Reflections on the Nature of the Real - 1

[Blog Editor's Note: From time to time Thea will publish her reflections here on current events in the light of the new cosmology and within the context of the New Way.]

Secularism, its ancient Roots

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea)
Director, Aeon Centre of Cosmology
24 August 2014

Controversy is the name of the day. Now the question is brought to the surface once again of the communal versus the secular. But for most defenders of secularism the issue has not been explored in depth. This is a subject that extends far into the past. I will attempt to re-position the argument and perhaps cast light on its truer dimensions.
Secularism is not an issue to be understood merely by analyzing contemporary history, as most believe. It is not a modern phenomenon born of the Age of Enlightenment and the scientific temper, democratic processes and political ideologies, most of which claim to be secular but are, in effect, exclusivist and therefore a far departure from the truly secular. Secularism began to be attacked more than 2000 years ago and has remained the real issue behind all hegemonic struggles, covering religions, philosophies, ideologies of various hues, and even spirituality. It did not come to the fore and become pertinent only after conquests and colonisations with the intermingling of different religions.
India has seen it all. India embraces in her bosom the kernel of all these aspects that must be understood as having a single root cause if the current last-ditch battle between forces ranged on either side of the demarcation between the secular and the so-called communal are to be understood; for it is only when deep understanding comes that this vexatious issue can finally be resolved.
Ironically, the argument at present is focussed on the latest outpouring regarding the nature of Indian civilisation because of the statements made by certain political and cultural leaders that all Indians are Hindus – i.e., born in Hindu-stan. While this may be true, we know that it is offensive to religious groups which practice a faith far removed from the Hindu.
This is precisely the issue: Because Akhand Bharat is rooted in the Sanatana Dharma there can never be any form of secularism that takes possession of the country under any of the contemporary guises which are, it must be noted, far removed from true secularism – of whatever political party of whatever ideological persuasion. Exclusivism of any sort is anti-secular. This is the first point that needs to be grasped before we continue with specifics in the effort to reach the core of the problem.
There is no nation on Earth today that can claim to be completely secular. For example, exclusivist religions are inherently unsecular and the nations that follow these religious philosophies must acknowledge this fact simply because on the whole they consider theirs to be the way to salvation, of whatever sort imagined. The world is being torn asunder by a contest precisely involving a hegemonic struggle centred on these brands of mutually antagonistic forms of Exclusivism; and it has been caught in this quagmire for the past 2000 years, during the whole of the Age of Pisces (234 BCE to 1926 CE). On the other hand, the glory of our Aquarian Age, which began in 1926, is that we are able to witness the manner in which the Time-Spirit is pressing for a reinstatement of a way of life that had never faced a challenge in this respect. Passage through the Age of Pisces brought this vexatious issue to the fore because the time had come to work certain contaminating ‘seeds’ out of the evolving consciousness of the human species if it is to pass into a higher expression, beyond Mind to Supermind, a leap that is impossible to make with this contamination thriving and determining the evolutionary agenda.
India is the centre of the action, the geographic position on the globe where those ‘seeds’ can be extirpated once and for all. This does not at all mean that Hinduism, such as it is known today, is to be imposed on the people of the subcontinent to the exclusion of all else. Rather, it is that a new freedom takes possession of the land where all thrive and find their place in the true exercise of diversity in unity, but on the backdrop of the all-abiding Sanatana Dharma.
This Dharma is not religious, nor is it ‘spiritual’. It is indeed a way of life – but it is a way unknown to the world today. It is the struggle that is taking place, in India and elsewhere, in those areas we know as ‘hot spots’.
There are many indications of the struggle between the forces of the secular and the unsecular that have surfaced over the past 2000 years. The very first overt indication was the elimination of the Goddess by colonising forces during the Piscean era. This covered all aspects of the Ancient Way as it was known in India – mainly evidenced in the condemnation of idol worship under the title of Paganism with its derogatory connotations. Thus, with the elimination of the Goddess and Idol Worship a blow was struck to Diversity, thereby eliminating the most important part of Unity – for can there be Unity without a Diversity that is to be unified? In so doing the attack was directly on secularism because exclusivism was imposed when ancient cultures were eliminated.
Only one conquered and colonised nation held firm: Bharat. It is in India therefore that the true roots of the problem can be exposed and the struggle finally laid to rest. The result will be a Planetary Society firmly poised in Diversity within Unity, whereby in compacted form India displays the foundation of all that is truly secular by a respect for the manifold, immensely diverse expressions of each and every human being. This is done on the background canvas of the Sanatana Dharma. It is unfortunate though that when we hear such words today they are immediately cast in the garb of the same exclusivism the very Dharma eschews. Its proponents have not explored the issue in depth, to then poise the argument on its proper underpinnings that can never disturb or eliminate any such individual or collective expressions. What does arise from such deep thought is that each thing is put in its place within the all-inclusive spherical canvas that is the Sanatana Dharma.


