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AUGUST 15, 2022

Celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, 9th Evolutionary Avatar

A paper submitted by Aeon Centre of Cosmology, Kodaikanal Tamil Nadu

Last December, Prime Minister Modi  announced that 2022  would be dedicated to the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s birth. He aptly referred to Sri Aurobindo as a revolutionary leader, as ‘the Prophet of Indian Nationalism’ (using Dr Karan Singh’s words).  In a paper  published on the Ministry of Culture website, the author (mha.gov.in) writes that Sri Aurobindo  has been described as a ‘rishi, a poet, a scholar, a literary critic, a philosopher, a yogi…and much more; … but the question still remains, Who really was Sri Aurobindo?’

Based on the yoga and cosmological insights of our Founder, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea, 1938 – 2016), we offer that he was first and foremost, the 9th Evolutionary Avatar. The question and the answer are exceptionally important for India. Thea writes that ‘the Sanatan Dharma contains an inbuilt system of renewal

 unique on this Earth in that it forms the undisputed core of the Dharma or the backbone of the structure. This is the Line of Ten Avatars… a string of births stretched over many millennia but nonetheless thoroughly linked through the substance of the missions to be accomplished. The Avatar’s work, though spread out over vast aeons, is one process with one finality: the establishment of the reign of Truth, or the Golden Age, known as the Satya Yuga.’(1) and (2)

Thea calls Vishnu’s ‘Line of Ten’ the Evolutionary Avatars.. They show the next step in the divine unfolding on Earth, they become ‘the seed of the movement’, she writes. Sri Aurobindo is that ‘seed’ for this 9th Manifestation (3), just as Sri Rama was for the 7th and Sri Krishna for the 8th Manifestation.

 The credentials for the Line of Ten Evolutionary Avatars is based totally on the cosmic harmonies. They use Time for their action: each appears at a specific Time, every 6480 years, during the Ages of Preservation (ibid, p. 23). Sri Ram appeared as the 7th during the Age of Leo, 12,000 years ago, Sri Krishna followed as the 8th in the Age of Taurus, and Sri Aurobindo, appeared as the Evolutionary Avatar for the 9th Manifestation during the Age of Aquarius.

Gautam the Buddha, widely considered to be the 9th Avatar, does not possess these cosmic credentials, having been born circa 500 BCE.

In the Map, each section of 6480 years is called a Manifestation; they are twelve in number, the same twelve signs of the zodiac. The Map is based on the Precessional movement of the Earth, her slow westward motion along the path of the Earth’s ecliptic. It takes 25,920 years for the Precession of the Earth to make one complete round through the twelve signs of the zodiac.

Map of The 12 Manifestations, The Astrological Ages, The Gnostic Circle, 4th ed, 2020, p. 38

Thea turns to the Rig Vedic verses to Vishnu to confirm the ancient wisdom; but she offers a new seeing: she writes that Vishnu, the God of Preservation is measuring out the universe NOT by steps through space, but by steps through TIME, via the Precession of the Equinoxes (4).

          Of Vishnu now I declare the mighty works, who has measured out the earthly worlds and that seat of our self-accomplishing he supports, he the wide-moving, in the threefold steps of his universal movement.
          That Vishnu affirms on high by his mightiness and he is like a terrible LION that ranges in the difficult places, yea, his lair is on the mountain-tops, he in whose three wide movements all the worlds find their dwelling-place.  

 Let our strength and our thought go forward to Vishnu the all-pervading,
the wide-moving BULL whose dwelling-place is on the mountain,
 he who being One has measured all this long and far-extending seat
of our self-accomplishing by only three of his strides.

           He whose three steps are full of honey-wine and they perish not but have ecstasy by the self-harmony of their nature; yea, he being One holds the triple principle and earth and heaven also, even all the worlds.
           May I attain to and enjoy that goal of his movements, the Delight, where souls that seek the godhead have the rapture; for there in that highest step of the wide-moving Vishnu is that FRIEND of men who is the fount of sweetness.
          Those are the dwelling-places of ye twain which we desire as  the goal of our journey, where the many-horned herds of Light go travelling; the highest step of wide-moving Vishnu shines down on us here in its manifold vastness. (RV, I, 154, Sri Aurobindo’s translation)       

The symbol figures in the verses above, Lion, Bull and Friend, which describe Vishnu’s famous steps, are three of the four fixed signs of the Zodiac.  The zodiacal signs of fixed quality correspond to Sattva of the  Indian Gunas, as in Rajas, Sattva and Tamas.  Or they can be categorized as signs of Preservation as in the trinity of Creation, Preservation, Destruction/Dissolution (ibid).

