Theme 12: One Journey, One Calendar

Part One: Introduction

OM
bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tat savitur vareṇyaṃ
bhargo devasya dhīmahi
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
Rigveda 3.62.10

The Gayatri Mantra:
‘We choose the Supreme Light of the divine Sun;
we aspire that it may impel our minds.”
(translation, Sri Aurobindo)

Sri Aurobindo calls the Gayatri Mantra, ‘the chosen formula of the ancient Vedic religion’ and adds,  ‘may we, with Gayatri,  open our thoughts to the supreme Godhead, may we be  impelled to move with the gods toward the solar world  where resides the ‘supreme vision of man’  (The Secret of the Veda, Complete Works of Sri Aurobindo, Volume 15, p. 480).

All the people throughout the earth  who daily recite the glorious  Gayatri mantra (above) aspire  to join the ‘Guardians of the Light’, as Sri Aurobindo calls them, as they ascend  toward the ‘luminous supramental heaven of Swar’.  And what and where is Swar? And why was this ‘light’ of Swar to be protected?

Thea’s ‘applied cosmology’ takes up where Sri Aurobindo leaves off. She supports his concept that the Vedic Rishis had a highly developed sense of oneness of the Earth that is hardly known today. She refutes the ideas presented in a published article (D Chakrabarti, The Hindu, 6.2.2001) in which the author attempts to ‘drive a wedge between ancient Indian culture and the contemporary’. Thea indicates there may appear to be a severance from that ‘original seed’ of the Veda at a certain point in the evolution of consciousness. With the rise of Buddhism and the emphasis on ‘other-worldliness’, that consciousness of unity the Rishis enjoyed no longer  permeated the civilisation.  This was a necessary deviation and no doubt a painful one;   the myths of the Puranic Age were the result of a nation under siege, and the Vedic seed took refuge in these ‘profound and delightful collections’ (Thea, the Sanctity of Materialism, 2001).  

But in actual fact, she concludes, there was and is no schism between the most ancient Veda and the Hinduism of today.  The ‘original seed’ made its way through the Ages,  and reveals a connected process; it remains ever faithful to that seed experience.

Rather, what is happening today is a confusion – a result of the split between the sacred and the scientific. Cosmology suffered a blow when the Sayana  (Tropical) Zodiac was replaced  by the Nirayana (Constellational) Zodiac. Instead of the Earth’s own measure prevailing as in the Vedic Age, with primary importance given to the seasons and the calculation of the shortest and longest days of the year, the scientist stepped in and replaced  the wisdom of the Seer. (ibid)

Part One:
The Vedic Journey

Sri Aurobindo describes ‘Swar’ as a state of Truth-Consciousness, hidden on the supramental plane, characterized by a wideness of higher being, a divine existence free and large. (The Secret of the Veda, op cit).  To find or ascend to this consciousness located in the home of the gods, in the solar world, is both a battle and a journey. He associates it specifically with time, the Year (as in RV X, 62:  ‘by the truth, in the revolution of the year, they broke Vala’).

He also refers to a specific duration of time in the journey, the  ninth month  through the tenth month (of the year), when the Aryan Warriors can overcome obstacles in the way and  find and release the hidden rays of Sun/Light from the caves of the Panis (End Note 1).

It is false to think the Ancient Ones were ignorant of the ’motion of the spheres’ because they had no scientific knowledge, Thea affirms. They honored the annual revolution of the earth round the Sun and used the zodiac as a guide for their yearly journey (Symbols and the Question of Unity, 2nd ed. 2020, pp. 18-19). In fact, the Vedic civilization was so familiar with the cosmic script, they organized the entire society, their worship and festivals, around  what they called,  ‘the sacrifice’ of the year. 

They saw the correspondence between the Earth’s revolution around our Sun, through the ecliptic, as the same  inner journey of the soul to discover the Divine Truth-Consciousness or Swar.  The fact that the  Earth’s orbit around the Sun is an ellipse, not a circle,  helps us to see this correspondence between the physical and the psychological, as well (image right).