A Cosmological Perspective - Conclusion

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
Director, Aeon Centre of Cosmology
August 2014
© Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet 2014

What has been recorded in this series is an effort to carry the seeker into a zone normally closed to researchers – that is, certain deeper levels of the universal manifestation that have been relegated to the category of myth in its acquired sense of fanciful imagination. The practitioner of certain advanced Yogas can access the areas of human consciousness-being where the core of what we know as ancient mythologies can be experienced; but this requires recognition and acceptance of the role the Soul plays for the species in evolution. Time and again I have stated that myth is the language of the soul. I have also stated that periodically an updating of that perennial knowledge is required. This series has been an exercise in the act of updating – i.e., the present observed on the backdrop of certain timeless keys of knowledge. The great good fortune of India is that a method was in-built in her tradition from very ancient times that provides an orderly, organic system of updating, respectful of everything that is of value for the future evolution as we move higher and higher up the ladder toward an apotheosis of unimaginable depth and beauty. There are, however, difficulties on the way to this culmination. 
First and foremost is the current state of civilisation, often referred to as a global society. We are aware how it comes to pass that civilisation is almost a universal phenomenon, to the point that the oft-quoted phrase from the ancient scripture vasudhaiva kuṭumbakam (the world is but one family) seems so very contemporary. But to really abide in that consciousness of Oneness, as the Sanskrit words suggest, great effort must be made to shed the baggage we carry that impedes this attainment – a condition that plagues the spiritual realiser as much as the scientist and the layman.
The Time-Spirit of the Age of Aquarius demands a universalised consciousness – not only on the individual level but more especially on the level of the societies we create. We are burdened with the baggage of fragmentation and divisiveness – so aptly reflected in the 4.5 Orbit of our solar system when we view the Gnostic Circle as a blueprint of the human consciousness-being, as indeed it is. For centuries the human being has been cajoled into believing that this particular passage through the System can be avoided. Sri Aurobindo has described this ‘error’ for his disciples:

‘According to both Buddha and Shankara liberation means laya of the individual in some transcendent Permanence that is not individualised – so logically a belief in the individual soul must prevent liberation while the sense of misery in the world leads to the attempt to escape.’ (Letters on Yoga, Sri Aurobindo, CE, p.66)

In another letter his perception of the human condition has been captured in the Gnostic Circle when he refers to a ‘Higher Path’ after the experience of the Buddhist Nirvana. This would be the path the seeker embarks upon when escape is rejected. The ‘higher path’ is known as the ‘higher hemisphere’ in astrology, where we find Uttarayana; it begins at the 4.5 Orbit (Libra) and culminates in the highest Cardinal Pole, Capricorn/Makar.

‘Nirvana cannot be at once the ending of the Path with nothing beyond to explore and yet only a rest house or rather the beginning of the Higher Path with everything still to explore…. The reconciliation would be that it is the end of the lower path through the lower Nature and the beginning of the Higher Evolution. In that case it would accord exactly with the teaching of our yoga.’ (Ibid, p.67)

    Of all contemporary realisers, Sri Aurobindo is the only one who has emphatically stated that what has been sought in a Beyond, in a timeless, spaceless realm can and must be brought down here on Earth – what he has often referred to as ‘a life divine’. The issue is, how do we effectively reach the point where we can participate consciously in the establishment of a far better world than has ever been known on this blessed but beleaguered planet we have the good fortune to inhabit?
Baggage has to be shed.
The next question to ask is, how can we distinguish between the Eternal and the temporal, between the Infinite and the finite – for hasn’t spirituality been hammering into our consciousness that only the Eternal and the Infinite are worthy of our efforts; the rest is simply an illusion, a ‘play’ of some remote God whose mysterious ways we can never understand, at least while in this third orbit. From here, we have been told, we must shed whatever pins us down to this material abode. We must destroy that network of time in space we have woven since our first individual breath at birth. Only then, we have been assured, can we be released from repeated births until the ultimate liberation whereby we disappear forever from the face of a planet that knows only the way of war and destruction of every sort – from physical to psychological in an unending display of all that opposes the good, the true, the real.
The truth of the matter is that this very promise of a better Beyond, however we call it – for we do project our prejudices and biases to that Beyond as well – is responsible for the lamentable condition of our now-global society.
In this series I have attempted to present a means to re-position ourselves on the planet so that we can live the experience of the Eternal and the Infinite right here, and nowhere better than here. The purpose of evolution, poised on our soul-vahana, is to know those divine Principles in material creation, those very same properties, transcribed for us here on Earth via the harmonies of our solar system, as simply the densification or the materialisation of that which not only transcends but which evolves, using time and space as its sacred instruments. A science that can inculcate this experience of Oneness in our youth is the only science worth teaching.
To date this science has not been in the forefront. It is covered in veils that must now be lifted. This series, as all my publications, seeks to reveal just how those Divine Principles fare in this material dimension as seen and experienced from Earth. Above all how our planet contributes her part in enhancing the experience by the splendid diversity she exhibits in all aspects of the evolution she houses: change, movement do not diminish but rather they increase the delight – which we may consider to be the heart and soul of material creation, its purpose of being. For if there is one truth none can deny it is the truth of diversity, of multiplicity, of exuberant displays by the greatest artist of them all – Mother Nature.
Mother indeed. This principle or mode of being lies deeply beneath those heavy-laden veils now in need of lifting. For sure civilisation needs to be feminised; we all know it, we all aspire for a softening of our culture, divesting it of what has come to be associated with a masculine, heavily-testosteroned societal aberration. But how do we carry out this transformation? How do we carry at least a collective representative grouping to that realisation of Oneness?