The first of his three steps takes the universe through the  time epoch  known as the Age of LEO (verse 2, the Lion), during which  the 7th Evolutionary Avatar, Sri Ram made his appearance.  This is followed by the next step – the Age of TAURUS, (verse 3, the Bull),  and the coming of Sri Krishna, 8th Avatar.

In  verse 5, the Rishi sees Vishnu’s next and last step: ‘for there in that highest step of the wide-moving Vishnu is that FRIEND’.    The Friend is the astrological sign for the Age of Aquarius; the time period of the 9th evolutionary avatar, our very own Sri Aurobindo!   The fourth sign of Preservation, Scorpio,  is left out of the verses because, Thea writes,  ‘Vishnu’s measuring begins from that sign, the sign of the Eagle, precisely his Vahana, Garuda.’ (ibid, p 12).

Trivikrama’s Famous Three Strides

It is no small feat that Hinduism can still lay claim to this ancient body of knowledge through its four Vedas, exclaims Thea; thus we know that the ‘Dasavataras are of Vedic origin and not Puranic, as most believe’ (5). That the appearance on Earth of Vishnu’s last three emanations can be located with such exactitude is obviously for the purpose of preserving the Sanatan Dharma.

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The primary focus now is on the 9th Manifestation (see Map, red arrow), a period of transition and tremendous possibility as the Earth evolves from the realm of Mind into Supermind –  set on its way in 1872, when Sri Aurobindo took birth on Earth as the 9th Avatar of Vishnu. It was a joint mission carried out by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. As Thea explains:

 ‘…almost the entire focus was to reverse the direction the quest assumed by all the yogas approximately after the time of the Buddha. It was a joint mission to turn the tide – a tide virtually with the power of a tsunami – in that all the great realisers over the past 2000 years, barring very few, had opted for an escape out of the material dimension so as not to face the challenges posed by a creation in matter which appeared insurmountable given the totality of circumstances at this stage of evolution of the species…’(6)

It was on 29 February, 1956, that the yogic breakthrough took place,  releasing the descent of a power that would ultimately bring about an entirely new principle operating within the evolutionary process. When the Mother announced that the Supramental Manifestation had occurred, she described it in these words:

This evening the Divine Presence, concrete and material, was there present amongst you. I had a form of living gold, bigger than the universe, and I was facing a huge and massive golden door which separated the world from the Divine. As I looked at the door, I knew and willed, in a single movement of consciousness, that “the time has come”, and lifting with both hands a mighty golden hammer I struck one blow, one single blow on the door and the door was shattered to pieces. Then the supramental Light and Force and Consciousness rushed down upon earth in an uninterrupted flow.’ (ibid)

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As the Time Spirit arrived in the Ninth Manifestation at the Age of Aquarius, in 1926, when Sri Aurobindo, the true 9th Evolutionary Avatar took up where Sri Krishna left off, he was not recognized.

The fact that Gautam the Buddha could be erroneously inserted into the list of Hindu Avatars as the 9th in the line of ten happened only because over time, veils began to cover the core of Hinduism. The keys to that ancient Vedic Knowledge allowing the Dharma to remain ‘eternal’ were lost (7). Buddhism played an important role in this collapse of energies. It sowed ‘seeds of undermining’ which developed later into a split between Matter and Spirit in the way Reality was perceived – ‘the Spirit was no longer experienced through the Soul, or the Mother…the seeker was encouraged to overstep the Cosmos…’(ibid).  With the soul dislodged from its centrality, Thea explains, the Hindu civilization by the Middle Ages, lost its binding energy.

Because the foundation of the Dharma had always been unity, the wise men and women of that Dark Age simply incorporated the Buddhist realisation; ‘it was their lived experience that the Brahman included everything, even the darkness…’. With that the Buddha became the 9th of the Puranic Line of Ten Avatars (ibid). The Puranas  however describe his participation in the Line as ‘ruse of the supreme’: one purposefully sent to mislead the seekers, in order to fool the hostile powers.

