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The Message of the Ancients - A Vedic Perspective by Prash Trivedi

  • the Shifting Ages

     

  • the Orion mystery

     

  • the Temples of Angkor

     

  • Ramayana and Mahabharata - ancient Vedic epics or historical diaries ?

     

  • the Astrological Code

     

  • our Common Roots

     

    In my study of ancient Vedic scriptures, I have come across some startling conclusions. Through this piece I would like to share some of them with you.

    For example, the ancient Vedic seers knew about the phenomenon of relativity, as can be seen from this story taken from one of the Vedic scriptures:

    An Earthly King was called upon by Brahma, the Creator among the Trinity of Vedic deities presiding over universal affairs, to visit him in his abode which was quite far (many light years) away from earth. The Earthly King agreed, and visited the abode of Brahma and spent around fifteen minutes (of Brahmaloka time) witnessing the splendour of Brahmaloka.

    After that he asked Brahma to arrange for his return to Earth as his family and kingdom awaited him. Brahma laughed and told him that by the time he returned to earth, thousands of years of Earth time would have passed. No one would recognize him as his Kingdom no longer existed and his family had already gone through many generations. This shows beyond doubt that the ancient Vedic seers knew about time travel and the relativity of time and space long before Albert Einstein revealed his theories to the modern world.

    I feel that the key to unlocking the recently discovered "Orion" mystery of the Pyramids, the "Draconis" mystery of temples in Angkor, and the "Pleiades" mystery of the Mayan civilization, lies in the ancient Vedic texts. These texts contain more references concerning all these sacred constellations and deep sky objects than any other ancient manuscripts.

    The Orion mystery of the Pyramids arises from the fact that the three Pyramids at Giza,located south-west of Cairo, are aligned exactly as the three middle stars of the constellation of Orion namely Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka.

    Also, the three Pyramids are aligned at an angle of 45 degrees, and astronomical data shows that the belt of Orion was tilted at such an angle around 10,500 BC. Hence, a startling conclusion looms on the horizon, which is that the Pyramids were constructed not around 2500 BC by the Egyptians, but by a more advanced civilization thousands of years earlier.

    The story does not end here, as it is found that the main chamber of the King's pyramid was linked to passages which aimed directly at the heart of Orion as it would have been located in that time.

    The mystery deepens when one finds that the temples at Angkor in Cambodia form a shape exactly similar to the constellation of Draconis. Using astronomical data, once again it is found that the temples align with the constellation as it appeared around 10,500 BC.

    It is also interesting to note that the constellations of Orion and Draconis lie almost opposite to each other in the celestial view from Earth.

    Interestingly, the figure of 10,500 BC comes up in both cases, and this is also the time given by esoteric astrologers for the last great global cataclysm which destroyed a ivilization much more advanced than our own.

    The recent advances made in esoteric astrology can help understand why the ancients were so keen on studying and following the motion of these sacred constellations.

    Within these celestial bodies also lies the key to the common source of all these civilizations, which can only be understood by understanding their esoteric significance through the study of astrology of the ancients.

    If these theories are correct, then we can safely conclude that the ancients constructed these structures as astronomical codes for preserving the knowledge of the past cataclysm, which happened around 10,500 BC, and also as a warning for future generations.

    Most of the esoteric astrologers agree that the last major cataclysm occurred around 10,000 BC when the Age of Virgo gave way to the Age of Leo.

    This change of ages takes place due to an astronomical reality know as Precession. The earth's axis is not stationary, but spins around and completes one revolution about each 26,000 years.

    This means that about every 2000 years, a different astrological sign rises at dawn on the Spring Equinox (when night and day are of equal length). That period in history is said to be the Age of that rising sign.

    In my view, the simplistic and approximate breakdown of the Ages after the Great Flood around 10,000 BC would be like this.

    • 10000 - 8000 BC : Age of Leo

    • 8000 - 6000 BC : Age of Cancer

    • 6000 - 4000 BC : Age of Gemini

    • 4000 - 2000 BC : Age of Taurus

    • 2000 - 1 BC : Age of Aries

    • 1 - 2000 AD : Age of Pisces

    • 2000 AD onward : Age of Aquarius

    Now the reason why I use the word approximate is that the transition time in the shifting of these ages varies from a few years to a few hundred years and the actual transition point is highly debatable as the boundaries of the various signs of the zodiac are defined differently in different systems.