Ardhanarishvara with
Vahanas of Shiva and Durga
All we need for now is to observe the trends displayed in this very society we judge to be in serious decline, and which we intend to remould into whatever ‘image’ we cherish the most. As things now stand, given the hardening of barriers across the globe, we can be certain that that ‘image’ will be in conflict with another’s. We see that there is a breakdown of traditional structures which until now have sustained certain patterns very effectively during the early stages of the process, particularly the stark male/female divide. In Hinduism we find support for this biological stage of evolution in the Shiva/Shakti tradition, or more specifically, the divine couple, Parvati and Shiva, and in the coupling of all the Gods. The result is that given our rapid pace of development, a divide of this nature, so efficient during the less mature stages of evolution, has become an encumbrance and is impeding progress to something beyond these divides that are now a burden. Try as we might to maintain or impose them, time moves on, we cannot reverse its inexorable march. But what we can do is to assess the signals projected before the collective eye of contemporary societies the world over with a re-focused lens, as it were, widened to include what had hitherto been hidden beneath veils, awaiting the time when they could be removed as a part of an organic process.
We have reached the point where our perceptions of the division between the male and female contributions to society are pressing for change. We have reached the point where the way we express our love for one another is pressing for change – same-sex marriage issues are one example. It would be naive to believe that such expressions are a contemporary aberration and indicate the decline of our civilisation and had never occurred in the past. What we must admit is that for some reason this state of affairs seeks to be legitimised as perhaps a sign of things to come, a Love liberated from atavistic constraints alone. This and many other demands troubling democratic societies simply reflect what the human consciousness knows instinctively: Oneness and not sameness, not uniformity but the oft-repeated but seldom attained diversity in unity.
There is a place on the globe that bears the responsibility of shedding the baggage of dogmas – both spiritual and scientific – that are now impediments to attaining true diversity in unity in this 9th Manifestation. It is the Indian subcontinent, for the simple reason that it is in India where we find an unbroken thread in the web of Time that joins the present to the past regardless of the distortions that have crept in along the way but are easily removed. For instance, the realisation of Oneness that seeks universal expression now is a state depicted in Hindu iconography carried over from a distant past. It is the image of Siva Ardhanarishvara, half male, half female. The same condition is echoed time and again in the Rig Veda where we find hymns to the ‘twins’ that seek to join the One. It is the foundation of zodiacal tradition with its feminine and masculine signs, all part of the ONE CIRCLE extolled in the Veda. In other words, if we can trust the Hermetic aphorism, As above, so below, the journey through the 12 signs/stages of the tropical zodiac, unveils what each human being on planet Earth embodies: an essential oneness of being. This condition is just in its initial stages of manifestation.
We need to go a step further and understand more pointedly where that eternal Vedic journey is headed. Is it intended to fortify the baggage we carry that divides us more and more – part of which is the dogma of exclusivism, resulting in a constricting stagnation the Earth had never known until we crossed the threshold of Cosmic Dawn in 234 BCE? We then plunged into the deep cosmic sea of the Piscean era, whose dark purpose has been the consolidation of certain obscure trends inherent in a consciousness in evolution. These consolidations carried humanity far away from a more enlightened condition as we find in the hymns of the Rig Veda, or the iconography of the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The upshot was the complete denial of that former condition – and of Form in general; more specifically, of the Mother in all her exuberant manifestations. At that point the only recourse was to seek escape in one form or another, to abandon this hapless planet to her own devices – and at this we have proven ourselves to be masters.
This mastery is, of course, an illusion. Nature knows best how to tame this wayward species: Ganga’s responses are an example of the way the Mother makes her will known when a certain threshold has been crossed and humanity can no longer be left to its own devices. Interventions are then required, ruthless as they may appear; we witness their increase across the globe.
A mature civilisation does not consider these reprimands by Nature as mere superstition; we have done this for far too long in the effort to justify our greed, insensitivity and ego-centricity. On the other hand, the pragmatists throw the baby out with the bath water and turn to Science for the answers. Can there be a higher synthesis that accommodates both positions by accepting the laws of Nature that have been transgressed, individually and collectively, not as punishments of a wrathful Power but rather an awareness of the consciousness-being of the Earth herself? We do seek to transform those tendencies common to all human beings; the question is, how do we go about the task? If we continue to ignore the hidden in favour of only that which can be measured by our contemporary scientific yardsticks, we will never reach that synthesis.
Those who do not shy away from the ‘deep thought’, as Sri Aurobindo had described it in the early part of the last century, or the supreme Vision as presented to Arjun of the Bhagavad Gita, fearlessly observe the trends society unequivocally offers for scrutiny. Feminisation, yes of course – but is this the preserve of only half of the human creation? Is this what Siva Ardhanarishvara conveys?
I have always sustained that women are responsible for their own unfortunate plight because they themselves have not realised Shiva Ardhanarishvara. They have found a way to accommodate themselves to an increasing darkness by leaning on the male and forfeiting their responsibility to stand at the forefront of Time’s forward march. But this too is fast changing, much to the chagrin of the chauvinist.

