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Jivamukti Focus of the month, October 2012: Sacred Geometry

kshana-pratiyogi parinama-aparanta nirgrahyah kramah -PYS IV.33

The succession of changes (the uninterrupted sequence of moments) is only recognized as distinct moments when one has transcended those moments and is at the other end.

Imagine infinite space in front of you, as if peering through walls, buildings, trees and mountains-beyond planets, solar systems and galaxies, imagine infinite space. Now, imagine infinite space extending behind you. Next, imagine the same infinite space above and below your body. Experience your body/mind isolated in infinite space. How can we communicate with infinite space that is beyond space and time from our little floating form of space/time?

That little floating form is the child of the space that surrounds it. The matrix of form is the result of universal forces. Proponents of sacred geometry point to the formation of geometric templates during the first few hours of life in both human and animal forms. They claim that the progression of life through cell division is a geometric one. From the union of sperm and egg into a zygote-the first cell of the human body-life progresses through a series of Platonic solids. The first cell is a sphere. It is the dimensionless point in geometry, or the asana Child Pose. One cell becomes two. Those two points create the dimensionlength and make a line in geometry, or the asana Tadasana. Two become four, and the third dimension of depth is created, or the asana Adho Mukha Shvanasana, which is a similar construction to the ancient pyramids. Linking eight spheres together produces a cube. At sixteen cells, a sphere is formed, and at 512 cells, a torus (a doughnut shape). The fourth dimension-time-comes into play in vinyasa krama, pranayama and other practices.

By reversing the process and aligning with these matrices, we can experience Cosmic Consciousness. The great sages recognized that the patterns we see in nature are the result of the forces of creation. Yogis recognized these patterns and organized them into a complex system that aligns the physical body in time and space, with the Cosmic forces acting beyond time and space. Recognizing sacred geometry in the patterns, forms, relationships and connections of nature can connect us to the mysteries of the Universe. The Fibonacci spiral can be found in many natural forms, such as a nautilus shell cut in half, tornadoes or hurricanes. More recently, the term “fractal” has been used to identify the repetition of a self-similar form within an organism such that the part is a reflection of the whole.

The Pythagoreans sought to uncover the mathematical and geometrical basis for life (and notably were vegetarians). Although Pythagoras was credited with the famous Pythagorean theorem in the 5th century BC, the Egyptians showed knowledge of the importance of this principle of geometry as early as 2000 BC. Yoga practices employ this imperishable wisdom tradition of sacred geometry as a method of God Realization.

-David Life

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