Ganga - Soul of Indian Culture
Thea’s ‘Task’: to Reinstate the Zodiac
On Sri Aurobindo’s Mahasamadi Day, 2015, Thea sent a message to her students and friends, telling them what a fulfilling experience she had during the writing of ‘Ganga’ (Ganga, Soul of India – her Descent to Earth, published monograph, 2015): (it was) ‘sort of an act of completion, encapsulating what it is that I have come to this Earth, to India, to do.’ In case there is any doubt (about my incarnation), she adds: ‘it is to re-instate and re-establish the knowledge of the zodiac.‘ (Thea, The Ultimate Rahasya – unpublished message from Thea, 5 December 2015).
She reminds her students that it is only fitting, now in 2015, Ganga’s ‘very measurements’ have the last word because Capricorn has been at the heart of the Knowledge from the very start. It was In 1974, just after the Mother’s passing, while Thea was writing The Gnostic Circle that she asked for a ‘sign’ – ‘that the things she was seeing about the destiny of India would be fulfilled’ in spite of the reigning ignorance.
The ‘sign’ she received (image right) formed the foundation for her Indocentric Cosmology and all that was to follow (The Gnostic Circle, 4th ed, p. 79). The Capricorn hieroglyph superimposed on Akhand Bharat, the ‘whole and undivided’ Indian landmass , with such perfect fit, is the symbol of India in the new Age of Supermind.
She also reminds her students that the grand strategy of the Asuric forces has been to eliminate the knowledge which underlies the Sanatan Dharma from Indian culture, just as they had successfully done elsewhere: in Egypt (only the Pyramids and the Sphinx remain), and in Greece, crushing the Goddess Worship at the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries at Crete.
They could not eliminate nor destroy that knowledge in India, thankfully; it was fully elaborated in the Temples that remained undestroyed, particularly in the South, and it lives on in Indian iconography and Myth.
Thea states her task was to Update the knowledge that went underground, so to speak; she was entrusted with a special yoga: to ‘re-instate the knowledge of the Sanatan Dharma, which is contained in the ever-renewing Zodiac.’ After all, her own birthday, 5 January, is written in Ganga’s measurements, as we would see ( see Part Three of this theme).
To make her point about the eternal (Sanatan) nature of the Dharma, she calls attention to the central Deity of the Chidambaram Temple in the South. ‘Sanatan’ implies that Time and Movement are the foundation stones, and who better than Shiva Nataraj to give testimony to this:
‘… after all, the Chidambaram Rahasya is not as indecipherable as everyone thinks. Of course if you lose the key to Movement, it does indeed become inscrutable. But who is the central Deity of Chidambaram (Temple): Shiva Nataraj. Is there any better way to honour movement than by creating a structure bearing testimony to the sanctity of that which moves? ‘
Thea laments that ‘India has lost the key’ to the cosmic meaning of Shiva Nataraj, who is TIME, who is Movement, who is Becoming. ‘A heavenly peace’ or ‘statics’ as she calls it, has displaced ‘movement’; this plays itself out in a variety of ways, primarily in India’s Calendar for the timing of festivals. The 21/22 December Solstice has been separated, or ‘de-linked’, from Entry into Capricorn. The festival in India is no longer celebrated on the Solstice; it is dishonoured and ‘torn apart’ by being celebrated 23 days late on 15 January every year.
Thea hopes that clear-thinking seekers will come together and study her recently published Ganga Monograph and embrace the knowledge while rectification is still possible.
Ganga embodies the spirit of Bharat to a greater degree than all other Puranic deities…there is veritably an entire ‘science’ contained in the myth that becomes its own authority…’. The descent of Ganga’s waters from Heaven to Earth is like ‘a massive Aorta that supplies the entire nation with a psychic essence…’ Thea proclaims; ‘… she is the bloodline of the Dharma…’. (Ganga, op cit, pp. 3-4).