In this grand transitional phase we live in, the obvious challenge is to acquire a finer discrimination whereby we recognise what needs to be shed to lighten our burden in order to be able to reach those lofty heights that stand before the human race as a realisable goal. The past is preserved only insofar as we can discriminate in the prescribed manner – that is, when we are able to carry into the present the residue of former ‘churnings’, shorn of the accoutrements that were required in former times but which are now encumbrances that slow down our march. However, the process of universalisation presents difficulties as intuitive historians recognise if they are to shed their ideological baggage or prisms through which they observe the past. Our world today, given our transitional stage, presents us with a One World perspective thanks to the thoroughness of past geographical exploits on land, on sea, leading up to the present and the stunningly beautiful photographs of the globe from outer space, borderless and whole. This is the new icon: the Earth as an integral Whole. This is what can inspire children across the planet in a new way.
But the pace of evolution as experienced in different parts of the globe varies – some are more materially advanced than others; therefore less mature societies are confronted with impositions of material advancements shorn of the tempering wisdom known to the Ancients. This situation is confined to a certain ‘swathe of time’ during which those imbalances will surface through negative displays until the globe is cleansed of the useless and obstructionist.
Indian news channels, for the most part, are displays of just what society needs to shed by the biases their conditioning constraints foist on the public. Presently [late July-early August] what occupies the news space is the fact that in Gujarat there is sought to be an imposition of a fast-receding culture. This appears outrageous to a section of contemporary Indian society, particularly because the books in question extol the attainments of the Ancients which these intellectuals have neatly closeted away as mere fiction – imaginative but misleading myth.
I do not seek to add fuel to the fire raging for the moment, but I do wish to call attention to the true, the real, the eternally abiding Dharma that India holds as her most cherished foundation but which requires updating from age to age. This methodology has been carefully nurtured across the ages in the Epics and sacred literature preserved from those former times. However, to seek to interpret the verses and myths today proves an almost impossible task, given the distance in time and circumstance from the civilisation we seek to analyse. We are burdened with countless disciplines or specialisations answering to whichever of the numerous ideologies that burden the human consciousness as it stands today. I will provide just one example of the difficulty in interpreting the mystifying verses of the Rig Veda. This is the work of Dr. B.G. Sidharth, director general of the Birla Science Centre. He has sought for a specific ‘code’ in the Veda that can enlighten researchers today not only about the civilisational moorings of India but of the factual (not mythical) content of the verses. According to his study they are explicitly astronomical, provided their symbolism is understood.
I just came across Dr Sidharth’s book, The Celestial Key to the Vedas (Inner Traditions, 1999), and his more recent publications on the theme via his website. Sidharth’s deductions prove what the Rig Veda itself very clearly explains: there is an exoteric layer as well as a more hidden, secret dimension to the hymns. Being a trained scientist Dr Sidharth has quite naturally analysed the symbolism from his perspective. To provide one example by which the seeker can judge whether or not the verse in question is understood properly, on page 42 of his book, Sidharth quotes from the Veda the following:

What pathway leadeth to the Gods? Who knoweth this of a truth, and who will now declare it? Seen are their lowest dwelling places only, but they are in remote and secret regions. (RV 3.54.5)