Their yearly journey begins as ‘Cosmic Dawn, midway in the ecliptic on 21 March; from there the path swings away from the Sun and our Earth is at her  farthest point from this orb at the Solstice, 20/21 June. ‘This is Cosmic Midnight, which represents in fact the plunge into inconscience, the ‘fall’ – the movement farthest away from the Divine (Sun), the birth of the ego.’ (ibid). 

The Earth’s movement continues around to the mid-way point opposite ‘dawn’, which occurs at the 20/21 September Equinox This is Cosmic Sunset, the sign of the soul’s awakening of consciousness, after a period of  veiled ‘darkness’. From here  the journey heads toward the fullest light in Cosmic Midday (Capricorn) on the 20/21 December Solstice, when the Earth is at its closest physical distance to the Sun. ‘It is, in fact, the sign of the Golden Age, the Divine Mother in her most perfect manifestation.’ (ibid)

The ancients’ journey through the year was fully in tune with the  perfection of the Earth and how it worked. In Thea’s words, ‘they looked to the heavens and saw only a mirror of themselves’ (ibid). The Earth year was ‘a time-axis’ around which all citizens of that ancient civilization found their place. The Makar Sankranti,  as the ‘gateway’ of the Sun’s entry into Capricorn marked the starting point of the Festival of Light – the most important time of the journey. On this day the entire civilization gathered to pay homage and to ‘seek the light’.

Thea posits that the decline of  the Vedic journey begins in  the 9th Manifestation, circa 234 BCE. In fact, it was a wave that swept across the entire world as science emerged as separate from the sacred, imposing its secular character upon the Earth. The seers who were entrusted with preserving the knowledge, traditionally the Brahmin caste,  were forced underground and divested of their unique mission. All castes lost their distinct cosmic credentials. Finally secularization of society left only empty forms of worship and celebration  (see Theme Four – Chaturvarna in the Veda).

And of course, since the Time Axis of the year  – or the Calendar – integrated Vedic society, and because Makar Sankranti  was their main festival,  this was the  element that became undermined first and foremost. Doubts were created about the legitimacy of measuring the date and timing for the celebration of the festival where none should have arisen (End Note 2). After all, it was very easy to determine the shortest day of the year; that was all that was needed.  (Thea, The Evolutionary Avatar in the Cosmic Harmony and in Contemporary Vedic Culture, The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 8, no. 1). 

The festival of Makar Sankranti began to be celebrated after the shortest day of the Northern Hemisphere – and in India, in 2021, it is celebrated on 15 January, 23 days after the true date. 

Year after year this mis-measurement has taken its toll; this single act of undermining  was to have far reaching consequences. The Vedic civilization which was totally linked to the fourfold cosmic harmony of the Equinoxes and Solstices became dislodged from its sacred moorings and succumbed to forces of inertia (End Note3). Now, 2000 years later it is experiencing a confusion that is affecting the whole of society.

Part Two:
The Vedic Journey and The New Way

Our journey today through The Gnostic Circle (image left) takes the same path as that followed by the Vedic civilization:  it is based on the fourfold structure and harmonies of our Earth and balanced on her four Cardinal Pillars,  the Equinoxes and Solstices.

And central to both stands the Earth, because ‘the transformation of humankind into a divine species was intuited by the Rishis to be on this Earth and not elsewhere.’ (Thea, The New Way 3, Ch. 18, Power of the One, p. 254)

The Rishis used images we are all familiar with to show the Divine Light struggling to evolve from the darkness at the core of matter. ‘Light’ and ‘dark’ are the symbols found in their hymns  to describe the process of the Divine One emerging in human evolution. In Thea’s words, their hymns describe and proclaim ‘the Eye of Consciousness in a progressive state of awakening’ (ibid).

