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Translations from the Andromedan
CONTENTS
SLOKA ONE
SLOKA TWO
SLOKA THREE
SLOKA FOUR
SLOKA FIVE
 
Commentaries V.2

NOTE: The commentaries on Translations from the Andromedan present snatches of an alternative myth of the prehistory of the earth. The myth is not complete or sequential in these notes, but it can be gleaned from the highlights. Selected themes are indicated in the table of contents in assist in navigating through these notes.

Sloka Five: The Physics of Beauty

Shiva flashing Kama to oblivion: In Hindu mythology the God Shiva is a great hunter and yogi, a master of supernormal powers locked in the human body. He epitomizes the ancient race of Dasyu, Orion men who completely and happily adapted to life in the Gaian habitat. The root stock of the aboriginal people of Southern India, Australia and Tasmania, the Dasyu first emerged when those regions were tectonically much closer than now. They renounced technology except as it related to the powers hidden in the human body, the siddhis. They deliberately lived in a "primitive" manner, enlightened "savages" who communed with nature and wild animals, yet in the Shaiva Wisdom they achieved levels of intellectual and spiritual lucidity whose sophistication has never been matched by any other culture on the planet. (Danielou)

In one mythic episode Shiva was disturbed in yogic meditation by Kama, the God of Desire. With one glance of his third eye, Shiva reduced Kama to ashes. The myth recalls the destruction by Zeus of the Titans from whose ashes humanity is said to have arisen. Both myths, the Hindu and the Greek, belong to a scenario that describes how the carnal attraction of Kama-Eros caused both the Gaian Sidhe and the Orion Men to acquire bones, the part of the human body that leaves ashes. The myth describes the initial conditions required for the emergence of bodies supported by a skeletal infrastructure. Humanity devolved from a plasmatic prototype that acquired, first, a bloodstream, and then a bone-formation process grounded in the blood. Blood is formed in the marrow but marrow originally was the matrix of bone. The burning of Kama (primal marrow) to ashes represents the initial depositing of "ash-like" bone-matter in the plasmatic mold of the human species.

Fossils of ancient non-nucleated bacteria indistinguishable from those existing today have been found in sedimentary and volcanic rocks (the Warrawoona Serries in Australia) dating back 3.6 billion years, but fossils of nucleated cell animals (eukaryotes) date from as late as five million years, even though the anatomical plans for those animal species were laid down in the Cambrian Explosion around 550 million years ago. Hence, the skeletal solidification of the human form came very late, following a long romance between the Orion Men and the Sidhe. The Kama episode signals the decisive moment in this long-term development.

"light of a burning candle,: A description of M31 as seen with the naked-eye by medieval navigators. Cited by R. H. Allen in Star Names (Dover Books, New York, 1963, p. 39.)

Andromeda Look: On earth there is a notable difference between merely seeing and deliberately looking. Someone in a café who sees a friend across the room might say, "Oh, I see a friend." They merely see the friend, without at that moment looking for the friend, or they may look at the friend without at first seeing who it is. This faltering way of looking is unique to earth because the organization of human faculties introduces a split between seeing and looking.

Looking on Andromeda is indistinguishable from seeing. Looking there is an impeccable, unbroken, rapturous gaze, a sweep of total seeing, never less. Looks change seasonally and largely on collective lines, but the individual character of looking is preserved in the divinatory faculties inborn to the natives. The more these faculties are developed, the more distinct the looking becomes. The development of divinatory skills is optional for all Andromedans. There is rapture at both ends of the spectrum of seeing, both in the collective visionary sweep and in the distinctive range of bardic divination.

On earth each person seems to have particular ways of seeing and looking, but this is largely an illusion due to the randomness of human looking. Due to its apparent anarchy, one could say. This perceptual randomness contributes a unique thrill to earthbound experience but it carries a disorienting side-effect as well. Normally people look every which way with all kinds of different gazes, but there are moments when human looking coalesces, or so it seems. Looking congeals into a mass gaze that approximates the Andromedan mode of unified seeing. At these moments, the power of human looking becomes intensified because the aesthetic laws that guide sensorial vision on Andromeda intrude upon terrestrial faculties. There arises a borrowed effect.

