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By articulating the principle through which 'That' becomes 'This', Ms. Norelli-Bachelet reverses the long-standing perception of Time as the destroyer and presents mankind with an entirely new awareness of Time as the integrative mechanism by which a Divine purpose is expressed in the world. It grants the individual a direct experience of the Supreme within the physical manifestation along with the understanding that knowledge of a Divine purpose is essential to the further development of life on earth.
The Aeon Centre of Cosmology:
In addition to applying the principles of Cosmology to the pressing questions of modern science, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet has demonstrated these principles of knowledge in a variety of other fields including mythology, history, sacred architecture, and music. But the most enlightening application of these cosmological formulas is in the everyday operations of her farm in southern India. She has lived for the past 10 years at 'Skambha', where she conducts the operations of the Aeon Centre of Cosmology. Aeon Centre is a microcosmic laboratory where she observes and records for publication the direct collaboration of Material Nature acting to unveil a new principle of order in the world. The Centre is a research facility or field within which the formulas of her cosmology are applied to the animal population and everyday farm operations. She describes the animals involved in her work as being the perfect instruments through which the Divine Powers can operate because they have no egos to interfere with the process. In keeping with the ancient Vedic symbology, Cows and Horses have become the first subjects of her applied cosmology because, for seers throughout the ages, they have embodied a connection with Time and the Divine Measure of the Year. They also reflect something of the split between the divine realities which they represent.
'The Cow is the Light - 'go' in Sanskrit, or ray (of sunlight). But this cow/light is unformed, spread out, unmaterialised, so to speak. In other words, it is primordial Energy out of which or with which the material universe and all things therein are made. The agent for this action is the Divine Maya, the Vedic formative power of the Absolute.
On the other hand, the Horse is precisely that formed product. For this reason these symbols, - Cow and Horse - go hand in hand. They can never really be separated in the language of symbols for the true Knowledge. But in India they have been separated for all practical purposes. The emasculated condition of the ancient Dharma is reflected in the fact that only the Cow is actively worshipped. The Horse (and by consequence the vir [hero] energy) is relegated to a secondary position, if at all it is given any consideration. The reason for this lies in the distortion of the spiritual experience in ages gone by. Today it claims to be 'vedic' but in name only: the essence of the experience has been lost, for only the dematerialised Energy, or the Spirit, is sacred. The rest, all the things of this material universe are now 'maya', or illusion. Not the divine Maya of the ancient Veda, but Shankara's undivine, veily and murky interfering substance. Simultaneously, with the increasing chasm between Cow and Horse reaching a culmination in our times, the Horse lost all connection with the Cow. In other words, the Cow, 'up there' was fine; down here it was all too unruly, wild and unredeemable: Matter was something to shun, that materialised Energy lost its sacredness and fell into the realm of the profane.
We do not have to go far afield for confirmation of these facts I am presenting because this same truth is preserved in the Brihad Aranyaka Upanishad. This Upanishad begins with the description of the universe in the form of a horse. It may be pointed out that this particular Upanishad is one of the oldest, hence closest to the ancient Vedic spirit wherein Agni, that supreme symbol-godhead was often described as a white Horse; and in this form he was the divine Usha's vahana, [carrier] as she ushered in the Dawn - of the day, of the year, of the age.
It may also be pointed out that these introductory 'horse verses' are often left out of translations and commentaries. It becomes rather difficult and embarrassing when those old chaps get so explicitly pagan.
Mention of Usha, the divine Dawn, brings us to another formidible truth of the Brihad Aranyaka. Time is mentioned therein as 'the breath of the Horse sacrificial'. The divine Measure (or Maya) of the Earth is the year. Thus Cow and Horse in their combined symbolism represent the sacrificial Year. Time gestates that Energy (Cow/Light) and forms are thereby evolved, imbued with prana (the 'breath' of the Horse). The destiny of all living things hinges on this cosmic process. Thus Cow and Horse are EVERYWHERE in the macrocosm and in the microcosm. The only problem is that in our times the connection between the two has been lost - hence the prevalence of a very divisive, separative consciousness throughout - even in the Godmen who themselves have lost this connection and continue repeating what are now just vacant phrases, though hallowed they may be. They must be instilled with that breath once more.'
