You are absolutely right, when you think that the title of this essay on vedic astrology is rather presumptive. Indeed, only the Veda itself can really fulfil the promise that it holds out to us. Only a direct cognition of the unified field of all the laws of nature, both in its holistic value as well as in all its specific values, can give us an insight into the mechanics of creation. This insight can never be gained by reading a book, but only through direct experience of pure knowledge.
Insight into the workings of nature can only be gained by opening our awareness to the completely abstract level of creation, beyond the Planck scale of physics, where all the laws of nature are located. One cannot see a law of nature with ones physical eyes. No one has ever seen gravity. Our eyes can only see the effects of gravity, that universal law of nature, which Newton cognized in his own consciousness.
Both the timeless reality of the Veda, which is total knowledge in its truest sense, as well as its corresponding vedic literature, have been preserved since ancient times in India - the land of the Veda. Although the Veda and the vedic literature have been cognized in a localized setting of time and space this ancient science deals with universal laws of nature; identical for all observers, in any space, in any time.
Vedic science wants to bring home to us, to every single individual born on this planet, that all mechanics of creation are contained within the simplest form of our own awareness.
Highly integrated persons of olden times, being endowed with pure and highly developed nervous systems and therefore very clear minds, were able to cognize in their own self-referral consciousness how the totality of all the laws of nature, by way of their structuring dynamics, create the entire universe in all its splendour. Human awareness, when fully awake in its unbounded nature, sees its own fabrics of pure consciousness, pure intelligence, pure cosmic creative intelligence. The ancient seers of India were able to perceive inside the structure of their own unbounded awareness the finest fabrics of pure intelligence, the workings of the laws of nature. For this reason they were called seers, or 'rishis' in vedic terminology. They could see with the eye of wisdom, the eye of their soul, the eye of pure consciousness, how creation is the play and display of an omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient intelligence - the creative intelligence of the unified field of all the laws of nature, which they knew to be their own consciousness, their own self.
They recorded their subjective experiences of all levels of creation, in what is still available today as the textbooks of the Vedas and the vedic literature. This ocean of pure knowledge, consisting of 40 branches of vedic science, describes in multifarious ways the structuring dynamics of creation. It does so on the various levels of creation that are distinguished by modern science: the Absolute, the psychological level, physiological level, sociological level, ecological level, and the cosmological level of creation. Thus the range of vedic science stretches from that which is 'smaller than the smallest' - anor aniyan, to that which is 'greater than the greatest' - mahato mahiyan.
These 40 branches of vedic textbooks all agree on one common point: the entire creation, in its infinite diversity, is the expression of pure consciousness. Consciousness, by the mere fact that it knows itself, becomes creative - it becomes the cosmic creative intelligence. The 40 branches also agree on one more point: The human being has the capacity to experience this cosmic level of consciousness, the source of the entire creation as his own self-referral state of consciousness, his own subjectivity, yeah his very self.
And, in order to have this direct experience of our own source, the rishis, and all the vedic textbooks advise us to practice meditation. In the pocket edition of the Veda, the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna advises Arjuna to transcend all relative, changing levels of experience, and to experience the simplest form of his own awareness, and simply to 'be': 'Nistraigunyo bhavarjuna,' - 'Be without the three gunas, O Arjuna' - in order to become successful on all levels of life. Krishna adds that 'even a little of this practice delivers from great fears' and he implies that every single human being born on this planet will derive great benefits from experiencing his innermost levels of awareness, his own self.
Meditation has been widely misinterpreted as a form of contemplation or concentration. If anything can be held responsible for the suffering of mankind, it is this wrong interpretation of vedic knowledge.
Meditation is described by Lord Krishna, and by many other exponents of vedic science, as an effortless process of 'letting go.' Fortunately, many spiritual movements in the world today are realising the universal need for a human being to practice some form of meditation in order to center oneself into oneself.
In my opinion, the system of meditation propounded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a very efficient and practical way to experience the state of pure consciousness, pure silence, the source of all thoughts and feelings - the simplest form of human awareness.
By regular practice of what is commonly known as Transcendental Meditation, twice a day, the level of pure silence in consciousness becomes gradually established throughout the three relative states of consciousness - waking, dreaming and sleeping.
In this natural process, the conscious capacity of the mind starts to comprehend all levels of mental activity - from the surface level of thinking, to the subtle levels of thought, feeling and intuition, to the ultimate level of Absolute, pure consciousness, pure being. Then the mind comprises all levels of relative and Absolute experience - the changing and non-changing levels of creation, the whole field of Being and Be-coming. By regular practice of this effortless form of meditation our consciousness becomes more and more comprehensive and ultimately it becomes all-comprehensive and we gain a state of awareness which can be called cosmic consciousness. During this very process the nervous system, which is merely a reflector of the universal consciousness, becomes purer and more efficient.
As we keep on alternating the experience of pure awareness in transcendental meditation with the performance of our daily duties and activities, we start to use more and more of the full potential of our brain, and indeed of our body-mind system as a whole. This integration of mind and body is the explicit theme of yoga, which is one of the 40 branches of vedic science.
Thus the simple, natural and effortless technique of transcendental meditation gradually opens the awareness to that level of consciousness that is truly cosmic in its nature. It is on that level that we become aware of the mechanics of creation, and begin to cognize the structuring dynamics of the unified field of all the laws of nature. In simple terms, this means that we become rishis, or seers of the truths of life. Then the Vedas and the vedic literature become the textbooks of our own experiences.
Maharishi emphasizes that herein lies the proper use of the vedic texts. They can never be used successfully as a guideline for action. Their purpose is to serve us in verifying our own personal experiences, when we gain familiarity with our own self-referral state of consciousness. The books serve as a mirror by which we can gauge the purity of our consciousness. They are the records of the universal experiences of the unchanging field of consciousness, the source of all change, the prime mover of life, the source of creation. They describe to us in great detail the structuring dynamics of consciousness and confirm to us that these mechanics of consciousness are the structuring mechanics of the entire universe.
Thus the intention of this essay
on vedic astrology is to provide a mirror, confirming the personal experiences
of those who are pursuing an insight and experience of their all-comprehensive
level of consciousness. In terms of vedic astrology this level of awareness
is called jyotishmati pragya - the all-knowing state of consciousness.
The Vedas declare that this all-knowing state of consciousness is the birthright
of every human being born on this beautiful planet. May this essay serve as
a source of inspiration to you.
Copyright © 1998. Drs. Frans Langenkamp, Ph.D. All rights reserved.