Today, our collective journey, like the Vedic Journey, opens with the Vernal Equinox, at the first Cardinal Pillar of the Earth on  20/21 March,  with Agni, as leader. His very powers assure victory, i.e., the evolutionary drive to the summit will be completed. Thea calls this first stage or quarter Cosmic Dawn. Our opening  experience is the Dawn Goddess Usha and her white steeds coming with the reddening rays of the rising morning Sun. These rays are coveted by the powers of Darkness, the ‘obstructors’; and  the Rig Vedic myth soon centres on the struggle to possess these precious ‘offspring of the Sun’.

Our first breath at the moment of birth into material creation, can be symbolized as ‘the rising cosmic Dawn’: we become a ‘riotous burst of solar essence, like the great dance of Shiva’… and out of this, we must make a cosmos. (ibid, p 258)

The Earth swings away from the Sun as it approaches the June Solstice, the second stage of the journey, at the zodiacal sign Cancer (image right). Thea calls this quarter of time, Cosmic Midnight,  (rather than Midday) because the Earth is in fact physically the farthest away it will ever be from  the Light of the Sun.  Cosmic Midnight  corresponds to the inner struggle now taking place as the journey gets underway; the travelers through the Gnostic Circle, like the Aryan warriors, must find their way through the ‘path of crookedness’ and retrieve from the caves of the Panis,  the ‘precious rays of sunlight’, stolen by these ‘hoarders of the light’.

Today’s Aryan Warrior is a representative of the human race, a pioneer of the new way; his/her dharma is to assure that the journey to the summit is not obstructed. ‘The Divine One at the heart of matter  must be unveiled’. It is in this quarter of the journey that one must plunge into that darkness and find the ‘tiny particle of Light’, that luminous Ray coveted by titans and gods, which is our Soul.

‘When the individual experiences the tiny “seed” in the innermost core of his being, and when this has become an active ingredient in his evolution of consciousness… he/she becomes a whole and complete system…’ (ibid, p 258). 

The movement continues toward the September 20/21 Equinox, at the zodiacal sign of Libra. At this third quarter of the yearly journey, called Cosmic Sunset,  the yellowing rays of the sun are seen once again.  However, at this critical juncture in the evolving consciousness, the soul is very far from ‘the light’, half way through the journey (or at the lower hemisphere in the circle – image left). A ‘reversal’ must be made in order to proceed toward higher dimensions.

Although the awakening soul desires to return to the Origin or union once again with the Divine, the  Light,  the rise upward demands a plunge into a deeper consciousness. And this is difficult, for humankind at this stage of evolution has an incomplete vision of the journey and the goal. For most people, Death reigns supreme and it is the end of the journey;  it appears that there is no possibility of going beyond that. 

The traveler of The New Way sees and acknowledges the new vision, that a final quarter is now open and the journey does not end in Scorpio, sign of Death and Degeneration (the 8th zodiacal sign). With the coming of the Evolutionary avatar of this 9th Manifestation, a new pathway has been opened and the goal is destined to go beyond the mental stage of the journey. It is completed only  when  they  reach the fourth and final quarter – ‘Swar’, their Supramental ‘home’. Thea writes about the yoga of this stage:

 ‘Diti, queen of night, has lulled the eye of human awareness into so deep a sleep that man cannot see what is closest to him. He cannot see the light of his own planet. He cannot realise that what he searches for in nirvanic voids and transcendent heavens he must know and manifest here. Because as an Earth being, as a child of the Earth there is nowhere else for him to experience this heaven but here. The Aryan brings about the marriage of Heaven and Earth on his very own planetary home.’ (ibid, p. 257)

 The Earth’s orbit moves round toward the sun once again, and from 21/22 December through March, the Earth is closest to the Light of the Sun,  fully under the midday Sun. It is Cosmic Midday, the highest position of the Sun, ‘uttarayana’, that is, the sun’s rays cast no shadow. Today’s warrior, like the Aryan traveler,  has successfully fought his/her own battles, through their own field of yoga, their very own Kurukshetra, and they are ready to enjoy the victory. They stand at the portals of Swar, and know this realm of light to be our own planet Earth.

