31.8.11

‘The new era has dawned…’


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wenty-two years have passed between writing ‘The Seeds of Undermining’, carried on this site, to Anna Hazare’s victory, as a first concrete step to eradicating corruption, the central theme of that article. It would seem a long time to wait for the Power of the Word to act and to bear results. But I must stress that we are now dealing with spherical processes, not linear. The latter left great abysses on either side of the linear demarcation, filled with collective energies that could not be accommodated in the straight and narrow formulas of the past. Only spherical processes can ‘put each thing in its place’, the activity at the third level of the Supramental Manifestation, leaving nothing out of the circle. However, initially more time is required for results to be made apparent. Linear methods move more quickly precisely because they do not have the wide embrace of sphericality. For that very reason they inevitably breakdown; they cause revolts and ultimate collapse. The tool is destruction which is complete breakdown and waste, not the method of sphericality – that is, dissolution. The latter simply liberates energies trapped in those great abysses that remain outside of the circle, which I call the cosmic wastebin. Sphericality requires more time but it is the safe and all-inclusive way. Surely when linearity overtook the evolution, as witnessed in India for example, societal strictures imposed themselves that demanded the exclusion of large sections of the populace. The reasons for the exclusion need not detain us at this point; I have dealt with the subject extensively elsewhere
As a concrete example of the power that the ancient Veda hold and also of the need to update the Knowledge from time to time, I am presenting a chapter from my book, The Magical Carousel, a zodiacal odyssey. It was written in March of 1970 – a pure experience of dristi and shruti at a time when I had no connection to India, much less to the Veda. But I did have the very same KEY as extolled in the Rig Veda and which is the same today as it was in the age of the Immortal Ones. That Key bestows an eternal quality to the Dharma: for as long as Time is the motor of evolution on Earth, for as long as the cosmic harmonies are what they are, for as long as there is a human eye TO SEE and a human ear TO HEAR, dristi and shruti will continue to carry the Dharma forward to victory, regardless of the colour of one’s skin or the class or the creed. That Key is as universal as it is eternal.
The chapter of The Magical Carousel I reproduce is an example of that eternal quality; it bears testimony to the validity and universality of the Vedic 12-month ‘journey’ to attain victory in the 10th. Then the 11th month is, in this 9th Manifestation, the Age of Aquarius. In The Magical Carousel’s 11th chapter the characteristics of that Age, our current times, have been described in detail. We see the ‘wave’ that is engulfing the entire world, transforming every aspect of our global civilisation. The Speaker of the story is an influence acting directly on the consciousness of each human being. That influence acts from within, therefore nothing can interfere with this method of transformation so typical of the Aquarian Age.
We have seen that the Wave is neutral, as the text reveals; it affects every aspect of civilisation. It uses everything – including weather – to create the conditions for the Great Transformation. Through the story’s main characters it is revealed as a power that relies on an inner transformation. As I have described in Volume 3 of The New Way, a new poise has to come about in human consciousness-being. It starts in one individual and through that channel spreads to others – finally like a sweeping wave it is an unstoppable tsunami. This is what we have the privilege of witnessing across the globe.
Aquarius of The Magical Carousel’s twelve-month journey, the same as the Vedic, describes the subtle etheric dimensions where pre-physical ‘forms’ come into being in their essential nature and which are then solidified in this universe of 9 – the most dense plane. Thus, the detritus in the Aquarian tornado of the story are those subtle formations. They are being broken down to allow the new structures to manifest according to the Spirit of the Times.
The only imperatives of this ‘wave’ are Freedom and Unity. These ideals reside in ALL human beings regardless of ideologies and dogmas. This is the new ‘exclusivism’ because freedom and unity are principles at the foundation of human consciousness and they exceed and extend beyond all sectarian, ideological boundaries of recent vintage. They can be suppressed for a while (in cosmic time), as witnessed in the last millennium, but they cannot be eradicated totally from the heart and mind of humanity.
Those entrenched in the linear way of the past and dying system fear what is taking place across the globe. In India, for example, the cry we hear is ‘An undermining of the democratic institutions!’ Rulers have dealt with these fears by setting in place systems to suppress and to control the masses. The civilisations we have inherited from the Age of Pisces (234 BCE – 1926 CE) – be it in the sphere of politics or religion or any of the ideologies that guide our collective life – have been devised as efforts to control the people, covert or overt, by repressive means. When critical thresholds are reached, those methods collapse into the cosmic abyss and new ways evolve to set in place enlightened systems that can accommodate the Spirit of the Times that demands this freedom in order to attain the unity we all desire in our hearts but which inadequate systems do not permit.
However, this is the Age when a bridge is built that connects this Aquarian era to Sri Krishna’s Age of Taurus. We pass over the hard crusts that have become solid barriers between people over the past 6000 years and we connect with those ancient truths of the Eternal Dharma – now enhanced and extended to embrace the entire globe. Therefore updating is required because a NEW LANGUAGE arises which is universal and not limited to one country or one people. This is the need of the hour, and the appearance of Vishnu’s last Avatar does just that: he opens the way to the establishment of the foundations for that new language upon which we can build a new and better world. The addition of the 10th occurred on 26/11. It became the iconic date that signalled the release in 2008 of that Power over India – the very same date as the Indian Constitution. The voice of the people, as empowered by that special Constitution, is heard. 26/11 is the seal of Mahakala. It is the incorporation of the final integer in the Descent, the immanent One. In terms of cosmic time reckonings of thousands of years, this integral Descent had not occurred earlier. Our times hold this unique distinction – and bear the formidable burden that such a special occurrence carries with it.
The Age of Aquarius is distinguished by its universal character. It is the Earth that is blessed to host this transformation of all her inhabitants, everywhere. We see this happening before our eyes. These facts make a mockery of doomsday prophecies concerning 2012 and speculations regarding ‘end time’. The universal zodiac of 12 of our civilsiation, rather than the Mayan time-reckoning, offers humanity a reliable key to the Vision, the true pre-Vision – that of the evolution of the human species which carries the world to the next stage: the Age of the supramental Truth-Consciousness.
When the time comes for that Golden Child to mature, nothing can hold it back, nothing can reverse the process because of the Time-Spirit’s forward-moving, irresistible impulsion. The Water-Carrier’s chant of Aquarius indeed rings in our ears: ‘The New Era has dawned!’

