Glyphs - exploring meanings
|Ahau, the Blowgun Hunter (source)|
Mayan Cosmology - from the Popul VuhWatch this video - it is rich with symbolism...
What archeology has to say
This documentary explains how the Mayan writing system was gradually discovered:
A couple things I noticed, that the film doesn't mention... This (below) is a character that means "West" and "completion" (idea of the sun setting in the west) but it is clearly a mudra for soul (forefinger) united with Source (thumb). Mudras are not just made up or belong to Hinduism. When one is in meditation, they happen sponanteously. The energy runs through nadies in our fingers and hands and different energy centers naturally want to express the connection that is being felt on the inside. We see the little circle on the hand with the smaller circle in it - a typical representation of the sun with a single eye (because we experience the Source through our third eye). In this film there was an alternate image of the sun showing the four directions - these relate to the inner world of the head - again more energy channels. I really feel that archeologists should meditate more and acknowledge these things (I'm sure some of them do but it's probably a taboo subject).
In the documentary it also shows how the ancient Mayans did their vision questing through a combination ritual - by draining their own blood, as a self-sacrifice but also this focuses the mind to go beyond the pain and can probably bring about an altered state (there are far better ways to do that!). The person would also put their blood on paper and throw it into the fire so the vision came up to them through the smoke. This is using prayer and the power of suggestion. Visions come through the brow chakra - they always do. They used ancestor worship as well.
The documentary also tells the story of the twin brothers and their adventures in the underworld, as told in the sacred text the Popul Vuh. The second set of twin brothers become the Sun and the Moon. I'm convinced that all these hero twins that keep coming up in mythologies around the world are, same as the Ashwin twins, expressions of the lunar and solar nadis - Ida and Pingala. Along the GV journey through the monomyth, as I have explained elsewhere, this is an area and a time (space and time are really two sides of the same coin) where the soul is in a process of reincarnating out of the underworld or "heaven" and back into a body where this breathing aparatus and experience of duality through gender has to take place.
Once you understand the basic esoteric template - all of these mythologies (religious stories) from around the world become very easy to understand. They encode the mystical practices related to inner alchemy processes. Awakened Kundalini brings these about naturally.
I believe that the ancient Mayans used the 28 points as well - 20 days signs lining up with GV1 to GV 20 and 9 night signs GV20 (doubled) to GV28. Some of them line up PERFECTLY with my interpretation of the nakshatras and some make no sense at all. Much has been destroyed of ancient Mesoamerican culture and yet there are 6,000 archeological sites yet to explore.
Here are some images to contemplate featuring the day signs.
Mayan acupressure points
|A modern "daykeeper"'s interpretation of acupoints corresponding to the day signs|
Another interpretation - Mayan acupressure, daysigns, zodiac (link).
Both of these links put daysign Cimi "death" at the GV20 point (whereas I'm saying it's got to be Ahau). The GV20 is Brahmarandhra chakra that is available as an exit point only for the enlightened person in mahasamadhi. At death we can exit at whatever chakra (loka-dimension) consciousness point corresponding to the consciousness we have attained in a lifetime. The unenlightened exit at the navel chakra (swaha) or below. We can descend to lower points but not go higher until we are more purified.
In her comprehensive study Cycles of Time and Meaning in the Mexican Books of Fate, Elizabeth Hill Boone conquers with the traditional idea that there are 20 daysigns because we have twenty digits (10 fingers + 10 toes). My thinking is that since we know from reflexology that there are energy channels (nadis/meridians) as well as minor chakras in those digits - obviously the daysigns have a connection with acupuncture same as in Chinese and Indian culture (marma points).
It took an acupuncturist with an interest in the chakras to discover their deeper connection with the main chakras - and I refer to Paul Hougham's wonderful study of holographic maps through ancient cultures, The Atlas of Mind, Body and Spirit. He suggests that the ancient Mesoamerican knowledge of our subtle energy anatomy and its relationship to enlightenment spread through North American becoming the most sacred of teachings including the Medicine Wheel and Sweat Lodge. The chakras in this context are referred to as "LightWheels". He writes:
"The mapping of the LightWheels corresponds to the 'Twenty Count' of Mesoamerican civilizations. it is a mapping of the journey of consciousness in our universe, with each aspect of life bearing a corrrespondence with a particular number. In this way, the Four is the place of the animals, the Seventeen the place of dragons, the Twenty the place of Great Spirit. As each number describes stations of consciousness, each LightWheel describes aspects of human potential. Most of the first seven LightWheels are similar to the chakras..."
(see some of the illustrations here on the illustrator's site: link)
Thus we have the 20 DaySigns representing subtle anatomy in connection to the physical body, and in connection to our individual spiritual journey. Just as in Vedic literature we know that every chakra is a state of consciousness and a dimension (loka) connected to the collective consciousness, so too in the ancient Mayan world on a cosmic level we have the 20 daysigns counting the spiritual attainment relative to 9 levels of consciousness. This has been painstakingly worked out by Carl J. Calleman in his many books on the Mayan calendar.