‘It is a cosmological phenomenon we are living’, writes Thea; ‘the Aryan warrior, male and female, performs that magical alchemy for the Earth in his or her own consciousness being…’ (ibid). 

‘Swar’ of the Veda covers the last segment of the zodiacal wheel, comprising the signs Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. The ‘Gateway’ to the final quarter is Capricorn. Any wonder, Thea asks, why the tenth sign of the Zodiac has been celebrated as the primary festival throughout India? Any wonder why the undermining by the falsehood attacked this festival and dislocated its timing from the  December Solstice, shortest day of the year?

Part Three:
Supermind and the Calendar - any connection?

India, by destiny, is to be the Soul-Centre of the Earth; and she must accept that destiny – she has no choice in the matter.  Among all the nations of the world, It is only India that has access to energies which go far deeper than the religious or political/social which govern the rest of the world. Other ancient civilisations have come and gone, but India’s connection to that ‘original seed’ of the Transcendent Divine has never been severed. 

However, the nation is greatly handicapped now, she has ‘cast aside the wisdom of the Ancients’. She stands behind the rest of the world by 23 days,

Thea recounts an incident from the landmark Conference  in 2010, held in Tirumala, (image right, Thea is third from the left side) December 24 – 26, in which she delivered a presentation at the First National Conference on Hindu Calendar Reform (End Note 4).  She was unable to deliver her full presentation; however the student of Cosmic Harmonies can read the entire address (See References, end of Theme, for the link)

She writes that the speaker who followed her, ‘belittled’ her remarks in his opening statements: ‘This is science, not Veda’. At that moment she realised what India is up against, and is reminded of Sri Aurobindo’s words. As he probed the flexibility of the language and the  ‘devices’ used by our ancient  Vedic Fathers to  give deeper meanings to their experience, he concludes that in the later ages their meanings were rejected (Sri Aurobindo, The Secret of the Veda, Ch 5, op cit, p. 57):

‘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.’

 The huge obstacle facing the Avatar of this 9th Manifestation, Sri Aurobindo,  is described by Thea as ‘The Lure of the Old, the Known’’. He and his Solar Line, (Themes 1 & 2) had to  plunge into creation, instead of  away from creation, into  our Earth –  an entirely new direction from the paths of the great spiritual giants of the past. For the future of a new humanity and a new Earth, it is the only way possible, Thea writes; and she quotes from Sri Aurobindo’s letter to a disciple (The New Way 3, Ch. 18, ‘The Power of the One’, p. 271 – 2):

This yoga aims at the conscious union with the Divine in the supermind and the transformation of the nature. The ordinary yogas go straight from Mind into some featureless condition of the cosmic silence and through it try to disappear upward into the Highest. The object of this yoga is to transcend mind and enter into the Divine Truth of Sachidananda which is not only static but dynamic, and raise the whole being into the truth.’

Humankind has paid a heavy price for this ‘escapism’ as Thea calls it; and she gives the example of the great sage Ramana Maharshi, whose spiritual path leads seekers into a ‘static peace of pure consciousness… Mind becomes a thing to be removed, or obliterated, or to be freed from… (the realizer) does not deal with the mental principle in the evolution of the species.’ (ibid)

Sri Aurobindo, and his Solar Line, have had to draw our human nature, poised entirely around Mind, toward a new world of possibilities, toward a higher stage of evolution, known as the Supramental. They have had to convince human nature to release her tenacious hold to the Ignorance, to break through the barriers of the past,  to loosen the  hold of the old spirituality.

An enlightened Calendar would surely have been an aid, Thea writes, a means to carry all of the nation toward the goal. However the ‘connection between Supermind and the calendar is not even  suspected ‘because most of his followers do not realise that he was Vishnu’s 9th Avatar’ (Thea, Supermind and the Calendar – any Connection? 2011).