Thea asks why was it necessary to have a false avatar, a ruse, interjected into the line?  ‘Was the fall of the Dharma seen to be a necessary  corollary to a rise?’  She refers to Sri Aurobindo’s own words about a ‘wider harmonisation which only the present Age of Supermind can unfold’ (ibid):

‘…But in speaking of the supreme liberation I was simply taking the Buddhist-Adwaita view for granted and correcting it by saying that this Nirvana view is too negative.  Krishna opened the possibility of overmind with its two sides of realization, static and dynamic. Buddha tried to shoot from mind to Nirvana in the Supreme, just as Shankara did in another way after him. Both agree in overleaping the other stages and trying to get at a nameless and featureless Absolute. Krishna on the other hand was leading by the normal course of evolution. The next normal step is not a featureless Absolute, but the supermind. I consider that in trying to overshoot, Buddha, like Shankara made a mistake, calling away the dynamic side of the liberation. Therefore there has to be a correction by Kalki.’ (Letters on Yoga, Book 1, Part 5, ‘The Meaning and Purpose of Avatarhood’, Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo, Volume 28).

The erroneous insertion of the Buddha into the Line of Ten Evolutionary Avatars  has had enormous consequences on the Dharma.

  1. At the same time the civilization lost its time measure;  e., Indian astrology lost its key to Time. The shift from the earth oriented tropical zodiac – the Divine measure, Earth’s own measure –  to the fixed stars of the constellations was a death blow to the Earth, Thea explains. As salvation came to be equated with freedom from birth on Earth, the Nothingness (or Nirvanic Void) which sought to replace the Vedic fullness of the Sun-soul, produced an inevitable breakdown in the old order.

Hinduism could no longer locate the periods of Vishnu or determine the exact time of the appearance of the Avatar. In fact, at this point, Thea exclaims, the next appearance of Vishnu is not expected ‘until the fourth millennium of our era!’ (8).

   2. In addition to losing its time measure, the purpose and value of caste fell into disrepair. In the Vedic Journey, in the sacrifice of the Year, each part of society revealed their highest realisation. ‘Caste was not divisive, it was a path to wholeness and completion’ (9). Chaturvarna was totally based on the cosmic foundation, ‘… an expression of the cosmic Parush, limbs of a single body’ (ibid).

The Divine Purpose of birth on Earth  is to move into creation rather than out of it or beyond it, writes Thea, ‘to experience the imminent Transcendent in the heart of each created thing, the Hiranyaretas, or the golden Seed, light of the worlds’…

The purpose of Chaturvarna is to allow the individual the possibility to realise his or her inner truth, in material creation, in a body, on this planet Earth…

 Birth on this Earth and into the caste system, or into the magnificent harmonies of the cosmos as one more note of the Infinite, was not intended to be a means of escape from that material creation and a plunge into nirvanic Nothingness or the indifferentiated Absolute…’ (ibid)

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During this 9th Manifestation of the Earth there is one place on the planet that holds as the ‘centre’ during the dismantling of the old earth and its evolution from the mental to the supramental consciousness. India has always carried the tremendous ‘burden of her destiny’ as the planet’s soul-centre, writes Thea:  the link to the  ‘other side’ – that replenishing eternal fount of light and power and bliss, Sat – Chit – Ananda (10). The nation lives on while others, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, have faded and waned out of existence.

India’s ‘centreship’ is not an enviable position; it means that all the problems our civilization has inherited from the last Age of Pisces (234 BCE – 1926 CE) which have been drawn into this destined centre must now be dealt with. India found herself, at the start of the new Aquarian Age (1926), shackled with many unresolved problems, the same ones that are creating havoc across the globe today, arising, it must be noted, from the divisiveness caused by religions. And because she is the Earth’s true cosmological centre what is being worked out in her grand plan, what transpires and unfolds in her consciousness, can affect the whole planet (11). India is rooted in the Sanatana Dharma and therefore ‘exclusivism’ of any sort cannot be permitted.

The Line of Ten Evolutionary Avatars means a march forward, with Hinduism providing a firm foundation upholding the progression. Thea assures us that

     ’Hinduism is one of the rare expressions on Earth of a progressively unfolding cosmic Truth… because its soul is that very Cosmic Truth, it is one  with the deepest purpose of the planetary evolution.

Hinduism can therefore be identified as the vahana (vehicle) of the Earth’s own soul, a truth exquisitely conveyed in the ancient Vedic symbol of the white steed, Agni, carrying Usha, the divine Dawn, across the horizon of the Earth’s awakening cosmic Day.’ (12)

The mission of Shri Ram, the 7th Avatar, was fulfilled thousands of years ago, in the 7th Manifestation; the Ayodhya issue has served successfully as a rallying point to awaken dormant energies, calling attention the Line of Ten Avatars, the most vital feature  and backbone of the Sanatan Dharma.