'The Cow and Horse as Vedic Symbols', 1990, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
These profound Vedic symbols represent the depth of the work now taking place at the Aeon Centre whose guiding principle is expressed in it's motto: 'The Symbol is the thing Symbolised'. At this level of observation Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's work with these two animal symbols goes far beyond their utilitarian value. It represents a new way of 'seeing' in which animals represent something of universal importance which can be applied to the way cultures are formed and function and which reveal the deepest principles of their organization. Events which might seem ordinary to the uninitiated observer such as the timing of conceptions, births and deaths of the cows and horses have served as a means to define the details of a new evolutionary blueprint. The animals participating in this process as symbol powers reveal again and again the presence of a force controlling the entire play of circumstances in which the explicit collaboration of material nature can be objectively observed. Ms. Norelli-Bachelet recounts something of the role the Cow and the Horse have played in this integral process.
'On 30th July 1981, the first cow was given to us. She was a sort of Kamadhenu - the primordial Cow, mother of the entire bovine race, according to the Veda - but of a singularly different order. The special role she was to play in the yoga manifested in a harmony of time in conjunction with the zodiac, beginning with the very day she entered our midst. But in 1981 still nothing of this could be appreciated. Six months exactly, to the day, had to transpire for the first clear glimpses of the equivalency to become understood. Thus on 30 January, 1982, a horse was given to us - a thoroughly unexpected addition to the group work. Since there was no intentional human control over these unplanned and spontaneous selection of dates, it was evident from the beginning that the meaning they held was in the 'control' of the Supramental Shakti [power] and that therefore we had to be attentive to the role these animals were meant to play, if any at all. And having already had a decade of experience with the workings of this 'controlling Agent', the exact six-months synchronization of the arrival of Cow and Horse made me immediately understand that they were part of a process and that time itself would unfold the rest. Indeed, this was the case.'
'Animals in the Emerging Cosmos II, the symbol is the thing symbolised', The Vishaal Newsletter, Vol. 3/5, Dec. 1988, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
As a result of her research at the Aeon Centre, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet has published some of the most important and original works of Knowledge since the sages of Vedic India. Her work with these symbol creatures has provided a body of knowledge which has allowed her to unveil the inner meaning of some of the world's most obscure and profound spiritual texts including the ancient Veda and the Revelation of Saint John the Divine. Significantly, she is one of a handful of seers in thousands of years who has been able to pierce the mystery of these ancient texts and publish their original meaning. Her ability to accomplish such a formidable task derives from the yogic faculty of 'seeing'.
In the field of Epistemology which deals with modes of knowledge and perception, it is agreed that the ability to 'see' is the rarest quality of human consciousness. Yogic vision or 'Truth-Seeing' goes far beyond mental representation into an integral perception of 'what is' wherein the symbol is precisely the thing symbolized. Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet is one of those rare individuals who has the ability to 'see' and she has used her gift to articulate the most important issues of our time. She has pierced into the core of the collective chaos of modern civilization and has exposed the root cause of its problems. Ms. Norelli-Bachelet has proven beyond all doubt that the malaise, purposelessness and confusion which define our modern world is the direct outcome of our past mystic and spiritual perceptions. Furthermore, she is the only person in the world today willing to address this issue and offer real answers to our present evolutionary dilemma.
Renaissance of Myth:
A fundamental application of her cosmology and further testimony to the authenticity of her realization is Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's work with mythology. Her insights into the depths of reality originated in a mystical experience identical to the classic mythic visions of the past. She writes of this experience:
'I was suddenly flooded with inspiration for a book on astrology of a totally new order, like nothing that had ever been written on the subject. Images began to take shape before my mind's eye of a fantastic journey through the zodiac. The vision I had developed of the zodiac in my first book was now to be presented to children in allegorical form, where all the significances of the signs would be personified in figures in a land of fable in the manner of a fairy tale. I was overtaken by this flood of inspiration which took hold of me and kept me in a state of rapture for the entire month it took to write the book. The story was as if projected on a screen in my forehead, between my eyebrows. All I had to do was to follow this projection and record what I 'saw'. The stream of images was so powerful and consistent that for the period the influx was on I could do nothing but give in to this force and allow myself to be transported into the magic world of fantasy, an experience unknown to me until then.'
The Tenth Day of Victory, 1994, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
The influx of inspiration which she experienced took the form of a journey through the zodiac which she entitled, The Magical Carousel, perhaps the only contemporary 'Cosmic Myth' of our time. It is written in the classic zodiacal language proper to all mythology which describes the primordial form of circular or sacred time.
Like all myths, its value lies in the ability of the individual to identify the archetypal structure expressed in the story with the deepest existential dimensions of himself. When this is done, an unveiling begins, allowing him or her to see that order which is always present though hidden from view. It is precisely this 'seeing' which makes possible the transformation of an individual from one mode of being to another. As one is able to follow the passage of his own life through the cosmic process described in the myth, he gains a new orientation in life. He discovers within himself a 'center' which has a cosmological value equivalent to a sun. When this psychic dimension is realized, the individual becomes fully aware of his connection with the cosmos and sees the Divine evolution reflected in his own passage through the cycles of archetypal time. From this perspective the world becomes intelligible as order, making it possible for the individual to rise above the profane world and experience the real truths which stand behind the play of forces and drive the evolutionary process.