Even more important than the nourishment her waters supply to millions of people in India, ‘she provides secrets to the correct cosmic connection so essential for the Sanatana Dharma to maintain.’(ibid ). And yet, despite being the repository of the most comprehensive knowledge found worldwide, the Ganga myth is often referred to as ‘a quaint tale’ or as ‘superstition’.
Perhaps enough is enough. Thea refers to the Uttarakand floods in 2013 which resulted in landslides, breaching, and flash flooding downstream with such destruction that even ‘the mighty Shiva himself could not mitigate the impact any longer’.
She asks, can we take this as ‘a sign’ that Ganga is calling out to the people of India. Is this the time for the nation to examine what they may have been missing – Ganga’s real value and purpose as ‘soul of the culture?’ (ibid)
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Thea starts by defining one of the basic tenets in Ganga’s mythology, the Descent of the Goddess from the celestial spheres to Earth: Ganga, at the request of Bhagiratha, comes down to Earth and because her waters are so forceful, Lord Shiva holds them in his matted locks, safely releasing them in small streams of water.
‘… it is understood that she (Ganga) can be located in the celestial sphere with precision’, Thea states (ibid, pp 4 – 5). She uses a methodology known as the system of Correspondence and Equivalence (*See End Note 1), the same used by the Vedic Rishis when writing about the cosmos: the part is equal to the whole, or ‘As Above So Below’:
Heaven is equal to Earth – both are found within the one circle of 360 degrees.
Heaven would be the ‘celestial sphere or the circumscribing cosmic harmony’.
Shiva would be our earthly Mount Kailash.
The circle of 360 degrees is divided by longitude and latitude into 30 degree clusters and each of these 30 degree clusters is a part of the Zodiac.
Thea roots her exploration in the Rig Veda, quoting verse 1, 154, 48: ‘The ancients handed down a script of enduring relevance that preserves the wisdom of the Rishis for us, so that we can read the meaning or knowledge content of each of the 360 degrees (or pegs), and each cluster of 30 degrees (12 spokes). That script is the Zodiac, with its hieroglyphs and pictographs of everlasting significance.’ (ibid, p 5)
Twelve spokes, one wheel, navels three
Who can comprehend this?
On it are placed together
Three hundred and sixty like pegs
They shake not in the least.’
She draws attention to the current Narayana system used in Hindu Temples for timing of rituals, where the Nakshatras are used in favor of the 12 segments of the Tropical Zodiac. There is no knowledge content in the Nakshatras, she emphsises, they are simply named after the brightest star in the grouping, with no sacred content (ibid, p.6).
In contrast, the Tropical Zodiac is the twelve stage Initiate’s journey. It was the ‘axis’ or pivotal element in the Vedic ‘Sacrifice’ because the zodiac was so familiar to the spiritual elite, they made easy reference to it throughout the sacred texts (*see Endnote2). This knowledge, once so extensive, is now lost.
The ‘journey’ is the basic theme of the Rig Vedic hymns, it is undertaken during the ‘measure of a Year’, the time it takes for our Earth to orbit the Sun. This was the 12 stage ‘sacrifice’ placed on their Altar; the sacred journey becomes the symbol of the soul’s unveiling, i.e., the time for the ‘initiate’ to go within and find his/her own relationship to the Divine and to the community (Swadharma). This is evident in the verse below:
‘Certain eternal worlds… 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 that Brahmanaspati makes manifest to knowledge.’ (RV II,24.5)
The Rishi sang of the months of the year as gateways or ‘doors’ to ‘certain eternal worlds’, and it is Brahmanaspati (the planet Jupiter), who can open (or shut) them to the Initiate on the journey. ‘Eternal worlds’ is reference to precise systems of knowledge and wisdom known to the ancient fathers, ever recurring (without effort) through the cycles of the months and years.
The Vedic journey in the verse above, opens in (the month of) Aries, first sign of the Zodiac, with Agni – ‘Leader of the hosts’, as he is known in the Veda; and it was ten months later that the Aryan warrior achieved the ‘victory’ (of the knowledge), in the month/sign of Capricorn. Each sign of the zodiac or month of the journey, is a symbol of movement, or progression in consciousness, a continuous opening of the ‘seeing Eye’, or soul within.
