Achievements of Women in Ancient India

Achievements of Women in Ancient India

Seventeen of the seers to whom the hymns of the Rig Veda were revealed were women – rishikas and brahmavadinis. They were Romasa, Lopamudra, Apata, Kadru, Vishvavara, Ghosha, Juhu, Vagambhrini, Paulomi, Jarita, Shraddha-Kamayani, Urvashi, Sharnga, Yami, Indrani, Savitri and Devayani.

The Sama Veda mentions another four: Nodha (or Purvarchchika), Akrishtabhasha, Shikatanivavari (or
Utararchchika) and Ganpayana. This intrigued me so much that I had to learn more about them, but I drew a blank. Who were these wonderful women who were on par with their men and produced the greatest and longest living literature of the world?

In the Vedic period, female brahmavadinis (students) went through the same rigorous discipline as their male counterparts, the brahmacharis. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad describes a ritual to ensure the birth of a daughter who would become a pandita (scholar). The Vedas say that an educated girl should be married to an equally educated man.

A little unknown fact is that girls underwent the upanayana or thread ceremony, Vedic study and savitri vachana (higher studies).

Panini says that women studied the Vedas equally with men. According to the Shrauta and Grihya Sutras, the wife repeated the Vedic mantras equally with their husbands
at religious ceremonies.

The Purva Mimamsa gave women equal rights with men to perform religious ceremonies. Vedic society was generally monogamous, and women had an equal place.[The equals of men]

– See more at: http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/2007/06/women_in_ancient_india/#comment-7415

Vastu House Build – The First Wall Goes Up!

It’s all hands on deck as the construction crew enlists the aid of the AUM Grad Students on the site to help lift the first wall of the Vastu house going up in Patagonia, Arizona.

Starting in the north east corner and working all the way around in clockwise order the sections will go up and be fastened to the sill plate.

After this wall section was completed enough Vastu Purusha energy was activated that a small dust devil (swirling wind) came blowing through unexpectedly out of the west, as the air element was energised. It swirled at about 4o-50 miles per hour for about 90 seconds and was gone. In it’s wake, ladders, plans and tools were left  scattered around the work site. Everyone wondered, “what just happened?”

Vaastu House Build – Slab Inspection

Dr. Jessie Mercay and AUM S&T Grad students taking a last minute look at the concrete slab before the first wall goes up at the Vastu House build in Arizona.

The construction crew are excited to show off their wood cuts for accuracy.

Vaastu House -Wall Elevations

Dr. Jessie Mercay speaks with AUM graduate students about making sure wall elevation calculations are correct during the Vaastu house build in Patagonia, Arizona.

 

Love and Resonance

Love and Resonance
In the Vishwakarma tradition I follow there is a concept called resonance. It is due to resonance that the “Vaastu effect” occurs. This resonance is likened to the resonance that occurs when you strike a string on a guitar (for example) and the same string on a guitar next to it voluntarily starts to vibrate. We say that that is what happens when a person spends time in a Vaastu building. That is, the luminous thread of consciousness in the cave of their heart (known as the Brahma sutra) starts to vibrate with the special qualities of the Brahmasutra of a properly built Vaastu building. This is what brings the good qualities of the Vaastu building to the life of the person because the qualities of the luminous thread of light of the building called Brahmasutra transfers its qualities to the individuals thread of light or Brahmasutra and then the Brahmasutra of the individual out-pictures its qualities as their life. So, if you change the frequency or vibration of the Brahmasutra then you change the life of the person.

Well, this resonance spoke of in the Vaastu Shastras and Pranava Veda is called bhakti. It is actually a scientific word coined by Brahmarishi Mayan to describe resonance in Vaastu. Most people think it means “service or love.” While it has come to mean that over time, the origin of the word was developed to describe resonance as a concept.

I was discussing this in class and with that discussion I mentioned that research shows that “love” is really simply a biochemical reaction in the body. I mentioned that our emotions are chemical molecules and that includes “love.” (See the text “Molecules of Emotion” and many other books based on solid research). This is of course disconcerting to most people. The term “bhakti” has become romanticized to mean service to the guru or love of God etc, and it is a hard pill to swallow when the real meaning is discussed.

