Androidosophy. In the AAC (Aisling Art Copy) there is a newspaper clipping –from the Guardian – suggesting that herds of cows may act like giant compasses, perpetually pointing north. This research was based on the study of thousands of Google Earth images, which seemed to suggest that the greater number of cows contained in a herd, face in this direction at any given time. According to Eastern Yogic Philosophy, there are two possible directions a person can take at the point of death; one is the Southerly direction, ruled by the moon and which leads to rebirth on the earthly plane, and the other is the Northerly direction, which leads to the Sun and eternal life. The Northerly direction is the one chosen by mystics, those who have foresaken earthly considerations. Consequently, the Buddha, at the time of his death, is said to have lain down on his right side, his head facing north, so that he could manifest in the realm of the Eternal. It is interesting to note that the cow, which is the sacred animal of the Hindus, should be pointing in the direction that is most favourable to consciousness transference.
It is said that because hallucinogenic mushrooms grow in cow pats that they possess a special affinity with this animal, and may even derive their power from it. It is no wonder, then, that the liquid contained in a mushroom, though it be red, blue or any other colour, is comonly referred to as milk. The surreal associations between cows and mushrooms, if sufficiently meditated upon, are enough to take the intrepid explorer on a surreal voyage of their own.
In The Serpent’s Teeth by Ovid, Cadmus is threatened with exile from his father’s kingdom if he cannot complete the task of finding his lost sister. This, it turns out, is an impossible task, because his sister was abducted by Jupiter: and who can lay hands on what Jove has stolen away? So it was that Cadmus went to the oracle for guidance. The oracle told him to seek solitary pastures where he would find a heifer, which had never felt the yoke, nor drew the crooked plough. He was to follow this animal until it lay down in the grass, and there he was to build his city walls. As you can see, this is another example of a cow guiding a lost soul to a place of sanctuary. Upon arriving in the promised land, Cadmus and his men are set upon by a ferocious serpent. This part of the tale is an alchemical formula, a spell that once recited, will lead the initiate on a process of transformation.
The act of being devoured by the living God, known as the plasmate, is similar to being devoured by a cow. This is because the process of digestion takes place over several days, and each stage is characterized by a different material density. While a cow has four stomaches the plasmate has anything up to six, each one being a separate Bardo reality. It can be summarized, therefore, that the purpose of any reality is, in some way, to digest the base material of a human being into a more refined product; for the fertilization of yet more exalted states.