When I read this verse I nodded in approval; it seemed clear beyond dispute. But I understood the hidden regions not to be a part of the advances in astronomy of the Rishis but of the way in which they bridged the subtle and the material by following the path (of the year) as prescribed in the Scripture. For Sidharth the enigma is solved once we accept that the Rishi was simply revealing that in the Vedic Age the distances between the stars that shine brightly in our night sky was well known, an astronomical fact that eluded the early Greco-European astronomers. (For Sidharth the Gods are the code for ‘stars’.)
I have no doubt that the Vedic Rishis had material as well as supramental knowledge, and on that basis the chants flowed from their lips displaying the fact of Oneness in verse after verse. Having stated that, to one who has taken the same ‘journey’, the Rig Veda encourages the seeker to embark upon it consciously. Therefore the Ancients, while not judging which is right or which is wrong, highlight the fact that there is a ‘hidden’ aspect that is made known only to those who embark upon that journey into those secret recesses, into the esoteric dimension.
There is another verse that amounts to the same exhortation but which is even more interesting in this regard. On page 41 Sidharth quotes the following line from the Veda: ‘Who hath beheld him as he sprang into being, seen how the boneless one supports the bony?’ And his comment follows: ‘Rendered less literally, the boneless and the bony are understood to indicate the insubstantial, or feminine, and the substantial, or masculine. That is, Nature supports the manifested or material world. On the other hand, the respected German scholar Hillebrandt surmises that “the boneless” is the Sun, and “the bony”, the Moon. Reason suggests that “the boneless” would indeed imply the Sun, because it is gaseous, but that “the bony” would mean the Earth, because it is, in contrast, solid and rocky. The hymn says in other words, “The Sun supports the Earth.” Now, apart from being meaningful, interpretations should also be consistent. Can the heliocentric theory in the Rg [sic] Veda be deduced from other straightforward statements?’
Sidharth goes on to quote the verse I have noted above regarding the hidden and secret regions. It does seem obvious that this verse refers to the Unmanifest and the Manifest. According to the new cosmology the Unmanifest (‘unsubstantial’ of Sidharth’s reading) is the masculine Transcendent, while the Manifest (‘substantial’) is feminine – the opposite of his interpretation.
The point to note is that astronomy was not the central concern of the composers of the hymns. Furthermore, Sidharth has an aversion to astrology and he makes no ‘bones’ about it (pun intended!). In my view it is only astrology that can give the right interpretation of bony and boneless, especially in view of the fact that a separate discipline, which we have to contend with today, did not exist in the Vedic Age and well into the Piscean era. There was only astrology, considered by many as the mother of all sciences – the point being that what most interested the Ancients was the logic of the spheres, much the same as I am stating in these pages. And this is what we find lacking in contemporary science that seeks only the how of material creation and not the why and wherefore. The Vedic Journey shorn of that sense and purpose is meaningless. Let me use bony and boneless as an example of how astrology even today can explain the verse, though admittedly it is a knowledge that, as Sri Aurobindo wrote early in the last century, ‘has fled from its coverings’. We are left with a science, an astronomy that seeks to penetrate those ‘secret regions’ without having taken the same Journey! It is as if to say that we can criticise quantum and relativity without the knowledge of contemporary physics.
Taking the words within the context of the astrology of the day – to appearances a system of 6 planets plus the Sun – we need to interpret the verse on the basis of the knowledge of those early times, and not foist upon them a ‘science’ entirely alien to the consciousness of the Rishi from where the hymns were emitted. Therefore, the zodiacal lore that is still intact across the globe (lost in post-independent India’s astrology but preserved in her temples and myths), understands that the 6th and last planet of the old order, Saturn, rules the bones – that is, the most material element of the human structure, the part of our constitution that never dies or that is, for all practical purposes, immortal. Organic flesh withers and is ‘insubstantial’. Not the skeleton of the human being. Saturn would have represented the final stage, the goal of the journey which was immortality.
The point made is that only an intimate knowledge of what supports the manifest, material dimensions can lead to an immortal state of being. The rest of the verse encourages the initiate to understand that even this most material part of his being is supported by that which sustains it beyond this materiality of the external regions, or the ‘lowest dwelling places’.
Another example of the multi-dimensional approach is the usage of hieroglyphs in astrology inherited from a very distant past – the same today as then. For instance, the glyph for the 5th sign Leo (the Lion) is . The exoteric interpretation is simply that it is a stylised image of the lion’s tail. But deeper reflection sees the symbol as more precisely what astrology has handed down across the ages as the characteristics of the 5th sign – paternity, the masculine principle, and so forth. In that light the glyph is clearly a representation of the male sperm, wiggling tail and all. There will be predictive howling from the historian’s quarter: The sperm was only ‘seen’ with the modern invention of the microscope! And thus the deeper levels will be passed off as either coincidence or fiction. As always, the choice is the observer’s to make.
The problem is that in seeking to uncover the value of the tradition inherited from ancient times, we run the risk of doing so without the proper preparation. I can confidently state along with Sri Aurobindo that there is no one who can understand the Veda in India today; but the fault does not lie with Science; it lies in a spirituality that sought only those ‘hidden regions’ and abandoned the Earth to those who focus only on the material disconnected from the true foundational support ‘on the other side’.1  Astrologers in the subcontinent have followed suit.
Youth today cannot be satisfied simply with what is seen as an imposition of a tradition that is meaningless in today’s context. But, I repeat, the Vedic Tradition is fortunate to have an in-built system of renewal, the potential of an updating from age to age, just as the Bhagavad Gita proclaims. This is not mere rhetoric; it is factual; provided the effort is made to understand that from time to time there is a need to update, to re-evaluate the scripture within today’s context. If we accept that Time’s becoming is as meaningful as its being, that what is involved in the Seed is as precious and relevant as the growth that proceeds from that compactness, then we have found the path to an unveiling that can satisfy the scientist as well as those inclined to the less apparent. The only demand is sincerity in the quest, and an acceptance of the fact that destiny has provided India with a connection to the ancient tradition that is unbroken though ‘hidden’. The many temples that preserve this Tradition stand all around us. It is unfortunate to state that contemporary science itself is responsible for that ‘lost knowledge’, that soul which, in Sri Aurobindo’s words, has fled from its coverings.