At the time of India’s independence, 1947, Thea notes, the Universal Calendar was wisely adopted by the nation for civic purposes, because it is ‘the most natural’, based on the Earth’s contribution to the Solar System – her fourfold division of the Equinoxes and Solstices. She reminds the reader  that this Calendar predates Christianity in origin by many centuries; it was used throughout the ancient world of Egypt, Greece and Rome, and in the Vedic and Sangam Ages.

 Unfortunately some Indian pundits  carry a bias left over from colonial times and reject its use. The Universal Calendar, now used throughout the world is in fact the ancient Vedic calendar, originally the Julian Calendar of the Roman Empire: entirely pre-Christian.

And it is the same Calendar used by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother in the Ashram in Pondicherry. In fact, she writes, it is only with the Universal Calendar that she could establish the cosmic credentials of Sri Aurobindo; it would not have been possible for her to establish him as the 9th Avatar in the Line of Ten with the current Hindu Calendar (ibid). It  should become obvious, she adds, that with the shift taken by the Hindu Calendar Reform Committee (see End Note 5) to use the Nirayana (constellational) system of computations instead of the Sayana, (Tropical zodiac, image left)  the Falsehood is using its favoured strategy to keep the truth from being discovered. So many ‘avatars’ in the nation, everyone is an ‘avatar’; while the real Avatar  of the 9th Manifestation is hidden!

Thea traces a clearly discernible thread over the years which shows opposition to the work of the Supramental Avatars.  The ‘vested interests on the occult plane’  that opposed Hindu Calendar Reform are the same ones who opposed the Mother’s original plan for building her Temple (Theme Seven).  In both these issues the dark forces of Ignorance attack or undermine the importance of gnostic Time,  the Year. In her words:        

      ‘Just as vested interest blocked a nationwide adoption of the Vedic system of calendrical time reckoning, so too did vested interests succeed in locking the materialization of the Mother’s vision in Auroville… however time moves on and when Gnostic Time is one’s ally the supramental Truth-Consciousness cannot fail to overtake the Field… That is where the new Cosmology enters. It unmasks these vested interest we find everywhere, contaminating everything with little regard for human sentiments…’ (ibid)          

End Note 1

Sri Aurobindo refers to a specific time in the journey – the  ninth and tenth month (of the year)  – when the Aryan Warriors can overcome obstacles in the way and  find and release the hidden rays of Sun/Light. This is specifically the time Thea calls Cosmic Midday, the highest point of the Sun, and the Makar Sankranti opens this period of time.

‘It is when the nine months’ sacrifice is prolonged through the tenth, it is when the Navagwas become the ten Dashagwas… that the Sun is found…’ (The Secret of the Veda, Part 3, CWSA, 15, p. 176-177)

End Note 2

 ‘…In the early text of the Brihad Samhita, 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, Mahavishuva and the December Solstice, shortest day, Makar Sankranti , which falls nine months later.’ (Thea, Culture and Cosmos – 3, The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 8, no. 1, April 1993 )

End Note 3

The Rig Veda makes evident that the ancient cultures used the actual rhythms of the Earth. the balancing factor of the four Cardinal Points –  as the basis for their Calendar.  

‘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.’  (RV 1.154.48)

‘…The Rishi stating that the circle is one makes it clear that all measuring must be done on the backdrop of this single circle, that is, the ecliptic within which the Earth and planets travel. Even the Nakshatras are to be measured in this single circle of 360 degrees and which we further divine itno four quarters – two of which are equinoxes and two the Solstices…’

‘When the Rishi states, “they shake not in the least”, he or she is referring to the most important injunction of all. For the fact is, the current Hindu calendar in use does indeed “shake” in so far as its starting point, or ayanammsha, is not fixed… it shifts constantly, with each passing minute and second, in fact, unlike the true Vedic Calendar…’ (Thea, A Calendar that Unifies, 2009)

End Note 4:

Thea had an intense professional career in the sacred art of astrology prior to coming to India  in 1971 (see About Thea, Home Page) and after coming to the subcontinent, she continued writing and  publishing a body of  research about the Cosmic Harmonies of our Earth. She was in a good position to help people see that  the ‘gateway’ or day of entrance of the Sun into Capricorn (Makar Sankranti) and the December Solstice are one and the same, and that these two festivals can never be separated.

