Lord Vishnu creates all the worlds and universes by his single glance. Similarly the fraction of this Divine Observer is present within us. But the way the Observer sees and creates changes depending on the state of consciousness.
There are four stages of consciousness: jagrat (waking state), svapna (dreaming state), sushupti (deep sleep state) and turiya (motionless, transcendental state). Divine Observer in the form of Lord Vishnu assumes different forms, called vyuha, in these four different stages of consciousness, and through them, He creates the worlds. In fact, even some stages of the creation of our universe after Big Bang, from scientific perspective, can be assigned to each of those four forms.
These four forms of Lord Vishnu also stand for four kendra houses in our birth chart (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th), as per Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, revealing us our main direction in life (nara = human, ayana = direction), as well as represent four faculties of our inner mind (antahkarana).
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VASUDEVA

Stage of consciousness: turiya (transcendental state)
Bhava in Vedic Astrology: 1
Avastha in Vedic Astrology: none
D4 amsha of a rashi: first amsha

In His original form, Lord Vishnu is reclining on Ananta Shesha, deeply immersed in his yogic sleep in completely motionless state, devoid of any polarity, in the transcendental state of turiya, complete peace. In that state Lord Vishnu represents the transcendental state of the mind, which has within itself a possibility of creating anything and everything that mind conceives – and the possibilities are infinite. That is why he is called Vasudeva or the one, who has countless wealth and countless rays of light – as He represents unlimited state of consciousness, which can be met and achieved in deep meditation.
In the microcosm of our mind, Vasudeva represents citta or our inner storage of all impressions. He dwells in the first house of our Vedic birth chart and the self. In the beginning of creation of our universe, he represents the singularity, from which the universe is just about to evolve. Out of four fundamental forces Vasudeva stands for gravity. Sun and Moon, or primeval God and primeval Goddess, Purusha and Prakriti, who gives rise to duality in the world, are His shaktis, as per Vishnu Dharmottara Purana. The Lord says about this form of His in Lakshmi Tantra, one of the Pancharatra agamas:
“My primordial form when the urge to create first stirs in me is Vasudeva, who may be compared to an absolutely waveless ocean or to a cloudless sky.”
The vastness of this transcendental, infinite state of consciousness is here compared to the sky and ocean, both appearing as blue in nature. This is why Lord Vishnu is always represented with dark complexion, as it represents his immeasurable depth.

Lord Vishnu furtherly says:

“These consecutive and gradual states of mine are sushupti (deep sleep), svapna (dreaming) and jagrat (waking). (…) My manifestation in creation is only one facet of my existence which involves no duality, in the same way as the waves surging up the ocean remain the same water. (…)”

“From time to time a billion-billionth particle of me composed of consciousness stirs into activity. This particle which is known as the urge to create is in the form ‘I will create according to my liking’, whereupon I, with the particle of myself, instantenously evolve into pure creation (vishuddhadhva). As the brilliance of a diamond shines in all directions, so does my pure course of creative activity diffuses its rays in every direction. Pure creation issues from my form of concentrated absolute knowledge whose tranquility resembles a cloudless sky or a still ocean. Devoid of all activity, ever blissful, pure, all-embracing and supreme, the primeval jnana (knowledge) becomes manifest and is called Sankarshana.”
02

SANKARSHANA

Stage of consciousness: sushupti (deep sleep)
Bhava in Vedic Astrology: 4
Avastha in Vedic Astrology: graha in debilitation or enemy’s rashi
D4 amsha of a rashi: second amsha

