The Conundrum of India’s Choice of Destiny, Part One

The timing of events on the global stage is always interesting to observe, especially during elections; this has been the case in the recent Delhi assembly elections. We witnessed what would normally have been of purely national interest take on an international character. This was facilitated by President Obama’s farewell speech to the Indian nation on the morning of 27 January last. All had been going well, indeed very well – but at the last minute a spanner was thrown in the works. I observed the situation with perhaps a greater interest than most because the USA and India coming together is required for an emerging new world order. On the surface it would seem that Obama is intent on bringing that re-structuring to an end, because certainly India cannot accept that outside powers dictate terms and place conditions, as veiled as they may be, on a friendship that promises benefits to both parties. But let us probe more deeply into these recent events; there is much to learn.

Tolerance is a word that was sprinkled throughout President Obama’s castigation: religious tolerance was his call. Ironically, it was a case of bringing coals to Newcastle because if there is any area on the globe that has consistently demonstrated openness to all faiths it is the Indian subcontinent. However, this is not because the civilisation was ‘tolerant’ – a word that might apply to other nations if indeed they sought to accommodate diverse faiths in their midst alongside the mainstream religion. More often this was not the case. Not only have other beliefs not been ‘tolerated’, many were severely persecuted.

If we take Obama’s speeches both in India and in the USA after Delhi, we see how far the West is from understanding the Indian approach in such matters; as well, woven throughout was the attitude of, indeed, tolerance: We tolerate you in our midst, but we (mainstream Christianity) are superior. Its condescending implication is what makes it clear that ‘tolerance’ cannot be preached to a civilisation founded on the Sanatana Dharma. The more accurate description is ALL-EMBRACING. As history records across the millennia, India has consistently demonstrated this quality, having opened her arms to any number of refugees fleeing from religious persecutions in western countries. Unfortunately, India is being pressured from those very quarters to become more like them – tolerant or benignly condescending. If this does indeed come to pass it would mean the end of the Sanatana Dharma – the only all-embracing tradition on the globe today, without any overt or covert sense of superiority; on the contrary, in embracing others she has succumbed to a sense of inferiority with which she is still grappling.

There was another troubling element injected into the Delhi elections; astute observers sensed there may have been a method to the madness. There was a protest outside a Catholic Church in the capital just before polling. Its timing and the presence of certain political leaders contesting the election indicated that it must have been a planned affair to influence the electorate. But there was more to the madness, coming so closely on the heels of Obama’s castigatory speech on religious tolerance. The protest sought to convey the very same message: not only intolerance but persecution as well. It was a means to fortify the western Christian lobby and its international agenda which many believe was behind Obama’s own diatribe; the Delhi Christian event fell in line by its carefully crafted protest that would ensure national and international media coverage – women dragged away from the site of the illegal protest by the police and carted away in buses. It had all the appearance of a staged affair and that the political leaders showing solidarity in their midst were intent on reaping electoral benefits. Just a day earlier those same leaders vehemently denied courting support from religious quarters, yet there they were!

Where is the dividing line between Church and State that America champions? If the Christian lobby can ensure that the Chief Minister of an Indian State is denied entry into the country through pressure exerted on the government by that lobby, does the divide really exist? There are no officially recognised lobbies in India as in the USA, but the very same pressure is exerted through cases of timely staged protests. This is lobbying Indian style. And if any elected government has the guts to enforce the law and firmly deal with the matter, as was the case in Delhi, it is labelled intolerant and anti-minority. How does a government with the best interests of the country at heart deal with such cases within a democratic structure? On the eve of polling the strategy can be very effective, especially with Obama, the most powerful man in the world, setting the stage with his own shoot-and-scoot farewell address. It does not get any better than that as a strategy.

Thus, Obama’s ‘Farewell to India’ was questionable, interfering on more levels than a cursory survey would indicate. It was not merely uncalled-for big-brotherly ‘advice’, it was revealing of the great battle being fought across the globe in which India stands entirely alone. Destiny has called upon her to carry forward the Dharma that has perished everywhere else. None of the ancient civilisations exist today with which India could find a kindred spirit. They have all succumbed to the wave that swept across the planet and replaced their all-embracing character with an exclusivism unknown when Goddess worship was prominent. This took a particularly revealing aspect when the focus was on elimination of idol worship throughout the last Piscean Age (234 BCE – 1926 CE). The connection between the Goddess and idol worship of any sort is not recognised by most; however, a deeper penetration uncovers the linkage in that the Feminine is the giver of form, in the Veda known as the Divine Maya. Without a respect for her role along with the Supreme, her relevance in equal measure, idol worship cannot make sense.

