Monday, July 19, 2004

Vedic Numerology I: The Concept

For understanding numerology, one needs to understand the true meaning of satya (truth) and arudha (illusion). The whole world runs on the basis of perception, common understanding (between members of a group) and personal understanding (of a person in a group). To explain this lets say, when you see red traffic light on a street, you would not like to cross road, being a padestrian. For that matter this would be the behaviour of almost everyone, because this forms the part of common understanding and everyone trains his/ her mind to behave in those "expected" ways. However, the personal understanding would depend on the learning/ experience of each member of the community, for example, some would be daring enough to cross red lights and someone else would be too careful. However, this is a minor variation of the common understanding. The third most important thing, which would influence the behavious would be what is your perception of the situation. Perceptions are nothing but, cues which helps interpreting an event based on set personal assumptions. The perceptions are based on both common and personal understanding and forms the immediate basis of our behaviour.

Thus, whether or not a cow is a cow, if everyone believes it to be a cow, their behaviour shall certainly be affected by their belief. Note here that the belief might not reflect truth, but a common understanding. This is possible with human community as we all live in the world of illusion and only when we realise the truth, we can expect us to be free from the chains of illusion.

So when everyone believes a particular day to be Sunday, it becomes Sunday for them. Note here that, even though there is no astronomical basis for defining the lord of a weekday, the common understanding gives the basis. This shows that its only an illusion and because everyone believes in it, it exists. Thus when we talk of vedic numerology, it is the illusion, which we are talking about.

More than that the Julian/ Gregorian calendar is based more on convinience than any strong astronomical foundation. Hence, should Vedic Numerology base its conclusions on this calendar? To define time based on Astronomical Cycles, various calendars have been devised by various civilizations and some calendars which are particularly used by the vedic seers are the Solar Calendar, which measures a year with one complete cycle of Sun in the Zodiac and the Soli-Lunar Calendar, which is based on Lunar Phases. The soli-lunar calendar is again synchronised with the Solar Calendar, by adding the adhika masas (one extra month) when the difference between the two calendars accumulate to approx. 30 lunar phases. The synchronisation is done so that the Lunar Calendar doesnot fall out of synchronicity with the Seasons. More than that the philosophically, Moon has to follow the Sun as Mind cannot exist independently from the Soul. 
 
However, for the purpose of Numerology, we can still consider the English Calendar as long as we have people following it with firm conviction. Who care's about what the truth, whe we all live in the world of Illusion.
 
TO BE CONTINUED...

1 comment:

Peter Jene said...

Really fantastic your post. I look forward to future posts.

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