Heaven Descends Through Ganga’s Earth Measure
The location of Ganga’s descent to Earth can be accurately measured on the globe, ‘just as the Rig Veda verses prescribe’ (ibid, p. 11). Thea’s Cosmic Ruler is the means to ‘measure the ‘unmeasurable’ – to bring that which is ‘up there’, ‘in heaven’ down to our Earth, through the simple tool of longitude (*see End Note 3).
Thea lays the Zodiac across the Earth globe (right), the measure starts at 0 degrees Greenwich on the west side. It crosses the international Dateline at 180 degrees, and continues till the 360th degree returns on the east side, the original starting point at 0 degree Aries.
To penetrate more deeply into the myth, Thea follows the River’s actual geography on the map; the Ganga covers 12 degrees of longitude:
Measurement (below) starts at the mouths in the Bay of Bengal – Zero degrees Capricorn.
Follow the river inland to the source – Gaumukh, at 12 degrees Capricorn, where the Source of the Ganges is located.
Continue to measure 3 more degrees to Mt. Kailash where the Ganges ‘alights’ at 15 degrees Capricorn.
Each of these points of descent correspond to a date on the Calendar (below): Ganga alights at 15 degrees Capricorn which corresponds to 5 January; the river surfaces at Gaumukh at 12 degrees which corresponds to 3 January and she then flows to her mouths at the Bay of Bengal, – 0 degrees Capricorn, which is 21/22 December every year.
The Sun’s transit into Capricorn happens on one day only, the shortest day of the year, the Makar Sankranti, 21/22 December. Thea’s graphic shows that the mouths of the Ganga River are located at 91 degrees longitude – this corresponds to the Calendar date of 21/22 December, the solstice, Makar Sankranti.
This festival was honoured in most ancient cultures and considered sacred : it is the day the Mahabarata begins, the same day Bhishma chose to leave his body. Our ancient fathers knew ‘this shortest day offered a conscious passage to Swar, the solar realm of the Immortals.’ (ibid, p. 15)
But Ganga’s descent has degenerated into ‘a quaint tale’ devoid of the science she encapsulates. Astronomers have convinced Hindus into believing ‘makar has shifted’ (*see End Notes 4, 5, 6). The Nirayana System currently used by temple pundits does NOT make use of the Tropical Zodiac with its Equinoxes and Solstices. They measure in the WRONG circle, the constellations, where there is no one stable starting point (ayanamsha).
Unfortunately the Hindu Calendar Committee, in 1953 (*see End Note 7), cemented in place the wrong date for celebrating Makar Sankranti. ‘A mistaken measurement is worse than no measurement at all’ (ibid, p 25), but no one seems to know the difference, or understand the ’conspiracy foisted on India’.
Thea concludes (Summary, p. 27) that it is futile to use the tools of contemporary science to measure the ancient knowledge, ‘science of old’ was based on a different vision. She has demonstrated, with Ganga’s mythology, how to use the tools of the Vedic Rishis which are based on the cosmic harmonies and the 12-part Tropical Zodiac.
Is there any doubt that Ganga is ‘a living being’, with her own geo-cosmology? Her flowing waters empty into the Bay of Bengal and are meant for the entire planet, not for India alone. The ‘script’ which the ancients preserved in the tropical zodiac can be the foundation to form a whole new area of study, ‘whereby Cosmos and Earth are joined to sing the praises of a purposeful Earth…’ (ibid, p. 21) This is the key to renewal of the Dharma.
Ganga in our Contemporary World - the Kumbha Mela
The complete map of the Earth with the Zodiac laid horizontally (longitude) and vertically (latitude) provides another astonishing and conclusive proof of India’s Capricorn essence – Makar converges in both directions on the nation (ibid, p. 14).