But now is the time to focus on what is transpiring today – a turning point has been reached in Hindu civilization, in the world. It is the evolutionary vision of Sri Aurobindo – 9th Evolutionary Avatar, that carries us forward in our march. Thea explains the special ‘tapasya’ that he undertook to anchor the Earth in a new time:

‘…The avatar must take on the full burden of the work he or she comes to do, Unconsciousness of parts of this manifestation, or an unknowing of the outcome of the struggle and its details, are often essential elements for securing the victory. It must be remembered that a fundamental aspect of the avatar’s function is to live the process, to himself be the field, the Kurukshetra of the divine consciousness in evolution. This cannot be a travesty or a make-believe drama. The avatar lives the process in full; for this he accepts the yoke of ignorance placed upon him by the Supreme, for the benefit of the work to be done. This in fact, is his true great work for humanity, his really noble sacrifice. In this way he serves humanity as no other could do.’(13)

May this 150th anniversary of Sri Aurobindo’s birth serve to revitalize the spirit and soul of the Hindu nation. May we hear his call for a ‘new spiritual awakening in India’. Let the residue  which has accumulated surrounding the core of Hinduism, for over 2500 years, be cast aside so that the crusts that veil the true 9th evolutionary avatar be dissolved. 

References

  1. The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 5, no. 6, February 1991
  2. The Gnostic Circle, 4th, 2020, p. 72. Thea explains that a Kaliyuga is a measure of time, not in years as usually accepted, but as seconds of celestial longitude. A Kaliyuga is made up of four zodiacal signs. A Kaliyuga  is not a period of darkness; in fact, the Satya Yuga started in the Age of Leo, 12, 960 years ago, and will be complete in 16 signs of the Zodiac. 
  3. Ibid, p. 58
  4. Kashmir and the Convergence of Time, Space and Destiny, 2004. Thea adds: ‘Note that the same symbols were used by this Christian visionary (The Revelation, also called The Apocalypse of St. John, (Chapter 12, 7 ) many centuries after the Vedic Age…around 70 AD: “And the first beast was like a lion and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.”’
  5. The Future Realisation, An Exhibition connecting the Supramental Gnosis of the Mother to the Vedic Age, Guidebook, New Delhi, 2015
  6. See Aeon Centre of Cosmology website: aeoncentre.com for references to the cosmology of Thea’s New Way
  7. The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 6, no. 4, October 1991
  8. The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 5, no. 6, op cit
  9. The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 6, no. 3, August, 1991
  10. The Burden of a Destiny, 2001
  11. On the Nature of Centreship, 2013
  12. The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 5, no. 6, op cit
  13. The New Way, Volume 3, Ch. 9, the Map of Evolution, p. 111
Patricia Norelli Bachelet (Thea) Founder and Director, Aeon Trust and Aeon Centre of Cosmology 1938 - 2016

This paper is submitted by Aeon Centre of Cosmology (ACC), at Skambha (the Cosmic Pillar), located in the Palani Hills of South India. Our Centre was founded by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) on 5 January, 1986. It is supported by Aeon Trust, registered with the Government of India  having 80 G status. Thea passed on 9 October 2016 Her students remain active at ACC and continue to promote her Indo-centric cosmology. (see www.aeoncentre.com)   Patricia Heidt PhD. Director, 15th August 2022

23 SEPTEMBER 2022 - AUTUMN EQUINOX (MAHA VISHUVA)

We are happy to announce

Shri Mukund Ainapure, a member of The Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom, has accepted the position of Convenor. As well as being an active member of this Movement for the last two years, he has published ebooks on the Rig Veda as interpreted by Sri Aurobindo and made them available to the public at free download (www.auro-ebooks.com).

As the new Convenor he has written the following letter to the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi about adopting a National Calendar for India.

 

Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji,

Sub.: One India, One Calendar

One way to fulfil the resolve (Pran) of taking pride in our glorious heritage and unity, mentioned in your speech on 15 August 2022, would be to adopt the ancient Vedic Calendar as the National Calendar  (tentatively named the Bharat Calendar).  

