Vedic cosmology, in the Material and Spiritual Worlds

The descriptions of our solar system and what modern astronomy has discovered of the visible universe corresponds with the ancient Vedic knowledge, proving that man has had advanced knowledge of astronomy for thousands of years before our modern civilization began.

The more “modern” of the Vedic texts are known to originate from approximately 3000 B.C., thus being the oldest scientific and religious doctrines known to man. Yet on a closer analysis of the Vedic transitions, we can begin to comprehend how the magic of seven, both on an inner plane and in the outer universe plane, unites the two together.

The human material with the aetheric spiritual – As within, so without!

Accepting a Supreme god head is central to entering an understanding of Vedic cosmology. As such, proper comprehension of the subject requires that acceptance as human beings, we have very limited sensual faculties with which to examine the universe, meaning that we can never gain a complete picture of the universe by our own sensual and intellectual faculties alone. The aether is where the two are united.

Could this be where the out of body and near-death experiences could play a vital role in the vast universe in which we live as humans, and the cosmology beyond our limited capacity. Inside our bodies, we have the seven senses; sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, proprioception and vestibular, and the seven chakra’s which correspond to the endocrine organs in the body. We also have seven elements; which we rarely acknowledge, these being; fire, air, water, earth, ego, intelligence and aether.

The phrase ‘Seventh Heaven,’ becomes evident when all seven are aligned.

Seven is the material, combined with the spiritual, forming the ethereal. Ego intelligence and aether are constructs of the mind or more better understood as consciousness. To conquer the mind, first we must control the ego, to see behind the veil of illusion and into a higher intelligence of etheric existence.

In Vedic science, there are seven planetary systems, which are divided by seven oceans. 1) an ocean of salt water, 2) an ocean of milk, 3) an ocean of curd, 4) an ocean of ghee (clarified, butter), 5) an ocean of sugar cane juice, 6) an ocean of liquor, 7) an ocean of sweet water

These seven oceans are an outer reflection of the seven oceans of salt water that we have here on earth?

In Vedic science, there are 14 planetary systems.

Goloka-dhama is the topmost planet and residence of the Supreme Godhead Sri Radha-Krishna. Below this is Hari-dhama where the spiritual planets of the Vaikuntha lokas are situated. Below the Vaikuntha planets is “Mahesh-dhama” (also called Sadasivaloka, or the abode of Lord Shiva).

Is this the realm dividing the spiritual from the material universes?

Below Mahesh-dhama is Devi-dhama, the realm of the material universe. It is said that the systems of yoga offer different destinations. Bhakti yoga directs one toward entering Hari-dhama or Goloka-dhama. Jnana yoga directs the aspirant toward entrance to Mahesh dhama, and karma yoga directs one to remain in Devi-dhama, experiencing repeated birth and death in the material worlds. (Ego)

From the Vedas and especially the Vedic cosmology, we can receive information from beyond our sensory plane of awareness, that describes the hierarchy of beings within the universe, leading ultimately to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. Most importantly, we get information of how we can successfully interact with the universe to live a peaceful and progressive life in this world, while gradually elevating our consciousness to the spiritual plane.

The spiritual planetary systems are eternal, beyond the limits of the material universes, and belong to a “super dimensional” (super consciousness) or “anti-material” (dark-matter) dimension. These are also beyond the limitations of material time and space and therefore beyond our vision, or powers of perception. In these planetary systems there is no occurrence of creation or dissolution, and these planets are unlimited, indestructible, and in eternal existence. Much like the eternal space of oneness that you experience during an NDE!

Beneath these higher planetary systems, in the sky called “antariksha”, are the residences of the Yakshas, Rakshashas, Pisachas, ghosts, and other etheral beings. This realm extends as far as the wind blows and clouds float in the sky. Above this there is no air. (Do we need air when astral travelling to other dimensions, or out of body? NDE??) 

The planetary systems of middle earth (Bhumandala or Bhuloka) are abodes of both standards of living such as we enjoy on our planet, as well as some heavenly abodes where living beings may “stop” on the way to, or from, births in the heavenly planetary systems.

Vedic science states that;

The names of these planetary systems are Jambu, Plaksha, Salmali, Kusha, Krauncha, Shaka, and Pushkara. Each system is twice as large as the one preceding it, and each ocean between the systems are made respectively of salt water, sugarcane juice, liquor, ghee, milk, emulsified yogurt, and sweet water.

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Meditation – Chakras

Bhumandala is shaped like a lotus flower and the seven planetary systems are in the whorl of the lotus. Thus; a reflection of the seven chakra’s inside the human body?

