Navratri – A Journey to the Source

The festival of Navratri is celebrated with prayers and gaiety in the beginning of the Ashwin (autumn) and the beginning of Chatira (spring). This period is a time for self-referral and getting back to the Source. During this time of transformation, nature sheds the old and gets rejuvenated; animals hibernate and life emerges back afresh in the spring.

According to Vedic sciences, matter reverts to its original form to recreate itself again and again. The creation is cyclical, not linear; everything is recycled by nature – a continuous process of rejuvenation. The human mind, however, lags behind in this routine cycle of creation. Navratri is a festival for one to take the mind back to its Source.

The Mother Divine is recognized not just as the brilliance of intellect (buddhi), but also the confusion (bhranti); she is not just abundance (lakshmi), she is also hunger (shudha) and thirst (trishna). Realizing this aspect of the Mother Divine in the entire creation, leads one to a deep state of Samadhi. This gives an answer to the age-old theological struggle of the Occident. Through wisdom, devotion and nishkama karma, one can attain advaita siddhi or perfection in the non-dual consciousness.

Kali is the most horrific manifestation of Nature. Nature symbolizes beauty, yet it has a horrific form. Acknowledging the duality brings a total acceptance in the mind and puts the mind at ease. Though Navratri is celebrated as the victory of good over evil, the actual fight is not between good and evil. From the Vedantic point of view, the victory is of the absolute reality over the apparent duality. In the words of Ashtavakra, it is the poor wave which tries to keep its identity separate from the ocean, but to no avail.

The three primordial gunas are considered as the feminine force of our magnificent universe. By worshiping the Mother Divine during Navratri, we harmonize the three gunas and elevate sattva in the atmosphere.

The inward journey nullifies our negative karmas. Navratri is a celebration of the spirit or prana which alone can destroy mahishasura (inertia), shumbha-nishumbha (pride and shame) and madhu-kaitabh (extreme forms of craving and aversion). They are completely opposites, yet complementary. Inertia, deeply ingrained negativities and obsessions (raktabeejasura), unreasonable logics (chanda-munda) and blurred vision (dhoomralochan) can be overcome only by raising the level of prana and shakti, the life-force energy.

The seeker gets back to the true Source through fasting, prayer, silence and meditation. Night is also called ratri because it brings rejuvenation. It gives relief at the three levels of our existence – physical, subtle and causal. While fasting detoxifies the body, silence purifies the speech and brings rest to the chattering mind, and meditation takes one deep into one’s own being.

The nine days of Navratri are also an opportunity to rejoice in the three primordial qualities that make up the universe. Though our life is governed by the three gunas, we seldom recognize and reflect on them. The first three days of Navratri are attributed to tamo guna, the next three days to rajo guna and the last three days to sattva guna. Our consciousness sails through the tamo and rajo gunas and blossoms in the sattva guna of the last three days. Whenever sattva dominates in life, victory follows. The essence of this knowledge is honored by celebrating the tenth day as Vijaydashmi.

Though the microcosm is very well within the macrocosm, it’s perceived separateness is the cause of conflict. For a gyani (wise person), the entire creation becomes alive and he recognizes life in everything in the same way children see life in everything. The Mother Divine or the Pure Consciousness itself pervades all the forms and has all the names. Recognizing the one Divinity in every form and every name is the celebration of Navratri. Hence, special pujas honoring all aspects of life and nature are performed during the last three days.

Source: http://wisdomfromsrisriravishankar.blogspot.com/2010/10/navaratri-journey-to-source.html

Spiritual Science

The spiritual culture of the land of India owes its origin to the traditional Indian science of Vaastu Shastra found abundantly reflected in the architectural and sculptural expressions of temples, forts, palaces, town and city layout of ancient India. Today it is re-emerging spectacularly and the benefits of this spiritual science are availed throughout the world, by its application in the design and construction of public, residential and religious buildings. This science deals with the eternal process of the subtle energy manifesting into material space or material form. In short, it is the science of manifestation of energy into matter or material form.

– Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati, http://www.vastuved.com

Swastika – The Square Wave

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By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

“As in Micro, so in Macro. The whole exists within the minutest particle and the minutest particle contains the whole. The atom contains the universe and the universe contains the atom, and neither exists without the other. Creator exists within creation, even as creation exists within creator.”

– Brahmarishi Mayan, circa 10,500 BC

Mamuni Mayan discovered that the fundamental form of creation is the cube. This cubical structure is called the micro abode (smallest particle that is the abode of pure consciousness/absolute space). The initial pulse in Absolute Space as described in this monograph forms this minute structure.

If we take Mamuni Mayan’s statement above and apply it to current scientific knowledge about the nature of square waves gained through modern science perhaps we can have a better understanding of the subtle formation of the initial 4X4 structure during the manifestation process. In other words, Mayan’s law above states in essence that what is in the manifest world is found in the unmanifest world and vise versa. Since we already have scientific knowledge about square waves in the material world perhaps we can apply this to the unmanifest world and the manifestation process. This will possibly help us to understand the peculiarities of the process of manifestation.

Scientists have discovered that when a square wave begins it has a fall equal to its rise. In the figure below, the + point is the zenith (peak) of the rise of the square wave while the – points out the nadir (lowest point) in the fall of the square wave. This represents one full pulse in the square wave. The diagram below demonstrates this.

Notice that as the square wave falls to its nadir it proceeds forward in the space-time continuum. Thus the rise and fall of the square wave pulse actually occupies what might be called four units of space within the one pulse. In observing this phenomenon visually it becomes immediately apparent that the single pulse of the square wave actually creates four space-time units as shown below:

In other words, one square wave pulse could be said to create four space-time units. Hence, we may extrapolate from this that with the first pulse of Absolute Space; four Space Time units are created.

It is as if with one blip or pulse, Absolute Time, Om Light and OM Sound are created (4 units composed of Absolute Space, Absolute Time, OM light and OM Sound) Then manifestation occurs in two pulses at a time (each blip contains 4 Space Time Units or 8 units each in an additive manner) – blip blip (Air); and continues – blip, blip (Fire); blip blip (Water); blip blip (Earth). Eventually forming what is called the 8X8 Manduka Mandala.

In summary, the initial manifestation process begins with the formation of a 2X2 structure formed from one pulse of Absolute Space. It is from that point on that the additive factor of eight begins.

Note: Above are two demonstrations of the development of the sacred form known as the swastika related to the concept the square wave. It is easy to see how this ancient cross-cultural image was derived.

Representation of this Self spin is noted throughout history in many cultures including China, Tibet, Nepal, Mexico, Native American, South Pacific and of course India. The images or a permutation of the image is in the form of the swastika. This image is not to be confused with the tilted swastika used by the Nazis.

Reference

Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, aumscience.com/wordpress. For any questions please visit http://www.aumscience.com.

What is Renouncement?

Renouncement is a mental state only. It is coloring of the heart and not of cloth alone. He is a veritable sage who is free from passions and egoism and who possesses all the Sattvic (pure) qualities, even though he lives with the family in the world. There some great persons who were King-Yogi-Sage, though they were ruling a kingdom. That sage who lives in the forest, but who is full of passions is worse than a householder and a worldly-minded fool.

True renunciation is the renunciation of all passions, desires, egoism and subtle desires. If you have a stainless mind, a mind free from attachment, egoism and passion, you are a Sage no matter whether you live in a forest or in the bustle of a city, whether you wear white cloth or an orange-colored robe, whether you shave the head or keep a long tuft of hair.

Shave the mind. Someone asked Guru Nanak, “O saint, why have you not shaved your head? You are a Renounce person.” Guru Nanak replied, “My dear friend, I have shaved my mind.” In fact, the mind should be cleanly shaved. Shaving the mind consists in getting rid of all sorts of attachments, passions, egoism, infatuation, lust, greed, anger, etc. This is the real shaving.