1 See Beyond Contemporary Scientific Paradigms, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, www.puraniccosmologyupdated.com for a presentation of the manner in which the two dimensions can be unified in a seamless operation that does not negate the material or the ‘insubstantial’. 


A Cosmological Perspective – 4

India’s tumultuous road to Centre-hood

Part 2

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
Director, Aeon Centre of Cosmology
July 2014

1975 marked the third passage through the Asteroid Belt for the newly-independent India on the road to forging ‘centreship’. The danger she faced was an incomplete grounding or forging of the ‘axis’ required to secure completion of the passage and not be torn apart like just another asteroid that had failed to see fulfilment as a planet. In the destiny that opened before her this would be the period when the most massive threat to India’s ‘Sun-hood’, or her ‘centreship’, would arise. Once through the 4.5 Orbit the rest would play itself out with more clarity since the tool to locate the nation’s destiny patterns was the Gnostic Circle, whose express purpose is to allow these cosmic harmonies to evolve consciously, thereby making of Time an ally rather than destroyer, as when ignorance prevails. Inadequate as the Emergency may have been, the real threat ignored by all was that Indira Gandhi could have been dislodged from her post as leader of the nation prematurely, and the rise of leaders who did not bear the adequate power of destiny to cope with the situation. As well meaning as their quest to save democracy was – they lacked the appropriate fibre of destiny demanded in India’s formative years to avoid the shattering that the 4.5 Orbit displays.
The issue at hand was axis-forging. But this Axis is even more elusive than that of a planetary body (another of Science’s conundrums). The sacred Axis holding India together is one of time whose contracting action begins on the other side, closed to the tools available to the scientific researcher for the moment; but this too can be fast changing. Presently, science’s measuring devices and mathematical formulae cannot explain what lies ‘beyond the event horizon’. Given the role her dharma obliges her to play, India can bridge the abyss to that other shore and join the two dimensions, subtle and material.1  Forging the Axis means that a series of births take place according to a carefully crafted plan or formula derived from the Sun’s pulsations. The eminent inventor/scientist, Nikola Tesla, understood the meaning of the formula. He is quoted as stating, ‘If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6, 9, you would have a key to the universe.’ History records that he spent the final years of his life ‘obsessed’ with the number 3, to the extent that many considered him to be suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder! It would not be the first time that genius is so cavalierly dismissed. Nonetheless, when a truth’s time has come there is no stopping it: the Gnostic Circle displays that very magnificence Tesla alludes to, for all to appreciate – if we can but shed the baggage we carry, heavy-laden as we are with rigid dogmas, many of which are to be placed at the feet of Science itself.
In The New Way series I have given all the details of these births involving twelve people of both Lines, Solar and Lunar. For the present analysis, suffice to state that whatever lies beyond that threshold is out of the grasp of science. It cannot explain these calculated births, the ‘control’ of which would have to be another of those inexplicable conundrums. It is with a series of births that the two dimensions are wed in a new way that thereby creates, or makes operational, the Time-Axis by which India can at last be unveiled as the cosmo-terrestrial Centre that she is.
As time moves on the Axis is strengthened. In the early days – or the first passages through the 9-year cycles – the issue is one of ‘holding together’ during critical stages. Leaders must be at the helm of affairs who by destiny can serve in this activity. As the third in the Lunar Line Indira Gandhi’s most important and demanding function was to do just that: to serve in holding firm while the Axis could be set in place, without which India could not fulfil her role of centre. The Line consists of four members beginning with Motilal Nehru, whose complete birthdate 6.5.1861 equals 9 by the mathematics of unity; followed by Jawaharlal Nehru, 14.11.1889=6, and Indira Nehru Gandhi, 19.11.1917= 3. Indira’s period was the most dangerous. She came into prominence as leader in 1967; four years thereafter, 1971 (=9), would mark the onset of the three concluding enneads of the century/millennium and the most important phase of India’s destiny – when all would be won or all lost. The 9-year cycle beginning in that most significant 9-power year, set the stage for the first passage through the Asteroid Belt for Indira Gandhi as leader. The second passage brought an end to her role at the helm of affairs with her demise in 1984.