The reader (and student of cosmic harmonies) is directed to Theme 3 on this Website, where Thea applies her tools of the Science of the Sacred to the topic of partition of India (Thea, Partition of India, her Cause, her Purpose, 2009). The Postscript addresses the Kumbha Mela, a festival time when devotees, saints and sadus have gathered on Ganga’s shores from time immemorial, to immerse themselves in her holy waters.
The Mela is a ‘solar event’ which honours the River Goddess, and when her timings connect with the cosmic harmonies, there is no dispute about the ‘correct ayanamsha’: ‘there is only one, not many’.
Otherwise, this sacred function is converted into a ‘religious’ function with ‘no grounding in the astrological sciences that honour the Sun and the true Vedic Cosmology’. (Thea, The Time Has Come – a Message to India, 2)
‘…the Mela should start on the real Makar Sankranti, 21/22 December Solstice (certainly not 23 days later, on 15 January), continue to Ganga’s source in Capricorn, 3 January, and from there into Kumbha/Aquarius, the next sign thereafter’ (Partition of India Postscript, op cit – see Theme 3).
Unfortunately, the Kumbha Mela does not begin on the real Makar Sankranti; and as Thea writes, each time the celebration opens on the wrong date, the false date becomes further strengthened (see End Note 8).
What is at stake? We are at a ‘crossroads of destiny’, Sri Aurobindo emphsised that a century ago, and it has only become more obvious. Our moral and ethical codes are crumbling throughout the world, and there is no way of halting the madness on an individual basis. The destructive powers are so colossal that only a ‘collective breakthrough’ can be a counterbalance; that is why ‘my call for millions who attend the Kumbha Mela to insist on the correct alignment with the cosmic truth’, Thea writes (The Choice of Cosmic Truth or Superstition – Message to India 3).
Thea asks us to consider these questions:
- How would the Hostiles (dark forces) contend with the unparalleled consolidated energies of ten million Hindus gathered at the sacred confluence not only for their personal salvation but knowingly there to save the Earth and her embodied soul that is India?
- How would the falsehood of the Partition contend with an influx of unified energies from a Kumbha Mela accurately joined to the heavenly Harmony?
- Who could withstand the power of the celestial Ganga drawn down to meet her Earthly counterpart through precise measurements of Time and Destiny as encapsulated in the Vedic Cosmic Truth of old and eternally valid, the true sanatana dharma?
Ganga has given us a message:
Here, in iconography, (Thea, Ganga, Soul of Indian Culture, op cit, p. 2) the mighty Shiva is bringing Ganga’s forceful waters down to Earth, releasing them as streams of knowledge, carefully controlled by Time. His left hand holds down the dwarf of ignorance, ‘apasmara’.
So too, the Ganga Monograph, is giving a message. Thea, whose 5 January birthday is written into the measurements (Ganga alights on Mount Kailash on 5 January), has accomplished her task: she has reinstated the Tropical Zodiac with its four divisions of the Equinoxes and Solstices – our great ‘aid’ in these contemporary times to dispel ‘the dwarf of ignorance’.
She has followed the lead of Sri Aurobindo, 9th Evolutionary Avatar, who has come to ‘reset the cosmic clock’, that is to reconnect us to the cosmic harmonies of our Earth. However, if our seeing is out of focus, naturally we will not be able to recognize him when he comes, without the support of Vishnu’s line, the Sanatan Dharma is not ‘eternal’.
End Note 1:
‘The Vedic approach is essentially one of equivalency and correspondences. I never tire of explaining this self-evident fact. The Hermetic axiom is of the same order: As Above, so Below. Therefore, the question would be to understand these laws and how to apply them…’ (Thea, A Message for Astrologers, see References)
End Note 2:
‘…Therefore the Rishis sang of the months of the year as ‘doors’ that had to be opened to enter those ‘eternal worlds’. The point of this essay is that by realizing this connection and by rehabilitating this ancient body of Knowledge (the zodiac) in consonance with our present stage of evolution and in the midst of the great transition we are experiencing as a species, we are in effect collaborating in the manifestation of the truth-essence of these higher planes. This is the proverbial marriage of Heaven and Earth – more specifically, to use the Vedic and Biblical phrase: a new Heaven and a new Earth. It is this newness that we concerned with, a rediscovery in the present which alone can make ‘all things new’. (Thea, Myth, the Vision of the Real, The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 1, no 2, See References).
