Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Bhrigu Saṃhitā and Sri Aurobindo

The Bhrigu Sahitā  is a thousands of years old Sanskrit astrological (Jyotish) classic attributed in its introduction to Maharishi Bhrigu during the Vedic period, the Treta yuga. Its introductory chapter states that it was compiled by the sage out of compassion for humanity so that humanity could cope with the pressures of its existence and move towards a more spiritual nature. The Bhrigu Samhita claims to contain predictions about current and future lives as well as information about the past lives.

(Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhrigu_Samhita )


On 15 August 1950, an old sadhak with a capacity for vision saw Sri Aurobindo drawing into himself dark fumes that were rising from the subconscious parts of the people as they were coming to him for darśan in a procession. He was gathering up the lower elements of earth-nature within the area of representative humanity and then drawing them into himself.
Was he negotiating a deal of transformation with the bleak - or black - Nadir of existence? Was he hewing a pathway to Light by tunnelling through Night? As he said in the sonnet The Pilgrim of the Night', written in 1938 and revised in 1944:

I made an assignation with the Night;
In the abyss was fixed our rendezvous:
In my breast carrying God's deathless light
I came her dark and dangerous heart to woo.

Another interesting circumstance was Surendra Mohan Ghose's consulting Bhrigu astrologer in Delhi in October 1950. On being shown Sri Aurobindo's horoscope, the astrologer found the correct reference which tallied "exactly with Sri Aurobindo's life", and the astrologer concluded:
After 78 years.... he will develop a ghr̥ṇā  towards his body, and then he may leave his body; otherwise death is in his control.
Of course, if a certain yajña or sacrifice could be performed, the catastrophe might still be averted. Surendra Mohan hurried to Pondicherry and told, first Nolini, and then the Mother who promptly spoke to Sri Aurobindo, about the Bhrigu prediction. "Don't worry" was all that Sri Aurobindo said to Surendra Mohan. But on the Mother's suggestion, Surendra Mohan contacted the astrologer again and after some delay got a copy of the whole reading and sent it through a messenger to Pondicherry; but as things were to turn out, it was much effort to no purpose - the letter reached Nolini after 5 December 1950!

(Sri Aurobindo: A biography and a history – K.R.Srinivasa Iyengar, Page 733)

Sri Aurobindo didn't have much faith in Bhrigu. In a letter

written on 4 May 1936, he referred to the Bhrigu

Samhita as the "old dodge", and added: "Long ago I had

a splendiferous Mussolinic-Napoleonic prediction of my

future made to me on the strength of the same old 

mythological Bhrigu."

(SABCL,Vol. 26, p. 365) 

1 comment:

pianomonika said...

Letters of Sri Aurobindo
To this topic above Sri Aurobindo said in a Fragment ID 8306 :
Astrologers tell all sorts of things that don’t come true. According to one I was to have died last year, according to another I was to have gone out from Pondicherry in March or May last year and wandered about India with my disciples till I disappeared in a river (on a ferry). Even if the prediction were a correct one according to the horoscope it need not fulfil itself, because by entering the spiritual life one opens to a new force which can change one’s destiny.''
22. August 1937