Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) – founder and director of Aeon Centre of Cosmology (ACC) – passed away on 9 October 2016. Her departure leaves behind a world-wide family of friends and students who thank her for the extraordinary vision of the Life Divine she revealed to us in what she calls The Third Way or The New Way.
In March 2015, when she established the ACC website (see Welcome Message), Thea sent out an invitation to all to collaborate with her as she wrote, “A concentration on the contours of that Third Way has been in progress at ACC since the 1970s. It is a harmonious blend of old and new. The objective of our new and more comprehensive website is to point the way in a factual manner for India to realise that if, as stated by Swami Vivekananda in the beginning of the last century, India is the Vishwa Guru (World Teacher) to lead the march into the luminous future that Sri Aurobindo called the Life Divine on Earth, the demands this places on the nation have to be faced and the tasks required have to be embraced. It is the new Indocentric cosmology that provides the answers and unveils the core of that Third Way. I welcome all those who wish to collaborate in this noble enterprise…”.
In Thea’s memory, ACC presents the following article, recently written by her in response to a query to ‘tell us something about yourself and your work!’. And we want to inform all her readers and students that Thea’s vision will live on in this her official Website, in her books and articles, in her archives and in world events that are being challenged by her evolutionary seeing. We invite you to join us now either through donations to Aeon Trust or through personal or written collaboration.
Highlights of the New Way Cosmology – April 2016
Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea)
While living in Rome, in January of 1971 a series of mystic experiences began that impacted the future course of my life. As of 1965 all my efforts were dedicated to various methods of self-perfection. As a part of these efforts, at the same time I began an in-depth study of astrology which I practiced professionally over the years when I lived in Rome. My reputation spread in that field as one having unusual insights beyond the conventional interpretations. What was evident even at that early stage was that astrology had little to do with forecasting and predicting the future; it was above all a path of higher knowledge. This approach, I realized, was the role it had always played in what is known as the perennial knowledge, as a part of initiation rites.
However in 1971, an impasse had been reached. It seemed I could go no further on my own. It was in this atmosphere that certain intense mystic/yogic experiences began as a part of an initiation conducted by the Mother, Sri Aurobindo’s co-worker, who presided over the Ashram in Pondicherry South India many thousands of kilometers away. The result was that nine months later I found myself in India at the Mother’s feet (see Tenth Day of Victory, Volume One, Aeon Books, 2005).
From that point onwards, like a sponge I absorbed the yogic knowledge from the Mother, resulting in certain keys of higher knowledge that allowed me to decipher a complex architectural plan of the sanctum sanctorum of a temple the Mother had ‘seen’ in the subtle plane (1970) and transcribed into Earth measurements. Thereafter, that piece of sacred architecture became the centerpiece of my work (see The New Way 1-3, Aeon Books). At that point my work could no longer be described as astrology; it was more appropriately cosmology – and even more appropriately an applied cosmology to distinguish it from contemporary scientific cosmology which is largely speculative. This new cosmology cannot be formulated speculatively; it is only perceived through its existential proof, failing which the cosmic harmonies that are the backdrop of the factual proof remain hidden to the uninitiated.
After the Mother left this plane (1973) by simply following the clues she passed on to me, I was able to formulate an Indocentric Cosmology, first of its kind, since the Puranic Age. Clearly if India is to fulfil her role as Guru of the World in this new age, there has to be factual proof of that lofty destiny and not merely national pride. This proof is provided in all my publications.
The main components of the cosmology are a totally new perception of Time and Destiny. The key of knowledge that allows this new vision to become applied is called the Gnostic Circle (The Gnostic Circle, Aeon Books, 1975). Further as a result of deciphering the Mother’s sacred architectural plan, the Geometry of Time evolved as the main tool of application to appreciate India’s central role in the centuries to come. Though these are subjects that have been honored and well documented in the ancient traditions of the subcontinent – as we find in the Puranic Cosmology where Mount Meru/India is the centre of a number of continents that fan out from that centre – an UPDATIING is essential at certain intervals to make it a living tradition, above all shorn of superstition. The latter comes into being when knowledge is absent.
There are in-built safeguards in the Tradition that serve to cleanse the culture of superstition when required. It is, as it were, a clearing away of cobwebs that come into being with the passage of time. This is the central purpose of the appearance of the Vishnu Line of Ten avatars, who, the Gita tells us and the new cosmology amply confirms, come yuge-yuge precisely for this updating, via the cosmic credential provided by their very births in Earth Time. This highlights the important role the official calendar plays in eliminating superstition (www.puraniccosmologyupdated.com).
Apart from writing and publishing many volumes on these matters, at Aeon Centre of Cosmology where I reside, classes are held, online and in person, since I am the only exponent of this New Way, as it has come to be called and this unique body of higher knowledge. Conferences have been held on the premises from time to time. Currently to give a wider public the opportunity to appreciate the Mother’s genius in the sacred sciences and her ability to make them Indocentric in a world that has only known Eurocentrism for the past several thousand years, ACC designed an exhibition entitled The Future Realisation, for a visual impact of the stunning diagrams that form the basis of the new Indocentric cosmology and the role India is to play in the world today as the hub of the new age – an updating of the Mt. Meru concept. But this time it has been achieved using contemporary tools provided by science, such as longitude and latitude coordinates that have integrated the entire globe. This means that again superstition is eliminated and a factual scientific foundation is offered to verify what the ancients knew through their superior intuition.
As an example, the location of ACC was not an arbitrary choice; it was chosen by yogic realization that had the capacity to release energies at a specific point that can be confirmed by the new geo-cosmology, another central key of the New Way in its advanced applications. This same geo-cosmology has recenty been employed to ‘’hear’’ the voice of Ganga through her physical measurements (Aeon Books, Ganga, Soul of Indian culture, 2015). The New Way thus offers a perfect blending of Time and Space using contemporary coordinates that can be verified by any lay person simply with a world atlas.