By Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
Written for the Vishaal Study Group
16 October 2006
Written for the Vishaal Study Group
16 October 2006
I want to provide an example of how the physiology of the female places her in a better position to handle the transformation as it needs to be attended to during the transition. And this will help you all to understand why in India a menstruating woman is considered 'impure' and should not do pujas or enter temples, etc. Sometimes this is carried to the controversial position of the famous Sabarimala temple in Kerala. Women between the ages of 10 and 50 are barred entirely from entering the temple because they are considered offensive to the deity (he is male and an ascetic). At least this is the version put out for the public by certain ‘authorities’ who are reluctant to use the menstrual cycle itself as their reason since women’s groups would scream SUPERSTITION!
But there is a deep truth in this position, yet I do not come across anyone with the authority - because of yogic realisations that confer the Knowledge - who can explain the rationale behind this stricture. And so the more liberated woman looks at this custom as offensive and backward. But it is a fact that women do SHED IMPURITIES both physical and subtle during menstruation. In fact, it is precisely this capacity that makes women more physically and vitally able to deal with occultism and certain yogic practices better than men. If the matter could be presented properly, on the basis of true Vedic Knowledge, I feel certain that all sections would be satisfied and no outrage felt; it would also silence those who consider these customs mere superstition; Knowledge would go a long way to restoring the pre-eminent role of women as in ancient societies.
Certainly the better suitability of women for certain occult practices is the case in the New Way processes. What I describe in Volume 3 [The New Way, Aeon Books] could not have been done by a man; hence the 9th and 10th Avataric descent requires two female incarnations. We have the documented example of Ram Chandra [20th Century yogi, ashram in Chennai]. He stopped just before entering the 'chamber', or those innermost regions his yoga had opened up because of the inward plunge he was experiencing. He knew very well that the direction was not correct and that the process had to be Earth-oriented; that is, downward, inward, to the Centre through the Heart. But not having the right structure he could not enter that 'central point', as he called it. However, he was true to his experience; and this is what makes him stand out as a giant among realisers. In today’s India these are few and far between. If they are going to be true to the Vedic Way realisers will have a difficult time finding acceptance in India today.
Another example is what I wrote in D&C5, where the case history I discuss revealed the inability of the male subject to handle his mission adequately so that he would not succumb to the physical disabilities that pursued him precisely because he did not have a physiological mechanism that would allow him REGULARLY to purify his fourfold structure of the debris that was cast at him occulty. Ignoring his vulnerability in this regard did not help either, because other measures could have been taken if the full process had been understood.
The menstrual cycle allows women to discard debris from both their subtle bodies and their physical. Regarding the latter, toxins are regularly accumulated by all women, sometimes to the point of causing serious distress – known as Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS). But even when not so severe there is still an accumulation that is discharged along with the fluids, allowing women to experience this cleansing on a regular basis. Therefore, the affinity with the Moon’s cycles goes much deeper than believed. It also helps to understand why in many cultures there are two calendars, solar and lunar. The latter is valid when Knowledge is available that makes sense of the properties of the Moon. In India there may be Tantric Yogis who do have sufficient knowledge of the occult to make use of the lunar calendar in the appropriate manner. If Knowledge is not the solid foundation of certain cultural practices, then it is better to abandon them because superstition is a terrible affliction that can leave a culture open to forces of Ignorance and Darkness which is usually the case.*
In The Mother’s Agenda there are entries where the Mother describes her experiences in certain Churches in Europe where she ‘saw’ the real forces that were installed or had taken possession of the altars. She remarked on how the worshippers had no idea that they were praying to a huge Spider instead of Christ! These are cases in point. Because of an ancient tradition, Indian wisemen are aware that this can happen; but they miss the point, or they throw the baby out with the bathwater! In other words, women themselves should be the ones to purify the temple precincts; instead they are closed out. In ancient cultures there were priestesses who attended to the needs of the temples because of their suitability; they were also the Oracles through whom the Gods spoke to the devotee. This is a practice that is still alive in India, but it is relegated to village culture for the most part where women usually fall in trance during observances; therefore we find a mixture that promotes a degeneration over time. Nothing can replace a solid yogic realisation that confers precise Knowledge, if the Tradition is to be re-vitalized and cleansed of these lesser manifestation.
