Initiation Video : Baba answers questions

Numbers mentioned in Initiation Video

from FACEBOOK 11 June 2010: Baba Rampuri is asked questions regarding numbers in the Initiation video.

In the moral universe, or the Christian/Jewish/Muslim monotheist universe one might assign Maya as an obstacle or even an evil.

Yes, we transcend Maya, but we don’t SHUN Her, we honor and worship Her. Ma as Maya, the Matrix, the World Mother, is indeed Measure, and we worship Her singing “Mother, you are so astounding, let me count the ways…” I see the numbers as reflections of Her manifestation, not with specific meanings, but as reflections of many different things that bear RESEMBLANCE to each other. For example, but not limited to by any means, 3 gunas, 5 elements, 9 planets, 12 houses, 15 days of the moon, and vowels (Shiva’s shaktis), 50 or 51 syllables, 9X12=108 the Universe reflected as the night sky, Brahmanda – the egg of Brahma, and the “mathematics” of 1 +1 = 11, Shiva and Shakti, Gaurishankar. Let me count the ways, Auspicious One! Oh, 1008, just add another Egg in the middle of things. The syllable Ma lives in that Sacred Geography where the Cosmic Unmanifest meets the World, she holds the power, potential, and possibility to manifest the world by her personality of Limitation. Shiva as pure bliss, Ananda, is reflected in the World as “feeling,” bliss, suffering, any feeling. Shiva as Eternity, is reflected in the world, through the prism of Limitation as time, the ticking clock. His omniscience, All-Knowing is reflected as knowledge, and then further, in our age, to information. Things are not equal in the Universe, the INDIVIDUAL on whom the influence of Jupiter falls is not equal to Jupiter. The path of the Sannyasi, the renunciate, the yogi, or even the seeker, is to turn the world upside down, and return to Shiva, or the source, or the nothingness, or whatever you want to call it.

It’s not that it’s important to count, nobody is counting, we are observing and witnessing, and we notice RESEMBLANCE in the world. The more we observe resemblance, the more we see that it is Speech. A sacred Speech. Not just us in India, anywhere one can see the sky. It’s a speech that may require interpretation, but has no connection with fickle ideologies of man. Ideology, in fact, stands in the way of observation, it replaces observation. In effect ideology says: “Don’t believe what you see, believe what we tell you. Think about this with linear reasoning.” So we incorporate this “speech” in our Theater of Analogy, in our cloning of the world on our little stage, what the world categorizes as Ritual.

About the Author

Baba Rampuri, author of "Autobiography of a Sadhu, a Journey into Mystic India," and frequent commentator on Oral Tradition, Sacred Speech, and Consciousness, is an American expatriate,  the first foreigner to be initiated into India's largest and most ancient order of yogis, the Naga Sannyasis of Juna Akhara.  He has lived in India since 1970, where he practices and teaches the oral tradition of the Sanatan Dharma, conducts sacred ceremony and rites, and hosts workshops and retreats.

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