But, to think of bhakti as love and devotion is a misrepresentation of the real meaning of the word.

After thinking about it further I thought I would define the word more clearly. “Bha” has several interesting meanings that include: A beam of light, luster, brightness, splendor, to look like, to appear as, to shine upon, to show ones’s self as, to come into manifest as.

The suffix “ti” contains among other meanings the idea “to go toward.” It also contains the concept” to attain.”

Furthermore, the Sanskrit noun ”bhakti” is also derived from the verb root ”bhaj”, the meaning of which includes, “to share in” and” to belong to.” It also occurs in compounds where it means, “being a part of” and “that which belongs to or is contained in anything else.”

Hence, putting it all together, we find that “bhakti” refers to a bright, splendorous beam of light (the cosmic Brahmasutra of the building) that looks like ones own beam of light (individual Brahmasutra found in the Atman which resides in the cave of the heart of every living being) that moves toward an individual, shines upon an individual, becomes part of the individual and shares its’ qualities with the individual. This is a perfect description of what Brahmarishi Mayan meant in describing resonance. Hence, the word “bhakti.”

So what about love? Interestingly enough, one of the vibrational qualities of the Brahmasutra of a Vaastu building is referred to as “spiritual bliss.” This sounds like a woo woo word but, in fact, it is a real frequency. This refers to a specific vibration which when experienced is filled with joy, happiness, and immense ecstasy and sense of well-being. Following an upsurge of spiritual bliss a series of emotions may unfold. Among these emotions one may experience something called divine love. Divine love is not the same as human love. It really has no object and is a direct experience of the divine consciousness experiencing itself through you. It has been called rapture and many other things.

When a person has this experience of spiritual bliss and divine love then as the experience fades a bit human love follows. Along with this human love is a sense of wanting to serve the lord in some way. The bhakti or resonance is the cause not the service or love and devotion. In other words, through grace we have the ecstatic experience of spiritual bliss and divine love. We cannot do any service or anything else to create that experience. It is only the divine itself that causes that experience in its’ own time. Then human love and desire to serve follows.

There is satisfaction from loving and serving but that satisfaction is not bhakti. Only the divine causes bhakti. We cannot cause bhakti by our actions of service and devotion. When we enter a Vaastu house or Vaastu temple, there is an automatic bhakti that occurs due to the Divine vibration of the building achieved through application of the numerical order, orientation, and building codes designed to uphold the vibration that are contained contained in Vaastu Shastras. Only very few living people are properly trained to produce a proper Vaastu building. Thos people have spent years at the feet of a traditional Sthapati year after year and have devoted many years to proper study and experience. Their knowledge can only be passed on by the permission of their Sthapati.

In short, a Vaastu building offers Bhakti to an individual by the Brahmasutra (luminous thread of light) extending itself outward and moving to that part of a human (the Brahmasutra of the Atman) that is like itself (the divine spark found in the cave of the hearty) and brings luster and luminosity to the individual.

Bhakti – divine resonance – is for everyone. Mayan said he created this art for the well being of humanity. Now it is available for the world – for you. We are creating these forms for you – all for love.

 

Why we must strive for inner peace more than ever before?

Why we must strive for inner peace more than ever before:

It is a little known fact that during World War II over 3,600 Americans and 900 British were held by the Japanese in internment/POW camps in the Philippines. Members of my family were among them.

Japan attacked the Philippines on December 8, 1941 the same day as its raid on Pearl Harbor on the Asian side of the International Date Line. Over the ensuing days, the Japanese in Manila placed American and British as well as other world citizens in internment camps. The attached photo is a picture of some of the internees. Some in the photo may actually be my relatives.

My relatives, the Macleod’s, worked in Manila in Shipping and rope manufacturing. My mother lived there also along with some of her cousins, aunts, uncles and her parents. My grandfather worked in the rope industry and invented a hemp-stripping machine. Fortunately she and her parents left before that happened.

