Saturday, September 8, 2007

The myths are elements of the soul which is eternal. In India, myth is very much alive still today

bhavans journal Vol.No.54 Issue No. 2 Contents August 31, 2007 Back to Periodicals
India’s True History is in its Myths - II An Interview with Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
Q: Why is Capricorn so important? You mention it time and again.
If you look at the map of Akhand Bharat which covers the whole subcontinent as it was before partition, you can see that the Capricorn symbol covers exactly the entire area. It is a very ancient hieroglyph; no one knows when it appeared, nor where originally, thousands of years ago. The symbol can also be measured through longitude and latitude ‘rulers’ so that you can fit the sign Capricorn of 30 degrees perfectly into the area that would be Capricorn of the zodiac if you laid that circle across the globe. The entire new cosmology is based on these correlations, too numerous to mention in this short space. This map-symbol is just to answer your question, Why Capricorn?
Q: Has any progress been made in your attempts to retrace our steps?
There are people who are confronted with this situation and who sincerely want to solve it. But there is a wall of ignorance – no one in authority can come and say the present system is wrong, as I am stating right now. No one is allowed to do so. These traditions are taken over by people who have no understanding of what it is they are measuring. You have several different timings, even sometimes a week apart – no one knows, the chief priest cannot advise you. And there are vested interests that do not want to lose their power. They gain from holding on to these illusive Ayanamshas (zero points) out there in the Constellations, light years away. There is nothing in the Vedas that says we need an Ayanamsha correction for these passages.
Q: The core of the problem is that they are measuring the wrong circle.
Exactly. This is an example of when science comes into a field where it should not poke its nose. In one of the mathematical texts, I found it was the scholar, Al Biruni, in the 12th century, who came into India and criticised Hindu pundits because they were not following the Nirayana (constellation) system. In critiquing Varahamihira’s famous work, Brhad Samhita, he wrote, ‘The solstice has kept its place, but the constellations have migrated, just the opposite of what Varaha has fancied’ (India, II, p.7.). This means that as late as the 12th century the correct Vedic method connecting Capricorn to the Solstice, as well it must be, was still in vogue. Scholars came into the country, with invading armies, and were in a position to undermine the pundits. By then, the cosmological foundation was already lost; so it was easy to undermine their understanding of what had to be measured and impose this other irrelevant system. Today this mis-measure has resulted in the discrepancy of 23 days, and it will go on increasing until somewhere down the line the Makar Sankranti, or Pongal, will be celebrated in the middle of summer! No one asks, how can this be?This is how science stepped into the sacred and brought in a disturbing, disruptive element where it had no business interfering. This is what you are faced with in India today: No one says this is wrong, you must go back to the Vedic practice. It is superstition, while that was not because it had a sound cosmological basis based on the Laws of Correspondence and Equivalence. Everyone cowers down before the scientist – but in these matters he is as ignorant as everyone else. This is the state in India if you do not know what you are measuring – therefore it is true, there is a lot of superstition.
Q: Where does this wisdom come from – your line of knowledge?
This is Sri Aurobindo’s line, his methods and teachings. A century ago he did not bring in the element of cosmology because that was to come farther down the line with a new cosmological paradigm. If you move back deeper and deeper into the last century you will find that he laid the foundation for everything we are discussing here today. And about India’s role, he was very clear.
Q: You say the Rig Veda is the inspiration for your work; you also say we need a new spirituality; is this a contradiction?
The spirituality of the Rig Vedic age is not in evidence today; the only remnants or reminders we have are the verses of the Rig Veda which tell us the state of consciousness of those seers and their ability to perceive symbols unknown or unrecognised by us today; no longer is their language understood. The method that I have followed and that has inspired this new cosmology can be understood in terms of the ancient Veda, and the Puranas. This was also true for Sri Aurobindo. The Rig Veda verses record the eternal element that forms the foundation of knowledge in this country. It is not exactly a question of a new spirituality, but a matter of regaining what existed before and applying it in the context of our evolving contemporary world. The myths are elements of the soul which is eternal. As they were then, they can be perceived today; they live in the collective unconscious, to use Carl Jung’s term. In India, myth is very much alive still today and this is the area that can be tapped; this is how the renaissance will come about very easily. It is new, yet its foundation is ancient and eternal. Nowhere else is this found in the world. Continue BACK Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet [from Lori Tompkins]

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