    These different Ages were characterized by use of common symbols by all the civilizations which happened to exist at that time in history.

    For example, the Age of Leo was characterized by Sun worship, and all the cultures of this time were termed Heliolithic.

    Another characteristic of Leo symbology was the use of the Lion as in the Great Sphinx. The use of Gold as currency was the norm at that time, and Gold and Lion are unique symbols of the sign Leo and its planetary ruler the Sun.

    Cults of Great Mother Goddess came up everywhere, especially across Asia minor and the shores of the Mediterranean during the Age of Cancer.

    Though our knowledge of this time in history is shadowy to say the least, still one can safely say that Sun worship gave way to Moon worship, as Moon is the planetary ruler of the Sign cancer.Cancer is also the sign associated with the Great Mother, the creator of the Universe.

    This same Mother can be seen manifesting in various ancient cultures: the Isis of Egyptians, Nana of Chaldeans, Rhea of the Romans, Spiderwoman of the Hopi, and Shakti of the Vedic scriptures, but they all arose from the early Mother goddess cults of the Age of Cancer.

    The Age of Gemini brought about the worship of the twin-gods. The Phoenician, Egyptian, Babylonian, Assyrian and Vedic cultures are testimony to the cult of the Twins who were born of the mating of the universal male principle symbolized by the Sun and universal female principle symbolized by Earth and the Moon.

    Since Gemini is the sign of writing and communication, we find that new languages were discovered and spread in this time. The best example is that of the Sumerians who are supposed to have brought the art of writing from Central Asia to Mesopotamia around this period.

    Since the Egyptian civilization was the one we know most about in the Age of Taurus, we have its real evidence in Egyptian Bull and Earth mother cults which were part of Egyptian culture and religion at this time. This comes as no surprise as Taurus is the sign ruling over the desire nature on Earth symbolized by its symbol, the Bull.

    Taurus also presides over the gifts of mother Earth to its inhabitants. It is thus the sign ruling agriculture which reached a sort of peak in the civilization of Egypt due to the river now known as Nile. Few civilizations have surpassed the affluence of the ancient Egyptians.

    The Age of Aries found its symbolism in the main civilizations of its time, namely the Roman and Greek. The Arian idea of individualism was the cornerstone for these civilizations. The Greeks worshipped Apollo, the god of the Sun. Sun finds its exaltation in the sign of Aries and thus its worship returned once again.

    Romans worshipped Mars along with Zeus, as the God of War. Since much of their civilization was based upon war, they had special regard for Mars above all the rest, which is the planetary ruler of Aries. It was the age of the military throughout the world.

    Sun worship returned among the Egyptians through the Pharaoh Amenhotep IV. Jews became the chosen ones for this Age with Moses laying down the guiding principles which are very much a mixture of the sign Aries and the Sign Libra, its polar opposite.

    Buddha, who had five planets in the Sign Aries at Midheaven in his chart, ushered in a new individualistic belief which did not need help of any Gods and Goddesses for attaining Nirvana, very much in keeping with Arian spirit.

    Lao Tse, Confucius, and Zoroaster heralded new beliefs along the same lines in ancient China and ancient Persia.

    The Age of Pisces was clearly marked by the arrival of Jesus. He went against the Old Testament, which emphasised ram and the sacrificial fire due to its Arian origins. Through his teachings the New Testament was brought about, along with the emblem of 'fish' and baptism by 'water'.

    Now 'fish' is the symbol of the sign Pisces and 'water' is its element. Even on a deep psychological and spiritual level, his teachings and life represent the qualities of the sign Pisces.

    Incidentally, according to the majority of scholars, Jesus was born when the planets Jupiter and Saturn joined in the sign Pisces. This could have been the Star of Magi which the three wise men from east followed.

    Virgo, the opposite sign of Pisces, found its symbolism through Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Virgo, as is common knowledge the sign of the Virgin.

    This Age saw abundant mysticism in poetry, art and culture throughout the world. The Christian mystics and the Sufis were all tuned in to the vibrations of this emotional, all inclusive sign.

    Exaltation of martyrdom, extreme monasticism, the Dark Ages, the blind belief systems, unquestioned orthodoxy represent some of the dark sides of the Piscean era.

    The Piscean age started giving way with the advent of scientific thought during the Renaissance, but it still holds the majority of humanity in its grasp through the orthodox religions, blind patriotism, and growing financial inequality.

