The Seed Point

The Seed Point – Step 3

Skambha, 3-4 November 2006

Dear SRB …First of all it needs to be stressed that the process is both individual and collective simultaneously; even as it is unity and diversity simultaneously. This integral approach is the very first shift that has to take place in our consciousness if we wish to understand the Veda. It comes about when we reverse the direction of our quest to plunge into that innermost Point of our soul, the sanctum sanctorum each of us carries within – just as it is reproduced in every Hindu Temple. This is the significance of the Makar Sankranti as POINT; but above all as seed. Not just any seed but the Golden Seed of the Veda. Golden because it contains, compressed, the lost Ray/Cow of the Sun. The ‘lost Sun’ hides in that seed-enclosure; i.e., it is hidden in time as light, as energy, a theory that only certain very gifted contemporary physicists are coming to appreciate. Through Yoga the Aryan Warrior gains access and penetrates the Seed. He makes it his very own, while his consciousness is the soil that fertilises and helps the Seed sprout and spread its shoots throughout the world. Only the right timing (‘combination code’) for the Makar Sankranti can bring this about.

The Earth in her annual revolution around the Sun lives the very same experience. In Hindu tradition she has always been a personified being, a Goddess. In the Veda she is praised throughout; but nowhere as sovereignly as in the hymns to Usha, the divine Dawn who envelops the planet with the first pristine rays of a divine Solar Light.

Thus, the Veda throughout sings the praises of this Earth-time experience vis-à-vis the grand luminary of our System. Be this either Cosmic Dawn or Midday, it does so because unity allows the Rishi to know in every fibre of his consciousness-being that what the Earth experiences every day with each new dawn, and every month and every year, is his own lived experience since he has been granted the boon of Earth-birth. Our planet is blessed among all others because of the possibility of consciously experiencing the very ‘purpose’ for the existence of this third planet from the Sun.

The Light we seek, hidden within the time experience unique to this planet because of its rotational rhythms and position in the System, is compressed to a point at each Makar Sankranti. This is the itinerary of the ecliptic Journey, the setting, the stage, the base of the Rishi’s Sacrifice. There are landmarks, balancing pillars along the way in this journey – the four Cardinal Points which are unchanging, immutably positioned in time, and because of which they can provide stability to the individual and to the collectivity; therefore they bear eternal relevance.

The Dharma cannot be called Sanatan if we jiggle these Pillars about and pretend that we are following the Vedic Path and are faithful to the Dharma of the Rishis. There are no sidereal/ constellation locations that bear any relevance to this Vedic way of the Earth and her inhabitants. That ‘beyond’ is not at all FIXED. Rather, in the Beyond (constellations) the notion of relativity and relativism arise in the seeker, who has been led off the Vedic path by the lure of escape from and dissolution of everything that connects him to his homeland, the Earth.*

Absolutism of the eternal Dharma lies within our grasp if we take the same Journey the Veda prescribes, poised on the immutable four Cardinal Points: the March Equinox – Cosmic Dawn; the June Solstice – Cosmic Midnight; the September Equinox – Cosmic Sunset; and last but best of all, the December Solstice – Cosmic Midday or Uttarayana, the highest position of the Sun whereby as a single Ray (the lost Sun hidden by Vritra) it descends to the Earth casting no shadows. And therefore it is known as the period of Victory for the Aryan Warrior; or, in the larger cycles of time, as the Golden Age, the Satya Yuga.

We need to understand the ‘seed’ nature of the Makar Sankranti and how it can be said that this is an experience of both the Earth, the individual and of the collective Hindu Samaj, all simultaneously on that very special Solstice. This is understood when we realise that Time itself is compressed to a seed at the December Solstice. The ‘shortest day of the year’ has no other factual significance for inhabitants of our special planet than this: compression to a point, compaction to a seed. The light of the Sun, those divine Cows/Rays, is compressed to this point-experience of Time when its measure reaches the extremes of itself. And then when the Sankranti is observed with the right ‘combination’ – the right harmony of the Earth to the Ecliptic – the entire Hindu Samaj connects itself through this ‘seed-point’ to the replenishing Source from which it originally sprang. Today as in aeons gone by, it can drink once again of the waters the Goddess Mahasaraswati benignly releases abroad upon the world.

Hindu society, born from the realisation of those colossal Vedic Rishis, must not be cowered down by contemporary Science, which in these matters is but a babe in arms. Centuries must pass before the science we laud as the highest achievement of the human mind can reach the heights of the Rishi’s knowledge, primarily of what is certainly the most important element of our world – Time. For science Time remains a mystery along with its companion gravity. But not so for the Rishi. This inheritance has been passed down through Hinduism for centuries; but ‘forces’ interfered with the passage so that today we have SUPERSTITION in place of Veda. The ‘scientists’ can be thanked for this disaster that has befallen the sacredmost bhoomi of the Earth.

