Lest a misunderstanding arise, there is a fundamental point to clarify. It would appear that India’s problem of ‘fault lines’ occurred or began at the time of Partition. However, the opposite would be the case. Partition could occur because integration of the Mother’s gunaic play had been lost much earlier, long before the political division took place in 1947. The actual physical dismem-bering could happen because of atrophy through disuse of her limbs.
Many centuries earlier those gunas were disassociated from the Body by an easily detectable method. A clear signal that this had happened was the disarrangement in the sequence of the gunas themselves. To connect them to the cosmic harmony (and they have no other purpose, it must be stated) as revealed in this series, the progression must be Rajas, Sattva, Tamas. However, as of the past 2500 years, or with the close of the Vedic Age, spirituality on the subcontinent began to incorporate principles of un-Vedic systems. This was then reflected in the order of the Gunas. All scriptures and spiritual texts penned – not necessarily the lived experience – over this post-Vedic period will bear evidence of a certain contamination. At first the infiltration was minimal; but then, as we moved into the 9th Manifestation (234 BCE) and its first astrological age of that 6480-year period, the Age of Pisces, the ‘slow poison’ eventually turned into an unstoppable flood. Spirituality in India came fully under the influence of reformist systems such as Buddhism. And with this development all subsequent philosophies and systems of yoga fell under the same compelling influence. This is reflected in Independent India whose national flag and seal are composed of venerable Buddhist symbols.
The single word to explain the aberration is otherworldliness. Time and again we have provided factual evidence of this development. But in this series the focus is on Partition from the perspective of the new cosmology. No better means have been provided to drive home the point that this contamination, stretching back at least 2000 years, is the direct cause of Partition. And no other discipline but the new cosmology lays bear the truth of what was actually contaminated and its methodology. By a slow and steady poison, the revolutionising method to follow the flow of time and destiny so that the truth of oneness and unity can be manifested, even in negative happenings, was successfully undermined. Indeed, similar to the role of hostile forces in our development as aids along the way (see Part Seven), we note that the means to discover factual proof of the organisation of supramental formulas has been precisely through the negative display of those harmonies. In this manner the aphorism of the New Way is constantly illustrated: the Negative and the Positive serve the purposes of the One.
In this light Partition takes on a profound meaning. Its defining moment occurred twenty-one years after crossing the time demarcation between the former Age of Pisces and the new Aquarian Age (1926). In fact, the serious demands for partition into separate states began, as historical records prove, with the onset of that new age. Sri Aurobindo’s seclusion precisely from 1926 revealed that intense concentration was required on his part to see the passage through successfully, difficult as he knew it would be. And from that time the call for an independent Muslim state became louder and finally irrepressible as the world moved farther and farther into the Age of Aquarius.
This definitive crossing and the resultant dismembering of the once whole Body signalled that Supermind had reached maturity. The labour of the 9th Avatar and his co-worker, the Mother, had succeeded in bringing down the anticipated Formula. The time had arrived when this numeric pattern could become cemented in the Earth atmosphere [see Conclusion] to make possible the extremely difficult Vedic passage, ‘the 9 becomes the 10’. This occurred in the years following Sri Aurobindo’s passing in 1950.
After 1950 another twenty-one years transpired when, as a signal that his mission had been completed successfully, in 1971 the supreme Vedic rahasya could begin to be unveiled. The details of this passage and its results have recently been published [Secrets of the Earth, Aeon Books, 2009] and need not be repeated here. Suffice to state that shortly thereafter, in 1974, the Capricorn symbol-map was revealed. On this factual basis we are able to decipher the extraordinary and unique destiny of Bharat. And above all to reveal just how ancient Akhand Bharat really is. It did not date from the period of the British Raj; rather, that conquest simply brought the destiny fully into the new age by providing an easily comprehensible language to explain the position, – contemporary, but not for that un-Vedic. On the contrary, the new cosmic language is proof that Supermind creates its own conditions for its manifestation. Nothing provides better proof than the Symbol-Map by which falsehood itself can actually be measured.
Before all else we must accept the fact that the process of dismembering was long, slow and steady. Partition in 1947 was simply the signal that the Age of Supermind had arrived, carrying with it the unmistakable proof of its truths and methods which have become our superlative aids – precisely for making whole what the Ignorance had torn asunder.
