The Great Year Cycle is the backbone of our novel One Great Year. According to the Vedas and scholars like Sri Yukteswar, this approximately 26,000 year cycle is distinguished by a rise and fall in human consciousness and when declining from an enlightened Golden Age into an Iron Age, knowledge is forgotten. Is there evidence in our world history, that a greater understanding in medicine, architecture and astronomy have been lost? Is there a secret to the universe that has been forgotten?
We asked ourselves, if our main character Marcus knew that a decline in consciousness was imminent, what information would be most vital to preserve? What clues could he leave for himself and for humanity as the cycle evolved and how would he leave them? Marcus would know that written languages come and go, and are difficult to be deciphered over the ages. It had to be something that was simple, could contain a large amount of information, and once decoded, could convey the secrets of the universe. No easy task. We began looking for a symbol, a pictogram that, if correctly interpreted, would reveal the nature of reality. The symbol, we were ultimately drawn to, is called the seed of life, and its extrapolation; the flower of life.
The seed and flower of life are mentioned numerous times in One Great Year and can be found all over the globe with no religious boundaries. The oldest known flower of life symbols are found on the pillars of the temple of Osiris in Abydos, Egypt. They are at least 6,000 years old and may date back to as long ago as 10,500 B.C. or earlier. These symbols are not simply etched or carved; they are either painted or burnt on by some yet unknown method. But what does it mean? Why is it found scattered across continents?
In One Great Year, Marcus clearly understands that the seed of life is the secret to the mathematic perfection and replication that is his universe. It is a two dimensional image that reminds him, that the universe is, quite simply, a hologram. The seed of life has historically been considered a symbol of sacred geometry where geometry is illustrated to describe the creation of the universe. One dot (particle) at a time. Sacred geometry is the belief that geometry and mathematical harmony are found within the very building blocks of life.
The seed of life is a geometrical shape composed of evenly spaced, overlapping circles of the same diameter are arranged in a flower like pattern with six fold symmetry like a hexagon.
From this shape the flower of life, (which is basically like the seed of life but with another layer of circles around the outside, is built). Marcus knew that these images contain the blueprint of the universe. If you continue to add circles the three dimensional nature of the flower of life eventually becomes a shape known as a torus.
A torus is a constantly moving self-replicating system and if conceptualized as the lattice of the universe not a static shape but one with ebb and flow. A torus is made of energy of a very high frequency that we are unable to detect. Perhaps this is the Maya referred to in Vedic philosophy? The ancient Vedic OM symbol shows the Maya as the veil between our perceived reality, and reality as it truly is.
Maya literally means ‘that which does not exist’, it signals to us that it is the illusion of Maya that is an obstacle to the realization of the true nature of reality. In fact the word OM is said to be the sound frequency that begat the universe. The seed of life forms the basis for all music, as the distance between the spheres is identical to the distance between the tones and half tones in music. Are you seeing a pattern yet? It is all patterns from the very beginning one particle at a time.
The seed of life is also how everything in the known universe began including us. It is how we are created through cell division. We start off as a little egg. That egg becomes fertilized and divides into two and then those two divide into four and then eight cells. Those eight cells are called the egg of life, which is the three dimensional form of the two dimensional seed of life! They are one in the same. (The reason there are only six circles in the seed of life is because the other two are hidden from view in the two dimensional image.) Those eight cells will divide and multiply within a forty week period to create you and all your complicated form. Those original eight cells are the only cells to remain in your body from birth to death. All other cells die and rejuvenate every seven years.
We all started off very simply as a seed of life, and so did the universe. Marcus understood that secret. As an Emissary it was his duty to preserve the knowledge. Fact or fiction?
Only you can decide for yourself.
We leave you with a quote from Socrates, one of our favorite philosophers, and a pivotal character in One Great Year. Socrates said, “I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others.”