External shaving of the head has no meaning so long as there is internal craving. Many have not understood what true renunciation is. Renunciation of physical objects is no renunciation at all. The real renunciation consists in the renunciation of egoism. If you can renounce this ego, you have renounced everything else in the world. If the subtle Ego is given up, identification with the body automatically goes away.

Spirituality does not want you to renounce the world. It wants you to change your mental attitude and give up this false, illusory ‘I’-ness (Ahamta) and mineness (Mamata). The snake-charmer removes only the two poisonous fangs of the cobra. The snake remains the same. It hisses, raises its hood and hows the teeth. In fact, it does everything as before. The snake-charmer has changed his mental attitude towards the snake. He has a feeling now that it has got no poisonous fangs. Even so, you must remove the two poisonous fangs of the mind, viz., Ahamta and Mamata only. Then you can allow the mind to go wherever it likes. Then you will have always Self Realization only!

Reference

Mind – Its Mysteries and Control by Sri Swami Sivananda

What is ‘Spiritual Bliss’?

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By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

There is another way to visualize the manifestation process. As mentioned earlier, we can consider the concept that the manifest world began as a single point in the body of consciousness – moolam. From this point, within the structure of Eka pada – undifferentiated Field – the moolam or cosmic fire extended outward in two directions forming two lines – Brahma Sutra and Civa Sutra thus dividing itself into four units. Then again dividing it self into eight units, sixteen units, thirty-two units, and sixty-four units. Each division is through the extension from point to line to form, expanding outward as square forms forming square belts of energy around the central point. This outward expansion is shown as the development of energy belts around the central nucleus later. The significance of this perspective will be seen later under the discussion of energy belts around the central Brahmasthan in a building.

The point in the center can be seen as the tip of the pyramidal form mentioned above. In the expansion outward Brahmam divides itself by creating replicas of it self through waveforms. The rows of lines are vibrating forms within which there are replicated pyramidal forms that gush and spin, have a cubical center and then again expand outward ad infinitum. This is another way of viewing characteristics of the manifestation of energy to matter. It is a bit of a repetition of previous material with a different slant.

The point here is that the manifestation process is a multifaceted process with a number of actions occurring at once. It is both simultaneous and successive. Each way of viewing this process is ultimately reflected in the process of applying the Vaastu Shastras to building architecture. It is also reflected in the other Cosmic arts – dance, music, poetry, and sculpture.

This is the side view and the three preceding and three following diagrams being a top down view. The curvature of the form is not seen in the top down view. Here we have an extension upward of Moolam and a spreading, swelling or extending of the Cosmic material. We see this form mimicked in Vaastu architecture especially in Kerala and in Asia.

We can see from this that the definition of the word “Brahmam” is appropriate in that Brahmam means expansion and growth: to swell, growth, expansion, evolution, development, swelling of the Spirit or Soul. This is a technical term that has been misunderstood by literary thinkers. It is a scientific term that describes a process in the Quantum Field.

I have mentioned “self – spin” in several places throughout this text. Spin is a characteristic found on every level of the manifest world from the largest of the largest – clusters of galaxies, to the smallest of the smallest – sub atomic particles, and everywhere between. Galaxies spin, planets spin, atoms spin, and there is spin occurring on every level in every manifest form. The source of this spin is Brahmam or Consciousness – the Field. This universal spin can be explained by various theories such as changes in density, gravitation and other explanations shown through mathematics. Yet, no theory or mathematical formula has truly explained the origin of spin (spin theory).

Mayan says that this is a self – generated spin. We might think of it as a result of the exuberance of Brahmam as it gushes forward after having contracted within itself. Think of a person that is filled with joy and who then starts spontaneously swirling around with his or her arms extended. This joyful person becomes like the whirling Dervishes as he or she dances with joy. We can say, that Brahmam swirls, spins, and dances with joy as it manifests its own qualities as frequencies of OM Light and OM Sound then further as the gross elements. We can say that this joy is the origin of what we call “Spiritual Bliss” the joy of Brahmam as It experiences Itself through manifestation. It is this “joy of Brahmam” that we have the opportunity to experience when living in a Vaastu home.