The ‘seeding’ of Time and the calendar Year
Time moves on as does one’s progression through the Gnostic Circle. The dangers of the Asteroid Belt began to recede with distance (in time), but a more troubling influence set in with the nation’s passage into Scorpio, the 8th zodiacal division of the Gnostic Circle’s 12 segments (its 3rd quarter).2

The 3rd Quarter
Libra, Scorpio and Sagittarius
Our Canvas reveals that India was confronted with an unavoidable plunge into the trying times the Scorpio passage indicates. While initially the Emergency was viewed favourably by the public, some even calling it the oxymoron ‘benign dictatorship’, with passage into the Gnostic Circle’s 8th sign (the hieroglyph ), forces usurped the Emergency to carry out less than honourable aims, diverting it from its original and sole objective. But as 1977 dawned and the world moved out of the dark waters of Scorpio and into the ‘open spaces’ of the next, the 9th Sagittarius of the 12 signs (see diagram), the thirst for the freedoms democracy must grant became overwhelming. The Emergency was lifted and elections were called.
India required two and a half years of ‘emergency’ measures to contend with the dangers posed by passage across this difficult section of the Canvas. The threat of an untimely disruption was overcome. When the trial and error of what followed had run its course, elections were again called. Indira was brought back to power in 1980.

The method (Emergency) to this day is seen as having been the darkest period in the nation’s development of democracy. Indeed, dark as the surface levels were, the danger went far deeper than most imagine. The aid the Gnostic Circle grants lies in the fact that passage through the time-space Orbits is rendered conscious by virtue of the characteristics of the planets occupying the orbits. Thus, the danger perceived through the Canvas’ 4.5 Orbit is conveyed as the Asteroid Belt; its shattered components of what had sought no doubt to be a full-fledged planet, visually convey the real danger – that is, the break up that threatened the new nation at that time. It is legitimate to question if the passage could be interpreted differently, as, for example, that the danger posed was to the democratic process itself which faced a ‘break up’. But in order to avoid misinterpretation, we must often wait for a process to reach a certain stage of maturity, the detection of which is determined by the level of development of each individual. That maturity would then provide the correct understanding. For this series it was necessary to allow the events themselves the required ‘space’ for time to ripen.
Once out of danger and after the need for such drastic measures had passed, the political scene gradually returned to normal. Beneath those external layers and deep into the recondite energy levels of the nation, a serious blow had been dealt to those disruptive forces when they had failed to achieve their desired aim. Observers unmindful of the essential layers see only the surface happenings; on that basis judgements are passed. This series attempts to reveal how a careful control exists over the destiny of India to enable her to fulfil her dharmic obligations in this Aquarian Age, with the tools and instruments available to her at each stage in the development.

In preparation of a new Birth   
Indira’s leadership ended with her tragic demise in 1984. Her son Rajiv Gandhi, fourth and final member of the Lunar Line, took over. He was the last member and though many seek to prolong the ‘dynasty’ through his progeny, this does not receive the sanction or support of the Time-Spirit, according to the new cosmology. Recent events on the political stage proved this to be true. I have written elsewhere that the actual Lines, Solar and Lunar, consist of four members and stages only, who fulfil their contributions unfailingly. I have also written that when the first participants of the Lunar Line came to the forefront, the Congress was the only nation-wide party suitable to the task.3 Thereafter, members of the same family may choose to enter politics, but the final results will always
correspond to the individual’s competence and his or her own destiny, whose participation does not fall within the same category since the period of axis-forging regarding the contribution of the four-member Lunar Line has passed. The tasks at hand were completed successfully and India entered a new and more mature phase thereafter.