The concept of Vedic Calendar is based on the vedic knowledge – our true glorious heritage – rediscovered by Sri Aurobindo; and elaborated in recent times by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea, 1938 – 2016) in her Manifesto for the Movement for Restoration of Vedic Wisdom (MRVW), referenced throughout this letter. [1]

      Why not adopt an Existing Regional Calendar as the National Calendar

The Calendar Reform Committee (CRC) set up by the then PM Mr. Nehru had the following to say about the existing Regional/Lunar Calendars –

          The motion of the moon is very irregular and complex and therefore the moon is very inconvenient as a time-marker. Tithi is calculated for each locality. There are in every State different schools of panchang calculations for tithi etc. So the same tithi does not occur on the same day at all places. Hence, the dates for religious festivals differ in each region from place to place. Due to such rival regional calendars, Janmashtami in 1954 was celebrated on 21st August in North India and on the 20th, 21st and 22nd in other parts of India; Durga Puja was celebrated on two successive days in Calcutta in 1952. (1955, Report p.3 & 4)

 Clearly, no existing regional lunar calendar can be adopted as the national calendar.

        Why not continue with National Calendar prescribed in 1955

The CRC set up to propose a uniform calendar for the whole of India did not exactly achieve its purpose. The task before the Committee was to devise a satisfactory solar calendar first and peg on to it a lunar calendar (1955, Report p. 11). In the end the Committee agreed that its report was a compromise and hoped that further reforms for locating the lunar and solar festivals in the seasons in which they were originally observed will be adopted in future (1955, Report p. 8).

        Completing the Incomplete Calendar Reforms of Nehru Era

The present Government, with its focus on unity and the determination to push through difficult but necessary unifying reforms, such as the revolutionary GST (One Nation, One Tax) [2] and the re-integration of Kashmir, [3] is the most qualified to complete this unfinished business of calendar reform pending since the Nehru era.

Proposed Reforms

The Year

 To be uniform all over India, the National Calendar (Bharat Calendar) should be based on the Tropical Zodiac, with the new year beginning on the March Equinox.

Properly speaking, the year begins when day and night are equal – the Equinox in March. The year will begin at the Tropical Zodiac zero point (March Equinox), Aries, which remains fixed each year for the Earth, and from this measurement the opposite September Equinox and the Solstices will be derived. The upward journey of the twelve months starts from that Zero Point; it is that very same Zero point, or ayanamsha, that initiates the yearly journey as recorded in the Veda. [1]  Year in the Veda means the twelve months of the sacrificial year (the Samvatsara Satra), the twelve periods of the upward journey. [2]

        Four Pillars of the Year – the Solar Festivals

The Tropical Zodiac divides the circle/ecliptic of earth’s journey round the sun into twelve equal portions of 30 degrees each (the 12 solar months).This circle/ecliptic is further divided into four parts marked by the Equinoxes and Solstices, the days and nights of equal and unequal measure, respectively. These four pillars were, and remain, the balancing points of the planet in its journey along the pathway of the year. In the Rig Veda this fourfold division is known as Twashtri’s Bowl. [1]

 The Bharata Calendar should highlight the four pillars; especially the March Equinox and the December Solstice. The zodiacal year begins with the March Equinox and the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, and reaches Capricorn ten months later. Today, as in the Vedic Age, Capricorn (Makar) was not some nebulous region far out in the Constellations; it was, and remains, for India and the world, the December Solstice – the Makar Sankranti, when the Earth begins to experience an increase of the Light. [1,4]  

The CRC also concurred with thse arrangements which ensure that the festivals determined by the sun such as Mahavishuva Sankranti (Equinoxes), Uttarayana Sankranti and Dakshinayana Sankranti would follow astronomically correct seasons. (Report p. 7).

In fact, all festivals (lunar and religious) should follow, like the solar festivals, correct seasons. This takes us to the next measure of reform.  

         Fixing the Dates of Festival in the Correct Season

The CRC stated – The dates of festival have shifted by 23 days from the seasons in which they were being observed till about 1400 year ago as a result of our almanac-makers (lunar calendars) having ignored the precession of the equinoxes. After agreeing that it is desirable to wipe out the entire amount of shift of 23 days at a time, CRC did not actually do so to avoid a break with the established custom (Report p. 7).

Originally, days of festivals were fixed with reference to seasons. Each Season covered two solar months. Bharat Calendar should fix the dates of festival, in the season and solar month in which it was originally observed, derived from the zero point of the March Equinox. This will lead to uniform dates of festivals for all the places in India for all the years to come.

