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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The Secrets of the Vedas, Agni- Part 2



The ancient Vedas contain many critical spiritual concepts, such as "consciousness" and the "immortality of the soul." Over the centuries religious scholars have been fascinated by the Vedic hymns, but for the most part, were unable to understand their esoteric meaning, never having experienced a similar state of consciousness. Words were inadequate to express the sublime nature of the mystical state, so the Indian Rishis' used symbolism and allegory to cloth the ideas in a material form. The iconography used in the Vedas is no different than any other religious field of study that uses a unique metaphoric language to create a theoretical model. 

The "Vedic Gods" are personifications of the energetic processes in nature and the human body. For example, “religious scholars believe Soma is a hallucinogenic drug, created by crushing herbs. But esoterically Soma” is a specific creation of the kundalini process. “Soma” refined prana from the sublimated sexual energy that fuels a mystical experience. Which also feeds the brains physical regeneration. They call soma the "food of the Gods." The symbolic Serpent (Vitra), along with Soma, Indra, and Varuna are all linked as elements of the transformation of consciousness.


There are 33 Vedic gods, (33 vertebrae in the vertebral column). The list below gives an esoteric meaning for the most important gods. Decoding the meaning of mythic symbolism is the best way to clarify true meaning the worlds’ religions and sacred texts. Hopefully, by understanding these definitions, one can interpret the Vedas from the standpoint of a biological and psychological process that underpins the evolution of consciousness





                                          The Gods of the Vedas
           
  Indra - Almighty god behind the universe, power of consciousness in the material world.

Vrtra - The Spiral path of subtle energy symbolized by the Kundalini-Serpent.

Agni - Fire or heat of consciousness within matter. Indra strikes Vritra using his thunderbolt, an action that refers to releasing Agni from its encasement in matter, (see part 1), causing the seven stagnant rivers, hidden in Vala’s cave to flow again-referring to the flow of Prana through the seven chakras.

Soma - Sublimated sexual energy and Bio-energy that feeds higher consciousness       

Surya -   The Vedic sun god, "the Supreme Light, and the chief solar deity in Hinduism. Surya represents the light of God in the external world.

Dawn -  Refers to the birth of immortal consciousness that renews itself each day, and the balance between night and day. 

Varuna - Water - Pranic energy that flows throughout the universe. Varuna governs the celestial ocean and moving waters, and the laws of the underworld. Esoterically Varuna personifies the movement of Prana in the body and the earth.


Animal symbols

Horse - The sacrifice of the "horse" refers to taking the reins of one's passions and controlling desires.


Bull - Symbol of masculine strength and potency. Therefore, the sacrifice of the bull metaphorically refers to the sublimation of sexual energy. This same motif underlies the myth of Hermes, the Greek God of knowledge and messenger of the Gods. As the Greek myths describe Hermes as a cattle thief.  
 Stealing cattle in this context refers to transmuting sexual energy as the god Hermes was an example of the effects of a fully awakened kundalini which drys up sexual energy and sends it upward to make one a genius. 

Cow - Symbol of mothering, the white phase of transformation. The “cow” refers to the feminine archetype, which provides food, (milk, butter) for the transmutation.  



Stone - Physical matter, in which Agni resides.  


Rigveda  

Hymn 1


"THOU, Agni, shining in thy glory through the days, art brought to life from out the waters, from the stone," 

"From out the forest trees and herbs that grow on ground, thou, Sovran Lord of men art generated pure."

   The Ancients believed that non-human entities, such as animals, plants, and inanimate objects-possessed a spiritual essence. A worldview called "animism," which was so fundamental, mundane and taken-for-granted, most indigenous people do not have a word in their languages that corresponds to "animism" or even 'religion.' 

 It follows from this line of thinking; there must exist a life-force or spirit in all matter. Agni is this life-force. It is an organizing power, heat, light, and consciousness within matter. The verse states Agni; 'brought to life from out the waters, from the stone.' Agni is the golden fire, the consciousness residing in all matter. 