The material planetary systems are created at some point in time and will be destroyed at another. They are bound by the influences of time and space. Both of these energies (spiritual and material) are of the same DIVINE source called “brahmajyoti”, the spiritual light.

The Planetary Systems of Devi-Dhama from Vedic science

In the Bhagavad-Gita we find that there are three divisions of material planets in our universe. They are “urdhva-loka” (highest), “madhya-loka” (middle), and “adho-loka” (lower). Above the urdhva-lokas are the coverings of the material universe beyond which lie the eternal realms of existence. (spiritual?)

Within these three spheres of existence are 14 main planetary systems with different standards of life and duration of existence. The residents of the upper three systems have almost no disease or aging of the body, and they have no sense of fear. As the planetary systems progress downward, there is lesser duration of life and standard of living, as well as a greater manifestation of disease and anxiety.

Below the earth are seven other systems called Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talatala, Mahatala, Rasatala, and Patala.

These lower planetary systems are the same size as the earth planet and begin 560,000 miles below earth. Sunshine does not reach these planets and light comes from jewels on the hoods of serpents.

These planets are populated by persons of great power and opulence, yet of demonic consciousness, who have reached here through austerity aimed at material enjoyment without spiritual development. They do not become old and diseased and fear only the time factor, which ultimately must destroy their abodes.

Here they enjoy a standard of material comfort more opulent than even the higher planets due to their desires for high standards of sensual enjoyment, wealth, and influence. The residents are known as Daityas, Danavas, and Nagas and are all engaged in illusory material enjoyment with no thought of spiritual liberation. There are incredible feats of architecture in their cities bedecked with valuable jewels in houses, gardens, compounds, etc. All residents drink juices and bathe in herbal elixirs which free them from any anxiety or physical disease, as well as any sign of physical aging. The visual beauty of these artificial heavens surpasses that of the higher planets and this sensual atmosphere completely captures the mind, allowing no thoughts but those directed toward sensual pleasure and happiness. Since time is not divided into days and nights due to no sunshine reaching these planets, they have no fear produced by time. Only at the time of dissolution does anxiety and fear consume them.

The 14 planetary systems are named as follows, from highest to lowest:

(Just a thought – A reference to the Seven virtues and seven sins??)

1) Satya-loka – This is the abode of Lord Brahma, the progenitor of this material universe. Here there are airplanes controlled by mantra, not by any mechanical means. Here there is mind and intelligence, but no material gross bodies. They feel compassion for those suffering in the lower regions, but do not suffer from fear, old age, or death.

2) Tapa-loka – This is the abode of the four Kumaras named Sanat, Sanaka, Sanandana, and Sanatana. In this world many great sages also reside due to their advancement through spiritual austerity. The enjoyment is inconceivable to us as it is beyond anything of our experience. When there is annihilation of the material universe the residents here also transform their subtle bodies to spiritual and enter the spiritual sky.

3) Jana-loka – This planet, still above the heavenly realms, is another abode of great saints and sages. This planet is populated by mystics who move to higher planets, and eventually transform their subtle bodies to spiritual, when the fire of devastation consumes the material planets. These residents can move between any planets within the material universe as mystic ‘spacemen’ at speeds unthinkable to us.

4) Mahar-loka – When fully purified from material desire and contamination through sacrifice, penance, and charity one can reach the heavenly planets, and if advancing further can pass through the higher orbits to reach Maharloka. The greatest of sages, such as Bhrigu Muni, live in this place. It is situated beyond the “Sisumara”, which is the pivotal point for the turning of the universe.

5) Svar-loka – In every material universe is one Vaikuntha planet with an ocean of milk where Lord Vishnu resides on an island called Svetadvipa. This planet is Dhruvaloka. Living here are completely pure personalities. In our universe this planet is seen as the polestar and is situated above the planets of the Seven Rishis. As it is a spiritual planet, it is eternal and therefore remains when all other planets within the material universes are destroyed. 

6) Bhuvar-loka – Saturn is considered an inauspicious planet astrologically, as he gives painful lessons to us here on earth. It is situated 1,600,000 miles above Jupiter and passes through one sign of the zodiac every 30 months.

7) Bhur-loka – Jupiter is considered a most auspicious heavenly planet and is generally considered favorable astrologically, depending on placement at the time of our births here on earth. It is a planet of devas and situated 1,600,000 miles above Mars.

8) Atala-loka – Mars is considered to be a malefic planet, which creates lack of rainfall on earth and almost always is capable of creating adverse influences here, situated 1,600,000 miles above Mercury.