End Note 3:
The Rise and Establishment of Separatism:
‘Following closely upon the heels of the separation between this world and that, this Earth and that Heaven beyond, the same distinction was played out in certain key areas of Vedic sciences. Astrology (jyotish) was the first and most important. With the contribution of the scientific trio, Aryabharat, Varahamihira, and Bhaskara, among others, the split between astronomy and astrology became fixed – similar to the fixed and unchanging point in the sky which was the reference point of all subsequent astrological calculations after Varahamihira’s rectification of the calendar…
The importance of a text such as the Brihat Samhita lies in the fact that it reveals unequivocally the Earth-oriented character of the Vedic spirit. I am not concerned with the ‘science’; but simply that this and similar texts indicate in no uncertain terms that for the Vedic Seers ‘heaven’ was not removed to another dimension accessible only through the practice of Yoga which was necessarily out of bounds for the ordinary mortal. It was a reality of our planetary abode – I repeat, a measurable space on the body of the Earth herself. These texts therefore display this intrinsic perception of oneness by the fact that they document the sense the sage was able to perceive in everything that went into the composition of his culture and civilsation…’
In addition to the above, Varahamahira’s compilation from older texts shows us that the synthesis of various disciplines, various features of the culture, was possible because the backdrop was always the cosmic harmony, then as now.
For this is the salient feature of the eternal Dharma, it is eternal by virtue of the fact that it is grounded in that eternally unfolding cosmic harmony. As long as the cosmos lives, the Truth lives on…’ (Thea, Culture and Cosmos – 3, The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 8, no. 1, see references)
End Note 4:
‘The purpose of our Earth, according to all orthodox religions, is to be a ‘springboard’ to a Beyond, a place to work out karmic debts or to expiate one’s sins. In contrast, the ancient Veda offers another destiny of our Earth, and India is central. ‘The key is given in the zodiacal script and its ecliptic measure, In the Veda this is described as ‘the higher seat of our self-accomplishing’ or the pathway where ‘the many-horned herds of Light go travelling’. . This is the path of 12 divided into 4, i.e., resting on the four Cardinal Poles of the equinoxes and solstices.’ (Thea, Partition of India, Postscript, op cit)
In the early text of the Brihad Samitra, there is no mention of a need for corrections to determining the date of this festival (Kumbha Mela) due to the shifting of the constellations (as Al Biruni suggested in his travel book, India). Varahamihira gives two keys to connect us to the cosmic harmonies: the March Equinox, Mahavhishuva and the December Solstice, shortest day, Makar Sankranti , which falls nine months later.’ (ibid)
End Note 5:
‘…The Ankhor Vat plan uses the Tropical Solar Year as the Measure with its equinoxes and solstices, just as in the Vedic Age and well into the 12th century, the time when Ankhor complex was constructed.
Interestingly, it was at this very time that Al Biruni, the Arab scholar, was travelling in India and translating Hindu texts on astrology and cosmology into Arabic. The undermining of the Vedic prescription seems to have begun then, for we have his own words to substantiate this statement: ‘The solstice has kept its place, but the constellations have migrated just the very opposite of what Varaha has fancied.’ (India, 11, p. 7). Al Biruni implies what post-Vedic astrologers sustain today: Capricorn is ‘not there where once it was’, but with their floating constellations they are chasing a phantom because Capricorn is not ‘out there’, disregarding the Earth’s harmonies and rhythms.