Everyone in the human world is familiar with this phenomena. It happens when celebrities, models and "movie stars" appear. Imagine standing in the crowd on Oscar night. The stars of the evening are not in the skies above, they are the cinematic idols oon the red carpet, people whose lives and careers depend on "looking good." Until the celebrity appears, everyone looks around in a random manner. Then, when the star emerges from the limousine, all eyes turn that way like sunflowers turn to the sun. At such a moment the power of looking as it operates on Andromeda intrudes upon human faculties and induces a distortion. This is not the Andromeda Look, but the borrowed effect of Andromedan looking. Looking is not truly unified, it merely congeals. This vicarious feat of looking does not produce a true divinatory effect. Rather, it is a spectacle of mass projection in which look and desire derange and mingle. The power of congealed looking takes hold at a deep physical level, for those whose looks are commanded in this way feel changes in their bodies, physiological and somatic changes.

Nothing comparable happens on Andromeda where the power of looking sweeps right through the lookers. The seeing of multitudes is co-ordinated because the Andromedan body is a plasmic phantom, a streamlined form shaped and sustained by the currents that permeate it. Since Andromedan doubles have no internal organs that might effectuate a human-like response, there is no reaction to what is seen but there is total immersion in the act of seeing. Their sense-faculties are two-way conduits of ecstatic perception: rapture in, rapture out. Even though the act of looking is unitary and harmonious, everyone remains autonomous in their looking. Perception is fully alive and esthetically potent, entrained by the currents of beauty that perfuse the gelatine atmosphere of M31 where local, atmospheric light is highly pervious to organic and super-organic light.

Through the borrowed effect, human beings on earth see beauty where they are looking for it, or at the very least they imagine they see it there. On Andromeda beauty is seen without looking for it. Natives of M31 can always see the genuine beauty in all scenes and settings and they see it immediately, due to the beauty innate to their way of looking. When the beauty in the looking and the beauty of what is seen connect, this is the Andromedan Look, the true rather than the borrowed effect.

this sea-surge: "no poetic fantasy / but a biological reality." In Trilogy by H.D.

Bodhisattva Vow: The supreme ethical formula of Buddhism, expressing the intent to forgo one’s own liberation and strive for the liberation of all sentient beings. (Above, 38, they are all implicated) This renunciation is expressed in the Vow but it means nothing unless the experience of liberation has been realized. You can’t give up what you haven’t attained in the first place.

where manhood died: Sacrificial death was demanded by the Gaian priestesses in response to the hunters from Orion exceeding their quota, but acceptance of it was an act of surrender that transformed the hunters. The sublime and voluntary death allowed the Men to stretch the genital cord, strain it to the limit but not to break it. In this way they grew closer to the Gaian habitat while retaining the link to their matrix-system in the Trapezium.

Once tasted, surrender presented a path of transcendence. The sublime and voluntary death was not the only way to go, the hunters realized, for an even more potent act of surrender was achieved when they died in ecstatic co-emergence, hung in the arms of the hamadryads. Yet even this rapturous jolt did not fully wrench the acca-thread from its grounding in the Pleromic Stain, so the dying heroes returned to the Nebula, again and again, more or less intact. The full break, when it came, devolved upon sexual fatality.

The Orion men were notoriously counter-myopic. They only saw what was close-up and that only as if it were far away, and seen badly. For aeons they did not notice how the Gaian women were made, anatomically cloned from the luscious primal form of the Gaia Body. The intimate details of faymale anatomy were evasive. In particular the peachy slit between the legs of the Sidhe eluded the over-alert observation of the hunters. They saw it not and so they cared not for any purpose it might serve. Inclined beside the Sidhe in their faery-mounds, the Men watched magical animals extruding bubble-like out of the women’s downy navel-stars, but this was more an insight drawn from lucid dreaming than an actual perception of the Gaian anatomy.

The orifice of generation was revealed, but not the orifice of delectation.
Then a chance event transpired. Some hunters in quest of the ornate doves that nested in high-limbed siddhana trees happened to see the dryads of that species perform a curious rite. In fact all dryads performed this rite, but it was only noticed in this one group at first. This happened because the cooing of the ornate doves bored the hunters and their vigil faltered, leaving their eyes to wander listlessly over the lovely faymale shapes splayed among the limbs and draped against the trunks. At the same time, because the hunters were merely lolling, there welled up within their minds the stream of imagery inborn to their mind-set, the flux of Trapezium elements. Triangles danced in their heads, a surflux of geometric cogitation totally removed from anything around them, abstracted from the natural world. Close to swooning, the Men kept one mopey eye open in case the ornate doves should flit into shooting range.

It was then that the distracted hunters noticed the strange little rite: standing on the ground close to the tree, the nymph would press her left shoulder to the trunk, tilt their hips, raise her right arm, lower her left hand to between her thighs, and when she shivered in an odd, almost violent way, the tree shivered in response, its limbs dancing, and then the entire population of trees of that species in the forest was set to dancing.

