from her role as centre-soul, all the while proclaiming that the ‘cosmic connection’ stands intact! The strategy is superb because it is a usurpation that pretends to be ‘Vedic’ while all along it carries India farther and farther away from taking possession of her true Centreship and any real and applicable connection with the Vedic Age.
The time-bound necessity of War
Director, Aeon Centre of Cosmology
Certain events of enormous historical significance are analysed in this series within a cosmological framework. These are the two World Wars of the last century; and on the subcontinent, the declaration of Emergency (1975) which has coloured the Indian polity ever since. The objective in choosing these apparently disconnected events is for the fact that they provide an opportunity to apply certain formulas of the new cosmology as expressed in two separate diagrams that are major keys of knowledge to help us understand the workings of the Time-Spirit in the evolutionary mechanism.
To begin, I will present a summary of the underlying premise of this analysis. There is a backdrop for events transpiring on Earth which, though ignored, is on the order of a cosmological constant that serves not only as pace setter, but also provides a key to a deeper comprehension of those events. Without this constant a thorough comprehension of the causes of certain happenings is lacking. Foremost is the fact that this backdrop is the element that integrates perception. Our assessments lack the quality of integration – however much we may believe the contrary – that comes with the cosmological perspective, based as it necessarily is on a vision of the Whole and Parts within the Whole. We may believe that historical, political, social or economic analyses are adequate to help us gain a more all-inclusive understanding of our world, but when the new cosmology is revealed the former assessments, which at one time appeared adequate to explain those happenings, in this new light are seen to be shallow. Above all, they lack not only integrality but also a sense of purpose. We participate in an evolutionary process the beginning and end of which we are ignorant.
For this series I have chosen two events as models to demonstrate that every happening on Earth is part of a comprehensive whole. That ‘whole’ is pre-existent. It is a pattern formed by the elements that constitute our solar system, with its ecliptic divided into 12 zodiacal signs/months spread across our 365-day year, and populated by a family of 9 planets that together provide the ‘pulse’ of the Earth, of nations, of individuals. This would be the overall pattern describing the field in which evolution transpires. We have the pattern/field in static form, as it were, but by adding dynamics – or Time as the motor of evolution – we journey through that special field adding each year, each day, each hour the parts required to give expression here on Earth to the harmony provided by the 9 and 12 of our solar system. In this way, by a far more conscious involvement, we begin to set in place a planetary society, the aspiration of enlightened souls across the ages. The time for actualising this ideal is upon us, for it expresses the heart and soul of the content of our current Age of Aquarius.
By adding dynamism via the time factor, one item above all is demanded. We begin with a circle which is the ecliptic where the Earth and other members of the Sun’s planetary family travel. The task before us is to locate the exact entry point into this gigantic cosmic timepiece, its 0 degree; without a precise knowledge that can unveil the Zero Point, as Earth beings we would wander aimlessly in the vast cosmic sea, tossed hither and thither as if compass-less – for indeed that is the situation we find ourselves in at this crossroads of destiny, as participants in total ignorance of both the static and dynamic nature of the cosmos in which we abide. Taking birth on Earth at this particular stage of the journey is significant in that only in our present Age can we become fully aware of this grand harmony we help to express.
To illustrate, I have chosen as the first example the two world wars of the 20th Century; taken together they will not only help to unveil the contours of the field/circle of Earth’s evolutionary trajectory, but in choosing this example the vital importance of locating the correct Zero Point is demonstrated; without that precision the exceptional importance of the World Wars in the history of the planet is not fully appreciated – that is, the role they played or their function in the cosmic scheme. Further, with these two world-changing events we have confirmation of the date I have given for the beginning of the Age of Aquarius – 1926. This analysis will prove the correctness of my calculations.
War as cosmic necessity
The causes of the First World War are less clear than those of the second, and this very fact gives us a clue to the character of that devastating conflict and the role it played in evolution. Without 1926 as the Zero Point of the Aquarian Age, little could be conclusively gleaned of the purpose of World War 1. We do accept certain facts that stand beyond dispute, as, for example, the trigger of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s assassination. But once on its way, the War’s defining characteristic must necessarily be its first-ever global reach: For the first time the major nations straddling the entire globe became engaged in the conflict. It is in this context that the War can be properly assessed; this must per force colour our perception of a conflict that decimated an entire generation. Seen in a certain light, of all the conflicts the world has known, this, the first with international involvement, appears one of the most noble, as this analysis will establish.
To fully understand what exactly forced this world-wide engagement it is necessary to explain certain aspects of our time experience – namely, past, present and future. These also have to be taken as a composite whole. We experience the flow linearly, a straight arrow from past through present to future, as well we must if we are to be true to our presence on planet Earth. But there is a thread passing through the sequence. It means that the future pulls the events of the present to itself – establishing thereby a secure course and direction. In this way our journey through evolution is not at all aimless and chaotic: the Field this play moves through confers order, cosmos at all times. The only problem is that though actual participants, we are blind to the mechanism as it transpires.
This process holds for individuals as well, with the added proviso that the position an individual occupies within the structure, based on his or her level of development, establishes whether or not that pull forward is direct and single-bodied or a lunging forward into myriad directions or potentials; that is to say, whether or not chance has a role to play. The operation must be viewed as a vertical pole rooted in the horizontal Field that is the same for all creatures and for the entire solar system. For the purposes of this study, the vertical is best viewed as a ladder. The individual component experiences Time from a determined rung on this vertical ladder while the base remains the same. The higher one moves, the wider the perspective and the more comprehensive the understanding of life on Earth.