In her work with the mythic stories of ancient India, Ms. Norelli-Bachelet relates the principles of her cosmic realization to the classic cosmogonic myth known as the, 'Churning of the Milky Ocean at the Dawn of Time'. It tells the tale of an act of churning which results from the eternal struggle of two powerful forces, the gods and the titans. The churning takes place on the back of a tortoise upon which the god Vishnu conducts the operation. The churning myth illustrates the 'alchemical' process between two opposing forces which generates the passage from chaos to cosmos. The most important aspect of the churning tale is the creation of an axial alignment, a stable point around which the dynamic motion occurs. In the process of churning, treasures emerge like butter rising from the working of the cream. Gifts appear which can only come into being through the dynamism of the creative process. Alchemically, this means that at the core of mass it is Time's energy which can be found and then released and this is what permits the 'treasures' to arise.
'The [Churning of the Milky Ocean] myth is concerned primarily with establishing the central role of the Axis in creation... For this is the 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. This simple tale in fact sheds light on the very structure of form. Indeed this, it must be stated, is the purpose of the myth. And this feature pertains to macrocosms as well as microcosms. It pertains as well to the primordial age as well as to the stages of cosmic evolution well beyond the so-called 'Big Bang'.
But was there ever any such thing as a Big Bang? According to the myth creation did not come into being by anything of the sort, and especially not through any process of collapse of energy. It was simply the emergence of an axis and then the conspiracy to set that 'churning'. That the myth refers to the elaboration of the physical components of our universe is obvious from the fact that it adopts the symbol of churning the Milky Ocean or the Milky Way, and then from this motion gradually the treasures arise as butter would from the curdled, churned creamy substance.
Science must then ask what the nature of an axis is and what are its origins. We are of course aware that macrocosmic bodies do indeed posses axes and that they 'churn away' around their fixed poles. But how did this come into being in the first place? We seem to take for granted that axes always existed or that in some way, unknown to us, they arose simultaneously with the first crystallized substance. This hypothesis may not be sufficient to understand the nature of our physical dimension because as the ancient Vedic Seer realised in the dawn of history, the discovery of the origin of an axis is essential both for the proper understanding of the cosmic process and evolution, as well as the evolution of smaller bodies and finally the human species. Given this central importance, the axis is found in all cultural expressions which can trace their roots to that original Vedic act of seeing.'
'Culture and Cosmos', The Vishaal Newsletter, Vol 8 /2, June 1993, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
This discussion of the mechanics of creation is particularly significant in light of recent scientific discoveries which refute the principles of the so called 'Big Bang'. Astronomers and astrophysicists have discovered certain celestial bodies which are now confirmed to be older than their original estimates for the universe itself. As a consequence, scientists are rethinking their creation theories and looking for a more comprehensive explanation of the origins of the universe; one in which science and spirituality can find some common ground. Ms. Norelli-Bachelet has foreseen this revolution in creation theory and regards these new integrative breakthroughs as a natural consequence of the Supramental Gnosis.
'Supermind is the faculty that is now changing the human being's capacity to observe and measure. What before in both science and spirituality could only be expressed in terms of paradoxes and irreconcilables, can now be perceived in a vastly truer light. Mind indeed deforms the experience when it is used as the highest instrument of perception. And in both approaches Mind has been the tool, with its resultant language, insufficient and inadequate to express the higher reality in anything better than paradoxes. With the advent of Supermind this limitation is no longer felt; and with it comes the perception of the true nature of creation, - in particular with respect to that which moves and hence to time and matter.'
The New Way, Vol . 3, 1983, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
New Foundations of Archaeo-Astronomy:
Since Ms. Norelli-Bachelet's theories are based on a principle of order and organization which sets each thing in its rightful place, another fascinating application of her cosmology is the archetypal unfolding of world history. When the principles of the Gnostic Circle are applied in a historical context one is able to move beyond the chaos of linear historical time into an experience of sacred or cyclic time in which our collective past becomes revealed as a 'Theophany'. Not in the general sense as the philosopher Hegel suggested, 'that the whole of history occurred as it did because the Spirit so willed it', but in the specific order of things which reveals the timing, structure and purpose behind the Divine Will unfolding through the ages.
An example of cosmology applied in a historical context is its ability to pierce the long standing mysteries surrounding ancient civilizations and unveil the meaning and purpose of their high culture and sacred architectural structures.