    Due to concentration on the lower energies of this sign especially in the last century, the world has virtually become a 'market' and 'money' its God.

    One can never be sure when exactly the energies of Aquarius, the sign of Man, will take over. My view is that this change would take place somewhere in the early years of the 21st century.

    Another important astrological event which is happening now is the conjunction of winter solistice with the Galactic center, which according to vedic scholars lies at around 6 degrees of the sign , Sagittarius.

    Interestingly the timing of the last Great Flood around 10,000 B.C coincided with conjunction of summer solstice with the Galactic center. As we know, the summer solstice is the point in time exactly opposite to the winter solstice.

    The Christ ( derived from the greek word Christos, meaning the "anointed one" )who inaugurated the age of Pisces as the Jesus of Nazareth, himself says ;

    "When the Sign of Man shall come, he will enlighten you in all things ."

    In my view, the Aquarian Age, the age of individual enlightenment and brotherhood of Man, will only manifest fully only after a purification process.

    This fall is imminent in the way this civilization has polluted the Earth beyond repair ... at least by human means!

    Of course we all wish to see things happen with the minimum of suffering and maximum of benefit but the present reality and the message of the ancients reveals a different plot which we must accept as a manifestation of the cosmic intelligence /will.

    The ancients have many times warned us that in the past, many civilizations which considered themselves invincible, were reduced to dust by the storms of 'time'.

    Coming back to the time of the last global cataclysm, the Great Sphinx is the structure which assumes prime importance in marking the time around 10,500 BC. It is regarded by esoteric astrologers as a combination of signs Leo and Virgo.

    It is quite evident in its mixing of human and animal form that it was an attempt to represent the change of Ages from Virgo, a sign with a human symbol, to the Age of Leo, a sign with lion as its symbol.

    Several descriptions of this catastrophe and its timing can be found within the wisdom and scriptures of all the ancient civilizations, including that of the Native American Indians.

    In the vedic scriptures, one can get the detailed accounts of the civilizations which made these structures around 10,500 BC, and which existed before and during the Age of Leo.

    It is quite surprising that the two main ancient Vedic epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, deal with nothing but the culture and lifestyle of the four main Ages before 2000 B.C. Those ages are the Age of Leo, the Age of Cancer, the Age of Gemini, and finally the Age of Taurus.

    The Vedic scripture Ramayana tells us of the Kings who ruled in the Age of Leo, and reveals that they all considered themselves Suryavanshi, meaning the direct descendants of the Sun!

    In other words, they were all Sun Kings, which is a very strong indicator of that time being the Age of Leo, as Sun has the lordship of Leo according to Vedic astrology.

    The Ramayana also reveals that some of the cities in that Age which were built mostly of Gold, which again is associated with Sun and the sign of Leo in Vedic astrology.

    The epic talks about flying machines, which functioned simply from the power of thought, and throughout, it describes a very advanced civilization whose downfall came through pursuit of excessive materialism.

    The information that the Ramayana contains is in the form of a long continuous story, but it is not hard to decipher the hidden meaning, especially if one uses the astrological hints given throughout the tale.

    The killing of Ravana, (the Titan king, who has Leo rising as his ascendant in his chart) by Rama, (the Aryan prince, an incarnation of Vishnu and the deity of preservation among the Vedic Trinity who has Cancer rising as his ascendant), symbolises the end of the Age of Leo and the beginning of the Age of Cancer.

    This transition was brought about through a terrible war in which Rama defeated Ravana ith the help of his friend the Monkey King and his army.

    Astrologically, this shows that Mars was the planet which helped bring about the Age of Cancer, which is no surprise as Mars is the most benefic planet for Cancer ascendant. According to Vedic astrology, Mars is the planet which rules over monkeys and other primates.

    It also brings to fore an interesting thought that some primate races were existing side by side of more evolved human races. This could be a key for solving the long unsolved riddle of evolution of human beings, as it opens up the possibility that humans and primates may not have a common ancestry.

    Rama was succeeded by his twin sons, Luv and Kush, which symbolized the change from the Age of Cancer to the Age of Gemini, which is the Sign of the Twins.

    This transition also took place with a struggle in which the twin brothers defeated their father's armies. Not much emphasis is paid on this part of the scripture, as it puts Rama on the wrong side, which is not acceptable to many orthodox Hindus.

