V E D I C C O S M O L O G Y
'We have subjective faculties hidden in us which correspond
to all the tiers and strata of the objective cosmic system and these form
for us so many planes of our possible existence... For as the Gods have
built the series of the Cosmic worlds, even so they labor to build up the
same series of ordered states and ascending degrees in man's consciousness
from the mortal condition to the crowning immortality.' - Sri Aurobindo, Hymns to the Mystic Fire - p. 25
Nataraja, the Lord of Dance,
symbolizing the entire drama of the cosmos
above, so below"...says the Rishi, the universe is made up of an endless
series of analogies, homologies, and symmetries. They manifest first as
Cosmic and Planetary harmonies before reaching a highly specific individuation
in the human domain. The element which links these planes of consciousness
in a harmonic continuum is the cyclical nature of Time. But due to his
off-center egoic poise, man is overwhelmed by the illusion of linear time
and cannot perceive his intrinsic connection with the cosmos. In order
to recover an awareness of his cosmic nature and become a vivid embodiment
of that perfection, he must first discover within himself a new axis of
In ancient India as in all other
traditional societies the forging of this new axis or 'center' was most
easily achieved through the application of a cosmological model which illuminated
certain essential relationships between man and the universe. In this manner,
the seeker was able to recover an alignment of the cosmic and human time
scales. As he lived and repeated these cycles of whole time he became imprinted
with their harmonies and began to unveil within himself a new center or
'soul' from which he could recognize the wholeness of creation. By observing
the cycles of his own microcosmic process, he came to know the macrocosm
and the principles of its evolution. In the Veda, this realization was
known as SWAR or Truth-Consciousness, and granted the seeker a direct and
unequivocal perception of Unity.
In ancient times these cosmological models were based upon the known universe
which was believed to consist of six planets and a central Sun. It was
not until the 20th century, following the discovery of Uranus, Neptune
and Pluto, that the complete cosmological key could be revealed and man's
integral transformation fully understood. The Gnostic Circle is that key
and contains the highest wisdom of our age. In the following links we will
introduce the Gnostic Circle, the Map of the 12 Manifestations and other
occult systems of correspondence which the seeker may use to realize a
direct experience of the Supreme within the physical manifestation.
U P R A M E N T A L
C O S M O L O G Y
realizations concerning the nature of Time are based upon a direct experience
of an objective order which she has extended into a cosmological framework
known as 'The Gnostic Circle'. When its principles are applied in the life
of the individual, it reveals the organic process by which the soul or
seed of the divine in each individual is made to flower.
Map of the 12 Manifestations
The "Map of the Manifestations" holds the
key to understanding the developmental scheme of history and the organization
of ancient and modern civilizations. In her Supramental Cosmology, Ms.
Norelli-Bachelet reveals the parallels between the life of the Cosmos and
that of the Individual by showing the Time Spirit as the guiding force
behind them both.
Precession of the Equinoxes
The Precession of the Equinoxes is the mechanism which
determines Earth's movement through the Ages. To the Seer, it reveals where
we are in the great cycle of evolution and defines the achievements which
may be expected during any given age.
C O S M O L O G Y
& T H E V E D I C M Y T H S
Ganges and the 'River of January'
A commentator once wrote that, "...nothing
in all mythology is more difficult than the attempt to get a clear view
of the gods of Vedic India". For centuries they seem to have eluded
all attempts at scholarly classification. With Sri Aurobindo's commentaries
however, we discover that the Vedic gods and goddesses represent deep Psychological
conceptions as well as the Powers and Personalities of the Supreme Godhead.
Yet even more complex is their embodiment of profound cosmological concepts
which have become all but lost to modern scholars. In this excerpt from The New Way, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet discusses some of the Prophetic
and Cosmic symbolism contained in the Shiva Purana.
Churning of the Milky
Ocean at the Dawn of Time
'The "Churning of the Milky Ocean" myth is concerned primarily with establishing the central role of the 'Axis' in creation. For this is the essential meaning of the myth; it is the birth of that which moves, and hence of Time as it evolves in our material universe from the seed of itself. The classic Churning myth tells the tale of that axial alignment and its profound Cosmogonic significance. Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet discusses the relevance of the Churning Myth to the chaos of post modern civilization.