Reference

Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, aumscience.com/wordpress. For any questions please visit http://www.aumscience.com.

Why do we Greet / Salute / Bow to each other or God?

The Indian way of greeting, Namaskar (Namaste, Vanakkam, Namaskaram, Swagatham, etc) by joining the hands together is can be seen around the world. The joining of hands at the level of the heart symbolically signifies the greeting from the Heart/Soul. Both hands join together at the palms straight across the chest signifies a salute from the Soul, or a welcome from the Heart.

The two palms are placed together in front of the chest and the head bows whilst saying the word Vanakkam/Namaste. This greeting is for all, that is, both younger and elder people. This is understood as prostration but it actually refers to paying homage as we do today when we greet each other with a Vanakkam/Namaste.

Vanakkam or Namaste could be just a casual or formal greeting, a cultural convention or an act of worship. However there is much more to it than meets the eye. In Sanskrit namah + te = Namaste. It means – I bow to you – my greetings, salutations or prostration to you. Namaha can also be literally interpreted as “na ma” (not mine). It has a spiritual significance of negating or reducing one’s ego in the presence of another.

The real meeting between people is the meeting of their Souls. When we greet another, we do so with Vanakkam/Namaste, which means, “May our soul’s meet” indicated by the folded palms placed before the chest. The bowing down of the head is a gracious form of extending friendship in love and humility.

There are other interpretations of the symbolism, like the right hand representing higher nature and the left, lower nature, and the joining signifying the meeting of the two natures to form a single mind of the person. Some others interpret it as a greeting from one mind to another also. Some others say that it signifies, “I bow to the God in you” or “I bow to you” or “My Soul bows to your Soul” – Like this, the interpretations for the symbolism of the NAMASKAR is different for different regions and different beliefs.

The Spiritual meaning is even deeper. The life force, the divinity, the Self or the GOD in me is the same in all. Recognizing this oneness with the meeting of the palms, we salute with head bowed the Divinity in the person we meet. That is why sometimes, we close our eyes as we do Vanakkam/Namaste to a revered person or the GOD – as if to look within.

In Yogic Science, the five fingers represent the five elements – this is best expressed in Mudras. Mudras are very common in various dance systems like Bharatha Natiyam, Kathakali and Kuchipudi. One can find various Gods and Goddesses assuming some mudra or the other. Even Lord Jesus Christ is often depicted in India with his right hand in Pran Mudra. In Mudras, Namaste or Vanakkam or Namaskar is known as Anjali Mudra. Anjali Mudra increases the peace and poise of the person practicing it.

The significance of the five fingers is that Thumb stands for Fire energy (which is why we have the thumbs up sign for success or victory), Index finger stands for Air energy, Middle finger stands for Space/Sky, the Ring finger stands for Earth energy (another reason for putting the ring on this finger) and the Little finger stands for Water energy.

The true meaning of Namaskar is the neutralization of all the energies by bringing both the hands together so that each finger of one hand touches the corresponding finger of the other hand, to denote that the person does not have any powerful positive/negative energies to affect the other person. Thus, it is a true gesture of friendship and welcome.

Vanakkam/Namaste to all the visitors, followers and knowledge seekers! 🙂


Reference

1. http://www.lankanewspapers.com/news/2007/7/16554_space.html
2. http://omsmusings.wordpress.com/

Mamuni Mayan – Influence around the World

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By Dr. Jessie Mercay
posted by Ganesh

The form of Mayan, according to tradition, is installed in Shiva temples and early Vishnu temples, seated in this way under a banyan tree, at temples throughout India. He is called Dakshinamurthi. Mayan is memorialized at these temples as Guru Murtha (the form of Supreme Master) and he faces South, from whence he came. Even today, Mayan is worshiped as “Supreme Guru” by enlightened persons. The knowledge of this has been lost to the public but has been maintained by the esteemed Vishwabrahmin Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati who is actively building a Mayan Memorial in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India.

