Resemblances, Correspondences 2

Resemblances, Correspondences X, part 2

Resemblances and correspondences shape our consciousness and speech. How do things resemble each other, what are their connections and relationships, and how does this become known?

Consciousness and Speech Series X.

Sacred Speech Masterclass X, part two.

When I was first in India, my first Guru, Hari Puri Ji Maharaj told me some very shocking things that took me many, many years to corroborate. He told me that there was a Rishi, in ancient India, by the name of Garg, Rishi Garg, and, among other things, Rishi Garg was one of the great astronomers. He lived many years before the, many centuries before the advent of the Western calendar. He calculated the distances between earth and the moon, and earth and the sun, and in fact it wasn’t until the 1930’s I believe, that modern scientists corrected his calculations by a very, very small degree, I think much less than 1%. He calculated, many years BC, that the distance between the earth and the moon was 108 moon diameters, or maybe it is earth diameters, one of the two, it is not important the absolute details, it is the concept I want to get across. And the distance between the earth and the sun was 108 sun diameters. Now it turns out, in the case of the distance between the earth and the sun, I believe it is something like a hundred seven point five — that was only determined in the last century. I wanted to know how he could find these things out. How could he make these calculations? How could he know these things?

Babaji: OK. Ok. Now, the other thing about this, is the number 108. Isn’t it a bit surprising that this number 108 which [confusing sounds} is the number of what is considered auspiciousness in India. Somebody is great…. 108 if he’s really great even 1008

So this number 108 if you would read about this number, 108, in books, it would tell you, they would tell you that the number 108 is the mark of auspiciousness and they’ll give you a number of excellent reasons, such as there are 12 houses in the zodiac, there’s 9 planet, 9 times 12 is 108. So why is it that you add this 108 before the name of a great person. And the real reason is because it is like a great person is like a fire, you can’t get too close or you get burned. So you distance yourself with a number of distance and that number is 108. So, in this case more than signifying that this an important, spiritual or religious leader, this number 108 is marking distance, and we see how it certainly marks the distances between the earth and the moon, and the earth and the sun. So in fact this number 108 was probably coming from distance itself and arriving at numerical measurement, rather than the other way around– Which leads me to the general answer as to how Rishi Garg was able to determine these distances and many other distances and many other astounding things that he composed in his texts thousands of years ago. He was not using a post Enlightenment, scientific method. He was using something else. And that something else is correspondences. Things connect with each other in other than mechanical ways. So when most people talk about mantra or some sort of special or Sacred Speech, they want to explain this in a way, again, going back to this metaphor of a machine, that things touch each other and change or move each other into a sequence and something results from that. So that there is this almost physical connection, in fact not almost, a very definite physical connection between all the things in the chain and we are going to see that that’s certainly is one level of resemblance which we’ll call convenience, proximity. Things may resemble each other because they’re next to them, and something is next to that thing, and something else is next to that thing, and finally what you have is you have a chain of the world, that everything in the world is next to something else.

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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