Down the line of time we see the effects of this dismissal in the growing number of attacks on women throughout the world, the intensification of their suppression in lands where the wave manifested particularly robustly, and in many other facets of 21st-century life which we like to consider ‘enlightened’. Because the wave brought with it a cloud of darkness, the connection was finally obscured and even India succumbed in her own way to the Time-Spirit’s imperative fiat: an Age of Darkness (kaliyuga) set in across the entire globe becoming more obscuring as time moved on until the Light was almost entirely extinguished.

At that point Indian realisers veered toward quests for otherworldliness and thereby completely abandoned the Earth, favoured planetary abode of the Goddess. Then, at the appointed time, Vishnu’s 9th Emanation took birth and in the last century he laboured precisely to reverse that otherworldly trend – in a word, to save the Earth, just as many myths foretell. His total seclusion in 1926, the very year the new Aquarian Age began, was criticised within the Freedom Movement of which he had been a prominent figure, without understanding that the new age of Aquarius brought a specific task to the fore: Sri Aurobindo was focussed entirely on not only reversing the trend of otherworldliness of all spirituality and religions, but on bringing down the new Power that would be India’s gift to the World. He called it the Supramental Truth-Consciousness or the Gnostic Supermind, which would allow for true enlightenment. India has been nurtured throughout the darkest of nights to be the home of a Supramental Gnosis unknown since the Vedic Age; and even the glorious attainments of that illustrious era will pale in comparison to what lies ahead with the establishment in the evolution of the next principle above Mind, the Supermind. This was the 9th Avatar’s task. But though the war was successfully waged in the subtle dimensions against forces hostile to that accomplishment, it still needs to be worked out in the physical dimension by imprinting it in the evolutionary matrix in such a way that the Earth can never more be submerged in darkness.

None are aware of the important turning point India has reached, which Sri Aurobindo called ‘a choice of…destiny’: ‘At present mankind is undergoing an evolutionary crisis in which is concealed a choice of its destiny…’. The point the Avatar makes is that the choice is for the whole of humanity, and that this ‘evolutionary crisis’ will determine the course of evolution on Earth. We need to discover factually India’s role in this act of choosing, using methodologies known to her from ancient times but updated for contemporary purposes.

Thus, my intention is to share with those who need to know the precise shape of the new dispensation because the passage now must be a conscious, participatory one. On that basis the pressures exerted by less mature nations can be understood for what they are: last-ditch attempts to keep the Earth closed within a cloak of darkness. Figuratively, it is as if she had been engulfed by a sheath like a mother nurturing a luminous foetus of Light in her protective womb.

The wave of darkness spread across the world throughout the Age of Pisces prior to our own (234 BCE–1926 CE). The stakes are higher now than ever. This is not merely a hegemonic struggle for territorial influence and/or conquest by one nation over another. It is the survival of the entire Earth that stands in the balance, just as the ancient myths record. India’s mission for the world and for which she has been assisted across the millennia to keep the foetus alive, as it were, is to nurture and strengthen the thread of the ancient all-embracing way of the Sanatana Dharma so that she may take up her position as the one and only cosmological centre of the Earth – i.e. the Earth’s very soul embodiment.

This is why to describe her alliance with the USA as one of ‘equals’ is incorrect. America can only look to India for guidance into the new Light; she cannot attempt to impose her immature grasp of the matter on any nation, much less India, the soul-centre of the world. I will explain the cosmological basis for this statement; in so doing we establish a more secure foundation for an examination of India’s unique destiny. Even more interestingly, on the basis of the new keys of knowledge at our disposal, we can discover the manner in which to solve the riddle of her destiny that can be summed up as a choice between the Old and the New. This analysis of the connecting cosmic link between India and America reveals that an amalgam of both ancient and modern is the answer; the way in which this has been expressed through the new cosmology is what makes the destiny of India unique among all nations. It is only the Centre-soul that can provide this function in an age wherein the Cosmic Truth is to replace the Cosmic Ignorance that currently prevails. This exercise will not only reveal the link between the two nations, but the deepest purpose served by their axial binding.


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The Organiser, ‘What Is lacking In National Discourse?’, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, Dec 2014.

‘It is of course imperative that India awakens, but that must be to re-establish her true civilisational underpinnings. This is referred to aptly as the Sanatana Dharma, her eternal Law of Truth. … The [Future Realisation] exhibit takes part in the act of renewal by removing the veils that have kept essential facets of the Dharma hidden.’

Deccan Herald, The untold story of Matri Mandir, R Radhika, Dec 31, 2014.

‘The viewers would be offered an integral package – number, geometry, architecture – all grounded in Indian mythology. Such an integral approach to the sacred has not been attempted before.’

