2012 - Science Or Superstition?/WC
WC: Our research has focused on why are so many ancient cultures fascinated with this obtuse thing called precession of the equinox, when it takes one a full lifetime just to notice the stars have moved one degree? [Talk]
WC: There are 200+ myths that talk about this movement of the stars causing some change in the history of the Earth. And it just seemed that if it is only what modern scholars say it is, a simple wobbling of the Earth, that it shouldn't be related to any change in history or consciousness. And so we really dug into the Vedic teachings about precession, which give us a whole different meaning.
We believe that the Earth, moving with the Sun and the whole solar system going around another star is the cause of why we see this precession of the twelve constellations of the Zodiac. [Talk]
WC: We know that all orbits conform to Kepler's laws - they move in great ellipses rather than circles. That means the bodies speed up when the two masses get closer to each other, when the gravitation is stronger, and they slow down when they get farther away from each other.
So if precession is the observable of a solar system in motion around another star, it too, would have to obey Kepler's laws - it would speed up and slow down. Now, we have really good scientific data for the last hundred years going back to the great Simon Newcomb, the number one astronomer in the U.S. in the year 1900. He kept precises records of precession and noticed that it's speeding up every year - exponentially. So he actually added a constant to the precession equation - Newcomb's constant, we call it nowadays. And even since then, the precession has sped up above the constant rate.
But we've taken the Vedic view that it's caused by an orbit that is 24,000 years, and therefore, if precession actually measures 26,000 years, we must be in the slow part of the orbit - far from the other star right now. We plotted on a curve what the precession rate would be over this last 100 years and we came out with the exact curve that we see historically, and from that we are able to predict that the precession rate will continue to accelerate year after year until we reach periapsis. [Talk]
WC: Cultures all around the world believed this "Great Year," this cycle, this one aeon, was broken into seasons just like our yearly motion - spring, summer, fall, and winter. The easiest ones to understand are the Greek terms: the iron, bronze, silver, and golden age - that's sort of equivalent to summer in terms of consciousness and then we go back down again. Each of these ages has different characteristics. The Vedic teachers would tell us that we're just coming out of the Kali Yuga and very early into the Dwapara Yuga, which is equivalent of [moving from] Iron to Bronze and we're beginning to realize that we are no longer just physical bodies on a hard, physical Earth, that we are energy and everything is made of energy, and consciousness keeps growing, we use more and more of our consciousness, we live longer and longer, things become seemingly transparent to us - not because matter changes, but because we just "see" the potential and possibility in everything. [Talk]