Sankarshana is the second form of Lord Vishnu and the second stage of consciousness, which emanates from Vasudeva and from turiya stage of consciousness (purely transcendental state): it is sushupti, deep sleep. In this state of consciousness, first signs of polarisation of consciousness become visible – and first signs of creation become distinguishable, “like dark spots on a body” (as explained in Lakshmi Tantra). This Sankarshana is none different from Ananta Shesha himself, “limitless one”, the coiled serpent, on which Lord Vishnu is laying down in his yogic sleep. Sankarshana literally means “that which contracts”, as in him the entire universe still remains contracted or merged. He represents the totality of possibilities of material manifestation (mahat tattva), the guna of tamas (inertia) and the mode of dissolution – because when we are in deep sleep, our ego is temporarily almost completely dissolved and absent. In this state of self-oblivion you do not remember, who you are, neither any of your worries – and this self-dissolution itself is essential for us to experience everyday during our deep sleep phase, for the body to be able to regenerate itself. This phase of consciousness, after all, is the closest to turiya experience – even though we cannot consciously experience it.
Yet, interestingly, in the microcosm of our mind, Sankarshana represents ahamkara or sense of individuality – because it is from this state that our sense of individuality or separation from the Divine will slowly start to emerge. Ahamkara is this faculty of our mind, which makes us believe, that things happen in relation to us, it makes all sensations personal, which is called abhimana. This is why in our personal birth chart Sankarshana resides in 4th house, the most personal and the most hidden house of all, always dwelling in the nadir. 4th house from any planet always reveals its hidden self. Interestingly, even in the scheme of digpalas or guardians of ten directions of the world, it is Ananta Shesha (personified Sankarshana) that dwells in the nadir, below God (Vishnu) himself. And as it is from Sankarshana that the Destroyer or Lord Shiva emerges, 4th house is also our first moksha house or house of liberation, when our self experiences a sort of dissolution – similarly like we experience the temporary dissolution of the self in deep sleep state, when we are sleeping at night, and Sun resides in the fourth house.
Sankarshana is also the same as Karanodakashayi Vishnu, representing the process of creation on the most subtle, causal level.
In the beginning of creation he represents the very beginning of radiation era, when no matter existed in the universe yet. Everything was present in the state of pure energy and all four fundamental forces (gravity, strong nuclear, weak nuclear and electromagnetic) were present in the form of unified superforce. Gravity (Vasudeva) was the first force to break away from the superforce and this first split in itself is also represented by Sankarshana himself.

Sankarshana also represents strong nuclear force, which binds all the particles in the universe together. Sankarshana literally means “extracting”, “contracting”, “bringing together”, “joining” or “uniting”. It is said that He possesses “seeds of all activity”. Mother Lakshmi explains about him in Lakshmi Tantra:

“Characterised as vibration of bliss, with the brilliance of thousands of fires, suns and moons, he is the seat from which all diversity and polarised thinking takes place.”

According to Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra a planet is experiencing the state of deep sleep or sushupti avastha, when it is dwelling in the rashi of its enemy or if it experiences debilitation. This is why such a planet will be quite unconscious and its results will be unconscious, too. Yet, do not forget, that unconsciousness is represented by Ananta Shesha, the one of infinite possibilities.

Similarly, when the planet is unconscious or in sushupti avastha, it carries within itself a potential to spring into any new possibility – which is not possible with more self-conscious planets, whose identity is already determined by their position in a birth chart. Sun itself experiences sushupti avastha, when in Taurus, Libra, Capricorn or Aquarius.

03

PRADYUMNA

Stage of consciousness: svapna (dreaming)
Bhava in Vedic Astrology: 7
Avastha in Vedic Astrology: graha friend’s or neutral’s rashi
D4 amsha of a rashi: third amsha

Out of this Sankarshana, the third form or third vyuha of Lord Vishnu emanates: Pradyumna, “primordial splendour”, “primordial inspiration” or “primordial enthusiasm”. He represents dreaming state of consciousness and the manas (mind) itself, which in its nature is full of desires. This is why in our dreaming state of consciousness we often experience fulfillment of some of our dormant desires, as well as infinite creativity of our astral mind. In this state of consciousness the mind is both the observed and the observer. Consciousness is already getting subtly polarised. How frequently it happened to you, that you were just the observer in a dream and then suddenly you became this, what you are observing? That is the power of Pradyumna. In svapna state of consciousness we are unaware of our real identity, yet, we are aware that we are existing and that we are having some identity – which makes it different from deep sleep state, when the I-awareness is completely dissolved. In the microcosm of our mind, Pradyumna thus also represents buddhi or our decision-making ability.
Lord Vishnu in the form of Pradyumna is the giver of this astral consciousness and the provider of unfulfilled desire experiences. He represents guna of rajas (passion) and this primordial desire of Lord Vishnu to create and manifest all the universes. Similarly like Sankarshana represents the mode of dissolution, so Pradyumna represents the mode of creation and our mind (manas) itself, in which first traces of ahamkara or ego appear. Interestingly, the son of Lord Krishna, who was named Pradyumna, as well, was an incarnation of Kamadeva – the god of primordial desire. And no wonder: in our birth chart Pradyumna resides in the 7th house, kama house – the house of our desires. 7th house from any planet always reveals its hidden desire, which is why every planet has a 7th aspect.

Pradyumna is also the same as Garbhodakashayi Vishnu, representing the process of creation on the astral or mind level.