* We speak glibly of a SANTANA Dharma, the ‘eternal’ Law. But what sort of eternal law, and consequent  stability, can a shifting calendar provide the Hindu Samaj? The FLOATING AYANAMSHAS in vogue today, which bear no sanction in the Veda, are anything but stable and constant. Each second that passes of our Earth time causes that distant sidereal point light-years away to change position, thereby making that Ayanamsha with each passing second inoperable and inapplicable for any ritual. If the pundit is sincere to his trade, he must know this. He must know that yesterday’s Ayanamsha cannot be held today as valid because IT HAS SHIFTED IN THE HEAVENS, perhaps slightly, but shifted it has. Today it is not where it was yesterday. And if we add to this the complete impossibility to determine just where and what that Ayanamsha might be, then we understand why there is complete confusion among the ranks of the pundits. And Hinduism suffers an increasing deterioration accordingly, with each ritual that propagates this illusion.

The Circle is One

The Circle is One: Step 2

2 November, 2006

Dear SRB, The verse I quoted in my last set the tone for everything that is to follow of importance. It may go unnoticed but its primary, essential message is that there is one circle which holds the TWO measures of Time, small and large. If you can understand this, you have the entire Vedic cosmology within your grasp. THE CIRCLE IS ONE. Therein or thereby we gain entry into the ‘eternal worlds’ – provided Time has become our ally.

And so we have proceeded from the first step – reorientation, reversed direction, Earth-bound and inward – to now add the great key of oneness and unity: all is contained in one single circle or wheel. The great cycles of the Yugas as well as the annual ‘journey’ across the twelve months of the year are all within this circular representative form. If you gain access to one, through a rightly poised consciousness-being, you unveil the others. It is simply a question of equivalence, – nothing more, but nothing less.

At no instance is the Rishi focussing on anything beyond that innermost point – of his soul. That is his universe; and through the Laws of Correspondence it is all the universes beyond the parameters of his individualised consciousness. He does not need a telescope because the outward direction his physical eyes would encompass cannot provide that vision of a unified multiplicity which only the Soul contains: it is his gift, his birthright as one of the Earth born. All he needs for his private ‘journey’ of exploration and discovery through these magical innermost corridors of Reality is access, to learn the code that permits entry, that opens those ‘shut doors’. If he passes through he can experience the Eternal Worlds that lie beyond. They are right here in our midst provided the RIGHT DIRECTION is assumed for the discovery, first and foremost, – like wormholes of contemporary science fiction. These dimensions, or ‘eternal worlds’, are a property of the Earth we are placed upon. There is no other way to secure access to those dimensions than by this Earth-bound direction, eschewing all temptations to go ‘beyond’, to allow ‘siderialisation’ – if I may coin the word – to contaminate one’s consciousness and pull one off this sacred course, this most miraculous Vedic Journey.

The only element barring the aspirant’s entry is Time itself, just as the Rishi indicates: it is his ally, or else his nemesis. Somehow the aspirant has to secure Time’s allegiance, the Veda exhorts. This is to be done by alignment of the Zero Point with his LIVED EXPERIENCE of Earth-based time. The cogs and wheels of this Cosmic Timepiece have to slip into place like some awesome combination lock so that the shut door to the Eternal World can be opened, that ‘world’ which is ever in existence but which remains closed until the right poise (combination) comes into being. This can happen only in the inner dimensions of the seeker’s consciousness-being which are accessed through Yoga.

This is why the Makar Sankranti is so tremendously important for Hindu Society. Yearly, with the right ‘combination’, it can revitalise its entire corpus by opening the door to that mysterious Eternal World, where, from the most ancient times of which we have memory, we have been told that the Victory was secured. The Veda tells us explicitly: it is in the tenth month that the warrior conquers definitively the obstacles one after another that Time as Nemesis has been placing on his path, until his consciousness-being had become cleansed of all that could keep those ‘doors’ closed to him. The TENTH MONTH, not the eleventh, not the last, the twelfth, or any other month/door of the journey – that is where the Victory is to be achieved. The last task for the warrior in the tenth (Makar) is the slaying of Vritra, the mighty serpent (Time?) who covers ‘the lost Sun’; or the seeker’s coveted prize.

