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Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom - 2007
4 January , 2007
Thea publishes Part 2 – Refutation of Shri Avtar Krishen Kaul’s ‘the Hoax called Vedic Rashichakra and Vedic Astrology. She opens by stating:
‘…I am not surprised that there is some confusion regarding the methods the Rishis used for their discoveries, and that after the split between science and the sacred there should be attempts made to demonstrate that India did possess observational astronomy, contrary to the conclusions reached by historians…’ (To review Part 1, go to Hx and Highlights, Part One, December 2006)
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2 February 2007
Thea publishes a special article for the MRVW: Sri Aurobindo and the Condition of Vedic Wisdom in India
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Patricia Heidt writes to Shri Krishan Kaul and the Hindu Calendar Forum:
The idea that the Rashis are a HOAX is not true.
Ms. Norelli-Bachelet (my mentor/Guru) has provided the proof regarding the verses pertaining to VISHNU in the Rig Veda. Mr. Krishen Kaul has further stated that he has gone through every single Scripture and finds no evidence of these Rashis.
I can only assume that when Mr. Krishen Kaul reads he does not understand what he is reading, – i.e., that he simply does not know astrology well enough to hold himself up as an authority having the last word on anything involving this ancient lore. So how can we believe him when he states emphatically that they are not there? He just cannot understand what is glaringly evident in what he reads.
But not only Mr. Kaul. There have been others reading my mail (and Mr. Wilkinson’s) but no one offers scholarly refutation or support re. these verses to VISHNU. No one to date has said, ‘Yes, I agree, these verses clearly point to the fact that the Vedic Rishis saw the Zodiac as a sacred path, and that the symbols were indeed there as pointers/markers on the yearly journey as well as the larger precessional movement,’ or otherwise – I repeat, in a scholarly fashion. Therefore, we must assume that none of the participants as well knows the subject they are vehemently discussing.
Many questions have been raised by the members regarding the validity of astrology. All are debunked by Krishen Kaul. How can he or anyone else make definitive pronouncements about this system of knowledge without an in-depth understanding (by direct experience – not merely a repetition of Scriptures ad infinitum) of TIME and DESTINY, the heart and soul of astrology? Only one with this Knowledge can have ‘the last word’. Certainly AKK does not, nor, as it seems, do other members of the Forum. One questions even whether Mr Loganath, for example, is spending his time validly as a participant since his avowed path leading to Moksha makes his involvement with this system of knowledge AS PRESENTED IN THE VEDA where astrology/cosmology does figure (despite AKK’s denials) a contradiction in terms. Lamentably, there is no one ALLOWED to bring these important matters to light centred on the very issue in question, the presence of the Rashis in the Veda.
Instead of refuting these important facts in a scholarly way, Mr. Krishen Kaul resorted to misogyny and chauvinism. Again, no protest from the Forum members about this behaviour which goes against all Vedic principles and tradition. It looks like everyone simply accepts meekly what he says and thereby condones this reprehensible behaviour.
I join Robert Wilkinson in exiting. I am not able to remain in the forum under these conditions. In closing, may I suggest that the members turn to one who does have the answers, a proven authority on all question of TIME and DESTINY,- i.e., astrology.
Patricia Heidt, PhD
Undated, early 2007
Sai Srinivasan, Executive Officer of the MahaMariamman Temple, announces:
In the temple of Arulmigu MahaMariamman, the festivals are being celebrated on the dates calculated according to Vedic/Sayana/Sangam tradition for the FIRST time throughout India.
Sri Vinayaka Chaturthi-17.8.2007.
The following temples also celebrate the above festivals according to Vedic Sayana system:
Arulmigu Kothandaramar temple,Valangaiman.
Arulmigu Kailasanathar temple,Valangaiman.
Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar temple,Valangaiman.
Arulmigu Swarnapureeswarar temple,Andankoil.
Arulmigu Abathsahayeswarar temple,Alangudi.
Arulmigu Pasupatheeswarar temple,Avoor.
Arulmigu Kalinganarthana Perumal temple,Oothukadu.
Arulmigu Kailasanathar temple,Udayalur.
Arulmigu Varadharaja Perumal temple,Udayalur.
Arulmigu Kailasanathar temple,Needamangalam.
The devotees are requested to participate in all these special functions based on Vedic/Sangam tradition and get the blessings of the Divine.
Fit Person/Inspector. Executive Officer.
26 March 2007
Thea writes to the MRVW ‘about the total confusion in the ranks’:
‘…In reading the postings regarding the calendar situation, I am struck by the lack of understanding displayed. One has to first of all understand what purpose the calendar serves. Secondly, that we are discussing a calendar of observances for Hindus, whose purpose is to unify the Samaj around the single Circle with a common starting point.