End Note 5:

Facts about the Hindu Calendar Reform Committee from Wikipedia 2021:

 

Senior Indian Astrophysicist Meghnad Saha was the head of the Calendar Reform Committee under the aegis of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. Other members of the Committee were: A. C. Banerjee, K. K. Daftari, J. S. Karandikar, Gorakh Prasad, R. V. Vaidya and N. C. Lahiri. It was Saha’s effort, which led to the formation of the Committee. The task before the Committee was to prepare an accurate calendar based on scientific study, which could be adopted uniformly throughout India. It was a mammoth task. The Committee had to undertake a detailed study of thirty different calendars prevalent in different parts of the country. The task was further complicated by the integration of those calendars with religion and local sentiments. India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, in his preface to the Report of the Committee, published in 1955, wrote: “They (different calendars) represent past political divisions in the country … . Now that we have attained Independence, it is obviously desirable that there should be a certain uniformity in the calendar for our civic, social, and other purposes, and this should be done on a scientific approach to this problem.”[4] Usage started officially at 1 Chaitra 1879, Saka Era, or 22 March 1957.

Thea notes the following in an unpubished article:

‘When the Brahmin caste, preserver of the tradition and keeper of the time-keys, was undermined and finally de-sanctified, the act of measuring and renewal passed entirely into the hands of secular science. The result has been noted by the Calendar Reform Committee in discussing the adoption of the Niryana (or sidereal) calendar, and not the tropical, or the so-called Western method:

‘In continuing to follow the Nirayana system, the Hindu calendar makers are under delusion that they are following the path of Dharma, They are actually committing the whole Hindu society to Adharma.’

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References: One Journey, One Calendar

Thea, The Importance of Makar Sankranti in Hindu Calendar Reform, Paper delivered at the Panchanga Ganitam Conference, Tirumala India, December 2010

‘…The issue before us is to retrace our steps and to recover that Order once again. Fortunately, this is not at all difficult and can be done immediately. The cosmos we are a part of is, for all practical purposes, eternal. The harmony today is exactly what it was in the Vedic Age; it moves, its rhythms multiply, they rise and fall, but its basic structure remains unchanged within which these variations occur. The key to understand the cosmos is to experience rest and motion as simultaneous, eternal principles. This underlying constant is the fourfold balance on the Equinoxes and Solstices, the measure of 365 days of our Earth Year…’

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Thea, The Power of the One, The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 1 No 1, April 1986.

In the Rig Veda we find a unique cosmology. The countless hymns which have been orally transmitted from teacher to disciple, and thus handed down through the aeons, describe the same cosmological process detailed in this study (The New Way). It is the story of the evolution of human consciousness in the context of the entire cosmic manifestation. That is, the hymns describe the Absolute’s process of manifestation in human evolution, or the eye of Consciousness in a progressive state of awakening and affirmation. In the tale this ‘eye’ is represented by the Sun. And the field in which the awakening is achieved, the victory secured, is the Earth.’

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Thea, On reorienting The Self Toward Vedic Consciousness- Letters From Patrizia Norelli- Bachelet to an Inquirer, 5 November 2006

‘…The Light we seek, hidden within the time experience unique to this planet because of its rotational rhythms and position in the System, is compressed to a point at each Makar Sankranti.
This is the itinerary of the ecliptic Journey, the setting, the stage, the base of the Rishi’s Sacrifice. There are landmarks, balancing pillars along the way in this journey – the four Cardinal Points which are unchanging, immutably positioned in time, and because of which they can provide stability to the individual and to the collectivity; therefore they bear eternal relevance. . . .

