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The law of Seven in the Universe and the Man:

Discussion in 'Chitvish on Hindu Culture & Vedanta' started by Chitvish, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. Chitvish

    Chitvish Moderator IL Hall of Fame

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    The Universe is revealed as an expression of Seven fold nature.
    Man is a miniature Universe called Pinda-anda (Micro cosmos). He is built on essentially the same pattern as the Brahmanda (Macro cosmos).

    The Vedas declare that the whole creation is created under “The Law of Seven”. The five lower elementary substances called the Pancha Bhutas and the two higher spiritual principles together constitute the Seven dimensions of the Universe.

    The pancha butas are

    Prithvi - The earth element which is equivalent to the Solid state
    Jala - The water element equaivalent to the Liquid condition
    Vayu - The gaseous state ( or the Vayu state)
    Agni - The fiery condition (combustion or transformation) equivalent to the heat principle
    Akasha - The etheric principle of subtle vibratory state of “pranic energy”.

    They are five different states of “matter-energy” – descending in an ordered de-evolution from the Supreme Absolute, downwards from Akasha.
    The mind and prana principles in a man too have their equivalents in the world outside, thus containing a seven-fold macro cosmos, a greater replica of man.

    Modern science has discovered that the so called 98 elements fall into seven grades based on atomic structure. This is called the Periodic Table of elements.

    Sir Newton discovered that the white light of Sun comprised of Seven different colours of the spectrum. We find it expressed in the Seven colours of the rainbow, known to science as the “solar spectrum”.

    Even Man is a seven-fold oganisation, taught by the Vedas several thousands of years ago ! Yoga teaches that the man has seven charkas in his “subtle body”, starting from the crown centre downwards.

    The Law of Seven operates in the Universe in its Time Cycles as well. We are now running the seventh manvantara or the last of the first cycle of seven cosmic periods.

    Man’s life is ruled by the “law of Seven”. The seven day week begins with “sun” and ends with “Saturn”.

    The life of a human being develops through seven cycles, each of which is denoted by the planetary periods in the order of the seven day week.

    1 – This period is ruled by the sun (Sunday). Here, human soul is in the process of “descending into the body” into the mother’s womb and undergoes nine months of embryonic development. This period may be called the cycle of “origin”.

    2 – This is the period of infancy. The second cycle is ruled by the moon (like Monday). It begins with the child’s birth. Moon signifying the mother pinciple in nature, this cycle is marked by total dependence on the mother as moon is attached to the earth.

    3 – Mars (Tuesday) rules the third cycle. Dependence on the mother ends and aggressive individualistic period begins. This is the period of peer pessue. Mars denotes competition and this period denotes growth of the competitive spirit.

    4 – In the fourth cycle denoted by Mercury ( Wednesday) , there is a rise of the intellect and the mind. Here there is remarkable speeding up of the growth of the brain and mental faculties are unfolded.
    The ritual of the initiaion of Gayathri Mantra , called the “second birth” was done at this stage. This period begins from 7 to 9 years.

    5 – The cycle of Jupiter (Thursday) is the period of greatest spiritual growth. The teenager becomes an adult. Maturity both of mind and sexual maturity begin to mark the appearance of Manhood (womanhood)

    6 – The sixth cycle ruled by Venus (Friday) marks the sexually active period in the life. Marriage takes place, Venus being the planet of Love and Romance. The keynote of this cycle is, he will produce good offsprings.

    7 – The seventh cycle of Saturn (Saturday) marks the end of sexual activity.. In this last phase he gives up selfishness and lives for the mankind. He gives the best to mankind and shares his experiences towards making the humanity into a stronger new generation..

    Thus the seven planetary cycles of Man’s development are equivalent to the seven cycles of cosmic development.

    There are many more phenomena like sapta swaras in music, saptha lokas, sapta mathas in puranas and a few more, which I am not dealing with here !

    Love,
    Chithra.
     
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  2. AGR

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    Dear Chitra Madam

    AS usual a wonderful and informative article. We have heard abt 8 stages in mans life (Remember Rajini's song in Baasha) but this is some information. I just have one doubt. You have said "the two higher spiritual principles together constitute the Seven dimensions of the Universe." - what are they? Only that part I was not able to grasp fully.
     
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    Dear Chithra

    A well informative post. The law of seven reveals so many things. So you started teaching us chemistry aslo. After school I have not thought of Periodic Tables. So you are taking us back to our school days. As usual looking forward to the Q and A section. Thank you chithra.

    Love
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  4. Chitvish

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    Dear Akhila,
    So, a surprisingly pleasant visitor with a feed back - I am very happy !
    Read this:

    The mind and prana principles in a man too have their equivalents in the world
    outside, thus containing a seven-fold macro cosmos, a greater replica of man.

    I am not describing more in detail about mana: (mind) & chitham (prana), since they are beyond the scope of this post !
    I am glad you are showing interest in these posts !

    Love,
    Chithra.






     
  5. Chitvish

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    Dear Vidhi,
    You charm me always with your dutiful feed back as ever !
    Rememember I am a chemistry student - that is why a mention was inevitably made by me?:tongue
    Love,
    Chithra.




     
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    An interesting topic on SevenFold nature...! SapthaRishi is another sapta I could think of.

    It makes me wonder how philospohically and practically rich our Vedas are.

    This concept of cycle of seven is pretty universal as explained by you by the weekdays and the periodic table classification.

    I have always wondered that classical music universally is based on 7 notes including the western classical music which has Doe re mi...( music experts in the forum can describe better ).

    Thanks for an interesting thought to ponder...!

    -Gayathri.
     
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    Dear Chithra,
    Beautifully explained. Understood and relished every word. Our forum has reached my patti-in law, as Ragahv showed the bundles of my print outs on slokas, and she was overwhelmed when i chant those daily. Also I made deepa lakshmi pooja on Akshaya thrithiyai with the help of the PDF.

    All my relatives are literally wondering how on earth did i learn all these things with out any one teaching. But my ragasiya snegithi is here to help me out always.

    Thank you chithra for posting this and making me mearn good things :)
     
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    A wonderful post as usual.:2thumbsup:

    I have a suggestion. Can u please index these posts so we can read it over and over again?

    Hope it is not asking for too much from you !

    Thanks
     
  9. Chitvish

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    Dear Gayathri,
    Thankyou for the feed back.
    Infact in , there are seven invocations in Gayathri mantra ! They are seven levels of creations described as the seven steps to the Temple of God. The seven grades in Consciousness are
    Bhooh - physical
    Bhuvah - vital
    Suvah - mental
    Mahah - intellectual
    janah - super-mental
    Tapah - Spiritual
    Satyam - Divine.
    The significance of Gayathri is so deep - well, Gayathri, I am not competent to explain the beauty !
    But you should feel proud that you have such a significant name !
    Love,
    Chithra.






     
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    Dear Aishu Doll,
    Thankyou for the feedback.
    I am so thrilled that you chant the shlokas & did the pujai as well on A T ! Whatever I give, you are ready to grab, Aishu & that is your speciality !
    ThankGod it is Ragasiya snegithi & not
    Snegithane snegithane ragasiya snegithane !
    I am saved !!:wink:
    Love,
    Chithra.



     

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