GV24 神庭 (shén tíng) & 柳 (Liǔ); पूर्वभाद्र PurvaBhadrapada; أَلْهَنْعَة Al-Han‘ah; Regional Night/Underworld G5

GV24 神庭 (shén tíng), the north-eastern point above the 3rd eye

A point known as "Spirit Court" (courtyard of the spirit) / or "Seal Hall"




GV24 is located on the skin at the top of the forehead where it meets the hairline and GV25 is located on the tip of the nose.  The third eye point of ajna chakra is located between them.

Soul prepares to reincarnate into a new body

"Reincarnation (renewal through death) is...a theme of the two Bhadrapada stars.  The first, Purva Bhadrapada, suggests the "front" of the hearse:  the beginning of the process of reincarnation..."
Vic DiCara  loc.2287 

All the nakshatras from GV21 to GV28 are situated on the cosmological wheel in the afterlife/underworld regions.   In the Taoist microcosmic orbit practice, we breath in moving up the back of the spine from GV1 to GV20 and then breath out moving down the front of the head in the GV meridian, then down into the Conception Vessel until we are born in a new baby's body at the root chakra.

We have the ability to communicate with souls in nonphysical ways - those who are alive and those who are deceased (this is a siddhis most of us have even if we don't acknowledge it).  This means that the underworld dimension must be accessible in the human experience through some minor chakra or kshetram point that connects with the Ajna system.  All the worlds are connected through the chakras.  The chakras ARE worlds.  From my research into the nakshatras as chakras, the afterlife along the Governor Vessel begins once the GV20 is pierced and continues to GV28 (that is from Abhijit to Bharani).

Under hypnosis, after Near Death Experiences, in dreams, in trance, under anesthetic and in mediumship - people have accessed the spirit world and describe a fairly homogenous experience with various stages to it according to various accounts by hypnotists and mediums.  Here is a basic outline:  For most of us it begins in a pleasant enough way on arrival to one of the heavenly realms (unless one is so attached to the gross plain as to be lost in a between dimensions state as a ghost, or in one of the hells/tala lokas).  This seems to be represented by the experiences of Shravana, Dhanishtha, and Satabhisha.  People from all cultures have described meetings with guides, life review experiences including healing and council from the elders to help choose the next life wisely and close off karmic lessons etc.   And this is usually filtered through the soul's own world view on what is supposed to happen and their belief system etc.  Our guides may appear in various forms to accommodate our needs to fit our belief system.

As the soul prepares to return to a new life, before a new body is even selected invariably there is typically a stage that involves confronting one's reservoir of skills and talents, desires and phobias in the dark dungeons of our causal body.  It is important to remember the wise words of Sri Vasudeva that ultimately no one judges you in the afterlife but your own self.  

Not every karmic agenda or contract (each treats with a specific blockage to self-realization) can be realized in a single lifetime so there is time spent in heaven in selecting what it makes most sense to focus on, and what we are going to pack in our suitcase on the return journey.  These likely live in the Manas chakra, that chitta storage place of the mind that is also known as home of the nagas.  We return with amnesia but the seeds of attachment are stored in our memory body (karana sharira).

Kundalini moving down the Sushumna


Purvabhadrapada's deity is the first of the two bhadrapada naga dragons.  Naga live in the root chakra (and lower) and Dragon is a form of Kundalini so it's a hint that the energy is now moving downwards back towards material existence.  This is represented by the deity Aji-Ekapada who is worshipped as a form of Siva who is standing on one foot as the pillar of existence and original one God out of which Brahma and Vishnu emerge.  This one foot is also considered to be axis mundi, and that is our sushumna nadi.  This consciousness of returning to the human experience in a flesh-and-blood body is what gives the fire to raise a spiritual person up in life (yajamana udyamana shakti).  As souls in heaven we are inspired to go back down there into the earth plane with all of its trials and karmic soul contracts in order to work out karmic blockages so that as spiritual beings we can rise up the sushumna channel and become more evolved than we were in the previous lifetime.  This is the great blessing of life in the human experience - all the challenges that drive us crazy are what give us the opportunity to evolve and experience expanded and blissful being.  Hence Ganesha is the deity of wisdom and obstacles - two sides of the same coin.

Siva in a Bhairava form as Ekapada-Trimurti

Medulla-Neck "Pillar"

Here is an interesting piece of information from Wikipedia:

"The Ekapada form of Shiva originated from the Vedic deity Aja Ekapada or Ajaikapada, a name that Ekapada Bhairava still inherits. Ekapada represents the axis mundi (cosmic pillar of the universe) and portrays Shiva as the Supreme Lord, from whom Vishnu and Brahma originate." 
As we have been exploring throughout this research the cosmic pillar is the macrocosmic counterpart to the sushumna "pillar" in the individual.  When you look at the physical body, the neck is what supports the head, another "pillar" and separates it from the rest of the body.  GV16 Jyestha the medulla point is four places south of Brahmarandhra Chakra (Abhijit GV20) at the back corresponding to GV24 Purvabhadrapa four places south of GV20 at the front.   Jyestha's symbol of the umbrella is to me a perfect representation of the neck supporting the head.  

We can also contemplate this through the idea of the lordships since Purvabhadrapada is ruled by Jupiter and Jyestha is ruled by Mercury - in the mythology Jupiter (Brihaspati) and Mercury (Buddhi) are the father and foster son.  Or we can say that wisdom and intellect represent the two aspects of this consciousness.

Another example of how the names and mythology can indicate locations on and inside the body.