Can you continue to ask, why the Makar Sankranti? The Veda itself lays out the path for all Hindus to this grand summit, this highest mountain peak that is ever the goal for a Vedic civilisation – in ages long past, as well as today, right now. And somehow, in spite of the greatest vicissitudes any civilisation can know, this Knowledge has been kept alive. If the cogs and wheels do not click into position permitting entry into this sacredmost of all months/dimensions, the field of Victory of the entire individual and collective Vedic Journey, then it is the duty of all right-thinking Travellers on the same path to realign those cogs so as to establish the true zero-point code for the ‘door’ to then open before us all at the December Solstice, entry to Swar or the abode of the Immortal Ones.

The Vedic Alignment

29 October 2006

Dear Dr. Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, I am sending this email not to critique your messages but to get some information. You make some interesting and caustic points. Quoting from your email:

  1. “I repeat Indian society today is a pale reflection of the civilisation of the Vedic Rishis.”

It is a very sad BUT true statement.

  1. “If it celebrates the Makar Sankranti 23 days after the shortest day of the year, contrary to Vedic practices, the only reason lies in the fact that the KNOWLEDGE has been lost that could indicate exactly when the Sankranti must be honoured.”

I have a personal interest in Makar Sankranti and the period of January 13th through 15th. In the state of Andra Pradesh, traditional it was celebrated on Jan 14 to coincide with the culmination of harvest for the season.  When should it be really celebrated and why? – SRB

The Vedic Alignment – Step One

Skambha, 1 November, 2006

Dear SRB, I find more sobriety in your reply this time, so I will answer your questions. But there is a preliminary ‘alignment’ that has to be undertaken before we can discuss anything Vedic. This has not been in evidence in any approach to the Veda of contemporary times. So, this is what you have to do if you want answers.

Let me explain. Before we proceed further you have to REORIENT your consciousness. The whole of Indian spirituality is oriented towards OTHERWORLDLINESS. This may be overt, or it may be subtle. However it is camouflaged, this is the corrosion that set in after the Vedic Age had passed. It was a wave that engulfed the whole planet. India was no exception. Cosmology explains the reason why and the very precise influences that brought this about; indeed, that made it necessary at all. However, this is a much longer and broader discourse which should not detain us. Rather, to answer your questions I need to be sure that you have done as much as you possibly can to REORIENT your consciousness and bring it into alignment with that of the Vedic Seers. This means it must avoid the pull of the outward direction and become focussed entirely on the Earth. One of the indications that there is this misalignment is the ever-present ‘siderialism’ that describes the consciousness of all those who seek for answers in the bare texts themselves, without having first attained this realignment.

Throughout the world this Earth-orientedness was lost when the Wave set in to rid the planet of Paganism in all its myriad forms. India paid a heavy price. Buddhism came into being, then followed Adwaita, and similarly other paths took hold of the spiritual energies of the civilisation, all of which were essentially UN-VEDIC for this precise reason, the changed orientation. Buddhism was the most obvious because it openly denied the soul any place in the hierarchy of spirituality, thus revealing itself to be a path contrary to the Vedic. And finally the Adwaitan-oriented philosophies followed suit to a greater degree ultimately by proclaiming this entire world an illusion.

This is not what we find in any of the four Vedas. So, the first step you must take if your questions are to be answered is to REVERSE THE DIRECTION. You can best do this by focussing on the Makar Sankranti as if it were a POINT in your consciousness, a golden Seed, properly speaking, since in your query you mention that this interests you the most. Nothing but that Seed should hold your attention. And the pathway into the innermost recesses of that Seed is through the Time, – months and years – just as the Rishi proclaimed: ‘Certain eternal worlds are these which have come into being, their doors are shut to you (or, opened) by the months and the years; without effort one (world) moves in the other, and it is these Brahmanaspati has made manifest to the knowledge.’ (RV, II, 24-5.)

Practically everything you need to know to decipher the secret of the Veda is in these few lines. First of all they orient you to Earth time – and this cannot be denied. They instruct the seeker that it is through the ‘doors’ of our Earth time-measure that ENTRY can be secured to these ‘eternal worlds’. But there is something else of greatest importance in this verse. The aspirant is told that these ‘measures’ move in one another ‘without effort’. That is, they are all CONTAINED within the single wheel (‘in the other’), for the Rishi’s consciousness was one of Unity. He could not divide and separate as we do. Further, he describes for us the real key by specifying that this knowledge that Brahmanaspati grants speaks of TWO measures. One is the annual rotation of the planet which we measure in MONTHS; and the other is the greater Precessional measure which we calculate in YEARS. No verses can be more explicit than these. Yet how many have really understood their importance?

This should reveal to you that without orienting your consciousness and bringing it into the same alignment of the Vedic Sages, the ‘secret’ of the Veda will never be grasped. You can read the texts for a zillion years and understand nothing.

After this reorientation is understood and completed, I can proceed to answer your most important question, why the Makar Sankranti needs to be celebrated at all. PNB