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THE MAGICAL CAROUSEL
Chapter 11

The Universal Transformation

Val and Pom-pom are flung into the middle of the smoke, suspended in a fixed position while around them the furious tornado whizzes ever higher. Being in the centre the children can see that what looked like smoke from a distance, at closer view proves to be a great gust of wind. Whipping around at tremendous speed, it forms a vast array of iridescent colours and vibrations creating the most beautiful musical sounds. And what is more, myriads of objects swirl around them on all sides, in fact, everything that goes to make up cities and civilisations: entire buildings, motor vehicles, everything down to the smallest objects. It looks as though the ferocious tornado had destroyed the entire land it passed through. From where has this force arisen and where is it taking them?
The children move ever higher, always suspended in the belly of the tornado. After a very long journey the vibrations diminish and the colours slowly begin to fade until Val and Pom-pom find that there is almost no tornado left. They are then pulled down and down, spiralling rapidly together with all the objects, almost as if they were passing through an imaginary funnel. And before they can catch their breath they are sucked into a very huge container of some sort, together with the tornado, now just a vast current of energy.
When everything collected by the cyclone is amassed in this great vat a lid covers the opening and Val and Pom-pom find themselves floating in an etheric element, suspended like two little stars trying to figure a way out of such an incredible place.
Suddenly a very frightening noise and uproar begins, making the whole vat resound and almost shattering them by the vibrations that penetrate their little bodies. It appears to come from all the ruins of the buildings, houses, etc. that inhabit the container along with them. Soon it develops into a whining, pitiful drone and then the children understand they are listening to the anguished cries of all humanity that had been swept away by the destructive current.
What can they do? How can they help these people? And in fact, where are they – for no one can be seen?
Becoming accustomed to the dim light inside they can soon make out that all the objects in the tornado are piled one on top of the other, forming a huge mound which rises to the very lid of the gigantic container. Both agree they must escape from this place, mainly because they are becoming desperate over the anguished cries they can do nothing about. They manage to float over to the mound and clinging to it they pull themselves higher and higher until they reach the great lid, where they see a symbol and the number 11.
Val finds the proper key and with Pom-pom’s help they manage to turn the lock. With great efforts for such tiny people they push the cover to one side.
The scene they come into is entirely new and unexpected, the most unusual surroundings they have yet encountered. Val and Pom-pom have penetrated a huge vault of space, apparently a kind of cosmic hippodrome, the walls of which are existent yet non-existent. They are formed of an etheric substance that makes them visible yet transparent.
In this cosmic hall an endless number of people are collected, all of the same substance as the hall itself. Their etheric, subtle bodies remind the children of tales of spirits they have been told. The people are singing a hymn of some sort to the accompaniment of strange electric sounds produced by invisible instruments; they are greatly moved by what they are singing.
At the end of the hymn a man appears and takes a seat on a platform in the centre of the group. He too is of the same etheric substance but is made different from the rest by a most intense light that shines from within him, illuminating his fine features. It could be said that all these bodies were actually made up of light itself and no other material. He addresses the crowd:
‘Another era begins and the foundations of a new race are laid. On this day, January 21st, the cosmic broom has returned to Aquariusland, bringing with it all that it swept away on its revolutionary journey.’
He points to the enormous vat that Val and Pom-pom had emerged from and the multitude bursts into resounding cheers and applause.
‘All the foundations must be shaken, everything old must be uprooted, for there is no possibility of renovation unless a total change is brought about. This will cause pain, dismay and panic throughout the land in the beginning. But I say unto you, brothers and sisters who have gathered here in spirit, the new era has emerged and a glorious future awaits a humanity that is not afraid to accept the totally new conditions offered to them.’
At these words wild cheers resound in the cosmic vault, producing a very peculiar amplified effect. The Speaker motions for silence and then continues while everyone attentively listens to his message. When he finishes he calls to Val and Pom-pom who didn’t realise their presence was known.