In any case, I have cousins living today who were interned as children. You can see from the photo that this was indeed a prisoner of war camp. My cousin in Washington D.C. (now an amazingly successful lawyer) remembers it well.

The urge to dominate comes from an inner emptiness. It comes from a lack of peacefulness inside. While the Japanese were very spiritual people in their own right, their spiritual endeavors by and large failed to take them through the door to Divine bliss – which is the only real source of happiness. Really, this applies to most populations today in spite of the amazing rise in interest in spirituality and religion. No church, dojo, or any other religious or spiritual entity overall seems to truly fill the internal void that causes the urge to dominate and win. If it did then we would not have war and rumors of war.

There was a time when there was no war. People experienced happiness, joy and fulfillment all of the time. This time was thousands of years ago when the arts (dance, music, architecture, sculpture, drawing and painting, and poetry) were based upon a system of measurement and mathematics, which caused the listener, viewer or resident to vibrate in harmony with the Cosmic Force. These were Vaastu arts. This is explained in detail in my book Fabric of The Universe, which can be purchased in the bookstore at www.aumscience.com.

Architecture was considered to be the most important art for creating this elevation of personal vibration because it is a 24/7 vibration. The other arts were important but when the music stopped the resonance stopped. People sleep and work in buildings hence the ongoing experience is available.

We need our society to be transformed through the Vaastu arts. We need our world to be transformed through the Vaastu arts. If you have any inclination to become awakened yourself and to help others become awakened look into the programs offered by www.aumscience.com. You don’t have to become a Vaastu consultant – studying the knowledge will help awaken you.

We need you to help us restore our society – our world. Join us – if not only to restore yourself.

Vastu Visual Arts Program

Vastu Visual Arts

The American University of Mayonic Science and Technology  is pleased to announce a new, unique, and exciting program for Visual Artists: Vaastu In The Visual Arts.

Bring the sublime to the world through your art.
July 21 – August 26, 2012
Patagonia, AZ USA

Click link for more details.

 

Two Things Required For Awakening

This video is a discussion with an eminent Vedic scholar who understands the pre-sanskrit Vedic language as taught by the 125 year old Chatur Vedi from Bangalore.  The gentleman in the video is Sri Sudhaakara Sharma.  The focus of this discussion is the concept that two things are necessary for awakening.  Proper conditions and simplicity forms the basis of this idea.  Dr. Mercay discusses the concept of specific Vaastu principles that create the proper condition for awakening (measurement and orientation, etc.).    Sri Sudhaakara Sharma  discusses the concept of simplicity (you don’t need a big, fancy place to reach enlightenment – it can be a hut).  Dr. Mercay points out that the simpler the Vaastu building the more the proper conditions are available to the inhabitant.  Not mentioned in the video is the idea of having a proper “Vastu Temple Cottage” build on ones own property.  These buildings as simple and pure Vastu.

Dr. Mercay asks to continue the inquiry in an earlier discussion regarding the meaning of the names of the Pada Devatas in the Vaastu Purusha Mandala based on ancient Vedic Language.  Sri Sudhaakara Sharma whodiscusses the meaning of the name Ishwara..  He says that it means “One who is the richest – richest in all ways.”  But more than that, richest in awakening – Divine bliss.

Not mentioned in the video is the concept offered by Dr. Mercay that the Pada Devata called Ishvara in the Vaastu Purusha Mandala brings about this ultimate kind of wealth to the inhabitant of the house as they live over time in the building.  More will come at a later date on the meaning and energetic influence on humans of the Pada Devatas in a Vaastu building.

Dr. Sthapati At Brihadeeswara Temple Part 2

This is the second half  of Dr. Sthapati’s talk at Brihadeeswara Temple in Tanjour, India in 2005. Thanks to Vastu Architect Michael Borden who caught it on his video recorder.

Commentary on Vastu Pooja and Vastu Shastras

On April 22 we did two Vaastu Pujas for houses to be built in Patagonia. I mentioned this in an earlier post. I am offering you here an explanation of the puja and a bit about the knowledge that I have been involved with for a number of years. I hope you enjoy it and share it.