What is even more interesting to note is that through his translations of the Hindu texts, Al Biruni was responsible for the adoption of the Vedic method of horoscopy in the West, while suggesting the sidereal method for pundits of the subcontent! But the final, total eclipse of the Vedic Tropical Year in India occurred closer to our times. This was the definitive adoption of the Nirayana system in lieu of the Vedic. Interestingly, it was supplanted on the subcontinent just as Science gained the upper hand over the sacred and the division was then complete.’ (Thea, Puranic Cosmology Updated no. 8, see References)
End Note 6
‘Let us penetrate more deeply into this vexatious issue and discover why this is so? Why do astronomers prefer the constellations (image below -outer circle) rather than the time-tested fourfold Equinoxes and Solstices, markers of our seasons (inner circle – image below)? If we wish to be charitable, the simple reason could be that the constellations consist of stars which can be seen with the naked eye for the most part; they satisfy far more the demand for tangibility than the tropical zodiac with its arbitrary division of the ecliptic plane into 12 parts – hardly arbitrary when we consider that the 12 are Aditi’s sons, but this ‘seeing requires an opening to the soul’s light rather than just the physical.
After all, scientists would argue, ‘there is nothing there’, a plane yes, but empty and unable to justify the ancient call for the ecliptic plane to be divided into 12 ‘steady and unshifting’parts. Contemporary science, so tightly closeted in the cage of physicality, has disregarded perhaps the single-most distinguishing feature of life on Earth – nights and days of equal and unequal measure – and opted for projecting the measuring Eye out to the distant stars where there are no such balancing pillars, with no other argument to support this uniquely Indian aberration than its monopoly over measure (see graphic left).
They brush over the fact that the pictographs of the zodiac which they project onto the clusters of stars do not provide a neat 30 degrees for the benefit of calculating the months they cover and connecting them to the months of the universal calendar; their respective degrees vary wildly. The constellations are larger and smaller and therefore the connection cannot be done satisfactorily, without fudging as it were.
And this provides another insight into the sacred arts: it is measure that matters and the lived experience – that is, the days and nights balanced firmly on the four pillars of the Cardinal Points. This is described accurately in the Rig Veda as the ‘circle that shakes not’. Why have astrologers succumbed to this illogical imposition without even a whimper? (Thea, The New Order is Born, see References)
End Note 7
‘… The problem, the factor that ‘disunites’ the energies of 80% of the population – truly a brilliant divide and rule policy – is that there is no such calendar in use capable of empirical verification and absolutely faithful to the ancient Vedic tradition, which alone was eternal because the cosmos is eternal wherefrom these reckonings are done. Thanks to the official adoption of the Nirayana system of computation for all Hindu observances by the Calendar Reform Committee in 1953, Hindus are bound to this method that does nothing to unite those energies and has no basis in the Veda, but which serves to foster vested interests of almanac writers whose livelihood depends on proffering different timings, at least a dozen or so… ‘ Thea, Unity and the Hindu Samaj, unpublished article to students, 2010)
End Note 8
‘…Millions of Hindus celebrate this astrological event (the Kumbha Mela) at Allahabad precisely during the month of the Aquarian Kumbha. But the point is missed when the oneness is overlooked between the ‘water’ he carries in his kumbha and those the heavenly Ganga releases periodically upon Earth – provided the correct anchoring is done in calendrical/zodiacal time to permit reception of the River-Goddess’ boundless grace, just as the myth describes. The ‘jug’ is filled with her beneficent, re-vitalising energies; therefore her sign, Capricorn, precedes Aquarius in the wheel and the celebration should rightfully begin in her period – more specifically, when her sacred Source is reached in our annual zodiacal time-journey. This is January 3rd in calendar time each year, or when the Sun is seen to occupy the 12th degree of the sign. As centre, India can bridge the heavens to engage in this replenishing directly from the Source. (The New Way, Vol.2, Chapter 9, Aeon Books, 1981) See References
References: Ganga The Soul Of Indian Culture
‘The Kumbha Mela is a celebration meant to be the occasion for India to re-vitalise not only herself but the entire world through those blessed ‘waters’ of the River Goddesses. But instead, what do we have? Contact has been lost with the channel through which the grace may flow and bathe the entire world. Having lost its cosmic scope, the mela at Allahabad can only serve the individuals who attend. It is no longer true to its original purpose, true to its Dharma; objective knowledge of the Vedic order is now absent. In a word, it has been transformed into a purely religious function of Hindus at the service of their personal salvation.’
