The Mahadashas given by Vimshottari are as follows (using the older order beginning with the Sun not Ketu):
Sun - 6 years
Moon - 10 years
Mars - 7 years
Rahu - 18 years
Jupiter - 16 years
Saturn- 19 years
Mercury - 17 years
Ketu - 7 years
Venus 20 - years
TOTAL: 120 years maximum human life span for Kali Yuga
The question I'm exploring in this post is:
Why are the Mahadashas given in this particular sequence?
Carl Johan Calleman's decoding of the nine waves of consciousness transformation in the ancient Mayan system has given me an intuitive insight into the Vimshottari mahadasha sequence of planetary lords, based on my hypothesis related to the reincarnation cycle. This is pretty advanced stuff and I would ask that you read at least these posts first:
Kundalini's Descent from Consciousness into Matter
Link with the Nine Underworlds of the Mayans
|How some Mayan pyramids encode the 9 waves of consciousness between matter and moksha as per C.J. Calleman|
Number 9, number 7
- Matsya - fish, the first class of vertebrates; evolved in water(Indicates origin of Fishes in Silurian Period
- Kurma - amphibious (living in both water and land; but not to confuse with the vertebrate class amphibians)(Indicates origin of Amphibians in Devonian Period
- Varaha - mammals, wild land animals (Indicates Mammals origin in Triassic Period
- Narasimha - beings that are half-animal and half-human (indicative of emergence of human thoughts and intelligence in powerful wild nature)
- Vamana - short, premature human beings
- Parasurama - early humans living in forests and using weapons
- Rama - humans living in community, beginning of civil society
- Krishna - humans practicing animal husbandry, politically advanced societies
- Buddha - humans finding enlightenment
- Kalki - advanced humans with great powers of destruction.
विष्णु is Sanskrit for Vishnu and Vishnu has the root word विश् "world" in it. Vishnu, according to Sri Vasudeva, represents the creative/sustaining force in the cosmos. And Vishnu consciousness is the consciousness of the avataur, the fully awakened one. So in one word we have the idea of creative cosmic power and consciousness, that is a world or plane of existence and then, Vishnu is connected to the incarnations representing great periods of time. And also, according to Ernst Wilhelm's research, the planets are incarnations of Vishnu. So the planets or grahas "seizing" - cause the illusion of time and space in the human experience. This is maya, and the planets are the veils of maya, expressed through the chakras, and these are linked to evolution - both physical and spiritual. That's a heavy burden of meaning for one word!
The 9 levels complete the journey to MahasamadhiSince Kalaparusha is considered the soul body of time, it must be an aspect of Higher Self manifesting in Maya this illusory multi-dimensional universe. So the GV points within us would also be within the GV points of Kalapurusha (the idea of God made man in his own image just as man made God in his own image).
If the 20 points GV1 Krittika to Abhijit GV20 represent milestones along the soul's Kundalini path to moksha, then what of the remaining 8 points (9 if we include Abhijit)? I see two scenarios, one for the soul who is going the full journey to mahasamdhi and the other for the rest of us going into a life-between-life process preparing for reincarnation into a new birth with GV28 Bharani.
When I began to investigate what Revati means in this map to enlightened consciousness, I noticed that in the mythological story of Revati and Balarama, it is a kind of prototype to the story of how Uma attained Shiva's love and in another story, also the story of Sati immolating herself in the fire. Both Uma and Sati represent the Shakti and these stories are allegories of the soul's union, via Kundalini's union, with Pure Being/Consciousness, that Higher Self or Shiva in the crown chakra. Sati's story in particular suggests to me mahasamadhi - which is the true death or complete self-annihilation of ego - when the one who has attained liberation from rebirth in moksha, no longer wishes to remain in form at all in any dimension and merges with the void. It makes sense that Revati is in Pisces, that place of rest and non-doing. In the 27-nakshatra system, Revati is the last one. So to me, Revati in its essence, must represent that mahasamadhi state. Mahasamadhi is the ultimate end for the Self-realized/liberated soul. For the rest of us, Revati then becomes a stopping place only.
From the Vedic point of view the universe has merged into itself and exploded into Big Bangs many times, with 1000 yugas considered as a day in the life of Brahma (creative aspect of God). After the mahasamadhi of the entire universe there is only void and eventually the great cycle (Kalpa) must begin anew with another Big Bang to set it in motion. And there are even larger cycles of time from creation to dissolution to creation again so everything is always recycled - there is no such thing as "death" only transition. With every recreation into form we begin with Ashwini (for the "form" making part of it).
In the Vedas, Time is equated with the Kala (Consciousness Time) is the source of the divisions of time. It unites procession recession and stasis.“Kalo gatinivrtti sthiti: samdadhati” (Sankhayana Aranyaka 7.20).Time, according to Surya Siddhanta, has both its virtual and practical divisions; the former is called murta (embodied), the latter amurta (virtual or Unembodied). The Surya Siddhanta delineates that ‘what begins with prana (respiration) is called real; that what begins with truti (atoms) is called unreal.
