When we say that the universe is based on the patterning of the Mother, what do we mean?
What is a pattern of the Mother?
I’m going to look at two patterns here, actually. One is the sacred arc we all follow from God to God and the second is the pattern of creation, preservation, and transformation that we follow as we journey.
If you try to imagine both of these you arrive at the same conical figure: rising, persisting, and reuniting.
Regarding the first, the Mother plays a pivotal role in the spiritual evolution of the divine spark or Child of God. Its journey takes it from the Father and into the world and back again to the Father.
Jesus described the conical shape of the sacred arc this way; “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world [the Mother’s domain]: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” (5)
In the part of the arc that has us be in her domain, the Divine Mother wraps the Child of God in form. She fashions a body or a temple from within which it interacts with the physical world in order to learn, grow, and evolve into knowledge of its true nature.
Here are some Biblical statements alluding to the Mother fashioning the body.
Proverbs: “Wisdom [Solomon’s name for the Mother] hath builded her house [the body], she hath hewn her seven pillars [or chakras]. (1)
Job: “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath [spiritus] of the Almighty hath given me life. (2)
Paul: “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (3)
And here’s Paramahansa Yogananda explaining the process in more detail:
“Sage Patanjali, greatest of Hindu Yogis, says, ‘The Spirit, God the Father, or Iswara, manifests Himself as the cosmic vibration, or matter.’ ‘The Spirit was made flesh’ — for the intelligent spirit materializes itself into gross flesh by changing its rate of vibration.
“Cosmic intelligence becomes cosmic intelligent motion, or vibration, which changes into cosmic energy. This intelligent cosmic energy changes into electrons and atoms. Electrons and atoms change into gas, sometimes known as cosmic nebulae.
“Cosmic nebulae, or masses of diffused gaseous matter change into water. Water changes into solid matter. Man’s body is part of this variously divided matter. In cosmic vibration all things are one, but when cosmic vibration becomes frozen into matter, then it becomes many.
“So man’s body, being separated from cosmic vibration, again must retrace the various states of higher vibrations in order to lift his consciousness from the vibrations of breath, heart, and circulation to the vibrating sound from cosmic life force and all atoms.” (4)
The Divine Mother clothes the Child of God and begins it on its spiritual journey through ignorance and illusion back to the truth of its own nature: That it is no different than the One from whom it came.
The human cycle of birth, growing, and death reflects the divine cycle or sacred arc from God to God – release, evolution, reunion.
So that is one pattern:
I can offer a second pattern as well. While we pilgrims are in matter, mater, Mother, we follow a certain generic and foundational cycle, although we probably don’t notice it.
The pattern on which this second cycle is based is the Mother’s aspect as the primal, universal creative vibration that we call Aum. Aum is Mother/Father God’s very nature, as enlightened sages say.
Shankara: “Oh, Lord, dweller within… Om is your very self, Om, holiest word.” (6)
Upanishads: “Thou art Brahman [God], one with the syllable OM, which is in all scriptures — the supreme syllable, the Mother of all sound. … The syllable OM is verily thine image. Through this syllable thou mayest be attained.” (7)
Yogananda: “God is the Word or Om or Holy Ghost or Cosmic Vibration or Cosmic Energy. God is Cosmic Sound resulting from the Cosmic Energy and Cosmic Vibration. God’s first manifestation is the Word or Intelligent Cosmic Vibrating Sound.” (8)
What is Aum’s nature? Aum is a divine sine wave that has three phases: creation, preservation, and transformation – designated as Akar, Ukar, and Makar (AUM).
These three phases are synonymous with the three cosmic forces or gunas called rajas, sattwa, and thamas and are personified as Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.
The spiritual arc from God to God and the cycle of creation, preservation, and transformation are actually the same one pattern of rising, persisting, and reuniting. (10)
What difference is there in saying that every person goes through a cycle of release from God, spiritual evolution, and reunion with God and saying that the basic pattern of life is creation, preservation, and transformation. Or inbreath, pause, and outbreath. Or conception, gestation, and birth. Or birth, growth, and death.
They are are all based on the same pattern, wherever we find it and whatever words we use to describe it: Rising, persisting, returning, like dolphins in the water, on a sacred journey that everyone travels, to and from God.
This perpetual cycle sets the parameters of our experience in this school of life we call existence.
Is the Mother then simply Shakti, energy, kundalini and nothing more?
On An Hour with an Angel, she acknowledged that Shakti, the creative energy, is only a small part of herself:
“When I have spoken about … Shakti, I have spoken about a part of me. As I have said, I am the bridge, I am the clasp between the Father and the universe and your world.
“And Shakti has been experienced – yes, inter-dimensionally for eons as you well know – but she is not the totality of my being. My being is bigger than you can fathom, dear one.
“So I do not simply mean that she is an aspect manifesting. But it is simply larger than any of you can imagine, particularly at this point.” (9)
Shakti may only be a small part of the Divine Mother, but the rounds of our lives are patterned on it, as a conical arc or as a sine wave.
When we take a microscope and focus it on the tiniest living things or aim our telescope to take in the ends of this island universe, one among many, we see the fractal-nature of existence, the original pattern being divine, which is then replicated.
(1) Proverbs 9:1.
(2) Job 33:4.
(3) I Corinthians 6:19. “The Bible refers to Aum as the Holy Ghost or invisible life force that divinely upholds all creation. ‘What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which we have of God, and ye are not your own?'” I Corinthians 6:19. (Paramahansa Yogananda, Autobiography of a Yogi. Bombay: Jaico, 1975, 363n.)
(4) Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ. Dallas: Amrita Foundation, 1979-86, 1, 15.
(5) John 16:28.
(6) Shankara in Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher lsherwood, Shankara’s Crest-Jewel of Discrimination. Hollywood: Vedanta Press, 1975; c1947, i.
(7) Swami Prabhavananda and Frederick Manchester, trans., The Upanishads. Breath of the Eternal. New York and Scarborough: New American Library, 1957; c1948, 53.
(8) Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ. Three vols. Dallas: Amrita Foundation, 1979-86, 2, 22.
(9) “The Divine Mother: Come to Me as I Come to You – Part 1/2,” Oct. 17, 2012 at http://goldenageofgaia.com/2012/10/the-divine-mother-come-to-me-as-i-come-to-you-part-12/.
(10) Hindus call life a divine leela or play. In fact it is: God creates illusory divisions within Itself and has them forget their true identity. He then sends them on a quest to discover it and reunite with the One. God meets God in a moment of our enlightenment. That is the basis of the leela.