The starting point is the most important feature (underline added). For this reason the Maha Vishuva of March (March Equinox of equal days and nights) were given prime importance in the Vedic texts with instructions on how to calculate those equal days and nights.
The next most important factor is the calculation of the Makar Sankranti/ Uttarayana occurrence, falling on the shortest day of the year, nine months after the March Equinox. The culmination of the Vedic Journey was this point. This tenth sign/month is the month of victory for the Aryan Warrior.
So these two cosmic occurrences were the only calculations provided in the ancient texts. There was nothing at all to do with the Constellations or any Ayanamsha correction required. This was a later addition and has certainly nothing to do with the Veda. It was and is entirely POST VEDIC.’
I find that the arguments put forth by our readers do not take into consideration the role of these two important calculations for Hindu observances. To bring Shankara into the mix with his perception of unity and his experiences is of no use in this matter. He was not a cosmologist. In fact, his perception led to the conclusion that ‘it is all illusion’……
Why a common starting and culmination point? (underline added) It is because we are not simply interested in a timing tha has no other reason for being but to establish a uniform observance system which will unite all Hindus. For the fact is the tropical zodiac with its symbols – the ‘journey’ as it is known in the Veda – is a PATH OF KNOWLEDGE. It you remove those symbols and dislocate them from the progression as stipulated in the Veda itself, you will not gain entry to the Knowledge.
(‘Certain eternal worlds are there, their doors are opened to by the months and the years…’)
31 March, 2007
Thea writes to the Hindu Calendar Forum:
‘… rituals are performed by the zillions, and yet they demonstrate no power to arrest the decline. You now have a declaration of Swami Saraswati Dayananda, and although I have great respect for this noble Soul, I must inform you that he has not understood what the real problem is.
THERE IS NOT MUCH TIME LEFT before Hinduism becomes fossilised as just a shadow of itself. To quote Sri Aurobindo, ‘The letter lived on when the spirit was forgotten: the symbol, the body of the doctrine, remained, but the soul of knowledge had fled from its coverings. (Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda).
You praise the fact that the Ashok Chakra is on the coin, and that the Buddhist Lions is the seal adopted for the nation. But you do not realise that that is the point that we can identify as the beginning of the trouble. It all started about 500 BCE…’
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4 July, 2007
The Dawn of a New Era
Thea writes what she calls ‘a definitive statement’ for her students to explain how the Nirayana system came into use; it can be used to silence criticisms, she writes.
‘… I have been reporting my discoveries of the 12th century scholar- traveller Al Biruni’s influence over Hindu Pundits in the question of shifting from the Vedic Tropical Zodiac as backdrop for the yearly Sacrifice to the un-Vedic system of measuring the passage of the year on the backdrop of the distant Constellations…
The Vedic system must be balanced on the unchanging four Cardinal pillars of the Tropical Zodiac, which do not hold any prominence in the Nirayana system advocated by Al Biruni. He wrote his famous document, India, critiquing Varamihira’s Brhad Samhita, ‘The solstice has kept its place, but the constellations have migrated, just the very opposite of what Varaha has fancied’ (India, II, p. 7). In other words, an entirely different distant circle is proposed by the scholar…
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25 November 2007
Public Interest Litigation for the high court of Madurai (a document under discussion in MRVW)
The Problem we face affecting millions of Hindus, is that whlle each and every temple is duly aligned spatially through the Vaastu Purusha ritual, no such satisfactory alignment takes place temporally. To determine the hour and minute of ritual practices the latter is naturally of far more significance.
A Brief History…
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23 December 2007
Email from Sai Srinivasan
30 Temples have celebrated Makara Sankranti on 22 December 2007. Among the 30 temples, 15 are under his control and the other 15 under the control of various other officers. He includes the list of names of the 30 temples and wishes Thea and all best wishes.
9 January 2008
Shri Darshaney Lokesh informs Sai that he and an appreciable gathering celebrated Makar Sankranti on 22 December, ‘arranging a Samuhik Yagyan’ – to welcome the truth that the Sun entered the Capricorn (Makar) 11/37 hrs. IST. All people individually offered the water and showed dhoopam deepam to the entering sun.
21 February 2008
Thea writes to her students:
‘…when temple construction begins the very first thing done is to lay out the basic ground plan, which is really the founding of what is called the Vaastu Purusha, or the Cosmic Person, as the foundation on the ground of the temple. This means that the cosmos is brought to Earth and the temple becomes the link between Heaven and Earth. It is an extremely beautiful perception, and the means to carry this linkage out is simple and exact. Astrology is the basis for the entire process.