"Vedic Time System" (link)The amurta must correspond in the individual soul as the life-between-lives state (whether that's experienced as heaven or hell depends on their state of consciousness at the time of death). That's why I see Ashwini and Bharani in the individual soul as preparation points having to do with a rebirth. Bharani in particular has a connection with the original Adam and Eve which in the Vedas is Yama and Yami. These represent esoterically the duality of Maya that the soul needs to re-enter (Ashwini the twins is like a blueprint for that while in Bharani it become manifest in the gross). Ashwini is a state of consciousness where the subtle bodies are being created again in preparation to be encased in a physical body, that Bharani brings about through descent at GV28 into the medulla into the womb and into the baby's body in the host body of the mother.
I have not yet looked at the 24 conception vessel points between Bharani and Krittika, mainly because these don't seem to be important in terms of the soul's ascent into Higher Self consciousness. What is really interesting is that there are 28 lunar days for the GV points, 24 hours per day for the conception vessel and with the circle of the microcosmic orbit linking everything that adds up to 52 weeks of the solar year. So the internal space of the subtle soul body is linked with time. Maya is the illusion that space and time create, the changing universe that is not real because only the changeless is real (this is the topic of Sri Vasudeva's 2017 40 Days retreat "Lifting Maya's Veil": www.blue-star.org).
In the Hindu cosmology there are 14 worlds - 7 higher worlds corresponding to the chakras(when we manifest our higher consciousness), and 7 hellish worlds also corresponding to the chakras (when we are in darkness-ignorance, closed to the light of our true identity). In terms of involution and evolution of the soul into maya, we have 14 going down and 14 going up, or 14 x 2 = 28. I don't know if these link with the nakshatras, but it is interesting. So in the cosmic sense from GV28 to GV1 the Self has to involve itself in matter and this is done in six stages (from brow to root chakra) and there are 24 conception vessel points so that allows for 24 ÷ 6 = 4 sets of points dealing with that. The incarnating soul does not need to create a new body. Nature does that for us in the mother's womb. Hence it would not be seen as important in terms of soul evolution (but certainly does in terms of caring for the physical body).
I am continually bouncing back and forth between the cosmic body of Kalapurusha and the individualized soul body - because enlightened ones tell us the two are one and the same. The Self is only having a dream (a time and space dream) that is it contracted into a limited and individualized self. Separation is a dream. Reincarnation is a dream. And Yama is the ferryman taking the soul to a kind of "death" from the real world of Self into the dream world of Maya.
Thus from the purest point of all, that of the unmoving Druva or pole star - Abhijit (GV20) emanates the AUM sound in GV20 Shravana, creating ripples of energy in GV21 Dhanishta, becoming knotted together as the roots of life in GV23 Shravana, then passing through a kind of dark night to do with the Akashic realms and senses-becoming-the-classical-elements of matter in GV24 and GV25 the Bhadrapadas - related to mind, then into the ultimate dissolution of the "I" in mahasamadhi in GV26 Revati (or in the unrealized soul the total forgetting of past lives perhaps), then into the formation of the astral bodies in GV27 Ashwini and the descent into the physical body in GV28 Bharani. This is how I picture the story so far.
Clues in the Sanskrit name विंशोत्तरी दशा (Vimshottari Dasha)
I could use some help from people who actually know Sanskrit and Vedic philosophy but what I've found so far is really interesting! When Google translated the Sanskrit for Vimshottari Dasha (विंशोत्तरी दशा) into English, it produced the word "vector"!
The number twenty is to me that sacred number related to the 20 layers of 50 Sanskrit letters (matrika) of the 1000 petalled sahasrara chakra. These are also to me the 20 GV points along the sushumna evolutionary path, and the 13:20 sacred ratio of the 9 great cycles that Carl Johan Calleman discovered in the Mayan pyramid. And Uttara as 100 to me immediately makes me think of the 100 petalled Brahmarandra chakra (GV20 Abhijit and the 100 physicians of GV23 Satabhisha). Of course there are many ways to look at these numbers (and I've discussed above already how 120 is the average maximum life span in Kali Yuga, while 108 is a sacred number expressing the full range of 27 nakshatras x 4 padas related to the distance of Sun(Self/soul) and Moon(mind) to Earth(physical form) - but these are the "outer" associations mirroring what is going on within us at more subtle levels."Vimshottari literally means 120, as this is how many years the full cycle takes. Ashttotari (another system of counting the dashas) means 108. विंश "Vimsha" = 20, "Uttara" = 100."
And there is more in the name:
When I looked up the first syllable "vim" in Vimshottari I discovered a possible root word विम vima that quite appropriately means "dimension"/"dimensional"! And for the last two syllables तरी tarI it means "boat" or "barren cow". When I look at a similar word तरि tari that means "ferryman" - this idea of the boat becomes more clear to me and seems totally appropriate for the mythology associated with the underworld or afterlife. And the cow in Hinduism represents Nature, Shiva's vehicle, the means through which the Self expresses Consciousness in gross form. Fascinating!
I would love to know how this Vimshottari originated in the first place as it holds many clues as to the real meaning and function of the Nakshatras (at least in relationship to Kali Yuga).
*In Vimshottari we use the 27 nakshatras so in this philosophical system Abhijit is absorbed into GV19 as part of Capricorn.
**This was the start of Long Count / Kali Yuga - very much a Rahu sort of consciousness.