‘And here we have two new arrivals, Val and Pom-pom, who will also contribute to bringing about a new society, and have come here to join the brotherhood and work for the universal cause!’ He summons them to approach and then asks for the globes they received in Capricornland. Holding them up for everyone to see, he says:
‘Look closely, for this is a very special moment. These symbols contain the past and future in the minus and plus. By passage through this land the past shall be eliminated, the dead memories that condition all the future. Away with the past! Leave open the doors to the future and all that it shall bring!’
He snaps the minuses representing the past from each globe and flings them away as the crowd cheers and cheers. Thus only the pluses remain inside the circles. He hands them back to the children and asks them to follow as he descends from the platform and leads them through the respectful multitude.
Everyone begins to disperse, going off in different directions. Val and Pom-pom are told they will gather in groups to carry on with the work they have come to do. The Speaker takes the children through different workshops and they are shown the jobs that are being done. In each place various cosmic currents are assembled with very special and complicated devices, and then stored in jugs and left to age. When the time is ripe these currents are poured into the ether and travel through space, affecting the specific sector of existence they were concocted for. One workshop assembles currents that affect religions, another politics, another acts mainly on educational systems. And still others for revolutionising medicine, art and music. Even weather and atmospheric conditions are affected when these are useful for bringing about upheavals necessary for the evolution of humanity. The recipes for the currents are created by the Speaker himself, and he also shows the children his private laboratory where his inventions for the good of all humanity come into being.
The etheric spirits working on the currents in perfect accord are from every possible race. They seem to have an understanding that only through friendship and brotherhood can they carry out such an undertaking.
Finally they arrive at a different and unique looking place, where a sign reads: WATER CARRIER.
‘This is the last stop for all the jugs, for he is in charge of the pouring,’ the Speaker explains.
‘What kind of water does he pour?’ the children ask.
‘The symbolic water of life, the waters that nourish mankind. He pours the etheric waves, the cosmic currents that have been prepared, and is the only one allowed to do so. It must be done by someone completely detached, who has not handled the elements at all. He never touches what he pours and thus makes his contribution to the work of Aquariusland. He is the Sacred Server.
‘My friends, before your stay among us comes to an end, come with me and learn the manner in which you can assist in the work. Learn of certain qualities you possess and how to make use of them for the good of all mankind.’
He then leads them to a special chamber where several etheric spirits, guided by the Speaker, instruct the children as to the development of higher modes of communication and perception. When they have finished, Val and Pom-pom are informed that the end of their stay has arrived and they must be sent out of Aquariusland. By means of the peculiar devices used to prepare the currents for their different jugs,Val and Pom-pom are given a treatment of magnetic waves that thoroughly shakes them up, shattering their very core.
After this application they begin to spin, at first slightly, then more and more until they are moving in the same whirling manner as the tornado. The etheric people guide them into a gigantic funnel through which they begin to descend, carried along by the currents. They flow into a jug and remain suspended in the etheric waves. When the rime is ripe Val and Pom-pom feel the jug being lifted and after a slight journey it is tilted and then again the furious spin begins. Outside a resounding voice is heard, that of the Water Carrier. His chant echoes through the cosmos and spurs them on to the fulfilment of their worldly mission:

‘Flow, waters of the spirit, flow through
the ether to our brothers of the universe,
awaken the hearts of mankind, for the
NEW ERA has dawned!’

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Related links:
* PNB booksite: The Magical Carousel & Commentaries; (Two volumes) cloth, slipcase, illustrated, 153 & 152 pps., 1979; ISBN: 0945747306
* The Magical Carousel, the Zodiac and the Evolutionary Process
by Robert E. Wilkinson
* The Zodiac & the Perception of Unity - an Introduction to the 12 Signs of the Zodiac by Lori Tompkins, with excerpts from The Magical Carousel, summarizing the 12 signs of the zodiac (as a spherical evolutionary process).

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