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Thea, The Choice of Cosmic Truth or Superstition – Message to India 3, 2013

‘There have been responses to my message pleading for a revision of the Hindu Calendar and the need to re-establish the cosmic connection Hindus have lost. These responses are predictable; they can be summed up in a few words, ‘The constellations have shifted and Makar/Capricorn is no longer there, it has moved by 23 days.’ It is as if the entire Samaj had been programmed to repeat endlessly and unthinkingly the pat reply astronomers have for a ‘shifting zodiac’.
None seem to care if this programmed response is right or wrong, so no questions are asked…’

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Thea, A Calendar that Unifies, Questions and Answers on Reforming the Hindu Calendar, 2016

Q. Pandit Nehru encouraged scientists to lead the way in calendar reform, but you say that science itself has been the problem. What do you mean?
A. It is not the duty of scientists to interpret Vedic injunctions. This is not their domain. It is the duty of men and women versed in the language of cosmic harmonies based on direct yogic experiences, of the Vedic type, I must add. Clearly in the Committee for Calendar Reform in 1953, there was no such person. In my experience I have not come across anyone who has undergone a sadhana for this express purpose. The result is what we have today – a calendar that cannot unify 80% of the energies of the nation.

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Thea, Supermind and the Calendar – any Connection? 2011

‘…The connection between Supermind and the calendar is not suspected because most of Sri Aurobindo’s followers do not realise that he was Vishnu’s 9th Avatar. As tradition tells us, the Vishnu Avatar comes when the Dharma has reached its lowest ebb, certainly the current situation. His task is to re-establish that Dharma. But herein lies the root of the confusion because we all have different ideas of what that might be and what it might entail for contemporary society. But if we study carefully his life and work – factual and not only devotional – the method to carry out the transformation, in this case embracing an entire society and civilisation, becomes clear…’

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Thea, A Delegate’s REPORT on the First National Panchanga Ganitam Conference, 30 December, 2010,

‘The recently concluded Samelan at the abode of Sri Venkateshwara in sacred Tirumala reached certain conclusions by decision of the organisers. Going by the resolutions passed and the press reports the next day, it would appear that there was ‘unanimity’ among the attendees. Actually the truth is quite another.

While it was true, as the Chairman remarked in his closing comments, that there were no fights and shouts and walkouts during the conference, and peace can be said to have prevailed throughout – in my view that peace was more like sleep. What was obvious to many is that there was an agenda set in place beforehand; and some delegates told me, when I asked what resolutions they thought would be passed, that the resolutions were ‘already decided’…’

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Thea, The Evolutionary Avatar in the Cosmic Harmony and in Contemporary Vedic Culture, The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 8, no. 1, April 1993

‘I wrote that Swar, or ‘heaven’ had descended upon Earth. This diagram helps us to appreciate the measurable character of the statement and its practical application. Swar of the Vedic fourfold division covers the last segment of the zodiacal wheel, comprising the signs Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. The ‘gateway’ to this fourth and highest plane is Capricorn . Is it any surprise then that the date of the Makar Sankranti, or the Gateway of Capricorn, has always been celebrated throughout the land (India)? (Thea, Culture and Cosmos – 3, The Vishaal Newsletter, Volume 8, no. 1, April 1993 )

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Thea, The Sanctity of Materialism, 2001

‘…There is no such chasm between the most ancient Veda and the Hinduism of today. There is, on the contrary, a thoroughly organic development linking the two. This process starts from a point of Unity, and from that original ‘seed’ an evolution of consciousness makes its way through the ages, revealing a connected process which, while conditioned by time and circumstance, remains ever faithful to that original seed. There appears to be a severance at a certain point in this evolution…’

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