The Introduction to Time and Imperishability – Essays on the Capricorn Hieroglyph states the problem and explores the cause for the ‘aberration’: although India is Capricorn, the gateway to a higher destiny (Uttaryana) for the Earth, Makar Sankranti is celebrated 23 days after the 21/22 December Solstice, on 15-16 January. The loss of this connection to the cosmic harmonies – to her Divine Measure – has over time caused a progressive decline in the Dharma which India is destined to preserve for the world.
The essays fall into four sections:
Part One: Transcendence and Immanence of the One, Om and the Cosmic Truth, The Implicit Individual
Part Two: The Future of India
Part Three: India’s Diversity in Unity
Part Four: Astrology – New Insights into an Ancient Wisdom, The Zodiac and the Rig Veda, Twashtri’s Bowl, The Vedic Swar- Heaven Upon Earth, Towards National Integration, the Gunas and the Geography of India, Number Power – the Companion of Astrology.
Twashtri’s Bowl: ‘And this bowl of Twashtri new and perfected you made again into four . . . .’ Rig Veda
‘Twastri or Vishwakarma, the Vedic divine architect, fashioned a bowl, it is said. What is the meaning of this act – in the context of the Rig Veda and its relevance for us today, on this planet, and particularly in India? In the previous article a connection was established between the zodiac and the Rig Veda by means of their common focal point, the measure of our year. . . For the ancient rishis the year was not something elusive and insubstantial. It was, as it were, a vessel or a womb upholding and gestating different aspects of creation.’ (pp. 175-176)
‘Time’s function in the material universe is to draw the compact, involved elements held in the Seed to fruition. Time is thus the motor of Consciousness. It draws out and into extension that which arose at the Origin, at the moment of passage of the Unmanifest to the Manifest. This passage is the bridge connecting statics to dynamics. Time is movement, or rather it gives forth a body of itself in the cosmic principle of perpetual motion, or dynamic consciousness . . . Time is the propeller and stands in the inner recesses of material creation and urges, propels it onward to completion, to fulfilment of its inherent purpose . . . .’ (Part I – Transcendence and the Immanence of the One: p. 16)
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The Capricorn Hieroglyph on the map of India: ‘. . . it is known to all students of astrology that tradition states India is ruled by Capricorn. Thus it should not be surprising to find that the sign’s hieroglyph exactly coincides with the nation’s geographical delineation. Yet the perceptive observer will be immediately confronted with questions . . . that demand to be answered, such as: when did this hieroglyph come into being? and where? If it is as ancient as we know, then how could the geography of India have been known at a time when apparently no means existed to allow for its geophysical observation? . . . we are faced with the fact that the two do coincide, and the correspondence is undeniable.’ (The Vedic Swar – Heaven Upon Earth, pp. 186-187