India Infoline News Service, ‘The unknown story of Matri Mandir’s sacred geometry’, December 30, 2014.

‘The Future Realisation exhibition tries to bring the sacred sciences to the masses in a format that they can understand. It displays the knowledge content of the Mother’s original vision and plan for Matri Mandir, and relies on a precise fidelity to her instructions. Before the Mother left this world, she personally gave me several keys of knowledge with which I could decipher her plan. I discovered an entirely new, Indo-centric cosmology. The objective of this exhibition is to make people aware about this precious knowledge that would otherwise pass into oblivion.’

The Economic Times, ‘Cosmic numbers within Auroville’s Matri Mandir showcased in an exhibition’, 1 Jan, 2015, 05.

“The temple displays the vision of the Mother which never got built, fortunately we have recorded conversation about her vision, her plan and I’m carrying forward her legacy,” says Patricia Norelli-Bachelet, Director of Tamil Nadu-based Aeon Centre of Cosmology who has brought the exhibition here.

The Pioneer, ‘Sacred details’, Tuesday, 30 December 2014.

“The exhibition brings together all the sacred sciences — number power, geometry, architecture, cosmology, geo-cosmology — captured in many myths but never conveyed as the science that they rightfully are. It updates the ancient knowledge.”

The South Asian Times, ‘Architectural designs of Puducherry’s Matrimandir on show’, 3 Jan 2015.

Bachelet, through this exhibition, has highlighted how the builders at Auroville rejected her plan and designed their own version while constructing the Matrimandir.

“The result is that the final outcome is only a shadow of the real thing, not its exact manifestation,” Bachelet said.

“What I am preserving and presenting to the public is precisely that – the vision’s power and knowledge,” she added.

TenNews, ‘“The Future Realization” organized at Indira Gandhi National Centre’.

‘Our motto is to showcase the superlative vision of the Mother in an efficient way. These 100 exhibits unveil cosmic secrets of the architectural dimensions of Mother. … They explain importance of the numbers and precise measurements that she mandated for the sacred structure.’

News 8 India, ‘Architectural designs of Puducherry’s Matrimandir on show’, 2 Jan 2015.

‘[The aim of ‘The Future Realisation’ was] to reveal little known cosmic secrets of the architectural dimensions of Matrimandir that was originally envisioned by the Mother of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. …

However, Bachelet, through this exhibition, has highlighted how the builders at Auroville rejected her plan and designed their own version while constructing the Matrimandir.’

“The result is that the final outcome is only a shadow of the real thing, not its exact manifestation,” Bachelet said. “What I am preserving and presenting to the public is precisely that – the vision’s power and knowledge,” she added.

TenNews Video:

The Future Realisation: New Delhi January 1-15, 2015: New Delhi, India


Aeon Centre of Cosmology presented “The Future Realisation” (TFR) exhibition at the Mati Ghar gallery, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), in New Delhi, January 1-15, 2015. Mati Ghar was designed by its architects with the “cosmic dimension of a temporal reality” in mind and is “composed as three concentric rings, their radii in the proportion of 1:2:3, and with the radial division of the outermost, middle & innermost ring into twelve, twenty four and thirty six equal divisions respectively.” Thus this space was the perfect venue to display the Mother’s Supramental Gnosis and sacred measure, in which the numbers 12, 24 and 36 figure prominently as measures of the Cosmic Mother, the Mother of Light in the Vedic tradition.


The Mother saw the luminous core of her temple as ‘the symbol of the future realisation’ and from this act of seeing the exhibition takes its name. Aeon Centre of Cosmology utilised the inner, middle and outer rings of Mati Ghar to display ‘The Core’, ‘The Foundation’ and ‘The Application’ of the Mother’s vision and gnosis.

The Core

The sanctum sanctorum of the Mother’s Temple is one of its kind and may be considered the first cultural expression of the Supramental Truth-Consciousness. Her vision is not to be confused with a construction in cement and steel; the foremost material adequate for a construction of this unique quality is the light of Gnosis. This exhibition, following the Mother’s precise architectural plan, reveals the third stage of the revolutionary mission of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother of Pondicherry.

The Innermost Gallery is the Core; in sacred architecture it is the Garbha Griha. In this intimate space there is a model of the Globe and Pedestal as found at the centre of the Chamber’s original plan, a contemporary updating of the geometric vedi (altar) of the Vedic Age.


The Foundation

The Middle Gallery highlights panels to illustrate four different views of the Chamber based on the original plan which the Mother revealed to a select few in January 1970: Transcendent (9), Cosmic (6) Individual (3) and Integral (0-1). Reproductions of paintings and sculptures of mythology are presented to assist viewers in relating the abstract concept of numbers to the more familiar personifications of these cosmic energies.