There are two directions active in the evolutionary process; these are contraction and expansion, or vertical and horizontal. The 9 division of the Gnostic Circle is vertical, the 12 division is horizontal. If we were to create a three-dimensional Gnostic Circle it would have to display these two directions: the Vertical 9 (planets) descending into the Horizontal 12 (zodiacal division of the ecliptic); this reflects the actual structure of our solar system wherein the vertical captures Time, and the horizontal Space.4
Regarding the Lunar Line a shift is experienced when the period of engagement reaches the fourth-power stage – Rajiv Gandhi’s term. The political scene thereafter displayed better than any verbal explanation just what that change indicated with his demise. For the first time in the history of independent India, single-party rule had come to an end. It then became clear that coalition politics had set in and, as soon became apparent, would remain a feature of the nation’s politics for a long time to come given the multitude of parties populating the political firmament.
However, recent developments provide even more astonishing proof of the hand of Mahakal over India’s destiny when exactly 30 years of seemingly permanent multi-party rule was brought to an end when voters gave the majority to a single-party in the 2014 general elections. At this stage it is remarkable to be able to observe the manner in which that tell-tale Control offers us a very clear perception of just what the purpose has been of this 30-year swathe of time. In this fourth and final part of the series, I must focus on the purpose of the interlude, because now it is possible to know what its need has been, and what was ‘worked out’ of the nation’s political system so that India could fulfil her dharma as centre and inspirer on the global stage. The entire process, including the more decisive role of the upholding Solar Line in this cleansing operation, is not the subject of this analysis and may be left for another time. India has, in effect, been abiding in a deep slumber over this period, having lacked the ‘infrastructure’ of a political channel that could permit her to occupy the Centre. There were other tasks at hand. But there is one ‘side effect’ of this apparent void that needs to be mentioned. International developments reflected this seemingly vacant situation. The USA (sole remaining superpower), has had to stand in for India, as it were, a task for which America is ill prepared. Her own destiny is another – though linked very closely to India.5
This state of affairs was made particularly evident from the mid-1980s. An event occurred during that most important ennead – 1980-1989: the ‘void was filled’ YOGICALLY in 1983.6  Thereafter it was predictable that the binary balance holding sway over the world from the close of World War II – the period known as the Cold War – would eventually experience a shift to a unitary system. The outer display of this monumental change was the break up of the then Soviet Union and the collapse of the dual (or binary) super-power structure. As history records, this appeared almost miraculous because of its unprecedented swiftness and the ease with which such a rigid and apparently hard-set balance of powers was brought to an end. The problem remained, however, that a unitary system demands the presence of a centre – particularly ‘a Centre that holds’, in the reversed words of the poet Yeats.7  India is by destiny that Centre; her position cannot be usurped. Given this demand, the more obstructions put in the way of the nation taking possession of her Centre-hood, caused by a deadening tamasic sleep, the greater the blows that will be received until those obstructions are eliminated. This has been the purpose of the 30-year cleansing period.8
With the three-decade interlude completed, so pregnant as it was in purposefulness, India is now ready. She is in a position to play her destined role. A proof of the exactitude of the Time-Spirit’s control in this play-out lies in the fact that the recent elections unexpectedly brought in single-party rule, the last one having occurred during the term of the fourth member of the Lunar Line. Indeed, the news reports after the verdict was announced highlighted this fact: for the first time in 30 years, and most unanticipated, voters brought an end to the coalition era through the democratic process. The usual machinations required to prolong the old system, sometimes of an unhealthy sort, were proved to be entirely irrelevant and impotent in the context of India’s new birth. Mahakal indeed stands above all the Gods, as the Puranas inform us.
This unexpected turn of events revealed once again the controlling power behind the surface phenomena. A similar situation presented itself in 2004 when the unexpected results of the general elections that year contradicted all predictions; to this day the outcome remains unexplained. For those schooled in this new cosmology, the electoral outcome then was not at all unexpected. India was still in her ‘flushing out’, or better said, her cleansing period. The anticipated but failed victory of 2004 would have allowed forces inimical to her true and higher dharmic patterns to have reinforced their hold. Another ennead would be required to complete the exacting 30-year term of ‘cleansing’, bringing India to her 2014 victory and the experience of a new future from a new birth.

(To be concluded)


1  The technique to accomplish this task has been recorded in the Rig Veda thousands of years ago. I have presented the cosmological rationale in a new and unitary paradigm. (See, Beyond Contemporary Scientific Paradigms, an essay on End Time, 10 June 2012, www.puraniccosmologyupdated.com). 

2  In the Rig Veda this would be the 8th of Aditi’s 12 sons, Martanda, progenitor of our mortal race. Indeed, in the Initiate’s ‘journey’ as mapped out in the ecliptic zodiac of 12 months/stages, starting in Aries, confrontation with Death takes place at this stage.

3  We shall see further on how the final unfolding shifted to another party, a factor that in itself indicates the completion of axis-forging by the Lunar Line.

4  Contrast this with the Nirayana system of astrological computations used in the Hindu Calendar, which is based on the CONSTELLATIONS rather than the ecliptic plane of our solar system. This means that the planets do not touch the Horizontal because it does not exist in the sidereal/constellational sphere, hundreds and thousands of light years away from our System. In many more ways than one, the present Hindu Calendar is inadequate to accompany Bharat into the deeper and higher reaches of her Dharma, and to explain anything of the applicable workings of Mahakal.

5  See The Gnostic Circle, Aeon Books, Chapter 15.

6  The yogic process of the third member of the Solar Line that brought about a shift from binary to unitary, or linear to spherical, is described in detail in my third volume of the series The New Way (Aeon Books). It was written in November of 1983 but was published only in 2005, 22 years later.

7  'The Second Coming', Verse 1: 
Turning and turning in the widening gyre  
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere  
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst  
Are full of passionate intensity.
˗ William Butler Yeats
8 The description of this seemingly ‘heartless’ action is recorded in Chapter 11 of the Gita as a preview of the Power that would descend in the next Manifestation, the 9th, our Aquarian Age; a long preparation was needed before its workings could be understood. The only civilisation on Earth today capable of bearing the burden of destiny Centreship demands is India, precisely because of her unbroken tradition from ancient times, by which this capacity has been nurtured.