        Why it is important to correctly fix the Dates of Festival

As Sri Aurobindo explains in his “Secret of the Veda” – The vedic year-long sacrifice leads to successive dawns of wider truth. [5] He further says – Certain eternal worlds (states of existence) are these which have to come into being, their doors are opened by the months and the years. [6] Each of the four points in the year (two Equinoxes and two Solstices) is the Maha-Dwara, the main portal; and other festivals are the seasonal doors to the future worlds to be opened on the correct day of the month every year. A door opened on the wrong day of the month will deprive us of the light of a wider truth. That is why, we should celebrate the new year on the March Equinox to open the door to welcome the Dawn of the Year; the Vedic Uttara-Sankranti or modern Makar Sakranti on the day of the winter solstice to open the door to the increasing light after the end of the longest night; and each festival on the correct date to welcome the dawn of wider truth bringing in the future worlds.

Once India re-orients its calendar to the solar year and re-aligns the festivals with the tropical seasons, all Indians will observe all the solar and lunar festivals at the same time throughout India; the mass celebrations will no doubt generate powerful waves of collective energy (like the Thaali-Naad during the lock-down or the Maha-Kumbha). It’s only then that the heart of every Indian will beat to the eternal rhythm of the Mother Earth going around the Sun in her annual pilgrimage, coursing through the seasons in her Samvatsara Satra. And every Indian will be “united in heart, with one and common aspiration, with common mind and companionship” (the concluding hymn – the “Bharat Vakya” of the Rig Veda as translated by Sri Aurobindo). [7]

With best regards

Mukund Ainapure

Convenor – Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom

Refer also to the letter and three books sent to you separately by the Aeon Centre of Cosmology.

[1] The Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom (MRVW) was founded by Thea in 2006, see her Manifesto (The Zero, the Veda, and the Divine Measure of the Year): https://www.aeoncentre.com/movement-for-the-restoration-of-vedic-wisdom/

[2] As a Chartered Accountant, I have written a Text Book on GST for students of Mumbai University. Details at http://www.mananprakashan.com/

[3] Kashmir and the Convergence of Time, Space and Destiny, 2004 by Thea

[4] https://www.aeoncentre.com/calendar/

[5] The victory in the battle against the dark powers is won in twelve periods of the upward journey, represented by the revolution of the twelve months of the sacrificial year, the periods corresponding to the successive dawns of a wider and wider truth, until the tenth secures the victory. Sri Aurobindo, Collected Works of Sri Aurobindo (CWSA), Vol. 15 p. 182. As explained by Thea in the Manifesto, the course of the year carries us to the apex of the journey, the Makar Sankranti, that sacredmost tenth month as measured from the March Equinox when the victory is finally accomplished and the Earth begins to experience an increase of the Light.

[6] Certain eternal worlds (states of existence) are these which have to come into being, their doors are opened by the months and the years. Rig Veda 2.24.5; Sri Aurobindo, Collected Works of Sri Aurobindo (CWSA), Vol. 15 p.179

[7] समानी व आकूतिः समाना हृदयानि वः । समानमस्तु वो मनो यथा वः सुसहासति ॥ 10.191.4; Sri Aurobindo, Collected Works of Sri Aurobindo (CWSA), Vol. 16 p. 182. I have published several e-books on the Rig Veda as interpreted by Sri Aurobindo, available for free download to the public, at https://www.auro-ebooks.com.

Patricia Heidt , Director of ACC , has also written to the  hounourable Prime Minister Modi on this September Equinox.

Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji,

Sub.: Vedic Calendar – the Earth Calendar

          Greetings of Navaratri! Our founder – Thea (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet 1938 – 2016) – would have been so happy to write this as an ardent Mother-worshipper herself. She called her spiritual autobiography detailing her work for the Earth in the light of Sri Aurobindo – ‘The Tenth Day of Victory‘ – Dussehra, in honour of her vision of the Goddess on the day she landed in Mumbai on her way to Pondicherry.    

          In fact, Thea would have been very happy to write to you about the actions you have  taken over the years which have brought Bharat Mata more deeply into her role as ‘soul/centre’ of our Earth. These were the very concerns she held dear to her heart.

         In an early newsletter to her students, in 1991, she explained that Ayodhya  was a rallying point to awaken dormant energies in the nation. [1] We think she must be have been very happy when you laid the foundation stone a few years ago for the Ram Mandir!

        Thea was concerned that the Vedic Way was being attacked from all sides, and in particular she was concerned for the Kashmiri Pundits. In 2003, at the invitation of His Holiness, Jagat Guru Sri Bhagavan Gopinath Ji, she wrote a series of essays for the community review, ‘Prakash’. She published them later in a book, Kashmir and the Convergence of Time, Space and Destiny. In 2019, when you had the courage to lead your government to abrogate Article 370, we at the Aeon Centre of Cosmology (ACC) also joined those in the nation who thanked you.