The Application

The Outermost Gallery contains elements of a new and unique indo-centric cosmology. It integrates number, cosmic harmonies and geometry with India as centre in a first-ever geo-cosmological formulation.


Thea teaching about the Zodiacal Ruler

The ultimate message of the Future Realisation exhibition is that the temple is within. The Core of the Mother’s inspired vision is the property of each individual; its light as we see in the translucent Globe—is within. In this new age the task is to become the Temple—to unveil that light and free it from the shadows that until now have covered the soul’s luminous rays.

Excerpts from The Future Realisation Guidebook

Sri Aurobindo wrote early in the last century, The body of the knowledge remained but the soul had fled from its covering.

It is time to retrieve what was lost and, in addition, to resurrect the knowledge foundation of every Hindu Temple, large or small, that graces this sacred bhoomi, since the zodiac is the source of most myths; and myth is the narrative of the temple, its heart and soul. There has never been a conceptualisation as sophisticated and as saturated with higher knowledge than the Hindu Temple. However, the time has come to re-connect the later developments to the ancient Veda and on that basis to re-establish the Eternal Way. It is the task awaiting us in this period of Vishnu’s last stride.

All we do or create must be consistent with the abiding spirit of India, but framed to fit into a greater harmonised rhythm and plastic to the call of a more luminous future. [Sri Aurobindo, Foundations of Indian Culture, p.43]

But in no way is this a fundamentalist effort to bring forward a past unenhanced by the centuries between then and now. The Sanatana Dharma has the very special characteristic, unique on the planet today, of an in-built mechanism of renewal. This mechanism relies on the accurate placement in time of the Vishnu Line of Ten—veritably the backbone of the Dharma. To do so the cosmic connection must be re-forged, a specific task of each of Vishnu’s emanations. The central purpose of this exhibition is to assist the public to better appreciate not only the purpose of avatarhood, but that regardless of the appearances, to be born in the age of the descent of the Avatar is a supreme boon.

Aeon Centre of Cosmology brings to a larger audience than ever before allowed, the once hidden knowledge, revealed only to an initiated elite. We entered the Aquarian Age of the 9th Manifestation in 1926, therefore we take up the task ordained by the Time-Spirit to place before the world what was once reserved for a privileged few because in this Aquarian Age the masses are uplifted, the Earth, field of the transformation, is cleansed, cobwebs and shadows are removed by the light of the supramental Truth-Consciousness captured in the Mother’s inspired architectural plan, the garbha griha for the new Age. Therein we see the structure of the Soul, if it may be so called.

Media Coverage
TFR-Delhi Photo Album


The Future Realisation: Pondicherry February 1-28, 2014: Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, India


themother-tfrThe objective of Aeon Centre of Cosmology for this first ‘Future Realisation’ exhibition was to present a comprehensive overview of the temple vision the Mother had in the early days of January 1970 in a manner that could be appreciated by a wider public. The exhibition, which ran 18 days (9-27 February 2014) presented its Pondicherry audience with an aspect of the Mother’s genius that has been entirely ignored by her followers. The content of the exhibition was based on recordings of the Mother’s own description of what she saw of the inner chamber of the temple in the subtle plane, and upon a floor plan of the Chamber which she drew up with an engineer, bearing very exact measurements of all the relevant items so that, as she requested, the Chamber could be reproduced on this material plane with great precision, just as she saw it.

The exhibition commenced with a beautiful image of the Mother with flowers at her feet and by Sri Aurobindo’s lotus – ‘the Lotus of the Avatar’ and his teachings on the simultaneously Transcendent, Cosmic and Individual Divine:

‘While the Divine is One, it is also manifold…It is at once Transcendental, Cosmic and Individual. By knowing the eternal unity of these three powers of the eternal manifestation, God, the Cosmos and the Individual self, and their intimate necessity to each other, we come to understand existence itself…’. (The Synthesis of Yoga)

Visitors then proceeded in counter-clockwise fashion to view the measurements and dimensions of the Mother’s vision. Midway through the circle, visitors where shown a breathtaking view of Sri Aurobindo’s symbol perfectly embracing the Mother’s Temple within the sacred shalagrama, as well as a view of the similarities between the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Mother’s Temple (her original vision/measure, not what was constructed in Auroville). The last half of the exhibition/journey took viewers through some of the implications, applications and revelations made using the keys of the Mother’s supramental gnosis, including an accurate understanding of the dasavatars of Vishnu in the context or framework of the Precession of the Equinoxes and the Astrological Ages, and a stunning portrayal of the precision of the supramental consciousness in terms of the body, geography and destiny of India.


TFR Pondicherry Photo Album

The Future Realisation (Pondicherry) Video series