Foremost in the rectification is the correct understanding of the Gunas, their proper order and the imperative need to understand that they are threefold. Any dislocation and, above all, any elimination of one or the other from the harmony can only result in collapse. They cannot stand alone in the cosmic structure. We find the living proof in Bangladesh and Pakistan. They do manage to survive as independent states, to be sure, but always propped up from the outside, unlike India; failing which they would have collapsed long ago.
It is an interesting exercise to note just how both gunas have operated on their own over the past half a century. The case of Bangladesh is more than clear. It was India that won independence for the erstwhile East Pakistan. In addition, as an independent body it cannot survive without a steady and sizeable influx of foreign aid. This is necessitated largely because of the regular ravages of Mother Nature in this ‘armpit’. The Tamas Guna is inherently connected to the mode of Destruction of the trinity. Without the support of a triune harmony, destruction plays havoc since it is not tempered by energy expressions that can keep it in check, if not entirely transformed into its higher mode of dissolution.
Since 1971 and independence, we see Bangladesh making full use of its character of Tamas. In spite of itself it will fall back on this natural tendency for survival, especially after the formal consolidation of that entry point for invading forces. Thus the British made their way into Akhand Bharat through this Tamas gunaic point. It was not a bombastic entrance as occurred time and again on the western front, – that is, always by military penetration and conquests. Rather, in keeping with the nature of Tamas, infiltration was in a sense camouflaged and deceptive. First came the East India Company – traders not warriors. Finally when the penetrating trade route was secured, the Raj followed and remained as the sole ruler over Akhand Bharat, the ancient land of the Mother. From that time until today Tamas has coloured the area. There was no need for incessant battles and the destruction of symbols of Hinduism as in the West. The method was simply a steady undermining: seeds were planted in the consciousness of the people to destroy confidence in themselves, their culture, their spiritual attainments and the ancient truths; above all their unity under the Vedic banner. This relentless activity took a precise form: the most important educational institutions during the Raj were occidental/Christian, introduced if not by the Raj itself but allowed because of the gap in the Tamas Guna.
An example of how thorough the undermining became is given by Sri Aurobindo’s upbringing in Bengal, right at the entry point. His father sent him to Great Britain for education, as many Indians did during the Raj, but with a telling proviso. The young Ghose brothers were to have no contact with their Indian brethren, or even with Indian culture and languages. Thus, the young Aurobindo spent from the ages of seven to twenty-one completely cut off from India and anything Indian. He was brought up initially in the home of a Christian minister, to add the final touch of anti-Hinduism, whose ‘superstitions’ the British were helping to rid the nation of!
The same methodology is in evidence in the North East today on an increasing scale. Apart from the fact that the area has been thoroughly Christianised, infiltration from across the border is the tool of undermining today. Silent and deceptive, it is there and active before one can even realise its presence; and difficult to locate because it is so all-pervasive and easily camouflaged. The demography has been altered to an almost irreparable degree, and India is forced to stand by as a mere spectator while hordes of hostile forces penetrate, making full use of the Tamas character of the area to conquer by means of collapse, of caving in and a self-destructive turning back on itself as the last guna must indeed do as indicated in the Capricorn symbol-map itself. However, the Symbol-Map also presents a complete gunaic harmony; in which case, the tail-bending (loop) turning back is not a movement against itself; rather, the Capricorn hieroglyph indicates a perfect contained and balanced play of energy because the central body is not a void but a most vital part of the system – indeed, right where the vital organs of the Body are found. Therefore, it has the capacity to sustain the triadic play, just as we would expect of Sattva and Preservation, the supporting quality of Vishnu. To be the Centre of the Earth requires that the Gunas be harmonised and integrated within a contained space, as if in a seed. We will observe further on how this sustenance is lacking and therefore the Tamas section stands cut off and alone, a secure area of penetration for forces hostile to wholeness, to unity, to oneness.