However, regarding the passage from astrological age to age, chance plays no determining role. This is proven by the two world wars of the last century – a century that brought to a close an entire millennium, making way for a new one. The First World War thus served to close the Age of Pisces (234 BCE to 1926 CE). Given this special placement (in time) the principle characteristic of that devastating global experience is readily seen as a process of dissolution. The First World War can rightly be termed the first conscious experience of cosmic dissolution, with the objective of ridding the world consciousness of any encumbrances that might overburden civilisation to the point of being unable to move forward, relieved of appendages that once served a specific purpose but which, if left in place, would be a useless baggage in the new age that was to open before humanity in just a handful of years.
Those elusive ‘cosmic directions’
To better understand the mechanism, it must be explained that there are two ‘directions’ simultaneously in operation in the cosmos. Evolution is subject to these directions which are experienced as pressures influencing world events according to the strength or weakness of either of the two at any given point on the evolutionary scale. These are Contraction and Expansion, or Vertical (contraction) and Horizontal (expansion). The effect is that until a certain maturity is reached in the progression of human consciousness through the Ages, the Vertical that operates through gravity is experienced as Inertia because it is out of balance with its counterpart. The duller the perceptive capacity of individual or collectivity, the greater the arresting force of Inertia, in which case great shocks or upheavals are required to counter the force of Contraction/gravity so as to free the forward thrust of the Time-Spirit. Such was the situation prevailing at the time of the First World War. The call of the hour was a rapid and decisive advancement into the new Age, during which period great strides would be taken in all spheres of life. The colossal loss of human life and property and the destruction of entire cities, with international consequences, gives an indication of the powerful hold of Inertia that had to be broken.
The borderline (in time) was 1926; as stated, the new age just ahead was exerting its power to counter the pull of Inertia. Encumbrances serve the iron hold of Inertia; they play this role for individuals and for a civilisation in the expression of its destiny. Their usefulness is precisely to keep the movement within a specified time frame; but once the moment arrives for a shift, those once-useful attachments have to be shed. The First World War served this noble purpose.
However, to be noted before continuing is that only when oneness and integrality enter the conscious experience of humanity, even in reduced proportions, can dissolution replace destruction. That is, the process then offers a level of maturity that allows for a transformation of this order to occur. The dismantling then acquires a very different configuration. A certain hitherto unperceived control over the operation springs to the forefront; at which point only a willed blindness could cloud perception, bringing to mind the prophecy of a wise Sufi sage, ‘At this time, if real change is not brought about…then there is a very real danger that the earth will revert to a state of primordial chaos. It could be, if enough work is not done at the highest level soon, that we will see the end of civilisation in our lifetime. Already we have seen such deterioration that it is questionable just how much can be done.’
And further he states, ‘But it is those who have reached the knowledge of their essential unity with God who will forge the way and build a new world. Before this new world can be brought into being, however, it is said that there are to be two confrontations. The first confrontation will be between those who know and those who do not want to know, and the second between those who know and those who will have to know.’1
To begin the process as revealed in the two World Wars, the Earth must indeed present an integrated image of herself: the full contours of her body must come within the determining experience of life on Earth, which in and of itself indicates the more enhanced capacity of the human being to appreciate the new times we are experiencing. Indeed, the last century closing the Age of Pisces and opening up to the Aquarian Age served to integrate the globe as well as to provide the early impetus for the explorations the Aquarian Age would demand – i.e., space travel. It is not so much that the explorations presently undertaken in space are truly new age and worthy of the demands ahead; they are merely the first stirrings. Before long they will appear to us as stone-age pursuits when the true space age dawns.
The full body of this third planet was explored and uncovered by sea during the Age of Pisces, a sign of the Water element. With that task completed under the influence of the Water element, the emphasis shifted in the new Age of Aquarius: the emphasis is now on the Air element to which Aquarius belongs, and hence the focus on air travel and space exploration.
For now the aspect that is most important to note is not exactly space travel but civilisation’s indomitable thirst to extend boundaries in whatever sphere and in all areas of existence. This is part of the cosmic formula planet Earth adheres to because the passage through the zodiacal ages falls within the embrace of one of the 12 Manifestations. The map below graphically explains our location in the flow of the astrological ages.
We are in the 9th Manifestation, as the arrow demonstrates, the whole of which belongs to the 9th sign Sagittarius, noted precisely for its compulsion to extend and exceed boundaries. This more expanded influence colours the three ages that comprise each Manifestation. At our present station these are Pisces, Aquarius and Capricorn, moving backward through the wheel due to the Precession of the Equinox that establishes the direction of the rotation over thousands of years. The location on this time wheel we are analysing is the first and second Ages of the 9th – that is, the passage from Pisces across the border into Aquarius where we are presently positioned.
The Map of 12 Manifestations
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Foremost to understand is that there is a Spatial geography and a geography of Time. In this Age of Aquarius our location within the latter has been disclosed, a revelation reserved only for a civilisation that has matured to the point of being in a position to appreciate its significance. We are, in fact, 87 years into the Age of Aquarius, the whole of which consists of 2160 years. The First World War began 12 years before the crossing (1914) and bore the full impact of Dissolution: an entirely new world stood beyond the border and the Spirit of the Age set about quickly to rid civilisation of the many encumbrances that might impede the Aquarian expression that lay just ahead. For instance, one of the main casualties of that War of Dissolution was the monarchical (and feudal) forms of governance, largely based on family dynasties. Contrarily, the new world set the tone for a different type of governance – democracies and similar processes in which the people are engaged. The compulsions of the Piscean Age with its penchant for monarchies, was being dissolved as the Age was nearing its end. Central to the process and perhaps most important of all, it must be added in conclusion, was the focus on the until-then accepted right to colonise and exploit. Once into the Age of Aquarius, the existence of colonies was destined to end.
1 The Last Barrier, Reshad Field, Harper and Row, USA, 1976.