Registered in ancestral memory and preserved to a much, much later time, this curious performance provided the basis for a magical rite:
whereby, to stimulate the vital sap of a tree and cause it to blossom and bear fruit, a young girl in her blossom time would entwine its trunk, draw down a bough, and deliver with her heel a sharp little kick to the root. These dryads are depicted, then (on the Great Stupa at Sanchi and elsewhere), in the act of arousing in this magical way the trees to which they were attached. And the fact that the Buddha’s mother giving birth is also represented in this pose signifies that in her the mothering power of nature (represented from time out of mind in the tree and earth divinities of popular imagination) became fruitful of its highest good: i.e., the golden fruit of the seed of Buddha-consciousness which is at the heart of the lotus of this world. (Joseph Campbell, The Mythic Image)
Now the hunters noticed something even more intriguing. Distracted from their lolling vigil, they saw how the hamadryads reached down with their left hands to insert a finger into themselves at the moment they discharged the little kick, and then the kick discharged a shudder of delight that pressed a fragrant nectar from their thighs or somewhere between their thighs, the sight-impaired hunters surmised. Looking closer, they found themselves drawn into the aura of that fragrant zone, a Gaian paradise they had not so far known.

Aeons elapsed and fascination grew. The more daring of the hunters discovered a unique pleasure to be had, first in watching the pleasure come upon the nymph and then in diving into it, or her, precisely where the crevice leaked its nectar. This was like diving into the Pleromic Stain, but better. Now when the genital thread weakened and they were due to return to the Trapezium for a recharge, something else lured them to linger on earth. For the Men who had undergone the rite of sacrifice in the voluntary three-born death, the acca-thread was especially weak, but so far it had not detached entirely from the cosmic matrix. Now, for the hunters who became absorbed in the alluring spectacle of the tree-kicking dryads, the inconceivable happened: the shudder of the nymphs dislodged the genital cord.

In a dazzling moment of surprise some of the hunters felt their acca-threads go slack and recoil deliciously into their bodies, a sensation previously unknown. The surprise multiplied as the shudder of the hamadryads released a current that reached into their bodies and engaged the loosened thread. Without at first knowing how it happened, the hunters felt their acca-threads groping outwards into the Gaian atmosphere, rather than skyward toward Orion. The cords splayed aimlessly among the tree-limbs and then descended to the trunks, drawn by strange attraction. When the hunters finally aligned their mopey vision with these vague anatomical sensations, they found their acca-threads snaking into the public triangles of the lounging nymphs.

All this occurred half in dreaming while the stalking males struggled to inventory of the steps involved, but concentration became precarious... Somewhere between the dreaming and the shudder came a jolt of utter delight the likes of which the Men had never known. As if by its own power, the acca-thread stiffened and slipped into the fragrant niche of a tree-kicking nymph. The thrill of entry was so intense the Men immediately went limp. It was strange to achieve such contact without an iota of exertion, and then have it slip away as if the pleasure that invited the contact also dissolved it. Eventually they discovered that the initial pleasure could be reproduced by constant reinsertion.

And so the primal conjugation of Sidhe and Orion Men came to pass. For the Men it proved to be a miraculous event, a new orientation for their stalking powers. Inserted into the fragrant niche of any nymph the detached acca-thread shifted their perception of the Gaian world. To their amazement they found they could continue to hunt with the thread inserted. The acca in the groove aligned them flawlessly to the habits of the myriad species. Now they hunted with altered vision, tracking the magical animals of the Goddess and tapping their mana, but without the kill, without the need of taking life to partake of it. The mana thus absorbed did not drive them to violent excess. The mystical rites of conjugation produced a pure surge of elan so sweet they could hardly bear it. In sexual elation the pulsing strand from man to woman was woven of a bliss so pure and innocent it made them humble, it threw the Anthropic radiance of their celestial origins into shade. (Rock engraving. Thyout, Algeria, Saharasia)

So there it was, the carnal act was on, though hardly carnal at the outset. Discrete plasmatic congress had began. For many aeons manhood thrived on that connection before the coupling turned somatic. Out of the devolved union of Sidhe and Men countless hybrids were spawned, generations of metamorphic gods. But the act of generation carried an entropic burden. The power to reproduce increased in inverse proportion to the pleasure of the original coupling. Manhood had found a niche on earth, truly, but when the acca-thread shriveled to a mere tool for breeding, manhood died along with the primeval elation. The entire human species, now sexually bonded right down into their anatomy, became enslaved to procreation.

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