In 1995, The Learning Channel aired on its "Discovery" series, a documentary based on recent developments surrounding the origins and age of the Egyptian Sphinx and the Great Pyramid. A team of scientists including Graham Hancock, Robert Bauval and writer-Egyptologist, John West, appeared on the program to discuss their recent discoveries about the early Egyptian culture. Through the presentation of their evidence they refuted the traditional premise that Egypt suddenly appeared around 3,000 BC, the product of a stone age culture, who with crude tools and a primitive technology built the monuments which stand today on the Giza Plateau. These researchers presented fact after undeniable fact including historical data from the 'Abydos King List' as well as erosion studies on the Sphinx itself, proving scientifically that the Egyptian culture and its monuments are much older than previously believed. Using computers to analyze the structure of the Great Pyramid, they concluded that it was the product of a highly advanced civilization which had knowledge of higher mathematics and an as yet unknown technology.
The Great Pyramid itself is a highly sophisticated cosmological structure which, as Ms. Norelli-Bachelet points out, was built exactly on the geographical point measuring 30 degrees longitude by 30 degrees latitude, and perfectly aligned to the four cosmic directions (The New Way, Vol. 2, Chapter 12). Hancock, Bauval and West unanimously agree that the sages of ancient Egypt must have possessed a knowledge and wisdom far beyond what we know today. Their culture was based upon a profound understanding of the celestial harmonies which is also included in their complex mythology. These scientists agree that nothing of this advanced culture will ever be properly understood without a thorough knowledge of cosmology and the archetypal cycle known as the 'precession of the equinox'. Their conclusion, based on empirical, mythic and cosmological evidence, is that the civilization which produced the Great Pyramid and Giza Sphinx lived around 10,500 BC in the Age of Leo. They further agree that these ancient structures, like all forms of sacred architecture, are cosmogonic monuments which commemorate the time of creation. In the case of the Egyptian myths, it was 'Tep Zepi' or the primordial time when Osiris created the world.
Over twenty years ago Ms. Norelli-Bachelet wrote the following discourse concerning the meaning and purpose of these ancient Egyptian monuments. Her statements are based upon a cosmological blueprint which uses in its historical application an evolutionary paradigm based on the precession of the Equinoxes. It is known as the "Map of the 12 Manifestations". Each periodic 'Manifestation' of the twelve consisted of 6,480 years, and the full circle of 12 contained a total of 77,760 years. It was this discovery which enabled Ms. Norelli-Bachelet to gain precise information on the nature of the archetypal influences playing themselves out in certain cultural metaphors.
'In this (Cosmic) revelation the most important discovery is that it clarifies the riddle of the Giza Sphinx. As can be seen, the count of the Yugas (Ages) hinges on the 0 degree Leo point, and consequently on 0 degree Aquarius as well, since the equinoctial axis cuts through the zodiac from one sign to its opposite. This is precisely the Giza Sphinx: A Man (Aquarius) with the body of a Lion (Leo). And this marvellous monument has silently been revealing to mankind throughout the millennia the precious knowledge of the Satyayuga, the Age of Truth which would begin when the precession of the equinoxes had passed for the last time over the 0 degree Leo point in our great Circle of 77,760 years. This occurred 8,640 years ago before the beginning of our 9th Manifestation, the time in years of the seconds of the kaliyuga, numbers that once again recall the diameter of the Sun, ruler of Leo. Thus from that point to our times...there is one measure of time, or a 'kaliyuga'. Our 9th Manifestation as the epoch of the unveiling of Truth...
In this way an accurate connection has been made between the knowledge of prehistoric Egypt, historic Greece, and India of our 9th manifestation. Above all, the student can reflect on the magnificence of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid, monuments which the sages of old left for the coming races, wherein the knowledge of humanity's destiny would be contained and preserved, and whereby man would be able to follow the course of his progress and understand that the Cosmos of which he is a part is a perfection, and that he is destined to become a vivid embodiment of that Perfection. The manner in which they have preserved the knowledge is the simplest of all, a mere triangular form which would reveal the way the circle is divided in order to understand Space and Time - four sections of three - and the sublime symbol of the Sphinx which is the message of the Age of Truth. The Sphinx was built precisely at the time the precession was passing over or within the vicinity of 0 degrees Leo, carrying humanity into the Satyayuga some 10,800 years ago.'
The Gnostic Circle, P. 64-65, 1975, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
[note: Owing to the fact that the 'precessional cycle' moves backward through the zodiac, the 0 degree of the Age of Leo occurred some 10,800 years ago and continued to about 10,500 BC.]