    The other epic, Mahabharta, describes the Age of Taurus and the transition from the Age of Taurus to the Age of Aries. The central character is Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu who is born with Taurus rising in his ascendant. In the story, Krishna's pastimes reflect the culture and living of that time in history in a most fascinating way.

    It is interesting to note that he was born as a cowherd, where in Vedic astrology, the cow is directly related to the sign of Taurus.

    It is Krishna who said to his friend Arjun in the middle of the battlefield:

    "Whenever there is decay of righteousness and exaltation of unrighteousness, O Bharata, than I Myself come forth for the protection of the good, for the sake of establishing righteousness, I am born from Age to Age."

    These words again point to the shifting of the Ages and the presence of a divine incarnation who heralds every new Age.

    The actual war of Mahabharata, a war involving all the kingdoms on earth, which is placed at around 3100 BC by various scholars, turns out to be the conflict which inaugurates Kaliyuga, or the Age of darkness.

    In fact, this war also relates to the transition from the Age of Taurus to the Age of Aries, symbolized by the death of Krishna. The actual transition took place around 2000 BC, during the reign of King Parikshit, the last king in the lineage of Pandavas, the five brothers who emerged victorious in Mahabharata.

    The Vedic tradition felt that humanity lost some part of their original divinity through each of the changing ages until things finally hit rock bottom in Kaliyuga. The cycle repeats itself after a cataclysm similar to that of 10,000 BC.

    After 2000 BC, we are very much into the Era of recorded history and historical diaries of the changing ages like the Ramayana and Mahabharata were no longer required.

    We can see that the two cycles, one of the changing Astrological Ages and the other of changing Ages based upon the shifting level of consciousness of humanity, overlap each other in unison like two wheels with different number of spokes revolving side by side with the same speed.

    In vedic astrology, there are 27 constellations spanning the 12 signs of the zodiac. One of these constellations within the sign Gemini is Ardra, which is nothing but the second brightest star in Orion, known as Betelguese. It is supposed to be the abode of Shiva, one of the Trinity and the Vedic deity presiding over Destruction and Regeneration.

    Orion houses two constellations in Vedic astrology and is revered in all the Vedic texts as the gateway from where the souls descend to begin their earthly life. It is thus called the "Giver of Life".

    Astronomically, Orion is located in the gap between the astrological signs of Taurus and Gemini. This gap is one of the two celestial gateways in the Zodiac; the other one lies between the astrological signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius.

    Pleiades is again one of the constellations mentioned in Vedic astrology, and is supposed to be ruled by the Sun. It is revered as being the "Giver of transcendental Knowledge" along with understanding of the Cosmic Laws.

    I feel that all the Knowledge is out there already, and all we need to do is put the pieces together and synthesize all the seemingly unrelated aspects.

    For example, the fact that Draconis among the constellations signifies the Flying Serpent, relates to the Mayan civilization which worshipped the Flying Serpent with the temples of Angkor, which were made in the image of this constellation.

    The Flying Serpent is revered in the Chinese culture as the "Dragon" which in turn symbolizes the very heights of wisdom and knowledge.

    The same Serpent is revered in the Vedic scriptures due its association with the "Kundalini" power, which resides at the base of the spine and is the giver of supreme enlightenment once it opens up the "Crown center" located at the top of the head.

    Vedic astrology represents this Serpent power through the Moons nodes, Rahu (north node)and Ketu (south node).

    In my mind their is no doubt that all the cultures and civilizations past and present have a common origin. I also think that the science of astrology is the common link between the symbolism of all these cultures.

    Why it has become possible for us to break this astronomical / astrological code of the Ancients at the present time is because we might again be on the verge of another global transformation similar to that of 10,000 BC, and the key to our future may lie in this very Knowledge !

     

    Printed with the kind permission of OSFA – Orion School & Foundation For Astrology. The Home of Jyotish Ancient Indian Astrology.

     

    OSFA is dedicated to enhancing public awareness about Vedic Astrology (Indian Astrology) and its related fields through lecturing, research, writings, media and courses.

     

    OSFA welcomes lecture opportunities, event collaborations and organized reading sessions. Those wanting to help, associate or contribute can write directly to them at astrology@karmablueprint.com

     

    Please visit their website at www.osfa.org.uk

     

    © OSFA 2000 – 2006. All rights reserved.

     

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