In the process of creation of our universe, Pradyumna represents the moment, when strong nuclear force (Sankarshana) broke from the superforce, starting the inflationary epoch: when our universe suddenly rapidly expanded.
Pradyumna is responsible for this expansion itself, which represents the energy of rajas guna and Lord Brahma, the creator himself, whose very own name comes from Sanskrit root brh – “to expand”. Pradyumna himself represents electromagnetic force, this force which brings everything together, starting from atoms in the universe, and ending on two people, in order to “expand” – either to expand our understanding or to physically expand ourselves through having progeny and expanding our lineage. The primordial desire is always the desire to expand and to create – and on daily basis we experience it the most when in the dreaming state of consciousness.
A graha is experiencing the dreaming state or svapna avastha, when it is dwelling in the rashi of its friend or neutral. Such a planet will be full of desires, passion and will to create and experience the world. It is partially conscious, and partially unconscious – but the traces of ego or ahamkara, or defined identity, are already present in that planet. Sun itself experiences svapna avastha, when in Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius or Pisces – which, are interestingly, all dual rashis and all watery rashis.
04

ANIRUDDHA

Stage of consciousness: jagrat (waking)
Bhava in Vedic Astrology: 10
Avastha in Vedic Astrology: graha in exaltation or own rashi
D4 amsha of a rashi: fourth amsha

And finally, from Pradyumna, last form of Lord Vishnu and last stage of consciousness evolves: waking state of consciousness, when we are fully aware of our ego (ahamkara) and identity, and when our consciousness is fully polarised and limited to its exact shape and form it initially wished to assume. In this stage of consciousness the reality is already very well defined and it is not so easy to change things anymore, like it was in the case of previous avasthas. This is why a form (or vyuha) of Lord Vishnu governing this state of consciousness is called Aniruddha or “uncontrollable one” and he is described “as if being made of stone” or something very solid – because the external role, which is prescribed for us to play in this life is beyond our control and is already defined.
Aniruddha is called ahamkara murti, or the ego identity personified, because when we are fully awake, we are fully conscious of individual consciousness – and in majority of cases we identify ourselves with our temporary role in this world fully. Yet, at the same time, Aniruddha represents guna of sattwa and his role is to maintain and balance – because when we are aware of ourselves, but at the same time fully detached from it, understanding that, in truth, we are never doing anything, as it is always this uncontrollable aspect of the Lord, Aniruddha, performing every action through us, this is what brings us closer to the Divine and closer to self-realisation.
After all, out of these three stages of consciousness, which we get to experience on everyday basis, jagrat, svapna and sushupti, only in waking state of consciousness we can make a conscious effort to advance towards realising our soul’s true purpose.
In the microcosm of our mind, Aniruddha represents manas or our mind’s ability to receive sensory impressions in the waking state. This is why he is dwelling in 10th house of our Vedic birth chart or zenith, the most visible house of all, always dwelling right above our head. Out of ten digpalas or guardians of ten directions, it is Brahma who presides over zenith, representing the peak of material energy – a final achievement and final stage of evolution, after which the process of involution or going back to the source begins. This is why, as per Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, both Pradyumna and Aniruddha represent the energy of Brahma or the creator, but in two different ways: Pradyumna represents the process of creations itself and all the rajas, passion and electricity accompanying it, while Aniruddha represents already embodied creation.
Aniruddha is also considered to be the same as Kshirodakashayi Vishnu, representing the process of creation on the physical level, which is carried on within each of us in our own individual universe. In the process of creation of our visible universe, he stands for weak nuclear force, which broke as the last one from unified superforce, and thus started to slowly form particles, from which our universe is built.

A graha is experiencing the waking state or jagrat avastha, when it is dwelling in its own rashi of when it experiences exaltation. Such a planet will be fully conscious of itself and fully self-aware – yet, there is also a danger for such a planet to develop a strong sense of ego and to become overly stubborn, as its ahamkara or sense of identity becomes the strongest. Sun itself experiences jagrat avastha, when in Aries or Leo – two fiery rashis, which are governed by fiery planets, too (Sun and Mars).

Through these four stages of consciousness, God creates, sustains and destroys the worlds – all in His single glance. The inner and outer universe evolves through these four forms of Vishnu. Through these four stages of consciousness the story of our own life unfolds itself. And if we are attentive enough, we can learn something from each of them.
This is the fragment of the book I am currently working on. “Twelve Vedic Suns” is going to be the first book ever dedicated exclusively to the topic of Adityas, twelve Sun-gods in Vedic Astrology and describing in detail all of their hidden meanings. Through different astrological principles, as well as mythological stories, you will learn on this journey with the Sun something more about Vedic Astrology and its 12 zodiac signs – but you will also learn more about yourself.

I am still in the process of writing “Twelve Vedic Suns” and it will take me quite some time. But if you preorder, you can become the first one to have the access to some of the finished chapters. This will be my longest ebook – I estimate it to be 600 pages long in total.

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