We now turn our attention to the western border and the Rajas Guna, bearing little similarity to the east. If this Guna Map had been available at the time when India was carved up, it would have been obvious that West and East Pakistan would ultimately prove incompatible. Developments on the subcontinent, accelerated by the impulsive Rajas in the west, brought a definitive severance: Rajas and Tamas went their separate ways. As K. S. Munshi explained to Sri Aurobindo (Part Four), this certainly did allow both segments ‘to develop their own separate ways’. But what these ‘ways’ have revealed is that at least where Pakistan is concerned, its energy flow is eastward, and will always remain so. In other words, Pakistan cannot help being obsessed with India from whom it seeks sustenance, as a child from its mother. We note that even its foreign aid is channelled toward creating contentions with India in some form or another. India provides the excuse for all its policies and utilisation of the huge foreign aid it receives, mainly from the USA and China.
With the supramental Keys of Knowledge in this study, the relations between Pakistan and India permit analyses of a very different order than current methods. Of course we realise that the ‘proof’ presented here is not acceptable to academics across the spectrum of various disciplines which, until the formulation of the new cosmology, had been the sole methods utilised. In our view, these methods only skimmed the surface of what India is and means for the world. Their inadequacies are constantly being exposed, the latest being the Jinnah book. Regularly publications appear, sometimes causing a flutter, but they are unable to present that Big Picture as it is hoped this study can do. For this purpose we have turned to the cosmic harmony solely, but of course armed with the proper tools to be able to make sense of that Harmony. Because that sense was lost, degeneration set in. When spirituality veered from its Vedic moorings to become focussed on otherworldliness, the subsequent collapse became inevitable. That collapse is consistent, coherent and revelatory. From all angles we are drawn to the same conclusion: the Earth-centred discipline of the Vedic Age, upon which an entire civilisation found support, gave way to the lure of the Beyond and the tactic of escapism. This shift became consolidated further on in what was always the most binding element for all major civilisations, past and present: the calendar used by the majority of the population and which governs, above all, its collective cultural experience. In India’s case it would be the calendar used by over 80% of the population; it is reasonable to note that the area most susceptible to the final and definitive coup-de-grâce was the method and rationale behind its calendar computation. Indeed, this did come to pass and efficiently dispersed the energies of the majority. Truly, divide-and-rule!
Historic records indicate that in Al Biruni’s time the true Vedic calendar was still in use. This was the 12th Century. But his recommendations seem to have set in motion its final demise. Today 80% of the population cannot ‘get its act together’, even in so simple a matter as the correct Makar Sankranti. Moreover, all have lost sight of what the true function of a calendar must be. Hindus have been systematically undermined to become second-class citizens in the very country where they are in the majority, by this strategy of a calendric divide-and-rule. Indeed, the degeneration and loss of a higher understanding appears to have been so thorough that when presented with facts that suggest the need for a return to the time-tested Vedic measure, complaints are heard that the actual calendar reflects more accurately the ‘wonderful diversity that is India’! Any attempt to introduce what these champions of ‘diversity’ equate with uniformity is vehemently opposed.
Lamentably, this has been the attitude of nationalist forces as well, those who we would expect to champion these Vedic prescriptions. Instead they label our struggle as somehow ‘anti-Hindu’! They oppose vociferously these campaigns on the grounds that this is another infiltration of a ‘foreign’ power to undermine Indian culture! None have the depth of thought to grasp what this ‘phobia’ against change and all things foreign really means and the harm it has done to India. Thus, the Vedic calendar is opposed because it is thought to be of Christian origin, a false premise in itself. Nor is there in evidence a consciousness of unity that allows one to distinguish between unity and uniformity. The country is confused by distortions of all sorts, of all values that were once known to be right and true. There are twists, knots and paralyses, all of which undermine attempts at bringing back a higher order based on eternal values free from the contamination we observe today. Those values and principles are watered down to become all things to all men. But the Vedic Way is absolute, though not at all dogmatic and closed to change according to the demands of the Time-Spirit.
Higher issues such as the right calendar for Hindus must be left to persons of proven higher knowledge and not to the vested interests of almanac publishers who can be easily misled because of, precisely, those infamous vested interests.