      And your focus and attention to the purification of the Ganga was deeply appreciated by Thea. Just before her passing in October 2016, she wrote a small book, Ganga, soul of Indian Culture, her descent to Earth. She  wrote that this sacred river holds the secrets to the cosmic connections that are the foundation for the Sanatana Dharma.

Another of Thea’s concerns was the adoption of Vedic Calendar.

         Given her credentials as a well known cosmologist, Thea was invited to deliver a paper at the first National Conference on Hindu Calendar Reform [2] in Tirumala, December 2010.  She reminded the conference that the Vedic Calendar is  based on the natural cosmic harmonies of the Year, on the ‘Vedic journey’ of the Year. It honors the revolution of the Earth around the Sun through the pathway of the ecliptic; it honors the four Cardinal markers of the Equinoxes and Solstices.

        With the rise of science and the loss of the ‘Vedic journey’, the ancient Vedic Calendar was discarded. The sacred duty of time reckoning for the Hindu Samaj was handed over not to astrologers, but to astronomers who are not versed in the Veda; they made the fatal mistake of eliminating the natural year of the Earth’s revolution around the Sun through the pathway of the ecliptic, Thea explained.

       Pundits shifted from the Tropical Zodiac with its Equinoxes and Solstices to the Zodiac out in the Constellations.  This confusion is still at the heart of the problem: the Constellations cannot be used to measure timings for Temple functions or to draw up a horoscope; they are used to measure the large cycles of time, the precession of the Ages.

         Even more important, there are no Solstices or Equinoxes out in the Constellations. There is only one correct day to celebrate India’s national holiday, the entry into Makar/Capricorn – that is on the December Solstice, shortest day of the year. But because Pundits use the wrong zodiac, out in the Constellations, India now celebrates Makar Sankranti 23 days late, on 14 or 15 January. 

        At the time of Independence, the Saka commission was convened by Prime Minister Nehru to devise a calendar acceptable to all communities and sects. The Government did adopt in 1956 an official calendar, it was based on the Gregorian (universal) model to bring the nation in tune with the rest of the world; but even after all these years, it has not attained full acceptance and popularity. The different communities and religions continue to use their own regional calendars and almanacs, out of a sense of wanting a separate identity or to honor their own founders and saints.

     The Earth Calendar honors  the Vedic journey of the year with its Solstices and Equinoxes.  Regional and community holidays are  honoured as well, but the focus is wider: it connects the cosmic journey in the heavens to the inner journey each of us makes, as citizens of Bharat Mata, as we evolve toward what Sri Aurobindo calls the ‘Supramental truth-consciousness’ now unfolding on our earth.  They are one and the same journey.

      India needs to adopt the Earth Calendar as its National Calendar. [3] We are sending you a link to our Earth Calendar (https://www.aeoncentre.com/calendar/). We hope you will see it as a valuable tool not only to retrieve the ‘lost knowledge’ of the Veda, but also as a way to further your third goal for the nation mentioned in your recent speech:  to enhance National Identity. Please see the specific details in a letter Shri Mukund Ainapure is sending to you, as Convenor of the Movement for the Restoration of Vedic Wisdom (a special division of our Aeon Center of Cosmology).

      And healing the divisions of Partition was a matter of utmost importance to Thea. Aeon Centre of Cosmology is preparing now to republish a book which Thea wrote on the cause and purpose of The Partition of India (2009). Our Prayer – in this year of Sri Aurobindo’s 150th birth Anniversary  – is that you and this glorious nation will continue to receive blessings from Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Thea for a reunited India, Akhand Bharat.

Patricia Heidt, PhD, Director,  Aeon Centre of Cosmology

[1]        (https://archive.aeoncentre.com/vishaal/culture-and-cosmos-2-part-3-contintued

[2] (http://puraniccosmologyupdated.blogspot.com/2010/12/importance-of-makar-sankranti-in-hindu.html).

[3]        (https://www.aeoncentre.com/the-earth-calendar-introduction-terms-definitions/).

Patrizia Norelli Bachelet (Thea) Founder and Director, Aeon Trust and Aeon Centre of Cosmology, 1938 - 2016

Aeon Centre of Cosmology (ACC), at Skambha, is located in the Palani Hills of South India. Our Centre was founded by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) on 5 January, 1986. It is supported by Aeon Trust, registered with the Government of India  having 80 G status.

