Ancient Vedic Wisdom
There was a time when Vedic tradition, wisdom and knowledge was widespread and accepted. With each invasion on Indian soil, this knowledge was diluted and erased. Much of it was destroyed under the British invasion who came with their Christian doctrinarian and meaningless crap. Christian heaped upon Indians a knowledge which was baseless and without a backbone to support except assumptions, against the deep meaning of Vedic astrology and Vedic traditions. With increasing amount of shaming Vedic scriptures and rule by the bullet and deceit, Indians had to accept and adopt a religion which was not native to Indian soil.
Let me explain this with background of Vedic astrology. As of today Vedic Astrology is no longer Vedic in true sense, we have adopted a compromised view on any and everything that was ‘Vedic’ in the original sense. The Nakshatra’s and stars had different names, not only the Nakshatra’s near the ecliptic were used, but this extended to the entire heavens visible above.
For example, the Mula Nakshatra was originally known as Vichrita or Vichritau in Vedic scriptures. Mula is the seventeenth division of the Lunar Zodiac, and it lies in the ninth division of Solar Zodiac – surprised?? This is Vedic Zodiac!!
In the Vedic age the Mula Nakshatra was also called Vichrita or Vichritau and consisted of one or two stars. The Siddhanta’s gives the latitude and longitude of the head-star. Colebrooke, a so called expert of Western astronomy found that the star indicated is 2 Vrishchikasya (Lambda Scorpionis or the star Shaulah of the Western maps); and its companion star is undoubtedly 7 Vrishchikasya (which Colebrooke related to Lesath) of the western charts. These two stars are marked 2 and 7 in the constellation Vrishchika in Vedic Charts.
The Siddhanta’s do not give the names of the individual stars composing any Nakshatra. But, from the Vedas, we can have the names of the two stars composing the old Nakshatra Vichritau. The Nakshatra was commonly called Mula, an abbreviation of the full name Mula Varhanni. Vichritau means ‘destroyer of one’s own race’. The Nakshatra had Nirriti for its presiding deity.
Now Nirriti means either Yama (the God of Death) or Raksheshwara, i.e., Ravana, the King of Rakshas or demons – the mythical demonic king in the epic Ramayana. The Atharva Veda declares
Jyeshthayaam jaataha vichritah yamasya
Meaning Valmiki puts to the mouth of Lakshmana, that Mula the patron Nakshatra of the demons is blackened and crushed by the touch of long-tailed Comet. In Vedic period the Nakshatra had, as I said, two stars. These two stars are said in the Vedas to be the two dogs of Yama, called Sablau. These dogs guard the path to Yama’s abode and look for the dying man! These section of stars in the Milky Way were known to belong to Pitriyana – or the path of the Pitris or the dear departed ancestors!
The name of the dogs were, Sablau and Shyam. These dogs were also the spies of Ravana. The eastern most star of this Nakshatra Vichritau was known as Yogatara or the head-star of the asterism.
The post Vedic astronomers have allotted seven or nine more stars to the Nakshatra to give it the figure of a conch shell, a blowing shell, kept in every Hindu house for the purpose of raising a ‘rava’ or row, on festive occasions. These seven stars are 3, 6, 12, 13, 14, 16 and 17 of Vrishchika constellation. And these stars, added to stars 2 and 7, form the modern Nakshatra Mula!! Strange isn’t it??
To draw a figure of a conch with the nine stars indicated, would be quite a feat. The great epic Ramayana, is no doubt capable of being interpreted in an astrological sense. The war between Rama and Ravana is the repetition of the old war between Light and Darkness: between Indra and Vritra, the Sun and the cloud.
In Ramayana, the combatants are simply reduplicated in heavenly bodies. The stellar conch falls in the sign of Dhanus or Sagittarius, the archer of the Hindu Solar Zodiac, and astrologically the Archer is a dark or nocturnal sign. The stellar Conch-shell, presided over by the King of the demons, may be well named Ravana, from the fact of the conch being chiefly used in making a rava or sound. When Ravana took birth, he is said to have been called Ravana for his having raised a terrible rava, or noise after his birth.
The story related in the Ramayana describes the overthrow of the Sun by the Sagittarius-Darkness. The Sun-God loses his wife Suryya ‘the solar light,’ in this contest. Suryya is reduplicated in the heavenly Ganga or Milky Way as Sita. The Sun-God ultimately triumphs over the dark-king, and Mula-Ravana true to his astrological characteristic causes the wholesale destruction of his race, the stars in the Asurabhaga or the Southern celestial hemisphere.
The fact that a section of the Milky Way runs through the asterism Mula, gave rise to the amusing anecdote of Sita’s sleeping on the picture of Ravana. This section of Heavenly Ganga is called Ravana Ganga.
This anecdote is not found in the great epic Ramayana. But the author of the Padma Purana supplements the story of Valmiki with good many anecdotes of similar nature. These supplemental anecdotes throw a flood of light over the real nature of the original narrative that forms the subject of the great epic.
In the Persian scheme of the lunar mansions XX Vanant – the singer is part of the modern day Mula Nakshatra. The asterism consists of stars Omega, Theta, Kapa, Lambda and V Scorpionis, and it has given its name to the Milky Way. Hence Vanant means also the Milky Way in the Zend-Avesta.
The asterism represents, in a way, the Panchjana, a mythical Asura (demon), whose skeleton formed the blowing shell of Sri Krishna. It also represents the ‘conch shell’ sounded by Bhagiratha, while leading the Heavenly Ganga from heaven down to the spot on the earth, where lay the ashes of the sons (stars) of King Sagara – the Sky.
More on this subject in a later post……….