What I write is not just theory. I had my own experience with the menstrual cycle to verify what prior to menopause I could only intuit would occur. When menopause finally did arrive at 56, my intuitions were completely validated. I experienced that without this regular cleansing certain toxins could not be eliminated and therefore my eating habits had to be changed. This was demonstrated physically through allergies (hives) which would afflict me every time I would divert from the new regime. Finally a new rhythm was established in order to avoid the ingestion of those toxins which before menopause could be handled efficiently with no distress.
This will also explain why hysterectomies, apart from producing a decrease in sexual drive, are usually accompanied by psychological depression unrelated to sex. When a violent intervention of this order is the only possibility of saving a woman’s life, more enlightened measures should be taken to understand that a sacred rhythm has been disrupted. Countermeasures should be taken.
Regarding the occult it is a similar situation. Women are better suited to practices which demand interaction on the more subtle planes. The process described in Volume 3 went even further: one has to face Death without succumbing to a convergence that forces an exit from this dimension as ‘the only solution’ to this intense compression. While I agree that men prefer the ‘upper hemisphere’ activities such as the Mental, there is something else to consider. Women live with and experience continuously the gravitational pull to the centre of the Earth, which men do not experience. That gravitational pull is a physiological reality due to the role blood plays in her cycle, impelled by the lunar rhythms. It is my view that the extra chromosome which must kick in for the formation of a male foetus out of the female plays the role of closing the male to this gravitational affinity. The ‘direction’ is switched at that point. In X’s words as a child, ‘Women are at the centre of the Earth, men are outside.’
In my experiences with Death I have had to withstand that gravitational pull through compression without succumbing and allowing myself to be driven out of this physical dimension. All my encounters with Death have been similar: driven to a compressed Point. If we cannot resist this compression to form the Base that Ram Chandra describes, Immortality can not be attained. The first step is compression resulting in the formation of a Centre. But before the Centre can come into being which permits these converging, circular operations, realignment is necessary. None of this can occur if first the direction is not Earth-centred. If this is secured, there should be no difference between man and woman in terms of suitability for the supramental processes.
On the subject of male and female propensities, I would like to conclude by relating my experiences regarding horses in their natural state. Several years ago a horse bred at Skambha was returned to me from a riding school so that I could replace my faithful stallion companion who had died at the ripe age of 27. He had served me in this capacity since he was 12, so my riding experience for many years was with this testosterone machine! The replacement horse had been gelded in the riding school. I noted almost immediately that though in certain ways his performance was more suited to pleasure riding, in and for himself as a member of his species definitely a certain depth was lacking. It was as if he lacked a dimension or two. I can only describe it as a feeling of depth. The full range of emotions seemed to be lacking, though the gelding did display more emotion in certain situations than the stallion, but these were subdued or coloured differently. It seems that having before him the objective of covering a mare, the stallion’s sensorial faculties are challenged in a way the gelding does not face. The horse not gelded is therefore more ‘rounded’. But when discussing this with Jockey Silva, for instance, she explains that there is absolutely no difference in a race between the two. Performance in that sense does not seem to change. Nonetheless, the sensation I am left with is this lack of intensity, of depth when the horse is gelded and the level of testosterone drops dramatically.
The question of manipulation of testosterone demands attention in this transitional stage. This entails a transmutation of Mars occultly. It is accompanied by physical explorations of the planet itself.
* The Navaratri is a case in point. It encompasses and entirely occult process – indicated because it is a night-time observance, centred as it should be on the Goddess. When an observance is at night and lunar it clearly points to a utilisation of the special attributes a woman holds in handling those subtle forces and processes. Covering a 9-night cycle makes the observance especially meaningful.