I have been reading George Michell’s ‘The Hindu Temple’ on this point. His chapters describing the cosmic linkage are beautifully written, simple and thorough. Moreover, they reveal how important it has always been considered to make the correct link between the determination of the Four Cardinal Directions for the structure’s orientation, and the same ‘orientation’ where the time factor is concerned, to those same Cardinal Points. Indeed, the two go hand-in-hand: the actual purpose of the Vaastu Purusha is precisely to carry out the indestructible linkage between time and space at the navel of the Earth that is being brought into being in the temple. This is an astonishingly sophisticated concept.
The ground plan is thus oriented to the Four Cardinal Points in space, while the Time plan (the most important part of the process) is equally oriented to the Four Cardinal Directions IN TIME via the Tropical Zodiac, the Earth’s journey along the ecliptic. No temple can function properly without this combination. It is truly blasphemy to oblige devotees to worship in structures that do not have this correct alignment of time and space, rooted in the centremost Point of the main axis of the temple to be constructed, the position where the Deity will stand.
Think of it: in the USA and elsewhere abroad temple after temple are being built, costing vast sums, much more than ever spent in India. And yet THESE STRUCTURES ARE WORTHLESS AS FAR AS THE TRUE VEDIC TRADITION IS CONCERNED. There is no connection at all with the Veda. There is no link between Time and Space. Those temples that have been built using the Nirayana system for the timed start of the process are simply worthless. What are the Temple Administrators doing? Sleeping or patting themselves on the back for having attained such an influential position? I know of ONLY ONE who is sincerely concerned; and he is a member of our Group. Only one in a country of over one billion people.
What a tragedy. Thea
22 December, 2008
The Solstice and beyond…Thea sends an email to the MRVW:
‘…it is not that everything is done at the exact moment the Sun enters Capricorn (Makar) on the Solstice. That marks the ENTRY. The gestation of the ‘seed’ goes on until 14 degrees Capricorn, usually my birthday (5 January). This is the traditional festival of Light. It was the Saturnalia in ancient Rome, which again, lasted for a certain number of days…
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Circa 2008 –
Loga sends this email to the Hindu Calendar Forum:
The celebrations of festivals and rituals, the Sariyai and Kriyai are calendar based. What I want to mention but perhaps did not do well is that such religious activities are designed to open up the Third Eye at which point the efforts become Yogic and where further developments lead to transcendence of religions and scriptures. This is the best metaphysical wisdom India has. Loga
Thea responds to Loga, and tries to clarify:
Transcendence was/is not the Vedic Way. It is an EARTH-ORIENTED system that includes all the intermediate planes as valid and integral aspects of the Divine. The quest for the Beyond leads to a denial of the Earth’s purpose in the heavenly harmony – and, more specifically, a denial of the soul. The conflict lies there.
The Vedic Way is set apart and made unique by this soul-based ‘journey’, hence the endless store of myths Vedic Civilisation preserves for the world – because the soul is their birthplace.
The movements of the cosmic harmony, which express this Earth-oriented experience as a means to integrate all aspects of the Supreme without a need to exclude or transcend anything in the manifestation, are never denied validity. The Vedic Realisation does not set the limitations you have constructed in your message below, that once this or that happens, all the rest can be discarded.
The calendar simply provides the orderly itinerary to reach the Vedic Summit (in the 10th month), and to allow all Hindus, indeed, all human beings born on Earth, to participate consciously in this liberation of the Light – today, just as the Vedic Rishis did thousands of years ago:
‘…Certain eternal worlds (states of existence) 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 knowledge…’ (RV, II.24-5, Sri Aurobindo’s translation, ‘The Secret of the Veda’)
All roads do NOT lead to Rome – figuratively speaking. There may be different schools for different temperaments but they either accept the Cosmic/Earth manifestation as the field of the endeavour, to be integrated and not transcended, or they do not. If Transcendence is sought there are other systems to reach that goal. The Vedic Way will not be suitable for that aim. Patrizia
21 February 2009
The ‘New Year’ – Reflections on the decision to introduce changes in the Tamil Nadu Calendar. Thea writes:
‘Confusion abounds again, caused by the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to celebrate the new year on the first day of the month of That, breaking with the current tradition of 14 April – that is, 23 days after the March Equinox…
FOR FULL ARTICLE go to this LINK
19 June 2009
Thea writes about the inspiration for her series of articles, titled Culture and Cosmos, which appeared in Volume 6, no. 2 of The Vishaal Newsletter, 1991:
‘…Finally, I need to put Culture and Cosmos into the overall perspective of my contribution to the Solar Line and what it adds to the establishment of Supermind as the guiding light of the new times. This series can be equated with Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Foundations of Indian Culture’ which was written as part of Arya in response to a severe critique of Indian culture by a noted scholar of the day. I doubt that Sri Aurobindo intended it to develop into the book we know now under that title. We could say that this was Sri Aurobindo’s exploration into the culture of India. Similarly, Culture and Cosmos became my journey and discovery of Indian culture. It started in the north, inspired by the shenai of the master Bismillah Khan. One evening a friend and I were listening to a recording of a certain raga played by this great master of what I considered to be the mournful lament of the soul, the shenai. For those who are not familiar with this instrument, its closest western counterpart would be the oboe. It is not a solo instrument in the South where a larger version is known as the nagasvaran and is usually played only at marriages and other ceremonials; the soulful quality, I feel, is not as present in either the oboe or the nagasvaran as we find in the shenai.
