Sloka Four: Prodigal Heart
Kerala: Coastal region of southwest India, a lush agricultural province whose name recalls the Kerali Strain. Trivandrum, the small capital town, is a fishing port with fan-like offshore nets positioned to catch the rays of the setting sun.
There’s a new world somewhere: Lyrics from "Another You," hit song by The New Seekers, summer, 1965.
Dirigo: "I lead." Motto of the State of Maine. The totemic animal is a moose.
Cape Cormorin: Southernmost point of the sub-continent of India. A memorial tomb to Mathatma Ghandi erected on the ledges there is frequently engulfed by foam and surf.
Mahabalipurum: Site of a small beachside sandstone temple on the east coast of India south of Madras. Ma-HA-buh-LEE-purr-um.
Tamil Nadu: Name for the southern half of the Indian sub-continent, a region inhabited by the Dasyu, dark-skinned devotees of Shiva who were driven to extinction by the invading Aryans. The indigenous Dasyu were shamanic hunter-gathers bred from the union of the last generation of hybrid Orion Men with serpent-women descended from the Nagas who protect Gaia. Some of the Naga women migrated to the Indo-Chinese border where they survived in small foothill tribes until the middle of the 20th Century. They wear large gold earrings attached oddly to the tops of their ears.
Adyar spreads beneath a great banyan: Located in a seaside hamlet south of Madras, Adyar is the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society, an esoteric movement founded by Madame Blavatsky and Henry Steele Olcott in 1875. The motto of the Society is "There is no religion higher than truth." The main courtyard is occupied by a huge banyan tree with draping limbs that have grown back into the earth like a hamadryad reverting to her Gaian roots. A paneled door off the library displays carved vignettes of the ten avatars of Vishnu. Of these, Lord Krishna, who doubles as the Blue Prince of Andromeda, was the eighth. By some accounts the following avatar, the ninth, was Siddharta, the historical Buddha. The tenth, called the Kalki Avatar, is yet to come. Its appearance announces the reign of terror and ignorance that concludes Kali Yuga.
Agnishvatta: Sanskrit, "sweetened by fire (Agni)". Name for a species of guardian angel in Hindu religion. According to the Asian view human passion is a fire that burns bitterly in the heart, but angels sweeten it by their witnessing and guide tormented humans from the pain of their ecstasy into the ecstasy of their pain. The Agnishvatta is the theologically correct version of a fire-dancing Dakini.
Ash-caked sanyassins with tigerish grins: A sanyassin, also called a sadhu, is a wandering yogi who has renounced life in the conventional sense. They travel naked, covered in ash to signify they have burned out the desire to live in the mere illusion of living. (See ahead 40, to behold the Unreal / with real eyes)
Kalighat: Riverside ditch near Calcutta where the dead are cremated in the open.
They are all implicated: The Vajradhvaha Sutra gives one of many versions of the Bodhisattva Vow:
With Bodhicitta (the thought of enlightenment) I will rescue all these beings from the stream of Samsara, so difficult to cross. I must pull them back from the great precipice, I must free them from all calamities, I must ferry them to the other shore. I myself must grapple with the whole mass of suffering of all sentient beings. To the limit of my endurance I will experience in all the states of woe, in all world-systems, in all modes of suffering. ... I resolve to abide in each state of woe for innumerable aeons, so that all beings may come to freedom.
In the Andromedan view whenever the Bodhisattva Vow is taken its inverse is engaged: all of humanity is implicated in the suffering of the one who seeks to alleviate the suffering of all humanity.
What is here is there: Andromedan principle of apposition stated in the Visvavara Tantra. The Tantric view of life affirms the Buddhist identity of form and void but gives it a sensuous twist. In Tantra the Godhead is said to be directly present in the streaming of pure seamless sensation before it differentiates into the field of sense-perceptible objects. At the periodic demise of worlds the flood of pure sensation rises, overwhelms all differentiated life-forms, and stuns the human mind into anesthetic calm. This event is pictured in Hindu legend by Kali, Mistress of Death, standing upon the prostrate form of Shiva (human self-awareness).
smoke clouds the Anahata:
In the occult anatomy of Tantra Yoga there are seven chakras or "lotus-flowers" arranged along the spine within the human body. (The arrangement is called the "Lotus Ladder" by Joseph Campbell in The Mythic Image.) The anahata ("sound-dissolving") is the fourth from below, corresponding to the cardiac plexus. The Heart Lotus is a twelve-petalled mandala of vermilion rays immersed in a soft, smoky hue. (Sat-chakra-nirupana, Verse 22-27, in The Serpent Power, Sir John Woodruffe.)
to behold the Unreal / with real eyes:
Over many eons various chapters of the chthonian romance unfolded at different places on the earth. On the Indian sub-continent the race of the Dasyus (closely related to the Australian Aborigines) refined the hunting magic of the Orion Men to a fine art. Their strategic skills, learned and applied in Nature, also afforded them the opportunity to develop a vast range of magical and metaphysical wisdoms. The Shaivite spiritual heritage was as sophisticated as its germane cousin, Ati Dzogchen, developed among the Mongol races of inner Asia, but it displayed neither the hierarchical pretences, nor the pomp and circumstance, typical of the high Asian tradition. The Dasyus maintained the ascetic, purist attitude of indigenous shamanism, the root of all true religious experience in the Gaian habitat.
Material by John Lash and Lydia Dzumardjin: Copyright 2002 - 2017 by John Lash.