 

Thea passed on 9 October 2016. Her students remain active at ACC and continue to promote her Indo-centric cosmology (www.aeoncentre.com).

To her first Board of Directors Thea wrote:

                  “This is a centre of cosmological/yogic studies, by an applied cosmology, and a practice of Sri Aurobindo’s revolutionary Supramental Yoga… We are discovering and disclosing a completely new path, ‘a new way’.

             ‘This work can be a beacon, a stable point in the midst of a dying civilisation. For this reason I have named the new land Skambha, that Support of the world, sung of in the Arthavaveda, that cosmic pillar, that ‘axis mundi’.” (1987)

 

14 October, 2022

Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji,

Sub.: One India, One Calendar

We have been following your days as you inaugurate the Mahakaleshwar Temple Project in Ujjain. This is a short follow up to our 21 September Equinox letter to tell you we are deeply moved to see you offering darshan and puja within the Temple honouring Lord Shiva.

On this glorious occasion may we also call your attention to something else:  not only have you brought  attention to this Temple as an ancient  centre for devotion to Lord Shiva, but this inauguration highlights the fact that our ancient fathers gave utmost attention to the calculation of time. See attached email by renowned author Amish Tripath who writes that   

          On the summer solstice, the overhead sun fell directly on the tip of the spire atop the Temple, exactly on the beginning of Dakshinaya as the Sun God began the journey South.

        And a very unique feature among the twelve jyotirlingas –  the idol of the Makakaleswar Temple is known to be Dakshinamurthi, facing South.

May we not conclude that the Vedic Civilisation which worshipped Lord Shiva was totally governed by the cosmic harmonies of the earth, Uttarayana and Dakshinyana?

May we not conclude that the annual journey (‘sacrifice’)  which our ancient civilisation took round the sun was rooted in the ecliptic path supported by the four cardinal pillars of the Earth – the Solstices and Equinoxes?

What has changed?

By the 6th century CE, Varahamira – astrologer and mathematician who made Ujjain his home –  corrected the Hindu calendar, writes noted cosmologist Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet/Thea (The Vishaal Newsletter, April 1993). She explains that by this time the Vedic realisation had  declined and become a thing of the past. Science separated from the sacred and the calendar used by that ancient civilisation underwent a major change.

Measurements for temple timings shifted out to the constellations. No longer was  the annual journey of the nation rooted in the  ecliptic path around our Earth, supported by the four cardinal pillars of the Solstices and Equinoxes.

                    Dear Prime Minister,

                   We believe the people of the Indian nation need to understand what is at stake now, and take advantage of your  vision and your efforts. They need to understand that Temple Timings should follow the Vedic Calendar of our ancient Fathers.

                   Currently, celebration of Earth’s entry into Cancer (Dakshinayan) and  entry into Capricorn/Makar (Uttarayan) are determined by the Constellations, not by the Tropical Zodiac. They are celebrated 23 days late!

                    The Solstices have to be set right, and  brought into harmony with a Calendar based on the Tropical Zodiac, not a    Constellational Zodiac.

 I am hopeful you will support our suggestion for a National Calendar (a Vedic Calendar); for a  calendar  that functions as it did for our ancient fathers –  one that shaped their lives and revealed the deep union  they had with the Earth. https://www.aeoncentre.com/the-earth-calendar-introduction-terms-definitions/

Our best regards,

Patricia Heidt, PhD, Director, Aeon Centre of Cosmology

Patrizia Norelli Bachelet (Thea) Founder and Director, Aeon Trust and Aeon Centre of Cosmology, 1938 - 2016

Aeon Centre of Cosmology (ACC), at Skambha, is located in the Palani Hills of South India. Our Centre was founded by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) on 5 January, 1986. It is supported by Aeon Trust, registered with the Government of India  having 80 G status.

Thea passed on 9 October 2016. Her students remain active at ACC and continue to promote her Indo-centric cosmology (www.aeoncentre.com).

 

To her first Board of Directors Thea wrote:

This is a centre of cosmological/yogic studies, by an applied cosmology, and a practice of Sri Aurobindo’s revolutionary Supramental Yoga… We are discovering and disclosing a completely new path, ‘a new way’.

          ‘This work can be a beacon, a stable point in the midst of a dying civilisation. For this reason I have named the new land  Skambha, that Support of the world, sung of in the Arthavaveda, that cosmic pillar, that ‘axis mundi’.” (1987)