Sunday, 29 March 2009
H.H. Penor Rinpoche & the Sun Venus conjunction
Two extraordinary events took place the 27th March 2009: One in India where His Eminence, the Nyingma Kalachakra Master, Penor Rinpoche, passed into paranivrana and his final meditation in this body; the second was astronomical with the Sun’s conjunction of Venus. When such occassions converge, a third experience results: the raising of bodhicitta and the opening of the heart-mind. For when a highly realised meditation master who knows the truth of the Kalachakra statement “as it is outside, so it is within the body” passes at such a rare moment, he shows the way of the heart is towards a blissful clear light state of enlightenment.
In astrology, Venus is the planet of love and beauty, treasure and values (the word Rinpoche means Jewel), while the Sun is consciousness central, Spirit, psychologically named individual identity or ego. And this is no ordinary conjunction either. It is an inferior conjunction, meaning Venus is this side of the Sun; and her most radiant light unable to be viewed from Earth. Venus shines her brightest during these rare conjunctions, suggesting that when the Light of Love aligns with Spirit and Earth energy calms to become easy-going, pleasurable and optimistic. No wonder H.H. Penor Rinpoche is a popular and much loved teacher if he was so in tune with this celestial configuration.
Astronomically speaking, the Queen of the Heavens takes eight years to create her cosmic sky dance in the shape of a five-pointed star; and she moves in the manner you would draw the pentagram; so these conjunctions happen every 19 months. Interestingly, Venus rules Taurus, the sign under which the Buddha, Gothama Siddhartha was born.