‘Sri/ Aurobindo was born nine years after the Swami. He had a similar lament. In his seminal work, The Secret of the Veda, he wrote: ‘…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.’ But while recognising the degeneration that had set in he did not throw the ‘baby out with the bathwater’, as some sought to do. He was passionate about the source of Hinduism as revealed in his major opus cited above. His aim was to reveal its psycho-spiritual ‘secret’ in the effort to restore that ‘soul of knowledge’ in those new foundations of Hinduism which Swami Vivekananda had foreseen.
‘My reason for sending out this message to astrologers (in India) is that calendars have appeared which are held by their creators as the true and only Vedic calendars; yet in my view their shortcomings are very serious and will necessarily contribute to distancing the art from those roots to an even greater degree perhaps than the Nirayana system. As you all know, the Nirayana system uses the distant sidereal circle of the heavens to construct a horoscope or to determine the time for rituals…’ Thea concludes her ‘message’ by stating that when the measurements are done in the wrong circle (out in the constellations), the entire exercise is divested from its Vedic moorings.
‘…the 12 signs (of the Tropical Zodiac) covering the twelve months of our Earth year were known to the Vedic Rishis, who placed this same Year, divided into 12 and bearing the same symbols for the most part, on the central altar of their sacrifice. In The Magical Carousel, (Chapter 1, Aries) without knowing the ancient text, I presented the same vision. In it, ‘Indra’ appears in the same form of a Ram with golden horns: ‘Suddenly from the distance a horn sounds and they [Val and Pom-Pom] hear the thunder of great galloping hoofs, interrupted every now and then by the loudest of bangs; the horns bellow out, then the hoofs, next the bangs, – all sparked by the cracking sounds of a whip…’ (see The Magical Carousel and Commentaries, pp. 7-8).
‘When the undermining (of the Vedic Way) had reached a substantial degree, Swar was then otherworldly. It could not cease to exist but it could be diminished in material, tangible relevance… The celestial wheel itself was dismembered. That is, three of its four segments, demarcated in time and space by the four Cardinal points, were Earthbound; but the fourth was in heaven, beyond this existence (see graphic). Consequently the measure of that segment was lost. The Gateway to Capricorn being located ‘in heaven’ was gradually seen to lose its connection with the solstice axis…’
‘…for we have Al Biruni’s own words to substantiate this statement: ‘The solstice has kept its place, but the constellations have migrated just the very opposite of what Varaha has fancied.’ (India, 11, p. 7). Al Biruni implies what post-Vedic astrologers sustain today: Capricorn is ‘not there where once it was’, but with their floating constellations they are chasing a phantom because Capricorn is not ‘out there’, disregarding the Earth’s harmonies and rhythms.’
‘Capricorn of the tropical zodiac cannot be separated from the shortest day of the year, the December Solstice which is the legitimate uttarayana, the north Cardinal Pole. This is sacrosanct in all higher studies of cosmic harmonies throughout the world; but only in India, with Capricorn as her astrological ruler, have the two been separated, therefore making the aberration especially damaging…. Over the centuries Al Biruni’s influence has finally borne fruit when the entire nation now believes, and science steps in to ‘prove’, that Makar is no longer connected to the Solstice, the shortest day of the year and the only time we can scientifically claim that the light begins to return. Thus is superstition born. No one questions this contention.’
‘…our present collapsing world is being carried away by the Aquarian Wave as by a veritable tornado, but no one really knows why and when the disaster began or what its finality will be. The Anchor is pulled out of the cosmic sea and like a rudderless ship civilisation meanders aimlessly toward a sombre unknown… One thing above all else is certain: the emergence of this new creation is under the complete control of the Time-Spirit, more apparent now, on the basis of the new paradigm, than ever before. But it operates with an impeccable control when order prevails; chaos is its enemy and therefore the task we are set upon is to re-establish that Order, but now in the new mould provided by the truth-conscious Supermind.’