Association with Enlightenment teachings
I understand Quetzacoatl to have been an enlightened teacher (perhaps an avataur) who shared his knowledge with the ancient Maya. The image below is from a temple dedicated to him. The serpent Kul'kan is the Cosmic Maha Kundali, surrounded by the 20 daysigns that I associated with GV1 to 20, the ascension path along the sushumna.
|Image of Kulkan surrounded by the daysigns at the Temple of Quetzacoatl|
Knowledge of the cosmological circleThe Mayans used many calendars, but their sacred calendar of 260 days is made up of 20 day signs (their "nakshatras") and 13 number energies (their "padas"). The sacred ratio 13:20 is expressed in the calendar pyramid El Castillo (see Johan Calleman's books in my bibliography) and the Vedic zodiac is divided into nakshatras of 13°20' each. The Hunab Ku symbol of light and dark in the centre is a lot like the Taoist ying/yan symbol, and even their numbering system is reminiscent of I Ching hexagrams. Whether or not it's true that the Mayans and Nagas of ancient India and the Chinese had shared their mystical knowledge (modern archeology does not accept the possibility of ocean-voyage contact), the fact that they had this symbolism tells me that they knew about duality, and the yin/yang (ida/pingala) within us and within life, and that they knew something about the elements as well (I Ching is all about this, same as the wisdom of the tattwas). This image (below) is somebody's modern version but it is based on actual images found in the archeology.
|The 20 daysigns and the 13 number energies of the Tzolken|
The night lords as GV20 to GV28
Very little is known of the Mayan night lords. Only one has been identified. All that remains are the Aztec ones. I do trust in Johan Calleman's explanation of the role of the 9 night lords as stages in cosmic evolution relative to the 13:20 cycles of time and that this was recorded on certain pyramids, particularly El Castillo in Chichen Itza.
|Calleman's 9 stages or waves of creation encoded in this step pyramid|
Nine is a very special number, in addition to the sacred 13 (detailed expression of 7 chakras) and 20 (that I believe to be the ascension path of the Sushumna represented in the GV 1-20 points). Mantak Chia has written in many of his books about the Taoist inner alchemy (neidan) practices focused on accessing the nine stars of the Big Dipper plus the two pole stars they point to that, due to precession, take eons of time to go from one to the other. These, he writes, converge at the baihui GV20 point at the top of the head, which is linked on a deeper level to the Brahmarandhra chakra that Paramahansa Yogananda calls the causal "brain" in the brahma nadi.
In Buddism we have nine levels of consciousness. There are many ways to talk about levels of consciousness so different schools of thought choose different divisions. Sri Vasudeva teaches about four basic levels, basic to Hindu belief: 1) physical, 2) astral, 3) causal, 4) turyia. Everything else derives from these.
When you think about it, nine relates to natural processes and stages in nature, from plant growth to gestation in the womb. Michael Schneider refers to the number nine as "the horizon" number (link). The really nice thing God did when "He"/"She" created the worlds is consistency. What is seen psychically in the mental dimensions has its physical counterpart in the gross world. This is probably why homeopathy works, the whole idea of the physical appearance of a plant being a clue as to what it's good for - for example, a walnut looks like a brain and guess what it contains a lot of omega fatty acids that are good for brain cells... The idea may seem medieval to allopathic medicine but has validity from a metaphysical point of view. But I digress...
The iconic calendar pyramid that Carl J. Calleman's theory is focused on is the El Castillo with its nine steps. This pyramid appears at first to have four sides but he has explained how seen from the air and during the two equinox days when the Kulkan serpent light show happens, one can see there are eight sides. If we take the 8 as the cardinal directions plus the in-between directions (thus: N, NW, W, SW, S, SE, E, NE) we have eight around the middle one which is nine. This ties in with the pakua of Taoism - the eight elements around the central void from the I Ching that uses the binary code of yin-yang to construct the universe. My feeling is that "9" stages of consciousness derives from this classification of the "directions" - directions-as-elements (elements as energies and states of consciousness). Probably the nine planets in astrology are linked to these as well, and the nine mahadashas also. I am just brainstorming here.
While it is possible that actual contact between the Indian, Chinese and Mayan cultures occurred before Kali Yuga began if you believe in a higher technology civilization existing in prehistory that archeology does not acknowledge (see for instance similarities with Tamil Nadu); it is also entirely possible that ancient peoples were more in touch with their energy fields and the energy fields of the cosmos and arrived at the same conclusions spontaneously. All prehistoric civilizations had shamanism and shamanistic experiences do tend to reveal the same kinds of experiences. I prefer to begin with the spiritual anatomy than get into the thorny issue of cultural exchange. More than likely both kinds of information happened in the distant past - verbal transmission as well as personal experience.
LINK to Calleman's article "Following the 9th Wave".
Tzolkin wave calendar (click to enlarge):
LINK to 9th wave calculator to see the frequency for today, according to this system.
Explore the consciousness shift of the 9th wave with Dr. Carl Calleman, including a talk about Dwapara Yuga by Sri Vasudeva: link.
NEW IDEA I'M EXPLORING: Click to learn more.
[more, much more...to be continued]