Secrets of Aja Ekadashi

Aja Ekapada also relates to a special time of year.  The Aja Ekadashi festival occurs during the month of August and the time of Purva Bhadra/Prostha, a time for contemplation of the unmanifest/unborn Vishnu riding upon the Shesha serpent.  My research has uncovered many layers of complexity related to what this means.  I will try to give you the dime-store version...

On a cosmic level Vishnu riding upon the Shesha serpent represents that Satya Yuga stage when all of humanity has attained self-realization or moksha, and all desire being spent, there is no more reason to incarnate in any of the bodies (gross, astral or causal).  Everything just merges into the void, in a state of blissful oblivion - that's all egos, from every form, from every lifetime - all merged into pure consciousness.

In the Rig Veda, my number one source text about the original nakshatras, that pure consciousness is represented by the cosmic ocean of milk.  Vishnu represents the sustaining power of the cosmos.

Sri Vasudeva has taught that once the ego has surrender its "I" and merged with the Guru Consciousness, then as Paramahansa Yogananda has taught that every "I" from every lifetime is also surrendered into moksha consciousness - what Sri Vasudeva calls the "I am" or cosmic "I" - this is all still in form.  The gross body no longer manifests, the astral body no longer manifests, and there is just this tiny bit of causal body with the golden desire of salvation for humanity that brings the self-realized ones back into forms.  But eventually even that desire will be fulfilled and then there is no more need for form.  And when everyone has become an avataur and all desires of everyone are fulfilled, we all coalesce into this void of pure consciousness that is the cosmic ocean.  This is also what is represented by Pisces.

The sustaining cosmic power of the universe (that's Vishnu) maintains all of those memories - so nothing is ever lost.  It will take another Big Bang to bring a new universe into manifestation and the kalpa cycles of yugas will begin again.  So there is a kind of memory storage or causal body in the field.  And this is what is represented by Vishnu riding on the Shesha serpent (the Maha Kundali of the universe) - preserving all of those memories in an unmanifest or pre-manifest form.  And this is the idea of Aja as "unborn".

One of the thousand names of Vishnu is महाशृंगः Mahashringah the Great Horned one.  This is in reference to Vishnu's first reincarnation form as Matsya, the horned fish.

Anthropomorphic representation of Vishnu as Matsya
It is certainly tempting to compare the one-footed Aja Ekapada with the one-tailed Vishnu-Matsya and perhaps the two may have had a common origin.

The story of Matsya and Manu a mythological type most of us in the West know as Noah and the Ark or Jonah and the Whale - but of course these primordeal flood stories abound around the world.  I am convinced that their basis comes from this mystical understanding of Vishnu riding Shesha, that the preserving power of the Divine saves humanity from total obliteration time after time in the cosmic "waters" of Pure Consciousness.

Matsya by the way is another name for Meena (Pisces) - those are the fish, the fish of duality, maya.

This is the cosmic part of it.

The horn of ajna chakra

Paramahansa Yogananda's commentary on Bhagavad Gita emphasizes the connection between the  third eye point of Christ/Krishna/Guru consciousness between the eyebrows (kutashtha) that is the anterior ray of energy streaming out of ajna chakra in the brain and streaming out the posterior of the head to the medulla point.  Here is part of a representation of that from his book (this is from Google - someone has changed the image - in his book the third eye point is represented by the 5-pointed Kutashtha star, also known by those who see it in meditation as the blue pearl and described in depth in Swami Mutananda's Play of Consciousness):

rough illustration connecting medulla ajna and 3rd eye
Remember that there are MANY ways to represent this - because it is an energy experience, an experience of subtle prana.  So everyone has their own terminology and their own degrees of awareness related to what is going on here.

For example the fire that streams from Shiva's third eye is that powerful focus and witness consciousness, streaming from the infinite source consciousness of sahasrara chakra that is pure witnessing, pure silence, pure intention, etc...

And this is interestingly the location of the horn for the unicorn.  The stars related to Purva and Uttara Bhadrapada are in the square of the flying horse Pegasus.  The unicorn is sometimes used to represent Capricorn - and by implication the GV20 point.  The horn could refer to the horned Matsya that Manu's boat clings to - that keeps the memories from being permanently deleted.  The horn could refer to the pillar of fire represented by the cosmic pillar axis mundi that has a connection with Ahirbudhyna (the deity associated with Uttara Bhadrapada).  The horn could suggest the axis Paramahansa Yogananda refers to when the enlightened and self-realized yogi exits the body from the medulla through the ajna and out the kshetram point of the third eye.

This is what I mean by layers of complexity.  And of course every culture and ever eon has taken this and shaped it and changed it and lost it and found it so we have a mess of meanings.  But the consistencies do point to similar themes.


Interpretation


In conclusion, Purva and Uttara Bhadrapada are located at GV24 and GV25 points with the third eye point in the middle.  The Guru Consciousness deepens at these points, moving into the cosmic "I am" consciousness and finally into the "no more I" consciousness of GV26 Revati.  These three work together and all are within the constellation Pisces.

Jesus, the Christ Consciousness expressing in manifest form, is associated with Pisces the fish.

As many researchers have shown this is to locate His time of arrival as the avataur of the Kali Yuga (Piscean Age).  It also associates Him with the fish located in the sacred geometry of the vesica pisces

Two fish shapes are formed by the two intersecting circles representing duality (Maya).  I think this is also related to Vishnu as Matsya as well - the fish-ark of Vishnu-Shesha (aka Ahi naga Kundalini) - and why karma placed Him in the company of fishermen as well - just to emphasize that connection.


So much more to astrology..........


Chinese Lunar General 柳 (Liǔ)

GV24 柳 Liu "A Willow Branch / Willow" [PurvaBhadrapada]


[to be continued]