It is 1985. Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, cosmologist, author, and teacher, living in the Palani hills of South India, begins a correspondence with a new student residing in New York City. Some years prior, after 18 years as a Catholic nun, the student left the religious life. She went on to become a psychotherapist, and explored many of the ‘New Age’ spiritual teachings gaining popularity in the West. Patrizia asks the student why none of these pursuits has provided the answers she was seeking. Why has she turned to Patrizia for answers?
These letters reveal an entirely New Way of approaching the desire for inner peace, the pursuit of Truth, as well as the limits of 'personal enlightenment'. Heeding her teacher’s advice that she make a big leap into the unknown, the new student begins her studies. She finds that our mental race is ‘in transition’ to a Supramental consciousness now descending to earth: a new species is being born. Her old spiritual path and psychotherapy cannot ‘fill the void’ because humankind is moving up the evolutionary ladder. It is Sri Aurobindo’s yoga that offers a way to transform human nature; Patrizia’s contribution to his new vision is The Gnostic Circle. This diagram displaces the old astrology by offering a cosmology to help the student get the correct balance. No longer will her individual development be the central focus, Patrizia informs (25 August letter); rather all three aspects of the Divine reality become synthesised in the spiritual quest: God, cosmos and her own soul. ‘Mind you, this has never been done before’, she exclaims, ‘it has always been one or the other.’
In 1971, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea) came to the (Sri Aurobindo) Ashram. Gradually an entire body of knowledge came to her, a new cosmology. Ultimately, at the heart of this cosmology was the original vision of the Mother’s chamber. The content of higher knowledge that the Mother knew her vision contained was amply borne out by the cosmology. Indeed, it was revealed that the Mother’s original plan was worthy of the highest heights of Vedic drishti and shruti. Nothing like it had appeared on this Earth since the time of the Great Pyramid at Giza in Egypt, and perhaps the early Vedic constructions, (vedi). Sacred geometry lay at the heart of the vision. The very precise measurements the Mother gave in her original plan indeed had to be ‘precise’, otherwise this phenomenal vision could not reveal the ‘sense’ that she knew it to contain.’
The architects in charge of the township's construction were unable to understand the profundity of the vision... by 1971, when Thea arrived, the original plan had been entirely dismantled.
When she came upon the original plan in May of 1974, brought to her by the architect-in-charge, Pierro Cicionesi, its sacred content was obvious. She began from that moment trying to convince those in charge that no modifications should be introduced in the design and especially in the measurements...
A change in the design and measurements, completely contrary to the Mother's wishes is one thing...But it is another thing to HIDE THE FACTS FROM THE PUBLIC that there have been changes and that what has been built does not conform to her vision..." (Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet (Thea), Genesis of the Mother's Temple, 25 July, 2002)