The  Science of Alchemy

 Everything that existed, according to alchemical science, is a mixture of the four elements. The classical elements, which some science writers compare to the modern states of matter, compare earth to the solids, water to liquid to air to gas and fire to plasma. The Greek philosophers had argued about which element was the primal substance of the universe; some thought water or air. 

In Vedic philosphy , the dominant element is Agni.(Fire)


In nature, the spiral or vortex movement of the five elements enables the creation of a higher element. Agni/fire spirals create water; water spins to create the earth, then trees and plants by photosynthesis create air. The myths portrayed this helical path with the symbol of the serpent. This same sequence of transmuting elements is the basis of creation myths of Egypt and India, Greece, China, and other ancient civilizations. Creation myths depict the 'mundane egg,' that is an egg with a serpent twisted around it, symbolizing of the spiral nature of creation. 

Hymn 2

"Thine is the Herald's task and Cleanser's duly timed; Leader art thou, and Kindler for the pious man.

 "Thou art Director, thou the ministering Priest: thou art the Brahman, Lord, and Master in our home."


   In verse twelve of the Rigveda; Agni is “cherished well, art highest vital power,” this phrase points to the transformative heat that cleanses the nerves and blood, an idea also emphasized in verse two, “cleanser duly timed” resulting in a “kinder” and “pious man.” Agni is the “director, priest, Brahman,” alluding to Agni's power of spiritual regeneration. 

It is Agni, in the form of Pranic-fire that leads “us forward to higher bliss,” or enlightenment. While Kundalini is the intelligence force, the guardian of evolution, which guides all transformations.
Agni is the consciousness of matter, the eternal power behind the change, the primal element fire in all existence.


   

Many of the Vedic concepts are hard to comprehend because of the west doesn’t accept the existence of subtle energies, (such as Prana, Chi, Od, Orgone, Ki). But Prana can be felt and seen within the body after a Kundalini awakening. One can feel heat and warmth at the base of the spine.

Kundalini cleanses and purifies the body to make it the proper vehicle for higher consciousness. Every step upward in consciousness, results in a step down into the physical realm, as the body adjusts to the higher vibrations; then toxins are released, and the nerves and glands are regenerated

This process of the ascent of consciousness then decent is the primary principal of Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga. He writes, in The Secret of Yoga, (24:1606-08), “On each height we conquer we have to turn to bring down its power and its illumination into the lower mortal movement.”

Sri Aurobindo has many profound insights into the transformative process, collected by the author Satprem in the book, Sri Aurobindo, Adventures in Consciousness. According to Aurobindo, humans are in a state of transition; we are an unfinished yet-evolving towards immortality. The transformation takes countless lives; it is a long process of becoming more consciousness by quieting the mind, emotions and vital desires. Eventually, when Kundalini awakens, and the initiate realizes their "psychic being" or immortal soul, described in mythic -religion as being reborn or born again.

Physical nature cannot change without a conscious force powerful enough to penetrate the deepest layers of matter. To achieve this physical transformation the highest level of consciousness, called the “superconscient” by Aurobindo, must be reached. It exists above the head, in an invisible plane, “Above was an ardent white tranquility” Savita 28:239.

One passes through nirvana and merges with the Godhead and enters what Aurobindo calls the 'superconscient.' Similarly, Christ said, 'I and my father are one' and the sages of India said-'so'ham,' 'I am He.' The enlightened sages of the East and West found this ultimate truth by reaching the level of the superconscient pg. 168)

The superconscient level has the power to spiritualize matter and is the central theme of in worlds myths, legends, and religions. In the Arthurian Romances, Arthur obtained to the throne by pulling a sword from a stone, (physical matter). The sword is a symbol of the power of Agni in matter(representing the human spine) as Arthur uses this sword to conquer all his enemies. The image of the sword in the stone refers to bringing down to the earth plane the highest power of consciousness through the spine. 

The Rigveda waxes poetically about the stone, in an effort express the unity of creation;

"He is the child of waters, the child of the forests, the child of things stable and the child of things that move. Even in the stone, he is there." (Rigveda,1.70.2) 

This concept means that matter (the stone) and consciousness are the same.

Joseph Alexander 

12/8/2015
Edited 12/24/2017





















   













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