Entries through Rajas by conquering armies brought also the seeds that set in motion the destruction of the Vedic Calendar, as we have noted. Yet India is caught in a bind in the effort to be ‘secular’. Thus, military conquerors like Babar are given pride of place in history. Monuments such as mosques erected after destroying temples in certain key places as the birthplace of none other than Ramavatar are a case in point. No one questions why Hindus were so incensed by the mosque at Ayodhya, above all others. However, in a society where truly all are equal, the Hindu lament would have been heard long ago and places sacred at least to the Epic Heroes would have been understood for what they are. Erecting a monument of conquest at those sites seems to have been intended to deal a fatal blow at the heart of the civilisation. Babar was not a holy man; he was a general, a military man, a conqueror. His mosque at Ayodhya struck a blow deep into the Hindu psyche. Yet, why is he honoured more than Ramavatar? Why is this not understood?
If such had been the case, if eternal truths had not been sacrificed at the altar of the shallowness of a contemporary secularism, the forceful destruction at Ayodhya would never have occurred. A monument of conquest cannot be equated with a holy site sanctified by the consciousness of perhaps a Sufi or a Muslim saint or savant who might have inspired its construction, as we find in so many cherished places on the subcontinent. Thus, Ayodhya, the legendary birthplace of Ramavatar, has become synonymous with shame rather than glory. But how will history pass judgement when all sides will be heard including this new cosmology? It could have been a rallying point for a conclusive reconciliation to compensate for hegemonic acts by those rajasic forces that saw it fit time and again to trample upon the most extraordinary repositories of the cosmic harmonies ever conceived by the human mind – the Hindu temple, some 30,000 of them. One for thirty thousand? That seemed a fair enough deal by any standard.
The nature of the Rajas Guna when it stands alone does not require further elaboration. We have historic evidence in the form of Pakistan since Partition to assess how Rajas acts when it pretends to be sufficient unto itself. Particularly important to note is the direction of the gunaic flow eastward, which can explain Pakistan’s obsession with India and its insatiable desire to treacherously snatch up more territory from the main Body – once again seeking to add salt to old wounds by claiming just ownership rights over Kashmir simply because its population is now mainly Muslim, – that is, after relatively recent conquests, conversions, and now relentless ethnic cleansings. But this ‘majority right’ covers only the briefest period of the evolution of consciousness on the subcontinent. From ancient times into the present, Kashmir has been perhaps the most sacred portion of India. After all, it is the abode of Mahakala, of Shiva himself. And it contains the invincible Eye of Shiva (76º longitude) from where the Dharma receives its sustenance [see Kashmir and the Convergence of Time, Space and Destiny, Aeon Books, 2004]. However, for India to hold her own in the face of Pakistan’s perfidy, she must first be convinced of these ancient truths, and she must realise that the Avatar in this 9th Manifestation comes as Shiva. Perhaps this will help us understand why Kashmir is so hotly contested, and also why India must never relent, and take back what is rightfully her own.
As for the Tail of the Symbol-Map fully within Tamas, briefly, the closed and cut-off condition of Burma is consistent with the fact that a tail is moved by the body to which it is attached. Burma is as if in a state of limbo. Without a connection, however loosely, to the rest of the Symbol and integrated with the other Gunas, it is simply trapped by its own irrelevancy.
To conclude, we must discuss the Sattva Guna, most of which falls in central Bharat. Succinctly, if we wish to comprehend India’s infirmities, her inability to ‘win the peace’, her almost complete paralysis in the face of that bombastic rajasic force hurled at her time and again, we have to lay the blame at the feet of Yogis who came at the close of the Vedic Age and inculcated securely the notion of Escape. Thus Sattva was per force extolled above all others, and then came to displace its companions in the threefold harmony. The result of this spiritual misstep is exactly what we have today: an India of only Sattva, both in the dimensions of its evolving collective consciousness as well as its physical contours. She has no one else to blame for this sorry state of affairs but her own ‘wisemen’ who, in the words of the poet, ‘shall talk and sleep’ as ‘God grows up’… [Savitri, Sri Aurobindo: ‘God shall grow up while the wisemen talk and sleep.’].
Arms have been severed from the multi-limbed Goddess. How then can she guide her own children and the world successfully through these tumultuous times without those indispensable limbs and a body whole and complete?