9) Vitala-loka – Mercury is said to be the son of the moon and is 1,600,000 miles beyond the planet Venus. Which sometimes moves behind the sun, sometimes in front, and sometimes along with it. Generally the influence of Mercury is said to be auspicious astrologically, except when not moving with the sun. At such times this planet causes great storms on earth.

10) Sutala-loka – Venus is considered a most auspicious and favourable planet, and is also of the heavenly planets. Venus is said to bring rainfall, another reason for it being considered auspicious to life on earth.

11) Talatala-loka – The Moon is one of the four most important residences of the demigods. Those who worship the demigods through sacrifice aimed at great material enjoyment are promoted to the Moon. Here the celestial, intoxicating beverage called “soma” is available. It is not possible to enter into or even see the actual heavenly dimensions of this planet with our present eyes. The Moon passes through the entire zodiac in approximately one month. This influences the growth of vegetation and therefore considered the life-giver for all living beings on earth.

12) Mahatala-loka – The Sun is the source of light and heat for our universe. Modern science considers many stars to also be suns, but in the vedic literature they are considered to be planets of varying material elements, but not the centre, as is the Sun. Surya, the sun god, is considered an expansion of Narayana (a form of Lord Vishnu). He controls the seasons here on earth. It is situated between Bhuloka and Bhuvarloka, rotating through the time circle of the zodiac

13) Rasatala-loka – Rahu is said to be an invisible planet, which is situated 80,000 miles below the sun. It causes solar and lunar eclipses, as Rahu, along with Ketu, are the north and south nodes of the moon respectively.

14) Patala-loka – These planets are 80,000 miles below Rahu. The residents of these planets are born with natural mystic powers, including the ability to fly without mechanical means, even to other planets. They have all the mystic siddhis, and being materially perfect beings can control gravity, time, and space. Their arts, culture, and sciences are far superior to that knowledge possessed by those here in the earthly realm.

Narakaloka, the Hellish Planetary Systems

Beneath the planet Patalaloka, and slightly above the water of the Garbhodaka ocean, are the Naralokas, or the hellish planetary systems. These planets are of different degrees of suffering for those who must endure life there. Here on earth we can see many hellish circumstances of suffering for people, but nothing like what is experienced on these planets. They are said to be a place of rectification for those who commit the most abominable actions while living as humans on the earthly plane. Although life here seems like it goes on for an eternity, in actual fact the duration of one’s “karmic sentence” here may be only seconds or moments. There are 28 different hellish planets described in the Vedic literatures.

All of the planetary systems in the material world will in time be annihilated. This annihilation takes place in two ways. Partial annihilation occurs every 4,300,000,000 solar years, or at the end of each day on Satyaloka. This extends from the hellish planets through all lower planetary systems up to the heavenly planets. The highest planets are not annihilated at this time. The entire cosmic manifestation is wound up in the universal form of God every 8,600,000,000 x 30 x 12 x 100 solar years.

Co-incidentally. There are 432’000 second to half a day! 864’000 seconds to 24 hours. 30 days to a solar moon month and 12 months to a year!!!

The spiritual world, which is never annihilated, simply absorbs the material creation. It is described that before the destruction there is no rain for hundreds of years. Everything dries up and dies due to continuous sunshine. The sun becomes 12 times as powerful as was previously. Then there are horrendous rains that absorb everything into water.

Above the earth where humans live, is the sky. Above the sky is the orbiting sun, which is the entrance point of the heavenly planetary systems. This is the middle of the universe where begins the planets of those elevated by great austerities and penances. The planets above these, up to Satya-loka are the residences of those advanced in spiritual knowledge. All these planets are within the material world and under the control of Devi (Goddess Durga), and therefore called Devi-dhama.”

The higher planetary systems are the realms of devas, demigods, and angels. Bhuvarloka is the abode of ghostly spirits, and the lower planets are populated by those of demonic consciousness as well as the snakes known as “Nagas”.

Development of higher consciousness, which also includes advanced intellectuality, starts with human beings and further increases among the denizens of higher planetary systems. The earth is situated close to the middle of these planetary systems.

So, to analyse the human consciousness we can begin to comprehend the three levels; Earth; (Bhumandala,) Heaven; (Goloka-dhama) and lower hell; (Narakaloka,)
Add these corresponding regions of outer space to the inner space of the seven chakra’s, seven virtues (higher) seven sins (lower) to the seven wonders and oceans.

As above, so below! As within so without!

By applying Vedic scientific fact, to human consciousness and awareness – With the ultimate prime creator at the highest level of consciousness, the lotus Bhumandala is shaped like a lotus flower and the seven planetary systems are in the whorl of the lotus, in the same phrase that the seventh crown chakra, is the connection to the divine creator.

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