Thus, it was listening to Bismillah’s music that brought me to understand something fundamental about Indian music. This was not the raga as such, but rather the shruti¸ the permanent, underlying, unchanging drone that is the background of all Indian classical music. To my knowledge, though far from extensive on this subject, I felt the point was being missed. It is the connection the structure of Indian classical music makes with the Vedic perception of reality. Classical music was, for me, just another way of expressing the core perception of the Vedic Way: Fullness. Music was another repository of the Cosmic Truth, the essence of which is that very fullness, conveyed through the sruti.
More pointedly, the sruti was an exquisite means of ‘filling the void’. In Indian classical music, north or south, there is never a void, a silence. The upholding ‘sound of silence’ (the drone) makes sure that the listener is never carried into the Cosmic Ignorance whose characteristic is a denial of fullness resulting in a void of nothingness. Perhaps every aspect of Indian culture will reveal the same Vedic foundation when perception is not obscured by the veils of a divisive consciousness.
Thus Indian classical music was seen to be another means of preserving the ancient way. Everyone concedes that it is cosmic, and therefore certain rules are to be respected in its execution – namely, that ragas are divided into categories determined by the time of the day and the season in which they must be played. Clearly, being seasonal they reveal once again a respect for the Cardinal Poles of equinoxes and solstices, which divide our year into the four seasons.
On the basis of this ‘seed experience’, thanks to Bismillah’s shenai, I began my own voyage into India’s culture, starting in the north and ending in the deep south. Culture and Cosmos carried readers along with me on this voyage of discovery as chapter after chapter was written and simultaneously published in Vishaal. By the time I reached the southern V of the Capricorn symbol-map in my ‘journey’, the shenai was replaced by the veena, Saraswati’s own treasured instrument; and Hindustani was replaced by Carnatic.
To this day the music of the north in comparison seems effete. That of the south, land of preservation, is as it were the purer, more robust and stronger foundation.
I will start by presenting the first section of the June 1991, Volume 6, Number 2, of The Vishaal Newsletter for those of the Movement who do not have the original text…’
Circa 2009 – Hindu Calendar Forum:
> Dear Thea,>
> Its important that you stay, and throw your weight
> despite barbs, is
> my request to you.>
Thea responds to Suresh:
Let me clearly state that unlike a number of people who have subscribed to this Forum for whatever reasons, I, for one, consider the calendar to be of immense importance, particularly for a civilisation with roots in the ancient Veda and that considers itself to have a special connection to the cosmos manifestation.
Look at this way, if it was meaningless why did this sidereal system displace the tropical, seasonal system?
The best way to keep the Hindu Samaj weak and ineffective is by divide and rule – in this case through ‘may calendars’, or many ayanamshas, or many zero points from where measuring must start.
22 August 2009
‘I would like to provide a somewhat different perspective to the campaign we are presently engaged in to counteract the propaganda machine of the agents of the Status Quo. The problem of the preponderance of the Ignorance has to be understood through the very ‘formula’ Supermind requires for its deployment. There are four integers in the formula. Three are given in Sri Aurobindo’s symbol itself. So, in a sense this is not my revelation but his and the Mother’s since we know that she designed their symbols…/
24 – 26 December 2010
The Importance of Makar Sankranti in Hindu Calendar Reform – a treatment in three parts presented at the First National Conference on Hindu Calendar Reform. Thea is invited to attend the Conference and present her paper.
Thea presents Part 1:
‘The paper I am presenting at this landmark Conference will differs significantly from others by the illustrious attendees. The basis for my approach is quite different, it is yogic. Consequently, my understanding will differ significantly from others by the illustrious attendees…’
FOR THE THREE PART ARTICLE, GO TO THIS LINK
31 December, 2010
Thea publishes a Delegates Report on the Conference in Tirumala, which details the difficulties she had in presenting her paper, as well as her comments.