As per Religion / Saiva Philosophy, GOD Dakshinamurthy (literally means ‘One who is facing Dakshina or South) is an aspect of GOD Shiva as teacher or Guru of all types of knowledge. As Dakshinamurthy, Shiva is considered as the supreme iconic representation of the destroyer of ignorance and the embodiment of knowledge. In this aspect, Dakshinamurthy or GOD Shiva is regarded as the teacher of wisdom, arts, science, architecture, dance, music, and yoga.

At one point in history, many cultures based their architecture, art, herbology, astronomy/astrology, etc. on Mayonic Science. In addition to the East Indian culture, cultures of China, Tibet, Mexico and Central and Southern Americas used Mayonic Science and Technology as the basis of their culture. We see evidence of this in the precise mathematical Vaastu formulas evident in the many Mayan structures existing today in Mexico and Central America, China, Bosnia, Egypt, Japan, and in other parts of the world. The Aztec ruins in Mexico and the Incan ruins in Machu Picchu, Peru also demonstrate Mayonic measure and order. Recent discoveries in Peru have identified what appears to be pre Incan Mayonic structures. King Solomon’s temple is clearly a Mayonic structure and its’ architect King Hiram was a Sthapati trained in this science. It is a known fact that a number of kings were of the traditional clans of Sthapatis’ (traditional builders). One well known Vaastu Shastra – the Samaranga Sutradhara – was written by a king (Boja Deva).

One of those cultures even adopted the name Mayan – the Mayan culture of Mexico and Central America. The name Mayan is derived from Tamil – the language of South India and the language in which the original Vastu/Vaastu texts are written. Dr. V. Ganapati Sthapati visited Maya land and verified that the architectural principles of the Maayan temples were exactly the same as in Mayonic Science. In addition he found numerous Tamil words that were too similar to be coincidental. This is dealt with in advanced textbooks and studies in Mayonic Science and Technology.

According to Hunbatz Men – elder leader of Maayan people of South, Central, and North America – the Maya state that thousands of years ago, the sacred teachings from the cosmos were deposited in many magnetic centers throughout the world:

Chan Chan (Peru), Huete (Spain), Tulle (France), Hu-nan (China), Bethlehem (Israel), Tih (Egypt), Mississippi (United States), Humac (Brazil), Nagasaki (Japan), Mul (England), Maya (Russia, Naga (India), and hukotz (Bering Strait) are all words associated with both the Maayan culture and Tamil culture.

There are numerous Hebrew words that are similar or the same as Tamil words. Scholars have indicated that these language similarities originated from Tamil land. That is, Hebrew has its basis in Tamil. One such word is Ma’ayan. In Hebrew the word “ma’ayan” means spring, fountain, wellspring as in wellspring of knowledge. A women’s poetry group with this name exists even today. Interestingly enough, Mayan was a great poet.

The names of all these places are of Tamil/Maya origin, which indicates that, in different periods of time, there was a Mayonic presence in these places. Ancient Tamil literature confirms that Mayan and or his twelve main disciples traveled the world. It would make sense that when he sent them out to teach this knowledge, they would go to places around the world where there were people who spoke their language – the clans who left Kumari Continent and spread throughout the world. It is possible that is what brought Mayan and his Rishi students to other parts of the world to teach.

Reference

1. Fabric of The Universe: The Origins, Implications, and Applications of Vastu Science By Jessie J. Mercay. Text and diagrams, with permission, from Dr. Jessie Mercay, Fabric of the Universe, aumscience.com/wordpress. For any questions please visit http://www.aumscience.com.

2. http://www.hindudevotionalblog.com/2008/11/lord-dakshinamurthy-picture-south.html