FOR A DELEGATES REPORT GO TO THIS LINK
7 March, 2011
Thea receives an email request from Sai Srinivasan, titled H.R. & C.E. Act. He tells her that the Tamilnadu Government is going to amend the section on Calendar Reform in Hindu Temples. He requests her to send a proposal and include the following points:
- Hindu festivals are celebrated on wrong dates because of wrong calculation of Uttarayana.
- The Sangam period was correct because they followed the tropical zodiac like other ancient civilisations.
- The month Thai was calculated correctly based on December solstice.
- There is evidence in Kalithogai, Paripadal and Aingurunuru which are Sangam literary works. In these literary works there is mention of Thai Neeradal. This is celebrated now as Margazhi Neeradal. This is due to the observance of Nirayana system on later periods.
- The Hindu Calendar should be based on solstices and equinoxes.
- Calendar reform is pending from the days of the late Prime Minister Nehru.
- Because of Nirayana system different almanacs follow different calculations. Hence no uniformity in the fixing of Hindu Festival dates.
- This leads to the dissipation of Hindu energy.
- So, it is essential to add a new section in the Act to follow uniform dates to celebrate festivals which is possible only if Tropical Zodiac is adopted.
I request you to prepare a letter based on similar grounds, With regards,
Note: Sai Srinivasan passes shortly thereafter due to a massive heart attack, and there is no record of any action taken on this matter.
17 May 2013
Robert Wilkinson publishes VEDA – The Supreme Science of Creation
26 May, 2015
FACTS NOT THE FICTION OF DENIAL
In this important article, Thea responds to a ‘DENY-ER’, a member of the Hindu Calendar Forum who keeps denying what she reveals but offers nothing in return. She writes:
‘It is time to instruct D and others about FACTS as per the Supramental Manifestation. When I present these FACTS I request our friends to come up with answers, not was has been recently posted by D when faced with the Capricorn Symbol-Map: to him this is ‘emotion’: I am caught up in a way of emotion – as men usually claim patronisingly when faced with mysteries their science cannot explain BUT WOMEN UNDERSTAND.
But the New Way does explain these mysteries. And that is what this website is about: we are lifting the veils on matters held inscrutable for centuries. They were known to the Rishis and were used to create an unparalleled civilisation. Nothing of that exists in India today except in Temple architecture and iconography and in some scriptures such as the Vedas, none of which can now be understood. Why they are not understood is the issue at hand; this is demonstrated in the above symbol-map: it is the zodiacal system that is ignored because the latter-day pundits themselves are ignorant of these mysteries. They therefore insist on boxing in the collective consciousness of this nation to suit a particular agenda, an agenda that was cemented in the destiny of India all during the age of Pisces. It is not the fault of the British, or the earlier Moguls, and all the rest that we conveniently foist the blame on for regression and the loss of the light: the fault line lies within…
I have laboured for a change to the true Vedic calendar that will re-align Hindus of this 21st century to the harmony of that 9th Manifestation. But the pundits who rule over the masses of Hindus prefer to keep them ignorant of these self-evident truths… nonetheless, we are here, I have taken birth for this very purpose: to leave a record of the Supramental Manifestation – for future Ages, for a future that is opening up right now, before our very eyes. Its first FACTUAL presence is known through the Indocentric cosmology of the New Way…
…If Sri Aurobindo knew India to be a special nation, destined to introduce the Supramental Manifestation, these ‘facts’ are part of his avataric mission. And they can only be revealed by the Avatar himself and the Solar Line he set on its way in 1872, the year of his birth. My task as part of the Line is to do just what I am doing in these pages: to re-establish the long lost zodiacal lore, because without it we have only the Nirayana system that drives Hindus farther and farther away from the Sanatana Dharma. The current Nirayana system of astrology has no knowledge content…’
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1 January 2016
Thea opens an online forum on the importance of Makar Sankranti:
1 January 2016
Thea publishes a three part article on the importance of Makar Sankranti.
Part l: Why us the Makar Sakranti important for the unity and integrity of India?
1 January 2016
Part 2::Why us the Makar Sakranti important for the unity and integrity of India?
22 May, 2016
Part 3: Why us the Makar Sakranti important for the unity and integrity of India?
15 June, 2016
9 October 2016
Thea passes on 9 October and is cremated at Skamha
2 days later on the celebration of the
festival of Vijaya Dashami.
21 December, 2020
A reorganization of The Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom.
Thea is honored as ‘Gangadevi’ in a ceremony at the Gangavar River
which runs along the border of Skambha.